Who WE Are
ART WATCH is a collective of DMV artists who have gathered together to develop ways to use the power of visual communication to express their support for true democratic values, such as inclusion, tolerance, equality under the law, and stewardship of the environment. Our vision is for a country where we are united as one people rather than divided against each other by race, gender, class, religion or any other construct.
ART WATCH STEERING COMMITTEE
Jackie Hoysted (co-founder) a native of Ireland, is a multi-media artist and curator interested in creating awareness of social and political issues that have personal significance to her such as identity, health, feminism, economy and religion. She has had multiple solo exhibitions throughout the US and her work featured in multiple publications including the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, the Washington City Paper and the Pittsburgh City paper.
Ellyn Weiss is a Washington, DC-based visual artist in two and three dimensions, as well as an independent curator, with studios in Mt. Rainier, MD and Truro, MA. She has had over 25 solo or featured shows and has participated in numerous juried and curated exhibitions. Ellyn works in a wide variety of media; the materials used in recent shows include wax, oilbar, dry pigment, wire, plastic dip and tar. Her work has for many years been inspired by the imagery of biological and natural structures and most recently, by the threats posed by global climate change. With various collaborators, she has exhibited installations dealing with the effects of the melting of the polar ice cap, the destruction of coral reefs worldwide, and the migration of infectious diseases.
Evie Altman is an activist, writer, and self-taught artist who has lived in the DC area for almost 30 years. Working primarily in wood, she creates large sculptures decorated with multiple media (acrylics, glitter, beads, paper); when it’s too cold to cut wood in the garage, she settles for adorning cardboard, mirrors, and other found objects. Evie has served as the Site Operations co-chair for Artomatic since 2012, and constructed immersive installations for these temporary events. She has long pursued progressive activism, focusing on immigrant, women’s, and LGBT rights.
Marilyn Banner has exhibited her mixed media work in over 30 solo and 100 group shows across the US and abroad. Her work is in numerous private and public collections including Hebrew Union College NYC and the Embassy of Costa Rica in Washington DC. Banner is the recipient of ten residency fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and was awarded a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation VCCA Creative Fellows Grant. Her work was featured in “Encaustic Art In The 21 st Century” by Anne Lee and E. Ashley Rooney. She is represented by Ceres Gallery in New York City.
Erin Devine is an artist, critic, curator, and independent scholar based in Washington, DC. She received her Ph.D. in Art History with a specialization in Contemporary Art from Indiana University. Her video-based and live performances are characterized by research that addresses patriarchal oppressions of history and culture. Devine is a regular contributor to Woman's Art Journal and Washington City Paper, and also writes for The Berkshire Review, Art Papers, and newyorkarts.net. She is a twice artist-in-residence at Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, and her work has been shown regionally and internationally. Her newest work will be featured at the Pittsburgh Performance Art Festival in Aug 2017.
Sally Kauffman, based in Washington, DC, exhibits in local galleries and exhibition spaces including the McLean Project for the Arts, Touchstone, Hillyer, Zenith, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Center, Studio 1469, Target Gallery and Studio Gallery and regionally at artspace in Richmond, VA and Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center in Solomons Island, MD. She is the recipient of Juror’s Awards from Anne Reeve of Glenstone and Marybeth Kelley of the Hirschhorn, the Linda and Douglas Scholarship from the Corcoran College of Art + Design and a merit-based artist grant from the Vermont Studio Center Artist Residency program. Her work is in private and public collections; the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Fine Art Acquisition Program purchased three paintings for inclusion in the “Washingtonia Collection”. She affiliated with DCAC, Mid City Artists, Washington Project for the Arts and Studio Gallery where she served on the Board of Directors. Kauffman earned a BFA from the University of Kansas.
Kathryn McDonnell, a Washington DC artist, earned her degree from Vanderbilt University where she double majored in Art History and Russian language. She received a Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Mount Royal graduate program. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including from Vanderbilt University and currently from the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities. McDonnell's art is strongly influenced by Sant Mat, an Eastern form of meditation and philosophy, which she practices daily. A traveler by heart she has lived in California, Argentina, and the Bahamas. Her extensive travels to places such as the former Soviet Union, Uzbekistan, Israel and Turkey inspire her work thematically and impressionistically. She sits on the Board of Directors of the District of Columbia Art Center and is a founding member of its Sparkplug Collective. She is an active volunteer and community organizer and has managed a pop-up art venue and curated several exhibitions in the region.
Miriam Mörsel Nathan is a visual artist and poet. Her family’s history of loss and displacement because of war and persecution is part of a universal narrative that continues today. Miriam’s work in response reflects on the elusive landscapes of absence, ambiguity and vulnerability and is an attempt to make visible what is not easily seen, only felt.
Her drawings and prints have been exhibited throughout the U.S. and her poems have appeared in literary journals and anthologies.
Miriam has received Individual Artist Grants from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County as well as fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and from the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.She has participated in numerous panels and programs in museums and cultural institutions on the topic of artistic responses to war related trauma.