ACADEMY 2008

Annual MFA / BFA Invitational

July 11 – August 27, 2008

GEOFFREY ALDRIDGE_Play_ACADEMY 2008
JAMIE ANDREW_Venn Diagram_ACADEMY 2008
ANDREW BUCKLAND_Data_Scape_ACADEMY 2008
ROBERT CAMPOY_Alice_ACADEMY 2008
ANDREA CHUNG_daylight cum an mi waan guh home_ACADEMY 2008
SARADA CONAWAY_suit study_ACADEMY 2008
CHERAYA ESTERS_Bon Voyage_ACADEMY 2008
NATHANIEL FINK_Evan_Check Out These Guns_ACADEMY 2008
KENNY GEORGE_Brain in the dirt_ACADEMY 2008
SARA HUBBS_Ten-Pounds of Semester_ACADEMY 2008
STEPHANIE KOZEMCHAK_With the Turning Tide_ACADEMY 2008
MICHELLE MCAULIFFE_First Crush_ACADEMY 2008
WAYDE MCINTOSH_Untitled_ACADEMY 2008
CARMEN MCLEOD_Mogollon Rim_ACADEMY 2008
MEG MITCHELL_Embodied Transcendence / Blast-off (in miniature)_ACADEMY 2008
DIANE RAMOS_Contamination_ACADEMY 2008
JAMES SWAINBANK_The Benevolent Elk_ACADEMY 2008
KRISTOFFER TRIPPLAAR_Untitled_ACADEMY 2008
VIRGINIA WARWICK_All dressed Up and No Place To Go_ACADEMY 2008
ALEKSANDR ZHIKULIN_Inherent Voice_ACADEMY 2008

ACADEMY 2008: July 11 – 26, 2008 || online exhibition through August 2008.

 

Conner Contemporary Art is very pleased to announce ACADEMY 2008, the eighth year of our annual invitational survey dedicated to outstanding work by recent fine art graduates of regional college art programs.

 

The following artists were invited to exhibit: Geoffrey Aldridge, Jamie Andrew, Andrew Buckland, Robert Campoy, Andrea Chung, Sarada Conaway, Cheraya Esters, Nathaniel Fink, Ryan Foti, Kenny George, Sara Hubbs, Stephanie Kozemchak, Michelle McAuliffe, Wayde McIntosh, Carmen McLeod, Meg Mitchell, Diane Ramos, James Swainbank, Kristoffer Tripplaar, Virginia Warwick and Aleksander Zhikulin. They are graduates of American University, Corcoran College of + Design, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Maryland Institute College of Art, University of Maryland and Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

The curators are ACADEMY exhibition founder and chief gallery Curator, Jamie Smith, gallery Director, Leigh Conner and Assistant Director, Kristi Mathews. As in previous years, the curators attended BFA/MFA exhibitions between December and June, viewing works in person to formulate a profile of area art programs. After consulting with artists, they selected a group of works created in various media, including painting, video, sculpture, and photography, which demonstrate individual achievement and represent vital currents in the fine art curricula of our region.

 

Since the exhibition's 2001 debut, over 109 grads have participated in ACADEMY. We are pleased that, as these young artists have continued to develop, some have achieved international critical recognition, exhibiting at venues including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; Nassauischen Kunstverein, Wiesbaden and The British Museum, London, England. 

 

Because we are finishing our new gallery space renovation, ACADEMY 2008 will be held nearby at 1341 H Street, NE (near the Atlas Theatre / Arts District). We appreciate the support of Taurus Development, who generously donated the ground floor space at their new corporate headquarters.

 

> ACADEMY 2008 opens Friday, July 11th with a reception for the artists from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. 
> Exhibition hours are Thursday – Saturday 12-5pm. 
> Taurus Development is located at 1341 H Street, NE – Washington, DC, 20002 

 

Concurrent with ACADEMY 2008, SOVA Espresso and Wine bar (1359 H St, NE) is hosting an exhibition of paintings by first year MFA students from the George Washington University, curated by Diane Ramos. The opening reception is also Friday, July 11, 6 - 8 pm. 

 

For further information and visuals contact Leigh Conner or Kristi Matthews at 202-588-8750 / info@connercontemporary.com.