Made possible by a grant awarded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Art Exhibition Grant Program 

 

MEET THE ARTISTS

Drew Anderson

A science teacher turned teaching artist, poet turned parodist, and marathon runner turned motivational speaker, Drew Anderson is founder and co-host of Spit Dat (the longest-running open mic in DC) and co-creator of the critically acclaimed stage production From Gumbo to Mumbo (nominated for the 2020 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Production - Theatre for Young Audiences, winner of "Best Of" for 2019 Charm City Fringe Festival). Recipient of the prestigious DC Arts and Humanities Fellowship, Drew has recently merged his decade-plus of artistic acumen and educational expertise to develop Spoof School and C.R.U.N.K. Academy, two dynamic arts education integration programs which teach students of all ages how to make learning fun by "making fun" of their learning. Equal parts teaching artist and performing artist, Drew is on a mission to share his love of drama, comedy, poetry, parody, and hip hop with all who are within his reach.    

Bomani Armah

A proud resident of Prince George’s County Maryland where his earliest musical influences were gospel and Go-Go. He credits his community for preparing him to be, as supporting him as an artist and an educator. Bomani is most known for his Internet viral and BET music video hit "Read a Book". He has many aliases including art educator “Baba Bomani” to students throughout Maryland, “Notarapper” on the vibrant poetry and hip-hop scene, and
“The Watermelon Man” in the community.


For almost 20 years Bomani has used his extensive experience as a poet, producer and hip-hop MC, to teach fun and informative workshops, residencies, assemblies, professional development
classes and seminars in what has evolved into a writing curriculum called BARS. Along with being a Kennedy Center CETA facilitator, he is also a sought-after teaching artist on the Young Audiences of Maryland and Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania roster, frequently a Kennedy Center Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program facilitator,
and just completed a summer tour of all the public libraries in Delaware. Bomani is the founder of Watermelon Day at Sankofa, a yearly celebration of community, art, education and watermelon on the first Saturday in August at Sankofa Video & Books Cafe. He is also the founder of the Frederick Douglass Writing Club, a literacy history and club taught at several schools and homeschooling collectives between 8 and 12 based on the life and career of
Frederick Douglass.

Adia Harris

A Washington DC born and based Reggio Inspired atelierista who works with some of the youngest creatives, aged 3-6 years old.  Like her students, Adia likes to explore a variety of modalities to make sense of the world around her.  An avid reader, constant doodler, photographer and budding ceramicist, Adia has used this time of social distance to creatively respond to what is happening in America.

Danielle Hawkins

A creative, hardworking individual committed to being a life-long learner while harboring professionalism with the intent to be the best at her craft.  This is her first time showing my art.  She grew up in  Washington DC.  She has been teaching since 2004.

Randall C. Holloway

Randall C. Holloway has always been an artist. He began taking formal art classes at age six after his mom discovered him drawing a complete living room suite. After settling in Germany during middle school, he began intensive training in realism and upon returning to the U.S., attended the Duke Ellington School for the Arts. Upon graduation and two years in the Army, he received a degree from Howard University. He then started a twenty-year journey of teaching elementary performance art.

 

Holloway would say, “I absolutely love art. During twenty years of teaching, my focus was to teach academic achievement with artistic understanding to children ages 3 to 12 years old. I studied methods to connect with students through language modeling, open ended questions and student lead discussions with an emphasis on inferencing and image comprehension. This process ensured exploratory projects that were thoroughly understood, correctly completed and creatively inspiring.”

 

Holloway taught art in several cities and counties and was able to reach a diverse group of students and maximize achievement. His students have displayed at some of the finest art galleries on the east coast. He has displayed work at the Smithsonian, Children’s Medical Hospital and Saint Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington DC. His accomplishments are art department chair at several schools, and founding Holloway Ventures Inc., a non-profit for young artists. He has never stopped teaching himself, and in 2019 he set off to pursue his life-long dream of becoming a visual children’s storyteller.

Janai Johnson

A DC Based Visual Artist specializing in Murals and Portraits. She works with Acrylic Paint and creates with the specific intent to build a thriving business her children can pass on for generations.   Her father is an artist, and they consider this a family trade. She has five children, several of whom are artists as well.  Born and raised in Washington, DC Johnson is proud to be able to use her art to impact her community.

Flonora Merritt

An advisor for Friendship News Network, a high school journalism program at Friendship Collegiate Academy in Washington DC. Graduating from Collegiate in 2008 as a salutatorian, she returned to her Alma mater to run FNN at Collegiate and take it to new places. When she was a student, FNN started as a magazine and slowly progressed to digital media. This will be her first exhibit.

Joy Nutt

An artist and art teacher from the DMV area. Joy was born in DC to Trinidadian parents and raised in Maryland and Colorado. She majored in Electronic Studio Art at Howard University and graduated in 2008. She loves being an art teacher and inspiring students to be their unique creative selves. The current pandemic allowed time and space to star tJNStudio Art specializing in vibrant portrait commissions and original art.

Asma Page

Born in Morristown, NJ Asma always had an interest in the Arts; she polished her skills and deepened her love by drawing, painting, and sculpting throughout middle and high school. That passion drove her to North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC where she majored in Art with a concentration in painting and drawing. In college is where she discovered her love for painting portraits and still life’s. After graduating from college in 2008, she begin her journey of becoming an Art Teacher. 

Since 2012 Asma has been an employee of Friendship Public Charter School in Washington, D.C.  Her journey began as a dedicated aid, transitioned to a teacher’s assistant, to now capitalizing off her passion for education and the arts in her current role as an Art teacher. Asma is currently working at Southeast Academy were she teaches students ranging from Preschool to 8th grade. In addition, she has created an Art Club for the student body that meets twice a week and is responsible for the “beautification” of the school.

In Asma’s free time she creates oil paintings and drawings of her family members and still life’s of assorted glass bottles. Her current muse is her infant son. She would like to explore different mediums to create more artwork. In her near future she wishes to further her education in art, specifically in art history. 

Zalika Perkins

Zalika Perkins of Lotus of Wadi Arts (www.lotusofwadiarts.com) is a Washington, DC based art teacher and visual artist whose upbringing has a strong influence on her aesthetic.  She was raised in a Pan-African household and community where Black arts were celebrated.  

She received her BFA from Howard University’s Fine Arts Program where she studied under professors who founded Afri-Cobra, an arts movement that began in the late 60s that celebrated a Pro-Black aesthetic that was independent of European modalities.  She later received her Master’s in Art Education from Georgia State University where she explored embracing identity and narrative in the art making process, which is a theme that figures prominently in her artwork and in her teaching.  She is currently in her tenth year of teaching in DC Public Schools. 

Reshada Pullen-Jireh

One of the most prolific contemporary artists in the Metro Washington DC area. Reshada has painted using mostly acrylics for over 20years. Since 1999 she has participated in a plethora of exhibitions throughout the East Coast. In 2003 her performance sculpture piece The Revolution Don’t Pay No Rent” received shocking reviews from the Virginia Commonwealth University Sculpture community. Her first solo exhibit at 312 Gallery in 2004, Three Fifths Remained Silent, explored images of black women, stereotypes, commerce and slavery. Reshada graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University's School of the Arts in 2005. And Pursued her Master of fine arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art. After Haiti’s devastating Earthquake in 2010, Reshada began painting live for fundraisers and other events around the metro D.C. Area. She's exhibited at the Flats at Atlas, Victory Christian Ministries, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and many other galleries.  Reshada currently teaches art in Washington, D.C. and for RPJ Studios Online Art Classes.  Reshada continues to exhibit and is the resident artist for both Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville and Poetic Vibes at the Anacostia Arts Center. During the 2020 Pandemic, Reshada saw a need for people to create to maintain peace so she developed &Paint Virtual Paint Parties to make it easy for people to create paintings that they will love.

Tiffany Raquel

Tiffany Raquel was born in Tokyo, Japan and grew up in the South Jersey area. She received her BA in Liberal Arts from Rowan University in 2013. Her academic studies specialized in the areas of Philosophy, Religion and Sociology. She currently resides and works in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area where she obtained her MFA in Studio Art from American University. She is known for her figurative works often placed on a ground of abstraction or distortion. Her figures remain those “of color” – giving spotlight to minority groups of people previously absent from classical figurative art. Tiffany believes art has the ability to function as documentation and inspiration to visually map out larger spiritual concepts often non-accessible to the mundane lives of many. It is now more than ever she believes there is a luring consciousness that desires to be accepted yet is overlooked by the current global state. An essence of Presence is what she aims to appeals to viewers – the essential role to be in the moment despite all. Her work explores ideas of spirituality, identity, humanity and inclusion.

Rhonda Silver

Rhonda Alisa Silver is a multimedia artist and fourth generation Washingtonian.  She currently teaches Art at Friendship Public Charter Schools and has taught children over 30 years.  She attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts to study Visual Arts.  Later, she returned to Duke Ellington to teach future leaders and artists in Museum Studies.  Silver studied Fine Arts and Graphic Design at the University of the District of Columbia. She has exhibited solo in galleries, art spaces, the Mary Macleod Bethune Museum, and the Smithsonian.  Silver has worked and exhibited with other known artists such as Harlem Renaissance artist, George Seabrook Powell, on community and children projects.

Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith has been making art since she could write her name with a pencil. She is an illustrator and graphic designer. She also does quite a bit of production work in Photoshop for art museums preparing master paintings for print reproduction. She has experience with sculpture and print making, and works mainly in 2D using mediums such as graphite, ink, acrylic paint, pastels, etc. She currently lives in Silver Spring, MD but grew up in Washington DC. Her education in art started at Paul Jr. High School when she was mentored by an awesome art teacher who went on to recommend her as a student candidate for a new school opening in Washington DC, Duke Ellington School of the Arts. She attended and graduated from Ellington then continued her art education at Atlanta College of Art and then Pratt Institute where she received her BFA.

Elizabeth Stewart

Elizabeth Stewart was born in Los Angeles, CA. She made her way to Howard University where she earned a BFA in Painting.  She has done numerous shows including the Harlem Fine arts show, Jack Daniel’s Art Beats and Lyrics and was a part of the Women’s history month mural on Florida Avenue NW Washington, DC. 

Carol Solinger

Carol Solinger is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, but has lived all over from  New Jersey, Arizona, Louisiana, California, and even England. She has been teaching middle and high school fine arts for the past 12 years in three different states. Her career path took her into marketing after college, mostly in telecommunications.  She had 3 solo art shows in the past and most recently her work was exhibited with the Arts Council of Anne Arundel. Solinger earned her doctorate in Art Education in 2015. She have two children who live in Baltimore and Nashville who she is very proud of.

James Terrell

A native Washingtonian who was reared in Ward 7. His parents are Rev. Dr. James E. Terrell, Pastor of historic Second Baptist Church of Washington D.C. and Retired Superior Court Associate Judge Mary A. Terrell of the Superior Court of Washington D.C. He received his high school diploma from Gonzaga College High School in Washington D.C. He received the Bachelor of Fine Art in 1999 from Howard University, Master of Fine Arts in 2002 from Parsons School of Design in New York City and the Master of Divinity Degree from the Union Theological Seminary in New York City with a concentration on Theology and the Fine Arts in 2006. While attending Union Theological Seminary, he pursued Fine Arts painting elective courses at Columbia University.  Terrell has exhibited his work all over the country and had multiple solo shows including at museums.

Randy Walters

Artist Randy Walters specializes in Original fine art paintings, portraits, custom framing and mural design. Walters artwork has been displayed in a variety of galleries and venues. His clientele includes well-known athletes and entertainers as well as art lovers from every walk of life. Randy is an aspiring artist in every sense of the word, who lives to express his interpretation of life through his artistic gifts and talents to inspire others.  He is the CEO of W Fine Art aka Art by Randy Walters as well as Soulful Sip & Paint by Randy, and the Owner/Director of ArtRageous, a performing arts summer camp program.  

Judy Williams

Judy Adjua Williams, born in Washington DC, is a mixed media Sculptor and a Graduate of The Corcoran School of Art and Design. "My art expresses who I am as a person first; the person on this journey has roles as sister, auntie, artist, and teacher. I love making art and exploring connections that make us alike rather than what makes us different." Judy Adjua Williams has exhibited in Manhattan, NY, Brooklyn, NY, and the Washington DC metro area. Her life motto, "Art is Life and Life is Art."

Jimise Winston

Jimise Winston was born in Washington D.C. She is a graduate of Norfolk State University’s school of Fine Arts where she received her B.A. in Fine Arts. She began her career as an art educator in 2000 and currently works for Friendship Public Charter School in Washington D.C.  Jimise enjoys the art of instruction and facilitating the creativity of her students in the classroom.  In 2010, Jimise was honored with the “Teacher of the Year” award at Woodridge Campus for demonstrating excellence in the field of the arts and making it an important part of the educational community.  

 

Jimise is the proud mother of a beautiful, six-year-old daughter, Mia Elizabeth Jones.  Albeit a mother and an educator, she continues to carve out time to create independent artwork for clients, exhibits as well as share her talents at festivals throughout the Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia areas.  

Jimise currently resides in the Northeast region of Washington D.C.

Malandela Zulu

A Mixed Media artist specializing in African art.  He has been involved in visual and performing arts since he was 8 years old and believes that his creations are healing. He regards his creations as having a healing effect on the heart and body and especially the soul. The Washington, DC native enjoys printmaking, drawing, painting, photography and ceramics, tapping into a spiritual well-spring that many people ignore or cannot see. 

Malandela’s work has been described as “unique,” “powerful,” “spiritual,” “surreal,” and “awe-inspiring.” He credits the experiences during his travels to Ghana and East Africa, Brazil as having influenced his personal vision and perspective and how he embraces, expresses and interprets African art