Clermont Forum II

Clermont Forum II Press Release

Anne Bouie, 'The Code Behind Closed Doors'

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Anne Bouie, 'The Code Behind Closed Doors'


This approach to interpreting the history of a specific historic site through contemporary art is being organized by Teddy Johnson and Heather Rounds at the Rotating History Project in Baltimore.  Check out their website at, and their blogging about the artists at, and on Facebook.



Participating in the Clermont Forum II: Interpreting Clermont’s History Through Art
April 12-May 31, 2014
Clermont Farm Historic Site, Berryville, VA 22611
The Clermont Foundation – Rotating History Project – Virginia Dept. of Historic Resources

Adams, Lauren Frances

Lauren Frances Adams is a faculty member at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has had recent solo exhibitions at Back Lane West, Cornwall, UK; Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; and Conner Contemporary, Washington, DC. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions including: Nymans House, Sussex, UK; CUE Foundation, New York; Mattress Factory and the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA. Her awards include the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Award. She has held artist residencies including the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, and Skowhegan.

Bouie, Anne

Anne Bouie was born in Birmingham, Alabama, spent memorable and formative summers on her grandparents’ homestead Jackson County Florida, and was raised in Atlanta, Georgia before moving to Riverside, California. A successful and experienced historian and educator, Bouie now devotes her efforts to pursue her desires of making art with energy, meaning using the rich, diverse cultural and historical legacy she inherited.

Bouie has exhibited locally at the Honfluer Gallery, Galerie Myrtis, the Nevin Kelly Gallery, Millennium Salon, D.C. Arts Center, and the Capitol Hill Arts League, as well as in Chicago, Louisville, Kentucky, Charleston, South Carolina, San Francisco, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Delhi, India. She was awarded an Honorable Mention at the Recreate Exhibit in San Francisco, and the Wally Szyndler Memorial Award by the Capitol Hill Arts League. Her work is included in the Washington DC Arts and Humanities Art Bank, the collection of Neil and Juanita Hartburger, and that of Dr. Diane Whitfield Locke. She attended the University of California at Riverside, California, and earned a Ph.D. in Administration & Policy Analysis in Education, an M.A. in Secondary Education, and an M.A. in African-American History, all from Stanford University, and currently resides in the District of Columbia.

Benevento, Michael

Michael Benevento is an artist and curator living in Baltimore, Maryland. From 2005 to present, Michael has been the co-director of Current Space, an artist run gallery, studio, and performance space located amongst a cluster of vacant buildings in downtown Baltimore. He co-curates The Koban Project, a defunct police surveillance station that has been converted into a temporary public sculpture space. After relocating from Houston, Texas, Michael received his BFA in 2005 from The Maryland Institute College of Art.

Cherry, Laura

Laura Cherry spends most days in the Photography Archives of a Museum studying tactile analogue evidences, & their elusive digital replications. Her work has been featured in FiberArts Magazine, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the National Museum of Dentistry, Time & Space Gallery. Remnants of her work appear in numerous private collections belonging to science professionals, crime-sleuths, and research psychiatrists.

Crisman, Elizabeth

Born in Virginia, Elizabeth Crisman received an MFA in Photography and Digital Imaging from Maryland Institute College of art in 2006 and a BFA in Ceramics from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1998. She has exhibited nationally in group and solo exhibitions at such venues as Arlington Art Center, Arlington, Virginia; Gallery 10, Washington D.C.; Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD; Delaware Center for the Arts, Wilmington, DE; Icebox Project Space in Philadelphia, PA; Cannon Gallery of Art, Oregon; Art Gallery at West Florida University Florida; Bond St. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.

She has been a recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Grant as well as a two-year Fellowship and Alumni Travel Grant from the Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia, PA. She has been an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Ms. Crisman lives in Baltimore, MD where she is an adjunct professor and runs the Chesapeake Gallery at the Harford Community College.

 DeVane, Oletha

 Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Oletha DeVane received her B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art and M.F.A. in painting from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Her first major exhibition was at the Springfield Museum of Art in Massachusetts in 1976. Since then, her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Maryland and along the East Coast. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture in Baltimore commissioned Ms. DeVane to create a video installation documenting Maryland’s history of lynching in 2003.  The piece was inspired by an earlier silent video installation of the same subject at Maryland Art Place (2002).

 She has been involved in the Baltimore arts community as an exhibiting artist, curator and educator in the arts. She has served on the board of Maryland Art Place, School 33 visual arts panels and as vice-chairperson of Wide Angle Community Media, a non-profit youth media organization in Baltimore. She was the Program Director for the Maryland State Arts Council’s Individual Artist (1979-92) and Visual Arts programs (1990-92). 

An artist and educator, Ms. DeVane, is currently the Director of Tuttle Gallery and the former head of visual arts in the UpperSchool at McDonoghSchool in Owings Mills.  She was honored in 2007 as a recipient of the Rollins/Luktemeyer Chair for Distinguish Teaching.  Ms. DeVane is also a Sondheim Semi Finalist (2011) and exhibited works at the Meyerhoff Gallery at Maryland Institute College of Art.

Forsgren, Todd

Todd R. Forsgren is a photographer based in Washington, DC. In his photographs, he examines themes of ecology, environmentalism, and perceptions of landscape while striving to strike a balance between art history and natural history.

Born in 1981 and raised in Ohio, Todd went on to receive a bachelors degree in biology and visual art from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine in 2003. In 2005, Todd earned post-baccalaureate certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He was a 2006 artist-in-residence at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, a 2007 resident at the artist’s enclave at I-Park, and a 2008 Fulbright Fellow in Mongolia. In 2011 he earned a master’s degree in photography from J.E. Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic.

Aside from taking pictures, Todd currently keeps busy as the visiting instructor of photography at Saint Mary’s College of Maryland. He has also taught courses at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Anne Arundel Community College. He is an artist-in-residence at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, on the academic advisory board at CET Academic Programs, and the board of directors at THEditions. Todd’s photographs have been shown at numerous galleries and institutions. Prints are currently available through Heiner Contemporary and Carroll and Sons. They’ve also been featured in a number of periodicals including The Guardian, New Scientist, Time Magazine’s Lightbox, Hey, Hot Shot!, and the Russian edition of Esquire Magazine.

Fucile, Carrie

Carrie Fucile is an artist who works with sound, video, and installation. Recent exhibitions include VOX IX at Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia, PA and a solo show, entitled Subtext, at School 33 in Baltimore, MD. She is the recipient of a 2013 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award and was a 2012 Semi-Finalist for The Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize. Fucile lives and works in Baltimore, MD where she is a Lecturer in Digital Art at Towson University.

Mona, Chris

Chris Mona was born in Washington, DC in 1961, graduating from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in 1983, and from Pratt Institute with a Master of Fine Arts in 1985. Mona works consistently in painting, printmaking and drawing, exploring layers of domestic, cultural and historical content. Mona has received a grant from Artists Space, NY, NY, and two artist’s awards from the Maryland State Arts Council. His work is in public collections, including The Rooms Art Gallery of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Canada; College of Notre Dame, Baltimore, Md; Columbia College, Chicago, Ill; and Franklin Furnace Archive, NY, NY. Mona shows in international, national and regional shows. In 2010 he had a one-person show at Creative Alliance, Baltimore, Md. In 2011, Mona completed training in lithography at Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM. Mona is a professor of art at Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, Md.

Myers. Sally

Sally Myers is a sculptor working in clay and forged and welded steel. She often works with repeating natural forms such as abstracted birds and trees. She earned an undergraduate degree from VCU, an MFA at the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. at the University of Arizona. She recently retired from teaching art at Ball State University in Indiana. Her work has been shown in many exhibitions including Earth, Wheel and Fire International Juried Ceramics Exhibition, the International Juried Exhibition at The Herbst International Exhibition Hall at the Presidio of San Francisco, California, Smithtown Township Arts Council, Smithtown NY , The Holter Museum of Art ANA 33, Helena Montana.

Pifer, Doug

final chicken jpgDoug Pifer is dedicated to creating fine art depicting natural history, sporting art, pet and livestock portraits, and botanical subjects in various ways, including: framed art for homes and museums, cover and inside illustrations for books and periodicals, limited edition art prints, greeting cards, hand drawn business cards, hand painted signs, painting fine wearable art on silk, murals depicting nature, historic, scenic and architectural motifs.

In his spare time, Doug enjoys creating educational and political cartoons and drawings for local groups interested in protecting the rural landscape from industrial and residential development. He also gives illustrated talks, workshops and seminars on nature and art subjects. He writes and illustrates a nature column, As the Crow Flies, for several Virginia newspapers. It has won two awards from the Virginia Press Association in General Column category. Doug lives in White Post, Virginia with his wife and a selection of animals, including 2 dogs, a cat, a mule, a donkey and assorted poultry.

 Richmond-Edwards, Jamea

Detroit-bred Jamea Richmond-Edwards graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Art degree from JacksonStateUniversity in 2004 where she studied painting and drawing.  She went on to earn a MFA from HowardUniversity in 2012.

Jamea is inspired by the black figures of artist Kerry James Marshall and drawings of Charles White. She offers a repertoire of portraits of black women drawn using ink and graphite.   Her lionized figures are portrayed in regal poses, with eyes that possess alluring gazes and bodies adored with rich tapestries of color and patterns made of sequins, rhinestones, paper and textiles.  Their clothing, which mimics designer fashion, conceals their vulnerability and weaknesses, while elevating them from the distained to the revered.

Richmond-Edward’s work has garnered the attention of art critics such as the Washington Post’s Michael Sullivan, who in a January ,2013 review of the exhibition “No Strings Attached,” described Jamea’s portraits of two black women to be “among the most arresting pieces” in the show.  In February, 2013 she was included in the Huffington Post’s “Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know”. 

Jamea has exhibited her artwork nationally and internationally including the Delaware Art Museum Centennial Exhibition, Wilmington, Delaware; Rush Arts Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Parish Gallery, Washington, D.C. and Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore, Maryland.  Her works are in the permanent collection of private collectors across the country and the Embassy of the United States in DakarSenegal. 

Shenker, Andrew

Through a practice of writing and drawing, videography, and curation, Baltimore-based Andrew Shenker attempts to remain at the thresholds of sleeping, waking, and dreams, keeping to a skin-depth vulnerability of touch and endless sifting – which cannot help but to disturb a neutral, distant character of observation. The various threads of his work move with a childlike, collaborative, poetic, layered rhythm, toward a nameless and uncertain time of memory’s reception. Shenker’s installations and films have been exhibited at the EMP, School 33, the Current Gallery and at the Carroll Mansion in Baltimore Maryland. In 2010, he co-curated Hope Against Hope, a site-specific exhibition at Baltimore’s historical Phoenix Shot Tower. His 2012 film Local Time: A Problem of Memory was part of the Rotating History Project’s Down Through the Needle’s Eye exhibition.

Webb, Melissa

Melissa Webb is a Baltimore-based fiber artist working in the areas of costume, performance, site-specific installation, and large-scale interactive environments. After receiving a degree in Fiber Arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 1996, Melissa spent a decade building and designing costumes for professional theatres in the Baltimore / DC area, and has continued to utilize those skills for her own performative endeavors. Melissa serves as adjunct faculty for the Fiber department at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, and teaches Stage Production at the Baltimore School for the Arts. She earned the honor of becoming a Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize Semi-finalist in 2010, 2011, and 2013, and recently received a Robert Rauschenberg Artistic Innovation and Collaboration grant through School 33 Art Center.

Her site-specific performance, “Below Stair Level” was part of the Rotating History Project’s 2012 exhibition, “Down Through the Needle’s Eye”, which reflected on the history of Baltimore’s erstwhile garment district. Melissa’s costumes, environments, and performance efforts, both solo and collaborative, have been featured at venues such as School 33 Art Center, The Maryland Institute, College of Art, Gallery Imperato, The Creative Alliance, The 14 Karat Cabaret, The EMP Collective, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Baltimore Theatre Project, and at art festivals such as Transmodern, The Philadelphia Fringe, and Baltimore’s Artscape.