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Schlesinger Center to exhibit Susan Hostetler’s ‘Shifting Migration’ sculpture

Migration – Blue Birds
Susan Hostetler; Migration – Blue Birds; clay, pigment, nails; 5’x3’; 2017; Photo by Greg Staley.

The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus is excited to exhibit a unique sculpture for the fall exhibition season. Susan Hostetler’s Shifting Migration will be on display Sept. 22, 2017 to March 22, 2018. An artist’s reception is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.

Shifting Migration will be installed on the second level of the Schlesinger Center outside of the Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery facing the front of the building. Hostetler is inspired by the natural world, especially fauna and flora, and the bird has been a constant motif in her artwork. In her recent work, she focuses on the seasonal movement of migration, patterns in murmurations of birds, and the visual patterns in their songs.

“These patterns inspire the movements and rhythms that appear in my installations and drawings.  In this particular installation, my attention is on the flock as a migrating force,” Hostetler said. “One migratory bird pattern is called 'Nomadic.' This type depends on available resources which are becoming less prevalent for many bird species, thus creating even more asymmetrical patterns of migration. The predictability of migration is mitigated by the mysteries still unraveled. In my work, I seek to reveal the inherent balance and tension of this paradigm.”

Hostetler has shown her work in various juried and selected shows all over the world including exhibitions in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, California, Alaska, New York, Indiana, Chicago, Boston, Spain and Germany. In 2013, Hostetler received the Robert Raushenberg Award for Art Education.

The galleries at the Schlesinger Center are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and during concert hall performances. Artist’s receptions are free and open to the public. For additional information about art shows and concert hall events, contact the Schlesinger Center at 703.845.6156.


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



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