2014– 2015 Resident Artists
Zahra Nazari, August–December 2014
Zahra Nazari is a painter whose interest in line and form extends beyond the canvas. With her painted surfaces she constructs installations inspired by Middle Eastern kites and contemporary architecture. Nazari (b. in Hamedan, Iran) received a BFA in Painting from the School
of Art & Architecture, Tabriz, Iran and her MFA in Painting/Drawing
at the State University of New York, New Paltz, NY.
Emily Francisco, January–May 2014
Francisco is a sculptress specializing in the creation of interactive objects
that generate sound. Francisco was born in Honolulu, raised in an isolated
mid-western town, educated in Saint Louis and the District of Columbia. She completed
her MFA at American University in 2013 and is a former Artist-in-Residence at
ARTISPHERE. She kicks off Flashpoint Gallery’s 2014-2015 season with a solo
exhibition titled Something Slightly
2013– 2014 Resident Artists
Erik Thor Sandberg, August–December 2013
Erik Thor Sandberg approaches each composition as if it were a
conversation between the artist and the viewer. The dialogue thus
generated by his work always questions and attempts to define human
identity (and scraps thereof). Traditionally, Sandberg’s work has
depicted secular scenes of vice and virtue from a standpoint that human
nature is inherently flawed. More recently, these fundamental flaws in
life have continued to draw Sandberg to dissect and expose pieces of
human nature. His skillfully crafted images, both miniature and larger
than life, reveal the unexpected way in which imperfection makes life
interesting. How often the disturbing and the grotesque capture the
viewer’s gaze before the beautiful! Yet, beauty, eternally appreciated,
remains an essential component of Sandberg’s work as it contrasts the
unsettling and unsightly elements of these imaginary worlds that hinge,
unsettlingly, on the verge of our own.
Marty Weishaar, January–May 2014
Marty Weishaar's seemingly disorganized objects are thoughtfully
constructed of common materials such as packing tape, zip ties,
cardboard, matchbox cars and spray foam. His work forms symbolic relationships between
traditional and nontraditional materials with various historical
approaches, such as conceptualism and intuitve abstraction. Connections
are made between two-dimensional and three-dimensional projects,
systematic abstract paintings, diarist drawings, airplanes, bridges and
buildings. Weishaar graduated from American University in 2007 with a Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting.
2012–2013 Resident Artist
Mei Mei Chang, August 2012– May 2013
Mei Mei Chang received her Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Ohio University 2002. Since then she has exhibited widely along the east coast corridor.
Mei Mei has received numerous awards and participated in a number of residencies, including residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Great River Art Association, and the ARCH Residency at Honfleur Gallery in Washington DC. She received second place in the Contemporary South Exhibition in Raleigh, North Carolina this year.
While in rsidence at Montgomery College Mei Mei invited students to participate in the construction of a collaborative installation in her studio. Students worked together to construct a two-sided work of art on the windows using tape, paper, and other materials.
2011–2012 Resident Artists
Ellen Hill, August–December 2011
Ellen Hill is a painter and mixed media artist whose recent works focus
primarily on wood and handmade paper. Hill's artworks have been shown
throughout the United States; abroad in Northern Ireland and Vietnam;
and in the Washington, DC area at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Maryland
Institute College of Art, the Washington, DC City Hall Art Collection,
the University of Maryland, College Park, and Gallery Neptune in
Bethesda. Solo exhibitions include the McLean Project for the Arts,
McLean, VA; Chroma Projects, Charlottesville, VA; and the National
Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. She has taught art from the
elementary school level to the college level and has served as a
resident printmaker at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, MD
and as a resident artist at Hood College in Frederick, MD. Her works are
in public and private collections including the U.S. State Department;
the D.C. Commission for the Arts and Humanities; KPMG-LLP; and Rutgers
University. Hill is the recipient of two Individual Artist Awards from
the Maryland State Arts Council. She received her MFA from the
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She lives and works in
Mariah Anne Johnson, January– May 2012
Mariah Anne Johnson is an artist originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, who now lives and works in Washington, DC. She has recently exhibited her work at local venues such as Flashpoint Gallery and the Arlington Arts Center. Since she began working as an artist, Mariah has been interested in narrative, memory, domestic life, and the effect of place on our perception of these topics. She explores these ideas in a variety of media, from painting and drawing to installations made from bed sheets.
2011 Resident Artists
Mahwish Chisty, January–March 2011
Initially trained as a miniature painter in Pakistan, Mahwish Chisty's work has recently embraced contemporary art making techniques. Her work deals with nostalgic feelings of home rooted in Islamic calligraphy. These interactive installations are a combination of traditional Kufic script and new media. Chisty was privileged to be part of the Islamic awareness conference at Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MOCADA), Brooklyn, NY in 2009. Besides exhibiting locally in Washington D.C. and Maryland area, she has pieces in the permanent collection of Foreign office Islamabad, Pakistan and Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka Shi, Japan.
Ronit Eisenbach, April– August 2011
An Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, Ronit Eisenbach is an architect whose creative and scholarly efforts are located at the intersection of art and architecture. Eisenbach employs design to generate discourse about the built environment. An interest in thinking through making and refining perception has led her to develop a series of situation-based, design-build studios that frame elements of architecture such as light, color, space and shadow in conversation with human movement. Eisenbach's installations and maps have been exhibited in the U.S. and abroad in venues such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Graham Foundation, the Cranbrook Art Museum, the Art Gallery of Windsor, Princeton University and the streets of Tel Aviv.