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All-Media - April 2015

April All-Media Exhibit
Juried by Jayme McClellan
April 8–May 4, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 9, 6:30–8:00 pm

Exhibit links: View the exhibit programView the works on Flickr

Also on view in April:
“Bits & Pieces”

Untitled by Saeed Marefat


Juror’s Dialogue with Erica Fortwengler

April All-Media juror Jayme McClellan is no stranger to the DC art scene. As someone who has been organizing exhibitions and working with artists for twenty years, to say that McClellan is well versed and knowledgeable is an understatement. She came into the Gallery expecting to see a high volume and variety of high quality artwork from Art League artists and knew that she had some tough choices ahead of her.

Noting that the jurying process is purely subjective, McClellan was looking for pieces that hit several points. The artist needed to demonstrate a mastery of craft, attention to detail, and a depth of understanding of their chosen material(s). The piece needed to be aesthetically pleasing and the framing/presentation needed to be clean. Finally, McClellan was looking for something unexpected, unique; something she hadn’t seen before.

Some of the unselected works either hadn’t reached the level of mastery of craft that McClellan was looking for, or were perhaps too traditional in approach. McClellan really wanted to see a fresh perspective and the artists’ unique voice.

McClellen chose Barbara Steinacker’s Coming Apart as the recipient of the Carol Bruce Pastel Award. She was intrigued by and drawn to the ambiguous and abstracted subject matter, the beautiful lines, and handling of the medium. She also appreciated that the piece was framed well.

The Marker Award for Best in Show was awarded to Bryan, a deeply saturated watercolor by new Art League member Dasher Ayush. “Watercolor is such a hard and unforgiving medium. This piece is so impressive. I like it formally and conceptually. The artist has demonstrated so much skill.”

McClellan awarded several pieces with Honorable Mentions, all of which show a lot of personality, originality, and skill.

McClellan has curated and organized 94 exhibitions at her gallery – Civilian Art Projects in Washington, DC – founded in 2006 to serve artists and amplify the voice and vision of the artist in society. McClellan also started Transformer in Washington, DC, a non-profit artist-centered space that serves as a catalyst and advocate for emergent expression in the visual arts.  She has curated several projects independently including a recent traveling exhibition, HARD ART DC 1979, that traveled from Civilian Art Projects, to the Good Children Gallery in New Orleans, and to the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Throughout her career, McClellan has lectured, written essays for catalogues, served as a juror, taught curatorial practice, exhibition design, art history, and professional development.



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