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JULY 2023

…silver lycra + pink thread + calluses

hey folks,

happy summer! it feels lovely to get back into the studio full time after a very hectic academic year. puppets that i can further destroy…very slowly…in a dark room…while i pace back and forth, aka animating, are always in the works, but i've spent the last few weeks adding to a sewn piece for a group show this fall, an oldie that has me again neck deep in silver lycra and pink thread. in a word, yay.

Hospes continues to travel the film festival circuit with recent screenings at the Boston Underground Film Festival, Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival and later next month at Outfest LA LGBTQ+ Film Festival. i've never traveled as much as i have this past year. i’ve been met with so much good conversation, meals and support along the way.

below are some photos from the studio and time on the road (my mom was very excited to know that i shared the same space as Vincent D'Onofrio, though she cared much less about George R.R. Martin).

it's also been a while since i've been able to connect with brick and mortar spaces in and around DC and happen to have a few events where we can, perhaps, bump into each other.

until soon,



group show CURATED BY Nicole Dowd + Allison Nance

ON VIEW July 5 - August 18, 2023

OPENING Thursday, July 6, 2023, 6-8pm

ARTISTS TALK Tuesday, July 18, 2023, 6:30pm (virtual)


DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Gallery

200 I St SE, Washington, DC 20003

GALLERY HOURS: Monday - Friday, 9am to 5:30pm

FEATURING Adele Yiseol Kenworthy Antonio McAfee Stephanie Mercedes Fargo Nissim Tbakhi Jessica Valoris Stephanie J. Williams

RE/ENVISIONING brings together six artists to present work that re-examines stories that have historically defined our collective consciousness and are often used to justify discriminatory biases and systems.

RE/ENVISIONING contains a mere six stories in a sea of multitudes of lost or suppressed narratives, featuring work that examines and questions the paradox of nationhood, catharsis through storytelling and reimagining of historically ignored and stereotyped peoples, and colonized narratives that spread and evolve through both diaspora and digital connectivity. The artists’ decolonized narratives ask the audience to consider an alternative worldview on widely accepted norms, traditions, and beliefs.

This project is made possible by an Art Exhibition (Curatorial) Grant from the DC Commission (CAH) on the Arts and Humanities, providing support for the development and public presentation of visual art exhibitions by District resident curators through grant support and use of CAH’s exhibition space within their building lobby.


residency program, Washington DC

The Nicholson Project is a paid artist residency program and neighborhood garden in Ward 7’s Fairlawn neighborhood. Our mission is to support, provide opportunities, engage, and amplify artists and creatives from our community and the local artist community—particularly artists of color and those from Ward 7 and 8—while engaging our neighbors through community-based programming. Our vision is to serve as a cultural hub and community anchor celebrating Ward 7’s authentic identity, while infusing new vibrancy into Southeast DC. We hope to inspire others to use similar non-traditional arts and community-centered projects as a pathway toward stronger, more vibrant communities.

RESIDENCY DATES July 5 - September 12, 2023


2310 Nicholson St SE, Washington, DC 20020


screening/talk, Washington DC

Join Stephanie J. Williams of The Nicholson Project for a viewing of Hospes and The Expectation of the Observed. The films will begin at 3:00pm, followed by an artist talk and audience Q&A. Attendees are welcome to join us for a glass of wine on the Sculpture Terrace after the event. This screening is presented under The Collaborative, a program developed by The Kreeger Museum in 2021 to support Washington-area artists.

Advanced registration is encouraged.

DATE July 8, 2023, 3:00pm

The Kreeger Museum

2401 Foxhall Road, NW

Washington D.C. 20007


FESTIVAL DATES July 13-23 (in person + VIRTUAL PORTAL)

The world’s largest LGBTQ+ film festival is back! Now is your chance to get your tickets for the 2023 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival to get a front row seat to some of the best LGBTQ+ films of the year.

The full program includes over 170 films, star studded galas, music performances, and parties you don’t want to miss! This year’s festival will be held July 13 - 23, 2023 returning to multiple locations throughout Los Angeles, including the Directors Guild of America, The Orpheum Theatre, the REDCAT and more! Many of their titles will also be made available virtually across the US and internationally. For the full program and to get your tickets visit

“HOSPES” IN PERSON SCREENING DATE July 15, 2023, 11:00am

Shorts Program (Blend Into My Favorite Color)


631 W 2nd St, LA

This block of animated short films showcases stories bound by love, trust, epic adventure, and fantasy; these are the stories of love amidst colonial violence, first-time visits to the grocery store, a superhero, an imaginative nonbinary teen named Frog, and a rumination on the memory of a former relationship. Representing a range of queer narratives animation styles and techniques not only through words, but through race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, etc.



Join artist Stephanie Williams in conversation with artist Amina Ross on building and sustaining an interdisciplinary studio practice. Delve into their respective approaches to artmaking, and learn about how working across interconnected disciplines can cultivate fertile grounds for creativity and worldbuilding.

DATE Saturday, July 20, 2023, Time: 6–8pm EST Virtual

Link to join:

forthcoming MOCA ARLINGTON

group show CURATED BY Blair Murphy

DATE this fall


3550 Wilson Blvd

Arlington, VA 22201

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