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NOVA-Manassas art exhibition features seven artists

Jay Hendrick
NOVA-Manassas is exhibiting artwork by seven artists from Nov. 30 to Dec. 18, including “Untitled II” by Jay Hendrick.

Paintings by seven artists will be on display at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College from Nov. 30 to Dec. 18.

David Barr is inspired by the pop culture he grew up with as well as the present-day nonstop flood of information. This constant influx of multimedia and visual noise is an effect he tries to recreate in his compositions with texture, color and content. Originally from Pittsburgh, Barr studied art at Slippery Rock University. He paints at his studio in Fairfax, and is a member of Washington Project for the Arts, Falls Church Arts and McLean Project for the Arts.

Nikki Brugnoli-Whipkey earned her master’s degree in fine arts at Ohio State University. Her work is included in many private collections across the United States, and is featured in national academic and public institutions. She currently serves as the assistant graduate programs coordinator in the School of Art at George Mason University, as well as the coordinator of the Art Lab at the Lorton Workhouse.

Mike Dowley is a Northern Virginia native who is inspired by the park areas near the Potomac River where he frequently hikes. His artwork has been shown at various venues in the area, including District of Columbia Arts Center, Porch Projects, Morton Fine Art and Doris Mae. He teaches painting, design and drawing at NOVA’s Annandale Campus and Georgetown University.

Jessica Gamble’s artwork is drawn from life experience and focuses on invoking personal connections. Much of her artwork is about searching, memories and mending while exploring the human form. She examines topics including feminism, psychology and organic systems of the body’s internal workings. 

Jay Hendrick’s work has been shown in the United States, Japan and England, and featured in “New American Painting 106.” He earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art at Abilene Christian University in 2012 and a master’s of fine art at George Mason University in 2015. Hendrick lives and works in Fairfax.

Frederick Markham is a longtime artist and educator in the Washington, D.C., area who has taught dozens of art classes at the Alexandria Art League, George Washington University and NOVA’s Woodbridge Campus. Markham’s paintings and drawings of the Northern Virginia landscape have been featured in many regional and national exhibitions. 

Anne Smith is an adjunct professor at George Mason University as well as a teaching artist at the National Gallery of Art. In her art practice, she uses processes of drawing, sculpture and printmaking to study variations on boundaries, paths and liminal spaces. Originally from Syracuse, New York, Smith’s subject matter has included her childhood home, the side of the road, and other spaces entirely made up or imagined. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Colgan Hall gallery is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The campus is at 6901 Sudley Road in Manassas. To learn more, contact Matt Pinney at mpinney@nvcc.edu.

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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.