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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Sarah West (nee Butler), Clemson University MFA Alumna, Mounts Solo Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

Sarah West, darkprint, oil on canvas, 48"x38"x2", 2015
Vanishing Point

District of Columbia Arts Center
June 3 - July 10, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, June 3, 7-9pm
Artist's Talk & Closing Reception, Sunday, July 10, 4pm

This series combines references to Early Renaissance paintings with digital symbols and artifacts. It suggests the spiritual undercurrents within digital technology through its potential for enlightenment, transcendence, and evocation of the infinite. Emphasizing painting as a portal, the works point out our desire to be transported by visual means.

Play and discovery are important components of the execution of the paintings and the viewer’s experience. West positions the viewer as an explorer and navigator to roam through various spaces that coexist within a single composition and addresses the potential for fluidity between the material and the virtual.  Sarah received the Master of Fine Arts degree in Art with an emphasis in painting from Clemson University in 2012.


The District of Columbia Arts Center (DCAC) serves the Washington , DC area by presenting high-caliber, challenging works, encouraging professionalism among artists, and by providing a forum for education and cultural exchange. DCAC was founded in 1989 as an alternative arts center for local artists in response to eroding support for local artists. Since then, their 800 square foot gallery and 50 seat black box theater have been a hub of creativity in the visual and performing arts; receiving local, national, and international attention for it's programming. Artists of all types, including poets, painters, actors, astorytellers, sculptors, and performance artists, have been drawn to DCAC from as close as around the corner and as far as other continents.

They gallery promotes emerging and under-recognized artists by exhibiting their work and aims to inspire fresh approaches to artistic development by showing work that other galleries might shun. Gallery applications are reviewed on an on-going basis. Their theater encourages work at all levels, of all types, and is open to all forms of presentation. One night shows, readings, screenings, concerts, and long running plays are all welcome. Theater applications are accepted year-round. Their Sparkplug artists' collective and Curatorial Initiative programs have individual application processes. All of our programs are open to all; DCAC does not discriminate based on gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

They invite and encourage participation at every level whether your interest is as an artist, a patron, and intern, a volunteer, a committee member, or member of the board of directors, DCAC has a place for you to be involved.

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