Friday, April 7, 2017
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
April 7 – April 29, 2017
Monroe and MacFeely Galleries
Amy K. Flatten
Curator: Sandra Warren Gobar, Former Adjunct Professor at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design
Featured Artist: Lucretia Tanner
About the Artists
Amy K. Flatten combines technical analysis and artistic intuition when creating her abstract pieces, as her years of scientific training inevitably inform her artwork. Her initial interest in math and science led her to earn a Ph.D. in Engineering Science & Mechanics from the Georgia Institute of Technology. As her career progressed, her curiosity grew beyond photons, mechanics, and mathematical equations and she began to examine international science policy questions, serving nearly five years with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Today, she is the Director of International Affairs for a scientific organization in the D.C. area, where she develops international exchanges, collaborations, and partnerships with scientists around the globe.
As her scientific career expanded to include broader policy questions, she further challenged her creativity through art classes with the Art League of Alexandria. In these early classes, she was struck by her teacher’s references to “problem-solving” when refining the aesthetic balance and structure in each art piece. Through art, she could now transition her math & science problem-solving skills to creating artistic abstractions of her everyday observations. She embraced the analytical challenge of problem-solving with line, color, and texture, instead of mathematical rigor. While her analytical background underpins her artistic intuition, she allows herself to stray from any anticipated, or “scientifically hypothesized,” outcome of her artistic experiments. In addition to studying at the Art League of Alexandria, she exhibits her artwork in various venues throughout the D.C. area.
Mimi Little lives by the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland and in Fort Myers Beach on the Gulf coast of Florida. Working in acrylics and collage she has produced a series of paintings influenced by her life and travels. Her past series of paintings have included themes on Nantucket, Haiti, Maryland tobacco barns, Cuba, and the rivers and bays that surround her everyday life. Her latest series was influenced by a trip to Zimbabwe. Mimi’s paintings are abstract in nature, landscapes and figures, with vivid color and vigorous brush strokes. Mimi has had solo exhibits in Nantucket, MA, Virginia, Maryland and Southwest Florida and has juried into numerous group shows.
You can see her artwork at calvART Gallery in Prince Frederick, Maryland and and the WildChild Gallery in Matlacha, FL.
Thomas Xenakis received a B.S. in Biology, with a minor in Fine Arts, at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. He studied drawing and painting under Phillip Pearlstein, Paul Gianfagna, Robert Henry, and Milet Andrejevic. He went on to receive a Master’s degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. Additionally, Thomas completed a Masters of Fine Arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Hoffberger School of Painting in Baltimore, Maryland under the guidance of the late Grace Hartigan, abstract expressionist.
Thomas was awarded 2 Senior Fulbright Fellowships to Greece in 1994‑1995, and in 2000-2001. In 1996 he became artist‑in‑residence at the Wesley Theological Seminary, Center for the Arts and Religion, Washington, DC. He continued his creative work with the sacred icon and its contemporary applications in media and subject. Mr. Xenakis maintains a studio in Washington, D.C. and near Perugia, Umbria, Italy. Since 2003 he is working on a series of sculpted and painted mixed media gilded panels with a variety of precious metals. These works are titled XPYSO (GOLD). This is an on-going series which he continues to exhibit at various venues and he has created about 400 works in this series.
Currently, Thomas teaches at Georgetown University, Marymount University, and Prince Georges Community College in Largo, Maryland. He has taught painting and drawing at the Corcoran School of Art and Design, and Northern Virginia Community College. He is represented in collections throughout the United States, Greece, France and Germany.
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