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Artist Matthew Grimes opens exhibit at Schlesinger Center

Matthew Grimes
Matthew Grimes; Lavandose Por Presa; house paint, spray paint, street papers, billboard papers, carpenter’s glue; 4’ x 4’; photo courtesy of the artist
Matthew Grimes
Matthew Grimes; Ready, Keep Going, Let’s Go; spray paint, street papers, billboard papers, street marker, graphite, carpenter’s glue; 4’ X 4’; photo courtesy of artist

The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus welcomes regional artist Matthew Grimes who will exhibit his show IN(MATERIAL) in the Passage Gallery Friday, Sept. 23 to Sunday, Nov. 13 with an artist’s reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

Grimes was born in Winchester, Virginia, and earned his A.A.S. in ceramics from Lord Fairfax Community College before receiving a B.F.A. in ceramics from James Madison University. From 2006 to 2007, he continued his art education at the Corcoran School of Art + Design in Washington, D.C.

While still an undergraduate student, Grimes earned a number of awards and annually received the Marion Park Lewis Foundation Grant. After graduation, he became an apprentice with Kevin Crowe of Tye River Pottery. In previous years, he was an adjunct professor at the Corcoran School of Art + Design and also taught ceramics at The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia. Grimes has also lived and worked in Bizen, Japan, where he had a short-term apprenticeship with current Japanese National Treasure Isezaki Jun.

Grimes mostly works in ceramics and mixed media artwork. His work has been shown in numerous national group exhibitions while also exhibiting solo nationally and internationally. Grimes currently maintains an art studio in Arlington, Virginia, and teaches at George Washington University.

The Schlesinger Center is located at 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311. The art galleries in the center are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information about art show and concert hall events, call the Schlesinger Center at 703.845.6156.


Media Contact: Raytevia Evans | 703.425.5839 | revans@nvcc.edu



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