Upcoming Exhibitions


Opening Reception
Friday, January 19, 2018

VisArts Open Studios
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Artist Talks
7:00 - 9:00 PM

Alex Braden: A Lesser Light
January 12 – February 11, 2018
Gibbs Street Gallery

Alex Braden, the first VisArts Studio Fellow, presents a series of new sonic works in the Gibbs Street Gallery. Braden uses sound and sculpture to create interactive installations and immersive experiences. He believes that the medium through which listeners engage with sound should bear as much aesthetic weight as the content of the sound itself. He often employs antiquated technology for his sound-making, asking listeners to answer a rotary telephone, navigate rebuilt tape machines, or step into a phone booth to engage with his work. He also uses scale and distance to immerse listeners in audio—often splitting a single composition among multiple speakers in an installation to create theatrical, spacious, and lush soundscapes.

Left: Katie Kehoe, Provisions in Washington, D. C., 2017, performance. Photo by Susanna Lee. Right: Krista Caballero and Frank Ekeberg, Birding the Future, 2016. Photo by Kate Warren


2017 Bresler Resident Artists in Social Practice, Community Art, and Performance
Katie Kehoe: Provisions for Buoyancy, Kaplan Gallery
Krista Caballero: Birding the Future, Kaplan Gallery
Maria-Theresa Fernandes: The Fabric of Place, Concourse Gallery
January 12 - February 18, 2018

The 2017 Bresler Resident artists, Katie Kehoe, Krista Caballero, and Maria-Theresa Fernandes, present new work created during their residencies at VisArts. These artists were selected by a review panel and received a free studio space for four months to develop project proposals that focused on social practice, community art, and/or performance. The nature of their projects required a dynamic mix of research, collaboration, physical construction, and public interaction.

Anika Cartterfield, The Wild, 2017, site specific work in progress, wood, mud, drywall, paint


Anika Cartterfield: The Wild
January 12 - February 11, 2018
Common Ground Gallery

What is it that elevates dirt, wood, or gypsum from its raw state into an object worthy of a pedestal?  Cartterfield's exhibition "The Wild" reflects on this question by deconstructing the traditional forms of the gallery - the white wall, the pedestal, and the frame - to interrogate how we assign and interpret the value of the 'natural.' 

Maria-Theresa Fernandes, Beall House Texile, 2017, stitch, fabric, 36h x 36w x 3d inches


2017 Bresler Resident Artist Maria-Theresa Fernandes:
The Fabric of Place

January 12 - February 18, 2018
Concourse Gallery

2017 Bresler Resident artist Maria-Theresa Fernandes delved into the history of Rockville during her four-month Bresler Residency. She found inspiration in textiles and newspaper archives from the Beall Dawson House collection, as well as the Confederate soldier statue that was recently removed from the Rockville courthouse. Fernandes brilliantly embodies historic facts and narratives in her new body of textile and stitched works.

Jeroen Cluckers, Ships in Distress in a Datastorm, video still, 2014


In(Site) Project Series:
Frame & Frequency IV

January 19, 2018 | 7 - 9 PM

As part of our ongoing In(Site) Project Series, VisArts proudly presents Frame & Frequency IV, Stronger Sex, and YESFERATU.

Frame & Frequency IV is an ongoing International Video Art Exchange program, highlighting the work of a select group of international artists. This project explores contemporary visual culture and presents an intimate panorama of the variety and breadth of video art in artistic practice today.

In(Site) Project Series: Stronger Yes, poster image courtesy of Frank McCauley


In(Site) Project Series:
Stronger Sex & Yesferatu

January 19, 2018 | 9 - 11 PM
Tickets: $10 donation

Stronger Sex is an experimental electronic duo based in Washington, DC. Frontpersons Leah Gage and Johnny Fantastic are spirited performers who sing dynamic harmonies while programming the music live on an all hardware setup (no computers allowed!).

With songs ranging in topic from gender identity to mental illness to space travel to Armageddon, Stronger Sex tackles the personal and political with sincerity and a sardonic sense of humor. The band has existed in various forms since 2012 and has toured extensively throughout the US.

Yesferatu is irresponsible science. It's sequential circuits, slinky bass lines and a southern drawl. It's David Byrne in a cowboy hat talking about his D&D campaign with a Borat cult in it.

The In(Site) Project Series at VisArts places contemporary art, music, and performance art in non-traditional spaces and venues. VisArts encourages active looking, sociability, interaction, and encounters with art and music in architectural spaces often considered “pass throughs” (hallways, atriums, lobbies, and windows). The In(Site) Project Series aims to feature artists and performers working in a variety of modes, media, and platforms.

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