Artist Critiques

Friday, September 15, 2017, 6:30pm

Friday, January 19, 2018, 6:30pm

Saturday, March 3, 2018, 11am

Friday, June 1, 2018, 6:30pm

The Mansion


Artist Critiques

Artistic growth often involves constructive evaluation, but for working artists not enrolled in a formal degree program, access to regular critiques can be difficult to find. Strathmore offers artists an opportunity to participate in critiques led by a range of professionals in our region, from museum curators to working artists. Each session helps artists to separate from the art-making process and discover what viewers with trained eyes see evolving within their art. Critiques offer encouragement and perspective to help artists improve and refine their work.

Artists are invited to bring two completed works to the critique session. Professional artists of all career stages and education levels are welcome. If you have any questions, please contact

Artist critiques

2017–2018 Critique Facilitators

Fri, Sept 15: Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
Since earning degrees in art, painting, arts management, and anthropology, Rasmussen has worked at the National Gallery of Art, Washington Project for the Arts, Rockville Arts Place, Maryland Art Place, di Rosa Preserve in California, and Jack Rasmussen Gallery. Rasmussen has been with the American University Museum since 2005 and currently serves on the Maryland State Arts Council.

Fri, Jan 19: Joseph Craig English, Printmaker, Painter, and Sculptor
English is a Washington, DC, native and a graduate of the School of Art at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has been a full-time artist since 1974 and is based in Washington Grove, Maryland, where he works out of the printmaking studio he designed and built. A celebrated artist who has exhibited widely, English is best known for his precisely executed screenprints that record the color and energy of local landmarks. He has also completed several commissioned outdoor sculptures, and was tapped by Montgomery County to create an edition of prints for visiting dignitaries in 2014.

Sat, March 3: Harriet Lesser, Strathmore Curator and Mixed Media Artist
Lesser has been an artist, teacher, and curator for more than 20 years in the Washington, DC area, including at the Corcoran School of Art, Fillmore Arts Center, Smithsonian Institution, University of the District of Columbia, and the University of Maryland. She was the curator of exhibitions at the Charles Sumner Museum for 9 years. Lesser has exhibited internationally and her paintings are in corporate and private collections in the US, Japan, the UK, and India.

Fri, June 1: Lulu Delacre, Award-Winning Picture Book Artist
A 3-time Pura Belpré Award Honoree, Delacre has been writing and illustrating children’s books since 1980. Born in Puerto Rico to Argentinean parents, Delacre’s life and heritage inform her books, which have earned recognition from Horn Books, the International Literacy Association, the Junior Library Guild, and major critique journals. She has also lectured internationally and served as a juror for the National Book Awards. Delacre has exhibited at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Society of Illustrators in New York, Museum of Art of Puerto Rico, and Museum of Ponce in Puerto Rico. Her art is in the permanent collections of The Kerlan Collection, The Mazza Museum, and Keene State College.

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