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First Friday: April 7th Opening Reception

Katie Pumphrey's Monsters Below Opening Reception!

Friday, April 7th, 6pm - 8pm

Join us the First Friday in April to celebrate the newest work by Baltimore-based artist Katie Pumphrey. Monsters Below is a solo exhibition featuring recent work by Baltimore-based artist Katie Pumphrey, with large scale paintings, sculptures, and a site specific installation. Pulling from her experiences as an open water swimmer, her work uses playful imagery, vibrating color, and a bit of silliness, to investigate the tension between the constant chaos around us and the scramble to find calm at the surface of it all. April 7th, 6pm - 8pm at the Washington Studio School, 2129 S St NW, Washington D.C.

WSS is pleased to participate in First Fridays in collaboration with Hillyer and Studio Gallery. We encourage visitors to visit Hillyer and Studio Gallery to view all the exhibitions on display in the neighborhood. Free and Open to the Public.

About the Artist:

Katie Pumphrey is an American contemporary artist. Pumphrey has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has participated in artist residencies at the Studios of Key West, Vermont Studio Center, Gallery Four, and the Creative Alliance in Baltimore. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including solo exhibitions in Baltimore, Washington DC, Alexandria, and Key West.

Pumphrey is also an ultra-marathon open water swimmer. Katie has swam the English Channel twice (2015, 2022), as well as around the island of Manhattan (2017), and the Catalina Channel (2018). Those three swims make up the Triple Crown of open water swimming, making Katie the 194th person (73rd woman) in the world to achieve that honor. This aspect of her life constantly influences and drives her work. Pumphrey lives and works in Baltimore City, MD.

WSS and this program are supported in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.


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