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Group show: Academy 2008 (over)

11 July 2008 until 26 July 2008
  Academy 2008
Nathaniel Fink (Maryland Institute College of Art), Evan (from Check Out These Guns) - 2008, C-print, 15 x 15 inches

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Academy 2008

our annual survey of MFA/BFA graduates generously hosted by Taurus Development
1341 H Street, NE
Washington, DC (near the Atlas Theater)

ACADEMY 2008: July 11 - 26, 2008

Conner Contemporary Art is very pleased to announce ACADEMY 2008, the eighth year of our annual invitational survey dedicated to outstanding work by recent fine art graduates of regional college art programs.

The following artists were invited to exhibit:
Geoffrey Aldridge (American University)
Jamie Andrew (Maryland Institute College of Art)
Andrew Buckland (Maryland Institute College of Art)
Robert Campoy (Georgetown University)
Andrea Chung (Maryland Institute College of Art)
Sarada Conaway (University of Maryland)
Cheraya Esters (Corcoran College of Art + Design)
Nathaniel Fink (Maryland Institute College of Art)
Ryan Foti (Maryland Institute College of Art)
Kenny George (George Washington University)
Sara Hubbs (George Washington University)
Stephanie Kozemchak (George Washington University)
Michelle McAuliffe (George Washington University)
Wayde McIntosh (Maryland Institute College of Art)
Carmen McLeod (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Meg Mitchell (University of Maryland)
Diane Ramos (George Washington University)
James Swainbank (Maryland Institute College of Art)
Kristoffer Tripplaar (Corcoran College of Art + Design)
Virginia Warwick (Maryland Institute College of Art)
Aleksander Zhikulin (Maryland Institute College of Art)

The curators are ACADEMY exhibition founder and chief gallery Curator, Jamie Smith, gallery Director Leigh Conner and Assistant Director Kristi Mathews. As in previous years, the curators attended BFA/MFA exhibitions between December and June, viewing works in person to formulate a profile of area art programs. After consulting with artists, they selected a group of works created in various media, including painting, video, sculpture, and photography, which demonstrate individual achievement and represent vital currents in the fine art curricula of our region.

Since the exhibition's 2001 debut, over 109 grads have participated in ACADEMY. We are pleased that, as these young artists have continued to develop, some have achieved international critical recognition, exhibiting at venues including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; Nassauischen Kunstverein, Wiesbaden and The British Museum, London, England.

Because we are finishing our new gallery space renovation, ACADEMY 2008 will be held nearby at 1341 H Street, NE (near the Atlas Theatre / Arts District). We appreciate the support of Taurus Development, who generously donated the ground floor space at their new corporate headquarters.

ACADEMY 2008 opens Friday, July 11th with a reception for the artists from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
Exhibition hours are Thursday - Saturday 12-5pm.
Taurus Development is located at 1341 H Street, NE - Washington, DC, 20002

Concurrent with ACADEMY 2008, SOVA Espresso and Wine bar (1359 H St, NE) is hosting an exhibition of paintings by first year MFA students from the George Washington University, curated by Diane Ramos. The opening reception is also Friday, July 11, 6 - 8 pm.

An online catalogue of artists/ works in ACADEMY 2008 will be available online through August at

For further information and visuals contact Leigh Conner or Kristi Matthews at 202-588-8750 or

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