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Josh DeWeese – Solo Exhibit

February 26, 2020 - November 29, 2020

Josh DeWeese has exhibited and taught workshops internationally and his work is included in numerous public and private collections.

Chris Gustin

February 29, 2020 - November 29, 2020

Chris Gustin's pottery makse connections to the human figure with figurative analogies used to describe pots throughout history all in some way invite touch.

reshaping space: Group Ceramics Exhibit

March 14, 2020 - November 29, 2020

The reshaping space exhibit explores a consistent theme addressing the concept of space – taking up, filling and probing the positive versus the negative.

Right to Vote – Solo Exhibit by Julia Dzikiewicz

August 8, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - January 10, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

Overtly political, deeply emotional, and subtly humorous, Julie Dzikiewicz weaves feminist parables into immense encaustic wax paintings. Monumental like an altarpiece, they inflame the spirit; illuminated like a tapestry, they give shape to immortal stories. Yet, Dzikiewicz’s work refuses a singular order. Using ancient wax techniques to explore present-day topics, Dzikiewicz is unflinching. She strikes hot, skewering the heart of the difficult issues she addresses, including themes of violence, racism, and misogyny. As an artist in the Arches program at the Workhouse Arts Center, the grief and triumph of the once imprisoned Suffragists serve as the inspiration for her contemporary…

Creative First Responders

August 28, 2020 - November 15, 2020

Workhouse Arts Center is pleased to present Creative First Responders: Art Therapist Reflection on Veteran Clients, Juried by Debra Balestreri and Yonsenia White. Creative First Responders is a group exhibition surveying the works of art therapists and the therapeutic relationship between clinician and Veteran. Explore works with expressions of separation, turmoil, healing, stories and memories. Featured artists include Jessica Herman, Jacqueline Jones, Branda Maltz, and Peter Buotte. You can view the exhibit in-person Friday-Sunday, Noon-5:00pm. View the Virtual Exhibit here.

Colors of Fall Exhibit

October 30, 2020 - January 11, 2021

On View: October 30, 2020 – January 11, 2021 The Workhouse Arts Center is proud to present The Colors of Fall, a site-wide exhibition showcasing the variety of styles and mediums found across campus. This exhibition encompasses classic scenes of autumnal landscapes to abstract visions of cool fall air and changing foliage. Colors of Fall attests to each artist’s individuality and personal passion as well as the Workhouse Arts Center’s commitment to connecting the fine art community. View the exhibit in-person weekends from noon to 5 PM or online here.

The Places We Forgot: Solo Exhibit by Brendan L. Smith

January 29 - February 28

On View: January 29 - February 28, 2021 Virtual Reception: Friday, February 12 Workhouse Arts Center is proud to present: The Places We Forgot, featuring photographs artist Brendan L. Smith has taken of abandoned places across the country he then transforms with layers of melted beeswax, resin, and other materials. The series explores the malleability of memory, that tension between the comforting fog of nostalgia and a sense of melancholy for roads untaken. The dreamlike images possess a strange and forlorn beauty revealed amidst the broken glass, rotting wood, and rusted metal. Our physical spaces often are demolished or gentrified…

Black History Month at the Workhouse

February 1 - February 28

This February, the Workhouse Arts Center is honoring Black History Month by featuring the stories and legacies of African American icons who share a history with our campus. Check out the links below for articles and videos highlighting Chuck Brown, African American Mardi Gras traditions, and the Black suffragists who fought for both racial and gender equality. We are excited to learn about, honor, and celebrate Black History this February and throughout the year. CHUCK BROWN To kick off the month, we shared the story of one of the most iconic musical figures in the D.C. area - Chuck Brown,…

Vertigo – Solo Exhibit by Mouna Benserradj

February 12 - May 2

On View: February 12 - May 2 Workhouse Arts Center is proud to present Mouna Benserradj’s "Vertigo," an exhibition featuring impressionistic oil pastel illustrations. Benserradj’s mark making shows her study and practice of impressionistic techniques in her pastel drawings exemplified by the short, thick strokes of pastel and vivid contrasting colors. The strong colors and short marks in Benserradj’s drawings also create the sensational and emotional feeling of an intense vertigo- a condition where a person has the sensation of themselves or surrounding objects moving, even when they are not. Workhouse galleries are open Friday through Sunday from 12 PM…

Unwavering Spirits: Five Women from the Land of the Morning Calm

March 5 @ 8:00 am - May 2 @ 5:00 pm

Workhouse Arts Center is proud to present Unwavering Spirits, an exhibition featuring the work of five Korean immigrant female artists; Gongsan Kim, Jay Kim, Sumita Kim, Kisook Lee-Suss and AeSook Suh. Fairfax County is one of the most diverse counties of the state of Virginia and these five women represent the growing number of the constituency of Asian heritage. While preserving a connection to their native culture, these women artists explore very Western artistic expressions.

Art with Heart – Art Show and Sale Fundraiser

March 8 - May 9

The Springfield Art Guild presents "Art with Heart: Art Show and Sale Fundraiser" March 8 - May 9, 2021 Supporting the Workhouse Art Center Scholarship program, the Springfield Art Guild has selected artwork from its art guild members to be on display online at http://www.springfieldartguild.org/exhibitions/ All artwork is for sale! Profits will offer financial help for those in our community unable to afford classes at the Workhouse Art Center in Lorton, VA. Your purchase will help aspiring artists! For further information, please contact Chris Jenkins at Chris9900@hotmail.com

Hall of Portraits from the History of Machines

March 22 @ 8:00 am - June 6 @ 5:00 pm

Hall of Portraits from The History of Machines proposes an alternate pictorial history rooted in the mid-20th century where Sue Johnson explores the evolution of the modern woman. Her work exposes parallels in the cornerstone moment when women began to be idealized for machine-like efficiency and when industrial progress envisioned domestic machines, such as vacuum cleaners, sewing machines, dishwashers, and telephones to provide labor-saving solutions. Drawing on a collection of vintage advertisements and editorial fashion pages, Johnson merges commodification with objectification by melding household convenience objects with the emergent female form; in result, creating a dream-like experience that transports the…

The Combat Carnival by Matt Pyle

April 8 @ 12:00 pm - August 1 @ 5:00 pm

Warning: Some of the images in this exhibit may be considered graphic in nature and upsetting to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised. THE COMBAT CARNIVAL A tour in Iraq, 2004, with the Bushmasters of Bravo Company––mechanized infantrymen from the US Army’s 1st Infantry Division (“The Big Red One”). THE EXPERIENCE They ride, stuffed in the dark belly of an armored mammoth, called The Bradley Fighting Vehicle––its grinding tracks roaring like a jackhammer beneath them.  They ride, they wait… could be minutes, could be hours––they smoke, they sleep, they eat––and they never know where the hell they are… until the…

Middle Stanza by Andrew DeCaen

May 21 @ 12:00 pm - July 25 @ 5:00 pm

The Workhouse Arts Center is proud to present Middle Stanza, a solo exhibition by Andrew DeCaen. DeCaen’s artwork centers around the themes of rituals surrounding food and slows down mundane experiences to linger in the smallest moments. Middle Stanza focuses on the idea of hypothetical and sequential time and space though three series of works- the Little Kitchen, Gathering, and Stanza series. During the pandemic, we experience our home and families in new ways. Each series explores the space of a room or stanza in different ways, asking us to contemplate the beautiful and challenging middles spaces and middle times…

Do West of D.C.

June 18 @ 11:00 am - September 5 @ 5:00 pm

DO WEST OF DC - Urban Art exhibition On view June 18th  - September 5th in the McGuire Woods Gallery The Workhouse Arts Center is proud to present DO WEST OF DC, a group exhibition featuring the work of Nick Zimbro, Shepherd Norman, Kyle Murray and Herbeth Romero; current DC based artists with roots in local Fairfax County, Virginia. DO WEST OF DC celebrates urban art such as murals, graffiti, and other interpretations of contemporary “guerilla” artwork, bringing DC artists westward to the Workhouse.

Clay International 2021

August 7 @ 11:00 am - October 10 @ 5:00 pm

Workhouse Arts Center Clay International exhibition represents the depth and breadth of contemporary functional and sculptural ceramic artworks being created throughout the country. Ceramic artist Kevin Snipes juried over 170 images to select 50 pieces of which incorporate a contemporary spirit as well as technical skill in the material. The show is an exciting opportunity to see a variety of style and technique which encompass the field of contemporary ceramic arts.

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