Fine Artists in Residence Class of 2015 Exhibition

Aug 1–23, 2015

The creative generation begins by combing through vintage comics, searching for an image that excites. The image ultimately becomes part of a work to be displayed in the Mansion at Strathmore. For screen printer and DC native JD Deardourff, who draws inspiration from Scottish sculptor and artist Eduardo Paolozzi and psychedelic characteristics of the ’60s, Strathmore’s Fine Artist in Residence (Fine AIR) program provides, “. . . numerous fruitful activities. I love having the support of an institution like Strathmore, with fellows and mentors. This offers a community for artists of differing perspectives.”

Deardourff is being mentored by John James Anderson, an interdisciplinary artist and professor of art at Prince George’s Community College who has exhibited throughout the United States and has been awarded several grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Strathmore’s Fine AIR program, part of Strathmore’s Institute for Artistic and Professional Development, is comprised of elite painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers, and multimedia artists who provide professional development workshops, portfolio reviews, and networking events for promising, up-and-coming visual artists. Since its inception in 2009, the program has enabled artists with opportunities to expand their footprint in the art world.

Painter Alexandra Chiou of Arlington, Virginia, whose inspiration comes from life, geography, and scientific phenomenon was drawn to the Fine AIR program because, “I was at a point in my artistic maturation where I needed that extra support, critical feedback, and workshops on business aspects of the art world that aren’t necessarily taught in school.” Chiou is creating a prosperous name for herself as an artist. She is being mentored by artist Pam Rogers, an experienced freelance curator, artist, and recipient of fellowships at multiple residencies, including the Hambridge Center for the Arts, Ragdale Art Center, and Virginia Center for Creative Arts.

“[Being a Fine AIR is] an honor. There’s a certain prestige that comes from the past lineage, which [comes with] great responsibility,” proclaims 24-year-old Samuel Hindolo of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This Fine AIR, known for manipulating imagery from vintage West African footage, enjoys the accessibility to his mentor who offers much-needed dialogue concerning artistic careers and creative fulfillment. He is mentored by artist and American University and Montgomery College faculty member Ellington Robinson, whose works hang in private exhibitions, including the Robert Steel Collection. Hindolo continues: “To hear someone else be able to communicate on their struggles and seeing where they are now is exciting.”


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