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Curator: Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell
Curator Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell Presents New Art Show, “Distance Learning;”
Featuring Established and Upcoming Art Teachers in the Nation’s Capital Who Painted Their Experiences and Responses to the 2020 Pandemic and Social Unrest.
February 8 – March 19, 2021
Made possible by an Art Exhibition (Curatorial) Grant from the Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
A virtual platform is being used as an alternative to the brick-and-mortar gallery space, as a response to the social and logistical limitations resulting from COVID-19.
(Washington, DC) In response to the tremendous toll that Covid-19 has taken on artist educators, DC based Curator and Fine Artist Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell presents “Distance Learning,” a poignant and compelling virtual art exhibition featuring the work of 21 art teachers from the Washington DC Metropolitan area. The artists examine themes of isolation and mental health during the 2020 pandemic and social unrest – from the closure of schools in March to the killing of George Floyd through the presidential election. Using the genres of portraiture, sculpture, print, digital and abstract art, and spoken word, the artists convey their observations of culture, how they managed the time in quarantine after schools closed in person learning, their continued connection to the youth and communities they teach, and the importance of having this opportunity to focus on creating their art.
“The makings of this show have been on my brain early into the pandemic,” says Terrell. “Living with a partner who is a fine artist and teacher allowed me to see first-hand the toll that this year’s past racial and pandemic events have had on our educators. Suddenly my husband James had extra time to paint because he teaches from home and can work between classes. It made me wonder what other artist teachers were going through.”
Terrell said that in lieu of conducting their yearly youth art competition, she decided to work on a grant for adults that focused on these teachers. Friendship School contacted James and expressed interest in having an adult show. Terrell included not only the artist teachers from that campus, but art teachers around the District as well as independent contractors who offer arts programming. These pieces are the result of what was submitted to her.
For some of the teachers, this is their first time showing their art in a gallery, while others are seasoned professionals. All their stories were amplified as communities the Coronavirus hit hardest and for whom the social issues were deeply personal.
Featured artists include Drew Anderson, Bomani Armah, Adia Harris, Danielle Hawkins, Randall C. Holloway, Janai Johnson, Flonora Merritt, Joy Nutt, Asma Page, Zalika Perkins, Reshada Pullen, Tiffany Raquel, Rhonda Silver, Patricia Smith, Carol Solinger, Elizabeth Stewart, James Terrell, Randall Waters, Jimise Winston, Judy Williams and Malandela Zulu.
Artist Events for “Distance Learning”
February 11the 6-8 pm: Virtual Opening Reception
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March 16, 6-8 pm: Closing Reception Poetry night with teachers who are spoken word artists featuring Drew Anderson and Bomani Armah
Free Painting Workshops with Teachers -- These Workshops are Paint Nights for adults to have fun and interactive activity as the quarantine continues. Via zoom with supplies included.
February 18, 6-8 pm: Paint Night with Randy Walters “Just Breath”
February 25, 6-8 pm: Paint Night with Reshada Jireh Pullen “& Paint”
March 4, 6-8 pm: Paint Night with James Terrell “Painting Through Social Injustice and Pandemic”
March 10, 6-8 om: Paint Night with Judy Williams “A Visual Story of Pre and Post Covid”
March 11, 6-8 pm: Paint Night with Zalika Perkins “Zentangle Vacation Fantasy”
March 18, 6-8 pm: Paint Night with Randall C. Holloway “Oh! Happy Day!”
February 8, 2021- March 19, 2021
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About the Commission
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) is an independent agency within the District of Columbia government that evaluates and initiates action on matters relating to the arts and humanities and encourages the development of programs that promote progress in the arts and humanities. As the official arts agency for Washington, DC, CAH is supported by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
About the Curator
Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell is a fine artist from Denver, CO living in Washington, DC. Her work is largely focused on the Black woman in America including themes of motherhood and culture. Her pieces explore patterns and textures of Black American culture using acrylic, oil, handy dyed paper, decorative paper, fabric, linocut stamp and ink on canvas. She also makes jewelry using silver, wood, resin and precious stones.
You can view her work and projects at TerrellArtsDC.com. Terrell Arts DC is a family-based company run by Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell. It was created to provide art, arts education, curatorial services, and artist representation and dealing. She currently represents 2 artists, including her husband and manages a fashion line and exhibitions featuring their work and her own. Terrell Arts DC strives to serve underrepresented communities and individuals in the fine art world and is working toward opening an arts center in Ward 7. Her artwork and community work has been featured in news media on many outlets including Washington Post and Voice of America.