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Student/Faculty Show


February 20, 2020 - March 1, 2020

The Student/Faculty Show is a celebration of the amazing work created by the students and faculty of The Art League School.

Juried by: Michael Nieson Piechocinski
Exhibit dates: February 20-March 1, 2020
Closing Reception: Sunday, March 1, 2:00–4:00 pm, Gallery, Room 21
Pick up: Sunday, March 1, 4:00–5:00 pm, Gallery, Room 21

About the Juror:

Michael Piechocinski received his B.S. and M.A. degrees from Northern Michigan University. He is an adjunct professor of art at Montgomery College, Germantown, Maryland. He has also been an adjunct professor of art at the Corcoran College of Art in Washington, D.C., A College Board consultant to the District of Columbia, a reader for the AP Studio Art Exams, and Co-Director of the Montgomery County Visual Art Center. In addition, he has served as a Cultural Affairs Consultant for the United States Department of State in Embassies in Eritrea, Ecuador, and Venezuela.

Awards and recognition include: a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, the Robert Rauschenberg “Power of Art Award,” The Maryland Governor’s Arts Educator Award, a U.S. Department of Education Presidential Scholar Teacher’s Award, and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts Distinguished Teacher award.

He has had numerous exhibitions of his paintings in the U.S., Africa, and South America and is known for his color field landscapes, wet plate photography, and collage.

In addition to his work as a contemporary artist, he has also produced a significant body of work in the traditional techniques of Byzantine style Iconography. His work in the writing of Icons can be found in several Eastern Orthodox Churches and private collections in the United States, Africa, and Europe. He has also done field research in Eritrea and Ethiopia and published articles on “The Iconography of Ethiopia” and “The 1990 Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Symposium on the Holy Image”


The Art League Award for Best in Show
Emergence by Alina Tolkachiva

John Foreman Life and Figure Award for Best in Show for Classical Figure Drawing or Painting

A Muse by Hana Horstkamp

Dee Gee Watling Memorial Award for Best in Show, Pastel

Olivia by Valentina DiMilo

The Dennis Davis Award for Best in Show, Ceramics

Raku Vessel by Jean Orr

Potomac Valley Watercolorists’ Award for Best in Show, Watercolor

Grandpa’s Breakfast by Charlie Dwyer

Jennie Lea Knight Creativity Award for Creative Risk Taking

Fractured Fairytale Imp by Pam Gregory

Equal Merit Awards
The Poison Apple by Miriam Hancock
Moe Bracy by Patricia McMahon Rice
Summer Dreaming by Ingrid Matuszewski
Untitled by Howard Bergman
Dawn to Dusk by Mary Ellen Carsley
Untitled by Karen Wallace Chambers
Platter by Marilyn Feldman
Grace by Susan Silk
Wild Card by Elin Young Kim
Jam’n with Peanut Butter by Kay Walsh
Self-Portrait at Lakshmi by Susan Krieg
The Key of G by John Ploch
Forecast Fog by Jeanne McIntyre
Broach by Rebecca Kremidas
Powerful by James Howe
Moe by Stephanie Chang
Happy Hour by Idris Kadircan
Cairn Study by Cecilia Capestany
Olivia by May O’Brien


Sunday, March 1, 4:00–5:00 pm, Gallery, Room 21

Artwork pick-up will be from 4:00 to 5:00pm after the reception on Sunday, March 1. If you or a friend cannot pick up the work at that time, the work should not be entered. Because we have nowhere to store work, it is at risk for loss or damage if not picked up at the designated time. Late pick ups are fined $5 per day.

More Information:

Students may submit one piece of artwork created in an Art League class within the last year.

artwork drop-off: Please bring work to The Art League Gallery in Room 21 of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Drop-off will be Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 17, 10:30 am-1:30pm and 5:30-8:30 pm ONLY. Please bring a completed entry form, available online, at the School Office, and the Gallery.

about submissions: Eligible work only includes work created in a class at The Art League within the last year. All work submitted will be accepted; judging is only for awards. Smaller works are preferred due to limited wall space. The following are not eligible for the Student

Show: work created in Open Life, Open Studio, or workshops; multiple submissions (such as diptychs) even if you have taken several classes. Although we take utmost care in handling artwork, The Art League cannot be responsible for work that is lost or damaged. If you are submitting a pastel, be sure to indicate that on a note attached to the work.

sale: You may list a sale price or mark your work “Not For Sale”. In the event of a sale, The Art League takes a 40% commission.

framing: 2-D works must be properly framed with screw eyes and hanging wire attached to the back. Clip frames are not allowed. We will turn away 2-D works that are unsuitably framed. If you have questions about framing, please ask your instructor for advice.

judging: A visiting judge will award prizes. Award winners receive a free year’s membership to The Art League & more!

reception: The closing reception is Sunday, March 1, from 2:00 to 4:00pm in The Art League Gallery. Awards are presented at 3:30 pm. Please invite friends and family!

pick-up: Artwork pick-up will be from 4:00 to 5:00pm after the reception on Sunday, March 1. If you or a friend cannot pick up the work at that time, the work should not be entered. Because we have nowhere to store work, it is at risk for loss or damage if not picked up at the designated time. Late pick ups are fined $5 per day.

volunteering: We greatly appreciate student participation in preparing the show! You can help us with artwork drop-off or pick up, placing identification cards, providing hospitality at the reception. If you can help, please fill out a volunteer form in the school office or call the school.

questions: Call the School at 703-683-2323 or email


Meet the Juror

Michael Piechocinski

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