May 7-May 29, 2021
Mary D. Ott
Curator: Mattie Schloetzer
Sculpture Garden and Upstairs Parlors
Fall 2020 – Summer 2021
Artist: Jon-Joseph Russo
Curator: Jeffrey Meizlik
About the Artists
Amy Kang is a painter and cellist based in New York City. She received a B.A. in English Literature at Columbia University in 2011, and studied drawing and painting at the L’Ècole Marchutz in Aix-en-Provence. It was at Marchutz that Kang learned about color and light, as she painted Mont St Victoire among the lavender fields, marveling at how Cezanne had gazed upon the same gilded horizon long ago. Her high school art teacher David Brewster, however, truly taught her how to see, and for that she will forever be grateful.
Music is an integral part of Kang’s work and process as a visual artist, influencing her current series of paintings. Most recently, the two art forms converged in a collaborative event presented by the Make-A-Wish Foundation and K-Auction in Seoul, where Kang exhibited her Bach paintings and performed selections from the Bach Cello Suites.
Mary D. Ott
After a 20-year career in educational research, Mary D. Ott became a visual artist in the early 1990s. Her art education included courses in painting, drawing and printmaking at The Art League School in Alexandria, Virginia and at the Corcoran College of Art + Design; private acrylic painting classes with Anne Marchand of Washington, DC; printmaking workshops at Pyramid Atlantic in Silver Spring and Hyattsville, MD; and etching classes at Montgomery College in Silver Spring. Ott’s print media include intaglio, photogravure, lithography, monotype, and others. Much of her imagery is derived from nature.
Ott has been a member of Touchstone Gallery in Washington, DC since 2001. Her work has been exhibited in Brea and Pacific Grove, CA; Washington, DC; Attleboro, MA; Minneapolis, MN; Beachwood and Cleveland Heights, OH; Greensburg, PA; Providence, RI; Alexandria and Arlington, VA; and many locations in Maryland.
Jon-Joseph received his BFA in Sculpture from SUNY Alfred University and lived and exhibited in juried group exhibits in Brooklyn, NY and worked as a carpenter. Russo then completed a Master of Landscape Architecture at Cornell University, combining sculpture, drawing and construction skills. He also studied at the Cornell Architecture Program in Rome, with an emphasis on the Classical Period. He apprenticed with DC sculptor Ray Kaskey for three years, as well as designed gardens and furniture in stone. Russo’s favorite artist is Michelangelo, and his artwork encompasses the power of expression in the human form.
Russo’s work has been exhibited at Pope John Paul II Center Museum, DC, Project Space DC Arts Commission, Shumacher Gallery, OH, Walker-Kornbluth Gallery, NJ, and is held in private collections in South Korea, Mexico, New York, and the Washington, DC metro area. Commissions include Madonna and Child at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Russo was a selected finalist for several DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities projects. Russo has taught sculpture at WSS for multiple years.
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