Women Now

Women Now

National Invitational

January 23 - April 9, 2017

Workhouse Arts Center Vulcan Gallery, Building W-16

Lorton, VA

Reception: February 11 6-9pm

In 1917, a large group of determined women were incarcerated in the Workhouse prison, now the Workhouse Arts Center. Their crime? Picketing the White House in support of women’s right to vote. Government officials considered them troublemakers and their treatment while prisoners at the Workhouse was harsh. History would know them as Suffragists. Their treatment aroused nationwide sympathy and played a significant part in changing public opinion leading to the 19thAmendment. Women got their voice.

In 2017, 100 years since the Suffragists’ imprisonment, the Workhouse Arts Center presents “Women Now” - an exhibit featuring emerging and globally-established contemporary female artists. The exhibit is an opportunity to promote great women artists working now, sharing their voice, while allowing the viewer to reflect on the past and future 100 years.

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Drawn Out

Drawn Out, Drawn Over: Mapping the Territory of Experience
Curated by Nikki Brugnoli.
National Invitational

January 16 - March 11, 2017

Brentwood Art Center, Brentwood, MD

Reception: January 21 5-8


Artists: Carmon Colangelo, Kathy Dlugos, Helen Frederick, Rebecca Kamen, Sergio Soave, Bev Ress, Walter Kravitz, Alan Crockett, Suuny Bellison, Casey Doyle, Carol Brode, Pati Beachley, Matt Pinney, Buzz Spector, Michael Pestel, Lisa Austin, Carole Garmon, and Janis Goodman

What is drawing?
What can a drawing become? What does it measure?
What does drawing, as a critical concept mean to most artists and studio practices in the 21st century?
How do we teach drawing?

Drawn Out, Drawn Over: Mapping the Territory of Experience aims to field a visual conversation about contemporary drawing approaches by featuring selected artists living throughout the United States, most of whom have had devoted careers as academics. Their institutions range from small liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and some of the largest research institutions in the country. The artists have been selected from the specific locations where I have lived over the past 15 years: Pittsburgh, PA, Columbus, OH, and Washington, DC. Artists range from emerging artists in the beginning of their academic careers, to internationally renowned artists, and academics in their given fields of expertise.

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Reading Road Studio

In August 2016 Frederick established Reading Road Studio, Silver Spring, Maryland. The studio offers an intimate collaborative experience for artists interested in works in and on paper, artist books, installation works, and critical conversations about visual and cultural literacy.

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Other News 2017

In the spring, 2017, she will deliver a lecture at the Katzen Museum, American University, as part of the Renwick Art Alliance Distinguished Artist series; and at George Mason University for their Visual Voices series.

In October, 2016 Frederick enjoyed giving presentations at her alma mater Rhode Island School of Design - “Absorbing Traditions: The Labor of Art”- and at the Rochambeau Lycee in Bethesda, MD.

These talks continue her interests in global ecology and cultural literacy as a follow up to her publication “Investigating Cultural Literacy”, Hand Papermaking magazine, winter issue 2013.

From January to May, 2016 Frederick exhibited her work as an installation of sculpture, video, and works on paper in “Acts of Silence” at The Phillips Collection, Washington DC.
These are some of the images featured.

May 2015, Frederick served on a panel in Beirut Lebanon for the conference “Books in Motion” at the American University in Beirut.

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Dennis O’Neil / 20 Years of Partnerships in Print

Dennis O’Neil / 20 Years of Partnerships in Print

February 23 - April 2

The Atheaneum, Alexandria, VA

Reception: February 26 4-6pm

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Sol Prints

SOL PRINTS

Group Exhibition featuring works made in Sol Print Studio, Baltimore, MD

February to March

McDonough Gallery, Baltimore, MD

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Fear Strikes Back

FEAR STRIKES BACK
Curated by Helen Frederick
Fine Arts Gallery, George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia
October 14-November 1, 2013

This exhibition examines how we handle our fears and anxieties culturally, and how we build upon distortions of information fed to us by various types of media and social networking. One of the most urgent challenges facing society today is how we live with people who differ economically, racially, religiously, and ethnically. The thirteen artists selected were asked to present works that may transfigure suffering into other concepts, depending on their sensibilities.

In this exhibition are the works of Shahla Arbabi, Ed Bisese, Colby Caldwell, David Carlson, Mei Mei Chang, Michele Colburn, Nick Collier, Anna U. Davis, Sam Holmes, David Page, Annette Polan, Joyce J. Scott, and Julia Kim Smith. All the artists in the exhibit are, in various ways, dedicated to community work and observing realities that affect their particular dilemmas and their unique positions in their communities, voicing their opinions without turning their backs. These major artists feature installations, new media, sculpture, video, sound, and two-dimensional works on paper and canvas.

The theme FEAR STRIKES BACK is derived from James Elkin's book The Object Stares Back that supplies reasoning for how we see and how we don't. The title also refers to how we too often "look back" in terms of concerns of social justice. The work in FEAR STRIKES BACK, allows us to observe our 21st century overexposure to the troubling, violent, and sometime staged images, which can lead us to mixed emotions enjoying the spectacle of a horrible situation or sobering subject, while wanting it to stop or be stopped.

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Noetics


NOETICS
Curated by Helen Frederick
Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Avenue, WDC
May 14 to September 19, 2013
 
Featured in Noetics is the work of Maria Barbosa, Rosemary Cooley, Oletha DeVane, Helen Frederick, Jenny Freestone, Amelia Hankin, Fleming Jeffries, Trudi Y. Johnson, Randi Reiss McCormack, Christine Neill, Margaret Adams Parker, Soledad Salome’, and Elzbieta Sikorska.??
The artists in Noetics know about the concept that the image is not the work but rather a lens of exploration carefully tooled by the artist to lead us to ask a question or perhaps to enter a reverie. They have given us richly marked forms and conjunctions founded on their insights coupled with acute sense of observation in the media of printmaking. With willingness to provide an opening for us to enter the intuitions of their images, they offer abstract and more literal meaning to guide us into a state of noetics. The works include objects of desire, notes from the natural world, liminal space, and disrupted visual words.

 The exhibition opened on May 14th and continues to September 9th.

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Curators Talk at DCAC

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Helen on InterArt

Helen Frederick Lecture Illuminates New Perspectives on Paper
{ POSTED BY KATHLEEN BESTE ON 6.11.2012 }

Award-winning interdisciplinary artist Helen Frederick provided a new spin on the craft of papermaking in her visiting artist lecture on November 1. Besides her extensive work in paper and installation, she has created a number of video works (Her 2011 video work Dislocations has been compared to Andy Warhol by curator and Washington Post critic Jeffry Cudlin). In her November 1 lecture, Frederick discussed her recent work in China, and how the small businesses and community practices of papermaking in that region are the basis for an ideal collaboration with nature, while providing an economic means of support for its practitioners.

“People gravitate toward craft, specifically papermaking, because of its tactile nature,” says Frederick. “The labor involved in making paper translates directly to face-to-face interaction, and we as humans are drawn to it.” She feels that her work in China demonstrated that handwork in the service of art and commerce helps and requires a community to be successful.

The day after the lecture, Frederick spent time with a number of graduate students in studio visits. Alex Borgen, second year MFA in Book and Paper, found the studio visit exhilarating. “She was so excited to meet with everyone, and talk about our work,” says Borgen. “I showed her one of my pieces, and she couldn’t wait to see more, asking, ‘What’s next?’ with total wonder and curiosity in her voice. I got the sense that she was enthralled to interact with students. It was really fun to be getting feedback from her on my work, and this studio visit really inspired me to move forward with all my ideas that incorporate paper.”


Helen Frederick in studio visit with second-year MFA Jillian Bruschera

Frederick’s studio visits and feedback to the students who spent time with her underscored aspects of the philosophy she addressed in the previous evening’s lecture, were she reflected that “Papermaking is a witness to transformation: it celebrates, reflects, and protects.”

Originally posted: http://blogs.colum.edu/interarts-cbpa/2012/11/06/helen-frederick-lecture-illuminates-new-perspectives-on-paper/

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Summer 2012 News

HELEN FREDERICK, 36-page catalog featuring one-woman exhibitions DISSONANCE, Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, at Hollins University and HUNGRY GHOSTS, Hunt Gallery, Mary Baldwin Gallery, published 2012.


"Labyrinth"
Pigment print, 42" x 42"

EXHIBITIONS:

Kenkeleba Gallery, NY, NY
IN UNISON: Twenty Washington DC Artists. Featured prints produced in the School of Art, George Mason University printmaking studios, sponsored by Millennium Art Salon. The exhibition showcases diverse perspectives by veteran artists. Included professors Frederick, Kravitz, Crawford, Goldman and Endress from GMU.

"Armored for Monkey Horde"
Mixed Media Print
(collected by Capital One, Virginia)

McLean Center for the Arts, McLean, VA
FOUR PERSPECTIVES: Becoming MPA. Selected by Curator Andrea Pollan to exhibit three dimensional paper sculptures, titled “HUNGRY GHOSTS”.

SELECT, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington DC. Selected by curator Dennis O’Neil to show LOSS OF INNOCENCE, 2011, a 48” screenprint on artist-made paper.

Celebrating Six Years of Hillyer Arts, International Art and Artists, Washington DC, anniversary show featuring over 86 artists from the greater metropolitan area.

SCHOLARLY PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS:

Invited by the Brooklyn Museum of Art Feminist Art Base to be included in their unique on-line artist registry of international artists.

May 8, 2012.
George Mason School of Art Alumni Pat Sargent and Professor Helen Frederick worked with the project ARTS, MILITARY AND HEALING to give military members and their families a chance to work side by side with art therapists, veteran artists and established artists. A week-long hand papermaking, writing and bookmaking workshop was held in the print and papermaking studios, from May 14-18 and offered a creative outlet to for veterans to express their wartime experiences. MFA artist Drew Mattot, Director of the Peace Paper Project, with Frederick, Sargent, student and community volunteers directed the workshop.

Smithsonian American Art Associates Program
Lecture: IDENTIFYING AND COLLECTING THE FINE PRINT. Presented a lecture in coordination with the major print exhibition “Multiplicity”, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, WDC.

SOFAlab (Science of Art Laboratory)
As a co-founder of SOFAlab, coordinated the presentation of two panels, one at GMU, another at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts Gallery, WDC that discussed the bridging of the healing arts, ecology, and social networking in the creation of art; and conversely examined how art influences scientific and clinical practice and pedagogies.
 
Wrote feature catalog essay for FLY ZONES by Iranian artist, Shahla Arbabi for her retrospective exhibition at the University of Maryland Gallery, College Park, MD

NEW STUDIO!!:
Created READING ROAD Studio in Silver Spring, a hand papermaking studio for the production of papermaking as an art form. In addition to serving as my studio, it offers master classes and collaborative sessions for 2-3 artists who want to explore the possibilities of using papermaking as a painterly and dimensional experience for their work.

Upcoming fall 2012 Lectures:

"Investigating Cultural Literacy"
by Helen Frederick regarding her trip to Sichuan, China, 2011

Watermarks Conference, Cleveland Ohio, October
Center for Paper and Book Arts, Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois, November

The lecture will enable the viewing of two very different papemaking productions in the Sichuan area of China to briefly examine how hand papermaking provides an intersection of cultural values and economic development. The physical location and historical legacy in China all create the reason for plant materials to be transformed in sheets of paper in Jaijiang and Anhui, however the compelling paradoxes and mystery still reside as to why this art is so significant in a global world of electronic spectacle? Understanding the embodiment of a natural material and its prowess to be made into another transformed useful material by hand is a lesson in daily life, industry, art and science. An ages old tradition, the endurance of hand papermaking is also a hybrid of so many complex parts that only dedicated communities can sustain its legacy and effectiveness into usefulness into other parts of China and the world.

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Hungry Ghosts

HUNGRY GHOSTS, August 29 to September 23, 2011
Helen C. Frederick
Hunt Gallery, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA

HUNGRY GHOSTS features new works created to mitigate darkness. By means of studio practice I am exploring natural phenomena, repetitive mark making, and reconciling infinite visual space. By hand forming materials that are fragile, fugitive, translucent or layered, various fusions of visual experience are constructed in the works, all of which are guided by a noted Tibetan invocation.>

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Traditional and New

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Ten Years After 9/11


"Ten Years After 9/11," at The Pepco Edison Place Gallery from August 28 to September 30, 2011, is co-curated by Helen Frederick and Bill Dunlap, and gives voices to artists from Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Russia, Ireland, Germany and the United States - each bringing their personal perspectives and unique viewpoints to the cultural conversation through works created over the ten year period since September 11, 2001. These invited artists include inter-generational and established artists who have given generously to the greater Washington metropolitan and international community. The exhibition gathers together these artists whose work explores the human condition with all its various tensions, uniting direct experiences, cultural paths, social and political concerns, and penetrating universal meanings and questions that our world(s) ask us to consider since the cataclysmic event known as 9/11.

The artists invited to exhibit are: Saadi Al Kaabi, Ahmed Alkarkhi, Shahla Arbabi, Ken Ashton, Billy Colbert, Combat Papermakers/Drew Cameron, Brian Counihan, Frank Hallam Day, Joan Danziger, Alexander Djikia, Bill Dunlap, William Dunlap, Michael D. Fay, Helen Frederick, Chawky Frenn, Ann Glover, Alison Hall, Pinkney Herbert, Victor Juhasz, Jeffrey Kent, Bridget Sue Lambert, Adam Lister, Despina Meimaroglou, Michael Pestel, Matt Pinney, Michael B. Platt, Phyllis Plattner, Annette Polan, Raoul Middleman, David Richardson, Patrick Sargent, Brian Sentman, Peter Sowiski, Kurt Steger, Erwin Thamm, Leonid Tishkov, Sean Watkins, Sue Wrbican, and Workingman's Collective.

The 9/11 Show Brochure can be found here

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Press Coverage for "Dissonance"

A nice write-up in the Roanoke Times for my recently opened exhibition Dissonance at the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University.

http://blogs.roanoke.com/arts/2011/02/helen-fredericks-dissonance-opens-thursday-at-hollins-museum

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In Unison

In Unison: 20 Washington, DC Artists, featured at the Kreeger Museum, is an exhibition including one of my works, that is derived from a monoprint project as initiated by artist Sam Gilliam.  Gilliam invited 19 artists, established and respected painters, sculptors, printmakers, digital media and installation artists working in different styles, to join him in creating several print portfolios.  Each made a set of five monoprints, one of which would be chosen for the show by Sam Gilliam, Judy A. Greenberg, Director of The Kreeger Museum, Marsha Mateyka of the Marsha Mateyka Gallery, and Claudia Rousseau, art critic and art historian. The site of the project was the new print studio at the George Mason University School of Art. Working in the same studio provided opportunities for interaction among the DC artists and promoted a true sense of collaboration – which has long been a part of the printmaking tradition. As stated by Claudia Rousseau, “Creating a group portfolio and exhibiting together express the ideas of unity and identity that are underlying motives of the project, and which are vital to sustaining a thriving artistic community.” 
 
The exhibition will be on view at The Kreeger Museum January 15-February 26, 2011.

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Dissonance

DISSONANCE, February 17 to April 16, 2011
Helen Frederick
Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University, Roanoke, VA

“We use the process of our own encoded memories to reduce dissonance. Our recall of the immediate and distant past allows us to maintain a positive balance.”

Press for Dissonance

Using the themes of reflection and protection, and regarding the concept that context affects all stages of human development, my one person exhibition will incorporate printed media, virtual imagery and actual objects cast, printed, and observed from, or about elements that are both natural and man-made. Some of these will be found in the Hollins University environs, the surrounding area, and others through exploring provocative images about global situations. All of these images and objects will be placed in groups as comparative thought provoking narratives and subalterns to convey a journey that deals with psychological time, places of experience and suspension of time. The groups include: Endangered, Armored, Preserved, Protected, a walking wheel and a video “Dislocated World” that relates to many layers of historical reference - our own encoded memories and what others consider.

Press for Dissonance

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WPA AUCTION

I was pleased to be asked to serve as one of six curators to select work for the annual Washington Project for the Arts auction and gala. Please plan to support this effort and go to wpadc.org for more information. You will enjoy works by the following artists in my section: Lina Vargas DaLa, Brooke Marcy, Carrie Nobles, Fleming Jeffries, Adam Lister, Blake Turner, Allyn Massey, Sue Wrbican Charles Cohan, David Page, Nikki Brugnoli, Mia Feuer, Solomon Wondimu, and Pepe Coronado.

The WPA Auction will take place on March 12th, 2011

Please go to http://auction.wpadc.org/ if you would like more info!

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SOFAlab COLLABORATIONS

SOFAlab COLLABORATIONS, spring and fall Programs, 2011
Helen Frederick, Paul So and Shanti Norris, principles

In August 2011, the Science of Art Laboratory (SOFAlab), George Mason University and Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts will host a program for our new 2011 selected SOFALab collaborations, and in October, the School of Art and Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University will prospectively host exhibitions in relation to the fulfilled SOFAlab projects. SOFAlab is a program dedicated to explore the relationships between art and science, and is supported by the Center for Consciousness and Transformation, George Mason University

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Breakthrough

I am pleased to be serving as the curator for Breakthrough Art Organization. The programs for and exhibition of 10 artists from East Germany opened in Nashville, will open in July in Aspen and are coming to Washington DC in September. Here is the invitation:

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