Washington Studio School presents exhibits through out the year in our main floor gallery and second floor library. Our exhibits are intended to profile the works of students, faculty, certificate graduates, and guest artists to raise awareness of our artists community to the larger community. Each exhibit is on view from four to six weeks. Opening receptions typically are held on Friday or Saturday to meet the artist(s). On occasion we schedule gallery talks offering a deeper exploration of an artist’s works. Exhibits are open to the public. All visitors are asked to please sign in at the front desk.



Juried by Adah Rose Bitterbaum
This show will showcase  works of WSS Students at all levels.
August 10 – September 15




May 25 – July 15, 2018
Reception:  Friday, June 1 from 6-8pm

WSS Joanne Kaufman Containments PR


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April 6 – May 18


Friday, April 6 at 5pm
Followed by a reception from 6-8pm


Artists’ Talk: Saturday, April 7 at 11:00am
Joey Kossow & Lee Newman Press Release



April 6 – May 18, 2018
Reception: Friday, April 6 at 5pm
WSS Library

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Concurrent with Joey Kossow and Lee Newman’s exhibition is a solo show by Eva Jacob.

On view in the library of WSS is a selection of work by former WSS student, Eva Jacob. Jacob was a devoted student in the early days of the School, studying with Jack Boul, Lee Newman, and other early faculty members. Jacob worked as Policy and Planning Officer for the National Endowment for the Arts (1978-1996), and in 1992 created the NEA Chamber Music Rural Residencies program. Jacob loved painting and drawing all her life, and retired early from the NEA to paint full-time. She passed away in 2016.




Artist Talk:  Friday, March 2 at 5pm
Reception: Friday, March 2 from 6-8pm


January 5 – February 9
Opening Reception: Friday, January 5 from 6-8pm
Second Reception: Friday, February 2 from 6-8pm

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Participating Students:

Peggy Greene

Michele Lurie
Mitsuko Tsuchiya
Leslie Blackmon
Phyllis Ruffer
Carol Blum
Maia Kupunia


Contemporary Still Life Paintings

November 3 – December 16, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, November 3 from 6-8pm
Panel Discussion: Saturday, November 11 at 4pm
Encore Reception: Friday, December 1 from 6-8pm

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September 21 – October 27
Reception: Friday, October 6 from 6-8pm

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2017 Annual Juried Student Show


August 4  –  September 15

Reception:  Friday, September 1 from 6 – 8pm

Participating Students: Adele McGOVERN, Alexandra KNOX, Anne STOL-OYAN, Barbara KRAFT, Brenda FOX, Carol BLUM, Carole GRUNBERG, Courtney APPLEQUIST, Elizabeth NAAB, Emily SANDERS, Fadia JAWDAT, Gail JENSEN, Gretchen WHITNEY, Gwen McINTYRE, Heather PAUL, Jackie GREENBAUM, Laurance FRIERSON, Lauren DAVIS, Lea FLAKE, Lee BUTLER, Leslie BLACKMON, Leslie COHEN, Lila BOUGARA, Lynne HORNING, Maia KUPUNIA, Maria UEHARA, Marina SCHREIBER, Mariya NAKOVA, Melvin NESBITT, Meredith SHERMAN, Michael ZEOLI, Michele LURIE, Mitsuko TSUCHIYA, Monette MELANSON, Moriah CHILDERS, Nitya RAMLOGAN, Paula BRUENING, Phyllis RUFFER, Rachael BOHLANDER, Scott COWCHER, Sonia KERZNER, Vicki HAGAR, Susan BENDA, Trisha GAREY, Zachary GARTENBERG.



Drawings & Paintings


May 12 –  June 25

Reception:  Friday, June 2 from 6 – 8pm

Artist Talk:  Saturday, June 10 from 4 – 5pm

Washington Post Review of “Passing Through Time”

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 Review of “Passing Through


In my mind, art evokes thinking in a different realm that is not totally linear.  A synthesis of dreams, symbols and the physically real, my art does not always make a direct statement because it is through my mind’s eye that life is absorbed and reflected. 

Some of the images come from stream of consciousness markings that emerge and evolve into form.  As the working process continues, images may take shape, be obscured and re-emerge.  In this way the work is formed rather than constructed. 

Drawing and painting in this subjective manner keeps me in touch with filtered memories in a more primal and less self-conscious way. This seems to me an honest way of working – using a materially tangible, earthy media to access an intangible consciousness.

“Whose Woods Are These?” : Artist Statement
Whose Woods Are These Artist Statement
“Buried Poet Series”:  Artist Statement
Buried Poet Series Artist Statement
Reece-Tomlin Biography
Reece-Tomlin Resume
Carolyn Reece-Tomlin Resume
Poems by Carolyn Reece-Tomlin: 
“Where Woods Once Stood”
“Drawing I”
Press Release for “Passing Through Time” exhibit


Paintings, Prints, and Drawings
March 24 through May 5
RECEPTION: Friday, April 7 from 6 – 8pm

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Brian Kelley Press Release

Bio and Statement for Brian Kelley at WSS



Monotypes, Paintings, & Sculptures
January 27 – March 17
RECEPTION: Friday, February 3 from 6 – 8pm

with Jack Boul, Jo Weiss and Lee Newman
Saturday, February 11 at 4pm

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Drawings and Paintings
December 9 – January 20
RECEPTIONS: Friday, December 9 from 6:00 – 8:00pm
& Friday, January 6 from 6:00 – 8:00pm
Review in the Washington Post



Drawings and Paintings
October 21 – December 2
RECEPTION: Friday, November 4 from 6:00 – 8:00pm

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Review in the Washington Post

September 2- October 15
Reception: Friday, September 2 from 6-8pm

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July 22 – August 26
Reception: Friday, August 5 6-8pm

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Participating Students

Adele McGovern, Alexa de los Reyes, Anne Stol, Barbara Kraft, Brenda Fox, Carol Blum, Clare Roberts, Courtney Applequist, David Hoffman, Elizabeth Naab, Fadia Jawdat, Gail Jensen, Genevieve Deleon, Jackie Greenbaum, Joanne Lamm, Joe Case, Kathryn Kailian, Katie Hartley, Laurance Frierson, Leslie Blackmon, Maia Kupunia, Maria Macfarlane, Maria Uehara, Michele Lurie, Michelle Brown, Mitsuko Tsuchiya, Monette Melanson, Nitya Ramlogan, Paula Bruening, Peggy Greene, Phyllis Ruffer, Rochelle Ku, Scott Cowcher, Sonia Kerzner, Susan Benda, Tanya Yudelman

Juried by Matt Klos

Matt Klos is a painter of interiors and plein-air landscape in Baltimore, MD. He was the recipient of an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2008, 2012 and 2016. Klos currently teaches drawing and painting full-time at Anne Arundel Community College.

Klos is a member of the collective Perceptual Painters andwww.zeuxis.us. His work is represented by Prographica in Seattle, WA and the Oxford Gallery in Rochester, NY.

Paintings, Prints, and Drawings

Artist Talk: Friday, July 1 at 6pm
Reception: Friday, July 1 from 6:30-8:00pm
Exhibit continues thru July 15

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Brian Kreydatus received his BFA from Syracuse University in 1991. He received his
MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 during which time he was awarded a
Vermont Studio Center fellowship (1993) and the Neil Welliver Painting Prize (1994).
In 1995 Brian received a Fulbright Grant to Ireland for Independent Study in Painting and
Printmaking. While in Dublin, he was a member of the Black Church Print Studio,
awarded a Studio Rental Allowance grant from the Irish Arts Council and received an
artist residency in Kiltimagh. Upon his return to the US in 1997, he began to teach and
lecture at several institutions including Haverford College, Lehigh University, The
Washington Studio School, and most notably the University of Pennsylvania from 1998-
2001. In fall 2001, he accepted an Assistant Professor position at The College of William
and Mary to teach printmaking and figure drawing. He was promoted to Associate
Professor in 2006 and served as department chair from 2008 -2011.
Mr. Kreydatus’s primary source of imagery is the figure with an emphasis on the human
condition. He has had Solo Exhibitions in Philadelphia, Ireland, Washington (DC)
Richmond (VA), and Chicago. Mr. Kreydatus has also has participated in numerous
Macedonia, Scotland, Australia, Canada, China, and Japan.

Check Brian’s website at www.brianKreyatus.com

“Intervals” by George Pearlman

ARTIST TALK AND CLOSING RECEPTION: Friday, June 3 from 6:00 – 8:00pm

April 22 – June 3, 2016
Exhibit is in Main Gallery

PR Intervals by George Pearlman

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Figure Drawings by Sonia Safier-Kerzner

RECEPTION: Friday, June 3 from 6:00 – 8:00pm
Exhibit is in the library on the 2nd floor and will continue thru July 15.

PR Figurative Drawings by Sonia Kerzner

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Recent Paintings by Tom Chet Hausken

January 15  – February 26, 2016

Artist’s Talk:   Friday, February 5 at 6:00pm

Reception:  Friday, February 5 fom 6:30pm – 8:00pm

The process of applying pigments to various substrates is of great interest to me. I love to work and re-work paintings, scraping, layering and cutting. I accept flaws, erasures and concealments as necessary. I employ chance. I use traditional oils,  industrial coatings, inks, lacquers, shellac, asphaltum, alkyd,acrylic, graphite, paper, canvas and panel. The paintings’ forms and colors are abstracts of the landscape I live in yet I avoid including details that would imply a specific place.
I portray a sense of place through paint. Link to Tom Hausken Press Release. www.tomhausken.com

Lani Irwin and Alan Feltus: Collages and Intimate Works

December 4-February 26

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Solo Exhibit
November 6 – December 18, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, November 6 from 6 – 8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, November 22 at 3pm

Click here for press release

Review in the Washington Post

Artist’s Statement
My work is about drawing on site, in the woods, in early spring. I have explored many sites before centering on the Potomac Gorge, on the Maryland side, between Great Falls and Cardrock Falls. I am not so much interested in the scenic as in the experience of being in these woods. These are primarily contour drawings which allow me to feel that I am touching things in space and enhance the direct observation. Many of these drawings become paintings in the studio. I begin with a glaze of color either over the drawing or to tone the paper before the drawing is begun on site. I always work on paper. Most paintings take years to complete. The work in this exhibition represents more than five years.

Annual Faculty Exhibit
September 25 – October 30
Reception Friday October 2, 6-8pm

Click here to view slideshow of our participating WSS faculty artists:  Brian Kelley, Carol Rubin, Diane Wilson, Jenny Walton, Jill Phillips, Jo Weiss, Joanne Kaufman, Jon-Joseph Russo, Mary Freedman, Milena Spasic and Susan Yanero.

Annual Juried Students Show
August 21 – September 19

Digital CardWashington Studio School is proud to present works from recent WSS students juried by Carolyn Reece-Tomlin. Works are shown in the 2nd floor library and the main floor gallery. Within the DC arts community, WSS has a long-standing reputation for its unique teaching philosophy, compelling student artists to create works of the highest quality. Participating students are Adele McGovern, Belen Eliot, Bill Thompson, Brenda Fox, Brigitte Zelenko, C Applequist, Carol Blum, Catherine Antoine, Champertier de Ribes, Chris Marlow, Elisa Sarmiento, Elizabeth Naab, Erika Mosher, Gail Goodman, Gail Jensen, Jacqueline Sparks, Jay Ball, Jill Bateman, Joanne Lamm, John Graham, Karen Slovin, Karim Bouabdelli, Kathryn Kailian, L. Blackmon, Lara Fredrickson, Laurance Frierson, Leo Bottrill, Leslie Blackmon, M. Melanson, Maria Uehara, Maria Schreiber, Michele Lurie, Mitsuko Tsuchiya, Pat Kraniotis, Peggy Greene, Phyllis Mayes, Phyllis Ruffer, Scholl Cowcher, Scott Wiskoski, Siobhan Fisher, T. Yudelman-Bloch, Teresa Jarzynski, Tricia Garey, Yassir Islam.

Artist Reece-Tomlin’s Statement for the Student Show
“In considering submissions from students at all levels, beginning to advanced, I decided to use one criteria and select work from each level. In my view, the most important element in all art is the individual mark or the individual spirit that comes through the hand of the artist. Of course skill is important and students should continue to develop their skill through patience, practice and experimentation. In the work of beginning students, I found fearlessness in paint handling, solidity of form, energy in the brushstroke and willingness to experiment and take risks. Artists such as Pablo Picasso and Louise Bourgeois have this element of risk in their work. This gives their work a personal energy and power. Along with personal energy, these artists have knowledge, control and perception. This is what students learn as they continue experimentation and study. With experience a painting may reflect the student’s knowledge of not only the object but also the plane of the table it is sitting on and all the forms existing within a compositional and spatial context. This is the knowledge that I looked for in the intermediate level work. Advanced work must show evidence of a personal statement. For example, a sculptor makes an individual decision – what to depict, what to leave out and what to suggest. This decision affects the expressive content of the work. I chose to be more inclusive in jurying this show. No one work is perfect but every one has its own energy and that was a pleasure for me to see.” — Carolyn Reece-Tomlin

Exhibit by Atelier Artists
Reception June 3, 6-8pm

Works on view through July 3, 2015. Join us Friday June 5 to meet our community of thriving artists. WSS’s Atelier is a shared studio space for more than 20 artists, and is a unique adjunct to our educational programs. Participating Artists: Jill Bateman, Paula Bruening, Brenda Fox, Marie Gauthiez, Gail Goodman, Peggy Greene, Lynne Horning, Pat Kraniotis, Sally Levie, Michele Lurie, Steve Milliken, Carol Rubin, Wendy Smith, Mitsuko Tsuchiya.


2015 Spring Visiting Artist Series Presents
Janice Nowinski

“Recent Paintings”
Reception: Friday May 1, 2015 6:30-8:30pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday May 2, 2015 2-2:45pm
Works on view April 17 to May 30, 2015

The Reception is preceded by a Panel Discussion at 5pm, May 1, with Janice Nowinski, Kyle Staver, Deborah Kahn. See listing under Events.


Nowinski’s instincts for color, and for amplifying its expression through drawing, resonate throughout her paintings, powerfully evoking the inner character of her subjects, whether people, furniture, or tableware….. .She makes the ordinary vitally new – perhaps the best measure of artistic generosity.”  — from John Goodrich review of Nowinski’s 2013 exhibition at John Davis Gallery

Artist Statement

Lately, some of the paintings I have been making spring from snapshots that I have taken. These snapshots are a catalyst for my image making. I am basically taking a situation that happened in a moment and am reconfiguring it on the canvas. This has been surprisingly fertile territory. I am not alone here: Degas, Bonnard, Vuillard, Matisse, Alex Katz, Francis Bacon are other artists who took advantage of the ability of the camera to capture a moment that would have been lost or misremembered.

Artist Biography

Since receiving her MFA in Painting from Yale in 1987, Janice Nowinski has been painting and exhibiting in her hometown NYC. She is represented by John Davis Gallery in Hudson, NY, and has been the subject of several solo shows at Bowery Gallery in NYC. Numerous group shows include the 2014 Invitational Exhibition of Works by Newly Selected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, NYC; Necessary Arrangements, The Painting Center, NYC, 2012; and The Jam, Steven Harvey Fine Arts Projects, NYC, 2012. She is a sought-after panelist and visiting critic, and has been written about and interviewed in many publications and blogs, including Painting Perceptions, The Huffington Post, and American Artist. She will also have a solo exhibition at John Davis Gallery in Hudson, NY in July, 2015.

Two New Exhibits: Joren Lindholm (1st floor gallery) and Ann Schlesinger (2nd floor library)

Joren Lindholm

“Urban Vignettes: Memory-informed Paintings and Drawings”
Reception: Friday March 6, 2015 6-8pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday March 21, 2015 4-5pm
Works on view February 27 to April 10, 2015


Washington Studio School proudly presents this compelling body of work from Joren Lindholm, accomplished artist and WSS faculty member. Lindholm’s works can be viewed in our main floor gallery through April 10, 2015.

Artist Statement

Adventure has always been at the fore of my receptivity. Moment by moment, I am building narratives about the astonishment and wonder of perceiving our world. I do this with the work I make; and I also do this with the juxtaposition of the work I make. Why does the alley follow the clown, or the child follow the tractor? I interpret what I see, and how it’s presented, with a fondness for the gaps so commonly left in-between and the implications therein.

Artist Biography

Joren A. Lindholm is a painter whose work focuses on the emotive perception of particular spaces and environments. He also does work in drawing, collage and printmaking, and employs a liberal approach to technique as well as subject. At the onset of his training, Lindholm studied with Lynette Lombard and Tony Gant, graduates of Yale University School of Art, and developed a natural ability to work with powerful color in the act of painting. His undergraduate term in the Knox College art department exposed him to the Modernist idiom as a latter-day contextual reference. This help set the stage for his readiness to sympathetically borrow from the visual traditions of differing cultures, within the context of achieving what Clive Bell called Significant Form in terms of aesthetic expression.

Whilst studying under the noted Abstract-Expressionists Mercedes Matter and Esteban Vicente at the New York Studio School, Lindholm acquired a breadth of skill in perceptual drawing and a rigor for spacial organization. It was at this point that painter Louis Finkelstein described one of his accomplished paintings as looking “like Veronese”.  After receiving an MFA from the American University in 2004, his work began to branch away from observation-based painting, by incorporating monotype printing and photo-collage aspects into his methods and process. The subject of his most recent work focuses on interpreting places he has lived or visited.

Lindholm has been the recipient of the Milton Avery scholarship and the Beverly Creighton scholarship, as well as a Post Baccalaureate fellowship in art education from Knox College in Illinois. He has been a guest lecturer and assistant instructor at the Delaware College of Art and Design, York College, Mount Gretna School of Art, Corcoran College of Art and Design and the American University. Since 2012, he has been teaching drawing and painting at the Washington Studio School. His work has been exhibited in New York City, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Beijing, and New Dehli. He currently lives and works in Washington, D.C.

Ann Schlesinger

“Luscious Fruits/Hardcore Drapery”
Reception: Friday March 6, 2015 6-8pm
Works on view February 27 to April 10, 2015

Washington Studio School proudly presents the works of local artist Ann Schlesinger in our 2nd floor library and can be viewed through April 10, 2015.

Artist Statement

“Fruit and Drapery – Traditional Subject Matter? I have a joke which started several years ago: When people ask me what I paint, and I don’t want to have a conversation, I drop my voice, try my best to look meek and mild, and in the most boring, pathetic voice possible, say, “Fruit and drapery.” If I do want to have a conversation, I exclaim with eyes wide open and bubbling over with enthusiasm: “Fruit and Drapery! Have you ever really looked at fruit? The color, the form – it’s so exciting, even erotic… I see why it has been painted for centuries!” End of joke. Now if you had told me thirty years ago that I would be painting fruit and drapery, not only I, but everyone who knew me and my work, would have guffawed… Back then I was drawn to outrageous, untraditional subject matter: Pinball hangouts and its players; cars on lifts in gas station garages; and steel mills in various stages of deterioration. Back to the present. Fruit – How can you not be seduced by it? It is so alluring with its rich, saturated color, its fecund form, and its powerful suggestion of the life force. It is a painter’s dream. Drapery – Not only expressive and beautiful, but an active protagonist in the emotional and compositional drama of a painting. How do I view my painting within The Big Art Scene? Somewhere between the approaches of Cezanne and Diebenkorn (two of my heroes), where representation is trumped by expressionistic concerns and the abstract needs of the painting. What drives my work is the back-and-forth interplay between what I actually see (representational reality) and how it translates abstractly on a two-dimensional surface. I push paint around the canvas, seeing what happens when I move objects and alter my view. I play around with color, space and light, and constantly make changes from the original impetus of the painting… and always, abstraction, the trump card, triumphs.”


Ann Schlesinger is a painter in the Washington, D.C. area. She received her BA in Studio Art from the University of Virginia, her MFA in Painting from American University, and had a year of postgraduate study at the “Akademie der Bildenden

Künste” in Munich, Germany. Schlesinger has been the recipient of a Fulbright in Painting, the Annette Kade Fine Arts Fellowship, the David Lloyd Kreeger Award and the Art Prize from UVA. She has taught at several schools in the area including AU, Maryland and the Smithsonian. After spending twelve years in Prague, Czech Republic, she returned to this area with her husband Josef Lustig and their family. Currently, Schlesinger teaches drawing and painting at Northern Virginia Community College.

Maya Weber

“Still Life: Observation and Reverie”
Reception: Friday February 6, 2015 6-8pm
Gallery Talk: Sunday February 15, 2015 2-3pm
Works on view January 16 to February 21, 2015

Washington Studio School is proud to present this exhibition of paintings and drawings of artist and WSS faculty member Maya Weber that exquisitely captures and investigates rhythms of color derived from organic forms. This body of work focuses on the dance of color planes through complex still lifes; earlier drawings explore repeated movements of customers and musicians in restaurants and pubs. Weber brings her work to life using a palette of colors in acrylics. More works can be viewed at Maya Weber’s website.


Artist Biography

Weber immersed herself in painting as a second career after having worked as a journalist for more than a decade. She studied art at Washington Studio School and Chautauqua School of Art, and received her MFA in painting from American University in 2003. She is a current faculty member at Washington Studio School and has taught at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD and Northern Virginia Community College in  Alexandria, VA. Her most recent solo show, “Color in Motion,” was at the Orchard Art Gallery in Bethesda, MD. She has been included in national juried and invitational shows at such venues as First Street Gallery in New York, Touchstone Gallery, the Sarah Silberman Art Gallery at Montgomery College, and the Wilson Gallery in Anderson University in Indiana. She lives in Washington, DC.

Pat Kraniotis

“Wounded” Sculptures and Works on Paper
Certificate Student Graduation Exhibit
Reception: Friday December 5, 6-8pm
Works on view through January 10, 2015

Artist Statement

“This series looks at how multiple forms, perhaps human, play against each other and move through space. I wondered why we are drawn to them. I began to draw from my wax sculptures. The series pushed me back through history to the earliest caves and pulled me back to now. Somewhere along the way, the ekphrasis, the interpretation of the wax sculptures as works on paper, emerged as a crucial element. I cast them in roles but they pushed back. What, who was I looking at? Alchemy: a mystery still.”

Washington Studio School proudly presents “Wounded”, sculptures and works on paper of Pat Kraniotis WSS Certificate Student Graduate. Pat is from Seattle, Washington and a graduate of the University of Washington. Pat and her musician husband Kostas met in Greece, where they married and lived. Pat considers her time in Greece an important part of her art studies. From Seattle, Pat, Kostas and daughter Lydia settled in Washington, DC — Pat as an attorney at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Pat began to study art, in her spare time, with Washington artists Sally Osborne and James Phillips, and then discovered Washington Studio School where she continued her art education and was accepted into the WSS Certificate program.

Photographer Alexander Vasiljev

Washington Studio School in partnership with FotoWeek DC proudly presents:

“Spring in Black and White” on view November 4 to 29
Reception: Friday, November 7, 6-8pm
Gallery Talk: Thursday, November 20, 6pm

Award winning photographer Alexander (Sasha) Vasiljev is co-director of Nature & Photography Tours, a boutique tour company specializing in nature, culture and photography eco-travel in Central, South America and Nepal. In addition, Vasiljev independently teaches classes and workshops for individuals and groups.
Vasiljev began studying fine art, but ultimately received his degree in biology with a major in botany. He went on to curate major tropical orchid collections in Ukraine, Russia and the United States. While living in Moscow, he had the opportunity to study photography under the mentorship of distinguished Russian landscape photographer, Boris Mashkov.

Since immigrating to the United States in 1993, Vasiljev’s work has been exhibited in galleries and is part of many private collections worldwide. Several of his photographs are now part of the permanent collection at the Embassy of the Republic of Costa Rica in Washington, DC. His work has also been exhibited at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and has been published in the following magazines: Audubon, Home & Décor (Thailand), Nature’s Best Photography, Photo+ (S. Korea), Fine Gardening, Washingtonian, Orchids, Ecuador Infinito (Ecuador).

Vasiljev works in conceptual, fine art, portraiture, wildlife and commercial photography. His studio is located in Dupont Circle, Washington DC.

2014 Annual Juried Student Show

Reception: Friday, September 5, 6 to 8pm

Washington Studio School is proud to bring to the public eye our  annual exhibition that shines a light on the works of our many talented and dedicated students. Each year, we provide the opportunity for students to participate in a jury process that begins in July with students submitting between 2 and 4 pieces and culminating in the student exhibition.  More than 100 works were submitted and thoughtfully juried by Reem Bassous, summer artist in residence, who with this 2014 student show convenes an extraordinary body of works.

“Being back at the Washington Studio School as an artist in residence this summer was like coming home. I feel like I know the school, inside and out, having taught at WSS over 10 years ago. My relationship with the school is an intimate one, and much like other close relationships, I feel very protective of it.

While I respected every single entry and admired the process and effort that went into creating each work, when it came to jurying the Annual Student Show I decided to choose work that had a personal voice and demonstrated conceptual development that carried strong technique a step further. The images took the form of ideas that had personal relevance, such as in the work of Leslie Blackmon, or simply a set of drawings with a common vein, like the work of Phyllis Mayes. There was a heavy emphasis on the figure and I found myself looking for works that gave the figure a story. The still life paintings that were chosen demonstrated beautiful mark, color or technique.

I congratulate all the students who were selected for this show and all WSS students in general, for continuing to give life to a great place.” — Reem Bassous

2014 Annual Student Show includes works by 23 artists, all students at WSS:  Juliet Arnaudo, Jill Bateman, Leslie Blackmon, Lucy Conboy, Brenda Fox. Gail Goodman, Jackie Greenbaum, Peggy Greene, Pat Kraniotis, Sonia Kerzner. Maia Kupunia, Michele Lurie, Sally Levie, Phyllis Mayes, Kevin McCulloch, Elizabeth Naab, Isabel Pastor, Marina Petrovic, Phyllis Ruffer, Suzy Sara, Elisa Sarmiento, Sara Sennett, Mitsuko Tsuchiya.  Works on view through September 20, 2014.

Artist Mary Freedman

Drawings “Outgrowths and Passages”
Reception: Friday, July 11, 6:30-8:30pm

Washington Studio School proudly presents this collection of drawings of the ever changing life within nature by local artist and WSS faculty member Mary Freedman. Works will be on view in the first floor gallery and the second floor library, July 4 to August 16. Exhibits are open to the public; visitors must sign in at the front desk before viewing. RSVP to reception kindly appreciated.

Works on view from July 4 to August 16, 2014.

Artist Statement

“I am attracted to plant life. I work from other subjects, but always return to nature. I am not a gardener, nor do I know much about it. I don’t have to set anything up, or plan it out. I’m not worried about space, or horizon line with these type of drawings. I like whatever it is to breathe with the surface. Something catches my eye, and it hits me. Whether it is a large shape broken in to smaller ones and it reminds me of something else, or the general movement (gesture) that is so obvious, or the way all of the parts work together that is striking; I need to feel it. Some lend themselves to a simple, elegant, meandering line; others to a more aggressive mark and stronger contrast, some are slightly skeletal in structure and require a direct understanding of what is going on there. Some have relevance to my personal life. These complicated worlds have their own personality, which determines how I treat it. If they are alive and thriving, they unfold and change right before me, which is an amazing surprise. They can start to droop, or die which is interesting to document; so there is a bit of history involved as well. My dad was a gardener who could grow anything. I think that always sits in the back of my mind.”

Artist Tania Karpowitz

Paintings “In Memory Harry Karpowitz”
Gallery Talk: Sunday May 18, 2pm
Reception: Friday, May 30, 6-8pm

Washington Studio School is pleased to present this exhibition of oil paintings by local artist and WSS faculty member Tania Karpowitz. The works will be in the first floor gallery and the second floor library from May 16 to June 28.  Exhibits are open to the public; visitors to sign in at the front desk before viewing. Make sure to join us Sunday May 16, 2pm for insights from artist Karpowitz. RSVP to reception kindly appreciated.

Works on view from May 16 through June 28, 2014.

Artist Statement

“My work is about character study. My method develops through the continual
pursuit of ways to make color, light, space, and gesture generate dramatic tension,
tell stories, and pose provocative questions about the person I’m painting, even when
that person is myself. Like Shakespeare’s plays, the best portraits by Rembrandt and
Velazquez show us how a painting can simultaneously capture individual character
and resonate with significance that transcends the person depicted.”

Artist Joanne Kaufman

Reception: Friday April 4, 7-9pm
Gallery Talk: Sunday May 4, 3pm

Washington Studio School is proud to present a striking collection of oil paintings by local artist Joanne Kaufman. While artist Kaufman describes of her works – “I try to follow the lead of the paint” – what she has decisively created for the viewer, on each canvas, is a an expertly shaped vista … from every angle. Don’t miss this special exhibit, open to the public. Join us in our gallery Friday April 4, 7-9pm to view these works, and to meet the artist. RSVP to reception kindly appreciated. Artist Kaufman is a graduate of the Washington Studio School Certificate Program.

Works on view from March 28 through May 10, 2014.

Artist Statement

“Some of these vistas represent external places, some internal ones. Some are based in remembered things. Some are landscapes of ideas. What ends up on the canvas, however, is its own entity. The painting emerges from erasures, subtracted ideas, self-adjusting forms. I try to follow the lead of the paint.”

Artist Jill Phillips

“Concentrations and Threads: Drawing from Now, Then, Inside and Out”
Gallery Talk: Friday February 28, 5pm
Reception: Friday February 28, 6-8pm

Washington Studio School is proud to present an extraordinary body of work by local artist, instructor, and Head of Faculty at WSS – Jill Phillips. Phillips has a deep commitment to the arts, to create a rich learning experience in arts education, and in particular, drawing. In exploring Phillips’ drawings, we are compelled to study and learn the story behind the threads of each drawing. Phillips believes that “at any given moment we tap into different pieces of our reservoir of experience – we never know what we will draw from that. We dig and we mine. It’s these internal spaces of excavation that trigger external, physical response – mark making.” Join us Friday, February 28 at 5pm to hear from Phillips her explorations and how this exquisite body of work came together.

Works on view from February 10 through March 22, 2014.

Artist Statement

“The dictionary definition of ‘draw’ that most readily applies to the art world is the obvious one  —  ‘to create an image by making lines on a surface especially with a pencil, pen, marker, chalk, etc’. There are other definitions I prefer though, such as ‘to cause to come out of a container or source’, like in drawing from the well, or ‘to cause to go in a certain direction (as by leading)’, ‘to bring out by way of response’, ‘to extract the essence from’ and even ‘to derive to one’s benefit’ as in drawing inspiration from the old masters. Perhaps the one I like the best is the medical definition ‘to cause to move toward or localize on a surface’. In drawing this happens too as marks concentrate and coalesce within the edges of the rectangle.”

“In the studio I aim for total concentration – a state of complete focus that allows the layered, shape-shifting and coalescing kind of vision which, if I’m really alert and receptive, sometimes settles into a new way of seeing and discovery. Drawing allows me to glean information from many sources, it leads me in a direction, it lets the essence of what I see emerge, it helps me learn from others, and it helps me find threads – connecting or diverging.”

“People ask me if I work from life. I do. Experience is life.  Memory is life. I draw what I see. I don’t know why I see the way I do, though – if what I see starts from outside or inside, from the present or the past. A beautiful toy horse embedded in studio paraphernalia was the catalyst for many of these drawings. Each day it sent me in a different direction. Each day I was seeing it as if for the first time. It would conjure up the Vogelherd horse of 30,000 years ago, the battle horses of Uccello, Degas’ thoroughbreds and Rothenberg’s pictorial space. At any given moment we tap into different pieces of our reservoir of experience – we never know what we will draw from that. We dig and we mine – it’s these internal spaces of excavation that trigger external, physical response – mark making. Making marks is the only way I can experience space and rhythm with grace. It’s how I find patterns, as well as threads. Marks are my music, my dance, my poetry. I remember through marks – I save through marks. I see through marks –I invent through marks. I put marks down, and erase them away – finding, keeping, letting go. This group of drawings surprised me each day.”

Paintings, Pastels and Drawings by Gerald Wartofsky
December 13, 2013 – February 1, 2014
Reception: Sunday, December 15, 2013 from 3-5pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 3pm

Washington Studio School is pleased to present the works of DC-based artist Gerald Wartofsky with an opening reception in December and the artist’s speaking about his works in January. Artist Wartosky will be teaching a workshop at WSS in January.


Artist Statement

“The work on view addresses a series of narrative themes, which I have explored continuously throughout the years. Music, Dance, Literature and other ‘non-visual’ source material have always been a stimulus to convey in visual language, which would be innately problematic, i.e., realization of formal structure and that ‘narrative’ aspects should be secondary, yet an integral part of the work. Therefore, how a particular medium used can express its form and content.”

“A major part of the exhibition reflects on my wife’s persona and recent passing. Karin was a dancer / choreographer, teacher and poet. Part of her choreography was based on the music of Gustav Mahler which I in turn tried to interpret in my painting. The paintings, pastels and drawings of my wife are entitled ‘The Farewell’. Other narratives deal with Karin’s dance, Biblical subjects – ‘Jacob and the Angel’, ‘Susannah and the Elders’, ‘Baatsheeba’ and ‘Shadow of the Golem’ of legendary lore.”

Read about Wartofsky’s biography here 
Read more about Wartofsky’s worlds here

Annual WSS Faculty Exhibit
Reception: November 1, 6-8pm
Works on view through December 8

In addition to teaching, Washington Studio School faculty members are all practicing artists. Join us in the main floor gallery filled with exceptional works of paintings, drawings, and sculptures by more than 10 faculty members.

Reem Bassous, Visiting Artist Exhibit

Friday, August 30
Artist Talk, 6:00pm followed by Opening Reception, 7:00pm

Lebanese-born artist Reem Bassous returns to Washington Studio School at the end of August with a two-day workshop and a new exhibition “Green Line” on view August 28 through October 5 in the WSS first floor gallery. Join us in this special opportunity to study Bassous’ works and to hear from the artist herself. Artist Bassous is a former faculty member of Washington Studio School.

Reem Bassous

Marian Willinger, Certificate Graduate Exhibit
“Works on Canvas”
Reception: Sunday June 9, 3-5pm
Works on view June 3 through June 29

Artist Statement

“I was very lucky as a child to live in New York, with the Metropolitan and the Museum of Modern Art, close by.  I loved wandering through them, transported by the worlds the artists created. I am inspired by how artists, past and present, communicate their visual and emotional experiences.  In building an image, I try to learn from them, particularly the structure and use of color and line.  With the infinite possibilities of the materials, I experiment with ways to translate what I see and feel.  It is exciting to see what emerges, iteration after iteration.”

Juried Student Show
Reception: November 1, 6-8pm
Works on view through December 8

Washington Studio School is proud to present works from recent WSS students juried by well-known local artist Milena Spasic. Works are shown in the 2nd floor library and the main floor gallery. Within the DC arts community, WSS has a long-standing reputation for its unique teaching philosophy, compelling student artists to create works of the highest quality. Join us for a viewing.


Drawing Matters
Selected works by WSS faculty. On view May 1-31, 2013.
Reception, May 17, 6-8pm

“Drawing is the core, the heartbeat, the lifeblood of everything we teach at WSS.  It is how we explore, discover, understand what we are experiencing visually and sensorially in the world.  It is through drawing that we learn to fine tune and attune our vision and to articulate it with honesty and integrity.  It is how we ask ourselves questions and search for answers.  It involves both success and failure.  It requires practice – but not so much practice in facility as much as practice in seeing.  Drawing is a discipline, a journey, a process.  It is a process that sometimes leads to a wonderful drawing but almost always leads to more clear perception. To draw means to slow down and see in a fast paced world of ubiquitous and rapidly appearing images.  It makes us alert. We should always be drawing.”  – Jill Phillips, WSS Head of Faculty

Drawing Matters Exhibit

Ken Kewley, Visiting Artist
Recent Paintings, Drawings and Collages
On view January 24-March 22

Ken Kewley Exhibit at Washington Studio School

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Archives 2012

Atelier Artists Exhibit

Atelier Artists Exhibit

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Diane Wilson

Diane Wilson Exhibit


Click here to view  Diane Wilson’s Exhibit


Annual Faculty Exhibit 2012

Annual Faculty Exhibit 2012






The Cradle Project





Photographs by Allen Gerson “Life Lines”

Drawings by Juliet Arnaudo, “Lines”


View images of “Gestures”. Read a review at ArtlinePLUS of Jo Weiss’s Exhibit.

Gestures by Jo Weiss







Milena Spasic Exhibit







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