Artists at Work

The exhibition Artists at Work, sponsored by the Smithsonian Community Committee, is on view through May 1 in the S. Dillon Ripley Center Concourse. This juried show, the SCC’s fourth, pan-Institutional art exhibition, underscores the often hidden talents within the Smithsonian community.  A panel of three outside jurors selected 56 artists, from 23 different Smithsonian units, from more than 170 entries.

The subjects of these works and the materials from which they are made are as diverse as the people within the Smithsonian family and the collections of the Institution itself.

Images and forms inspired by the lure of distant lands stand side-by-side with images born from the love of the familiar. These creations of paint, canvas, paper, wood, fabric, metal, stone, and clay speak of the artists’ fascination with the world around them—including encounters with objects, ideas, and people through their work with the Smithsonian. These artworks are evidence of the exceptional, after-hours activities of our staff, research fellows, interns, contractors, and volunteers. Their reserves of energy, imagination, and skillfulness enhance all aspects of our everyday work.

Click the link to view the flash animation contribution “Luce Center” from Robyn Johnson-Ross, A/V Contractor, Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery.

Maya Chung, a 17-year-old high school student and Q?rius volunteer is the youngest artist to contribute to the “Artists at Work” exhibition. Read more about Maya in the Washington Post. 


Posted: 9 March 2015
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Alex di Giovanni has been editing The Torch since August 2006. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, she worked as a writer and editor for the National Geographic Society, Plexus Scientific, The Nature Conservancy, The National Foreign Language Center and St. Martin’s Press, among others. She has the best job in the world.

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