the wss gallery

Washington Studio School presents exhibits throughout 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 artist community to the larger community. Each exhibit is on view from six to eight weeks. Washington Studio School participates in the First Friday Dupont Circle Art Walk, the first Friday of each month, and when possible organizes artist and/or curator talks to offer a deeper exploration of an artist’s works. All exhibits and related events are free and open to the public.

Exhibitions

IN THE GALLERY

PAST EXHIBITIONS 

DRAWN

MAY 24 - JUNE 21, 2019

 RECEPTION 

FRIDAY JUNE 7 FROM 6 TO 8 PM

WEEKEND GALLERY HOURS

SATURDAY JUNE 15, 12-4PM

WSS faculty, staff and community members explore the medium at the core of everything we teach at WSS in Drawn. See how these artists - who work in a variety of media - remember, interpret, feel and imagine what is seen through drawing. 

Exhibiting artists include: Carol Blum, Mary Freedman, Jack Heaton, Fadia Jawdat, Joanne Kaufman, Brian Kelley, Phyllis Mayes, Jill Phillips, Paul Pietsch, Erin Raedeke, Carol Rubin, Jon-Joseph Russo, Stefano Scafetta, Milena Spasic, Jo Weiss, Diane Wilson,  Susan Yanero, and Homer Yost. 

SOMEWHERE NEAR THE INSIDE

APRIL 1 - MAY 17, 2019

 RECEPTION 

FRIDAY APRIL 5 FROM 6 TO 8 PM

FRIDAY MAY 3 FROM 6 TO 8 PM

 PRESS 

 PRESS RELEASE

A CONVERSATION WITH THE ARTISTS

SATURDAY MAY 4, 2PM

WEEKEND GALLERY HOURS

SATURDAY MAY 4, 12-4PM

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

WSS presents Somewhere near the Inside,  a group exhibition featuring three Washington DC-based figurative painters David Ibata, Martin Swift, and Nicole Ida Fossi. Focusing on deep aspects of the human condition, the artists explore the meaning of masculinity, the impact of socio-economic conditions, and the tension inherent in relationships. Somewhere near the Inside presents works of deep introspection that draws the viewer in and asks them to venture deeper into their own sense of self.

PHYLLIS N. RUFFER: AIDE MEMOIRE

FEBRUARY 22 – MARCH 29, 2019

 RECEPTION 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24 FROM 3 TO 5 PM

FRIDAY, MARCH 1, FROM 6 TO 8 PM

 PRESS 

 PRESS RELEASE

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

WSS presents Aide Memoire, the Master Certificate Program Graduation Exhibition of WSS student Phyllis N. Ruffer. In this exhibition, which features drawings, paintings and mixed media works, Ruffer uses painting to explore memory. The remnants of the lost Jewish communities of Eastern Europe form the bulk of Ruffer's subject matter. Ruffer's process involves a delicate interplay between deliberate marks and repeated layering, moving closer to discovery with each repetition. Ruffer joined WSS after 25 years as an attorney and land conservation professional with The Trust for Public Land. She has a a B.A and M.A in Linguistics, as well as a J.D.

 

CAROL BLUM: IT'S JUST PAINT

JANUARY 7 – FEBRUARY 15, 2019

 RECEPTION 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 11 FROM 6 TO 8 PM

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, FROM 6 TO 8 PM

 PRESS 

 PRESS RELEASE

WASHINGTON POST (January 2019)

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

WSS is pleased to present It's Just Paint, the Master Certificate Program Graduation Exhibition of WSS student Carol Blum. The exhibition celebrates her completion of the program and features a series of gestural and provocative drawings, paintings, prints and sculptures diverse in media and scale. The body of work presented explores the connection that happens between the viewer, the artist, and the figure. Blum's curiosity focuses on finding that precious moment when this interaction culminates in a narrative that takes the shape between the three subjects.