Sikh: Turban and Identity by Amit and Naroop
on exhibit February 14 – March 24, 2018
The turban has been the most powerful and obvious symbolism of the identity of a Sikh. The Sikh Project is a celebration of that identity. Historically, the turban was worn by royalty and the rich in South Asia. The turban, as an article of faith in Sikhism, is a public declaration of sovereignty and equality of all people.
Sikhs have been a vital part of the American fabric for over 125 years. The 38 new portraits, from London photographers Amit and Naroop partnering with the Sikh Coalition, captured in this exhibition embody the beauty and diversity of the community and recognize the challenges and triumphs of what it means to be Sikh in America.
Karen S. Montgomery: A Sculptural Retrospective
on exhibit March 31 – April 28, 2018
Karen S. Montgomery’s sculptures are made in marble, bronze, wood, soapstone, and other metals. Her work is primarily figurative, but often includes abstracted elements. She draws inspiration from people and places from her personal history, as well as from snakes, winged figures, or other mythological and art historical elements.
Much of her sculptural process is reductive, where portions of material are carved or chipped away to reveal a new form. This exhibit will be a retrospective of Karen’s practice as an artist.
Montgomery is a sculptor and former state delegate and senator for District 14 of Montgomery County. She studied art and received a Master of Fine Art degree from George Washington University. She spent the early part of her career teaching art and directing gallery spaces in the DC region. Later, she served in the Maryland political sphere from 2003 – 2016.
Uprooted: An Exhibit of Refugee Art
on exhibit May 2 – July 28, 2018
Conflicts around the globe and the current political climate have put an acute focus on the plight of refugees. Five refugee artists from different areas of the world, including Iraq, Ethiopia, and Somalia share paintings and drawings that express the stories of their personal journeys.
Memories, dreams, and the history of their respective homelands are depicted, as well as the transitions and changes arising from their new lives in the USA. The participating artists include Fetunwork Amedie, Ahmad AlKarkhi, Alemzewd Alemu, Khalid Alaani, and Abdurahman Abukam Mohamed.