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Manon Cleary

Manon Cleary, Obsessive Observer: A New Perspective through her Photographic Studies

The Arts Club of Washington is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Manon Cleary, Obsessive Observer: A New Perspective Through Her Photographic Studies. The exhibition, produced by her husband, F. Steven Kijek, explores for the first time Cleary’s use of her photography in creating her paintings and works on paper. Within the arc of these works one can follow Cleary’s observation and exploration of composition, shadow and light in her photographs and her final works. Cleary, who passed away in 2011, was an acclaimed artist and was heavily involved in the DC arts scene for several decades.

The exhibition runs from April 4 to April 26 with an opening reception on Friday, April 4th from 6 pm to 9 pm. A symposium, “Between Painting and Photography: The Vision of Manon Cleary,” will be held on April 9 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Panelists will include Eric Denker, senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art, Judy Greenberg, director of the Kreeger Museum, Susan Hauptman, whose drawings are in numerous museum collections including those of the National Portrait Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Corcoran Gallery, Erich Keel, former head of education at the Kreeger Museum,  Jared Miller, a former student of Cleary’s and  Jack Rasmussen, director and curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center. A catalog produced for this exhibition features an essay by Stephen May, a frequent contributor to Art News and other publications. In addition, F. Steven Kijek will present an illustrated lecture on Manon Cleary’s life and art on April 22 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Dr. Jack Rasmussen, director and curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, is the guest curator for the exhibition.

Exhibition Dates
April 4, 2014 – April 26, 2014

Opening Reception
Friday, April 4, 2014
6 pm – 9 pm

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
6:30 pm 8:30 pm.

Illustrated Lecture
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


For more information, please contact Nichola Hays, gallery manager, at (202) 331-7282 ext. 119 or email

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