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Héctor Cataño
Eric Celarier
Alexis Gomez
Sarah Jamison
Ashley Ja’nae

Zofie Lang
Kelly Posey
Katie Pumphrey
Renée Regan
Julie Wills

Héctor Cataño is an artist and art professor from Bogotá Colombia currently working in Washington DC. He received his BFA from the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University of Bogotá in 2003. In 2009 he moved to Valencia, Spain, to earn a master’s degree in art production from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, and in 2014 he received a second master’s degree in art, creation, and investigation from Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain.

Eric Celarier was born, lives, and works in the Washington, DC, area. Receiving his BA from the University of Maryland in 1991 and his MA in fine arts from the University of Cincinnati in 1997, he has developed the theme of biological evolution associated with human impact. His most recent activity includes a solo show “Trash” at VisArts curated by Susan Main (2016); a solo show at “NIH’s Clinical Center” curated by Lillian Fitgerald (2015); a group show, “Co-Exist,” with Albert Schweitzer and Glenn Richardson at the Otis Street Arts Project curated by Molly Ruppert (2015); the (2015) fundraiser for “WPA at Hickok Cole” where he received four votes for best in show and had a work purchased by Hickok Cole for their collection; a group show, “Recompose,” with Elizabeth Burger, William Peirce, and Karen Schulz, at the BlackRock Center for the Arts (2015); a solo show, “Garbage,” at Mount Saint Mary’s curated by Elizabeth Holtry (2014); a group show, “Electronic Aesthetics,” with Glen Kessler, curated by Judith Heartsong (2014); and a solo show, “Wasteland,” at McLean Project for the Arts (2014).

Alexis Gomez is an interdisciplinary artist living in Virginia and working in DC. He received his BFA from the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at the George Washington University. Gomez's work investigates the internal and external spaces we inhabit as human beings. Using illusionistic patterns and figural forms to represent both literal and metaphorical space, he creates settings that induce an inner and outer body experience.  

Sarah Jamison is a fine artist concentrating primarily on drawing. Her work is inspired by the ubiquitous nature of pop culture and internet imagery, drawn from the endless scrolling of social media applications. She recontextualizes these images by reassembling and rendering them in traditional media. Originally from small-town Virginia, she moved to Washington, DC, to attend the Corcoran College of Art + Design. In 2010, Sarah received her BFA, and she continues to live and exhibit in the Nation's Capital.

Ashley Ja’nae is a visual artist born and raised in Washington, DC. Her work explores beauty standards, intersectionality, identity, and safe spaces for Black American womanhood. She received her BFA in art and design education from Pratt Institute. She has exhibited her work in DC, Virginia, Maryland, New York City, and Illinois. When she is not making art, Ashley teaches elementary and middle school students.

Zofie Lang is primarily an assemblage artist and photographer, using materials and creating imagery that relate to specific psychological phenomena. Each object and image represents a key element in a narrative vignette, in visual layers that contain scientific and superstitious facets. Born in Poland and raised in Germany, Zofie Lang came to the US in 1998. After graduating with a psychology degree in 2002, she studied interdisciplinary craft at Towson University. For six years she worked in interior design while taking classes at MICA and the Corcoran. She devoted herself to her studio art practice after moving to the DC area in 2010.

Kelly Posey is a painter first, and a teacher second. Posey has taught for 17 years while raising two children and during most of that time was a Sunday painter. But in the past few years, as her children have grown up and become more independent, she have been able to paint on a more regular basis that has become routine for her. Posey is an abstractionist. Deep meditation and reflection on past works that she did in encaustics has given me new insight on the creation of painting and the process of brush stroke and color fields. Posey's investigations into this process have allowed her paintings, both past and present, to have an open dialogue with one another. Her work has evolved, over time, from a highly narrative figurative style into abstract painting laced with symbolism. There is still narrative, but she wants it to be broader. This work is speaking about energy in nature, and the subtle or strong forces working beyond the human realm. Some work deals with microorganisms and some deal with deep space. However, all of them deal with the beauty and dichotomy of those worlds in their own complexity or simplicity. We as human beings are a very infinitesimal part of the universe.

Katie Pumphrey has a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has participated in artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Studios of Key West, The Creative Alliance, and Gallery Four. Katie  is also a long distance, open water swimmer   and swam the English Channel in August of 2015 . This aspect of her life often influences and drives her work. Her recent work explores movement, mass, competitive roles, and instincts through large-scale paintings, drawings, and installations. Katie  currently lives and works in Washington, DC.

Renée Regan is a contemporary artist with a background in fine art photography. She received her BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC, and has participated in over 20 art shows with her first solo show in August of 2016 at the DC Art Studios. She is a co-curator for a DCDADA collective to connect and show local artists. Her artwork ranges between photography, drawing, performance art, and sculptural successories. Regan’s art often contains illusionary ideas or imagery that seduces viewers into disorientation and tests the limits of their view on reality.

Julie Wills is an interdisciplinary artist working in the expanded field of sculpture, including installation, collage works on paper, performance, video, and site-specific practices. She holds an MFA from the University of Colorado and an MA in art criticism from the University of Montana. She is a 2017 recipient of a Denbo Fellowship and residency from Pyramid Atlantic Art Center; has been an artist-in-residence at the Jentel Foundation, PLAYA, and the Hambidge Center, among others; and has exhibited her work widely. In addition to her individual studio practice, Wills has worked since 2004 as one of four members of The Bridge Club collaborative ( ). Wills is an assistant professor of studio art at Washington College in Chestertown, MD.


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