Yuri Schwebler (1942-1990)—the artist who transformed the Washington Monument into a sundial in 1974—posited that art moves through three planes: the mental, the physical, and the spiritual. Thirty years after Yuri Schwebler’s untimely death, this memorial exhibition revisited the various threads of his indelible conceptual works that operated in a space exploring the birth, death, and rebirth of ideas.
The three exhibitions were the first in a series of five proposed (postponed during the pandemic). While the Jefferson Place is best remembered as a sandbox for the male-dominated Washington Color School, the backbone of the gallery consisted of female artists who had greater longevity with the gallery.
Photo credit (of the gallery installations with paintings by Hilda Thorpe, and Mary Orwen): Rachel Pearl, courtesy of Cody Gallery at Marymount University.
Making a Scene: the Jefferson Place, American University, Washington, DC, 2017
Founded in 1957, this exhibition featured paintings and sculptures by the initial 11 member-artists of the Jefferson Place Gallery—George Bayliss, Lothar Brabanski, William Calfee, Robert Gates, Colin Greenly, Leonard Maurer, Helene McKinsey Herzbrun, Kenneth Noland, Mary Orwen, Shelby Shackelford, and Joe Summerford—as well as other artists that exhibited at The Jefferson Place Gallery’s during its first five years: Robert d’Arista, Elmer Bischoff, Gene Davis, Tom Downing, Max Elias, Robert Goodnough, Patrick Heron, Jacob Kainen, Fred Maroon, Howard Mehring, Claire Falkenstein, David Park, Hilda Shapiro Thorpe, Frederic Thursz, and Jack Tworkov.
Painting into Sculpture, Marlboro Gallery, Prince George’s Community College
Largo, MD, 2012
While beginning students are confined to the rectangle, this exhibition explored more sculptural approaches and qualities within contemporary painting practices. The exhibition included the works of Dennis Dake, Don Kimes, J.T. Kirkland, Eugene Markowski, Donald Martiny, Kris Scheifele, and Dan Tulk.
Drawing Perspectives, Marlboro Gallery, Prince George’s Community College
Largo, MD, 2013
The exhibition exposed students to a variety of drawing materials and approaches—from traditional to kinetic. Included in the exhibition were the works of Scott Barnes, Christian Benefiel, Mei Mei Chang, Ben Claassen III, Billy Friebele, Amy Lin, Dana Jeri Maier, Paul Pietsch, Tom Raneses, Geoff Stein, Jessika Tarr, Jessica Van Brakle, Elijah van Benschoten, and Nathan Wallace.