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Janet & Walter Sondheim Finalists

@the Walters Art Museum


The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces the finalists for the 14th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. The finalists are Negar Ahkami, Akea Brionne Brown, Cheeny Celebrado-Royer, Schroeder Cherry, Phylicia Ghee, Jackie Milad and Stephanie Williams. The competition awards a $25,000 fellowship to assist in furthering the career of a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. Each finalist not selected for the fellowship is presented with an M&T Bank Finalist Award of $2,500.

Finalists exhibit at the Walters Art Museum, located at 600 N. Charles St., on Saturday, June 15–Sunday, August 11, 2019. The winner is announced at an award ceremony and reception on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 7pm at the Walters. (Galleries open at 10am.) The exhibition and ceremony are free open to the public. The 2019 jurors are Laylah Ali, Regine Basha and William Powhida.



Things That Don't Have Names

@Greater Reston Art Center Reston, VA

curated by Lily Seigel

April 20 – June 22

OPENING RECEPTION: April 27, 5-7pm

This project portrays selfhood as a collection of environments featuring ordered and piled sewn “fragments” using fabric remnants, material sold cheap and in bulk expressing identity’s mix as both a transformative and marginalizing force. Alone and apart from one another, these “fragments” are incomprehensible, but as intersectional pieces, might form indiscernible bodies. They will be accompanied by animated projections. Animation is a literal organization of fragments combined to make motion, offering in its tedium, a unique context for this non-linear storytelling. These micro points of view of amalgamated body pieces displayed as curated autonomous ecosystems. This project will explore, through installation, not only the “untruth” of perceived and constructed cultural contexts, but also consider through anecdote and interview, the "corrective tactics" used over generations by marginalized communities to teach ourselves about American identity.


In Their Own Words: Stephanie Williams and Lily Siegel in conversation: May 4, 3pm

Artist-led Workshop: Stop-motion Animation Workshop: June 15, 1–3 pm

In this workshop, exhibiting artist Stephanie J. Williams will lead participants through the process of creating simple, posable puppets for use in a collaborative animated short film. Workshops participants will explore a variety of media including clay, wire and cut paper, and experiment with both rotoscope and stop motion animation techniques. All materials included. Ages 8 and up. $30. Sponsored by Reston Community Center.

Insights: Saisha Grayson, curator of time-based media at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Stephanie Williams in conversation: June 22, 3pm

Begun in the spring of 2017 with a groundbreaking talk between artist Radcliffe Bailey and Dr. Tuliza Fleming, curator of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) presents Insights, a program bringing curators and directors of major art institutions to Reston. Discussing the work on view in the gallery and American culture writ-large. All ages. Sponsored by Reston Community Center. Free and open to the public.

Greater Reston Arts Center





TUES-SAT: 11am-5pm



School 33 Biennial

@School 33, Baltimore, MD

curated by George Ciscle

May 9 — August 24, 2019

FEATURING WORK BY: Mary Baum, Lynn Cazabon, Cheeny Celebrado-Royer, Rachel Guardiola, Taha Heydari, Luke Ikard, Tiffany Jones, Lauren Lyde, Sylvie van Helden, and Stephanie J. Williams.

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 6-9PM

School 33 1427 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230



WED-SAT 11am-4pm



Unruly Bodies

@Stevenson University, Owings Mills, MD

curated by Aden Weisel

April 27 — September 9, 2019

FEATURING WORK BY: Arit Emmanuela, Nia Hampton + Emani Castillo, A. Moon, Mandy Morrison, Katie O'Keefe, Felandus Thames, Alan Vincent, and Stephanie J. Williams.

The body that is too fat, too Black, too foreign, too femme, too queer, too old...

One year ago, Roxane Gay asked 24 writers to consider what it means to live in an unruly body. The prompt for Medium was deceptively simple, personal but universal, and yielded beautiful narratives.

Now, nine artists probe the themes of Gay’s Unruly Bodies magazine for an exhibition of the same name. What does it mean to move through the world in a body that contradicts societal norms? What does it mean to struggle against, come to terms with, or assert our physicality? How can we claim the space that we deserve?

Opening Reception: Monday, April 29, 2019 at 5-in 7PM

Artists' Talk: Monday, September 9, 2019, 5-7PM

Greenspring Art Gallery 1525 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson, MD 21230



MON-FRI 11am-7pm, SAT 11am-4pm



Storie Americane: Stephanie Williams, Naoko Wowsugi & Elizabeth Acevedo

@Sala Uno, Rome ITA

curated by Allison Nance IA&A at Hillyer through a DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Sister Cities Grant

March 20 — April 15, 2019

(Rome) Sala 1, in partnership with International Arts & Artists, presents Storie Americane: Stephanie Williams, Naoko Wowsugi, Elizabeth Acevedo, curated by Allison Nance and supported by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities' Sister Cities Grant Program, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, and with the patronage of the United States Embassy to Italy. Using video installation, photography, and poetry, this exhibition brings together three Washington, DC artists to share work on gender, ethnicity, and the immigrant experience in America.

The exhibition will open at Sala 1 on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, and will run through Monday, April 15, 2019. Curator Allison Nance, and artists Stephanie Williams and Naoko Wowsugi will be present to talk about the work with visitors at the opening reception on Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 4 to 8 pm. The project is in collaboration with the non-profit Hillyer Gallery in D.C. and part of the Sala 1 educational program with “Alternanza Scuola-Lavoro” with the Ministry of Education in Italy as well as the gallery’s student internship programs with the Università di Roma/Academy of Fine Arts and Fondazione IES.

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 4:30-8 PM

Sala 1 Centro Internazionale d'Arte Contemporanea Piazza di Porto San Giovanni 10, 00185 Rome, Italy



-“Too Obviously from an Animal”, visiting artist for the John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series

@Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University School of Visual Arts, University Park, PA

-Lecture and Screening for "Food and Place", Emerging Creatives Panel at the 2019 Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities Emerging Creatives Student Summit

@James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

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