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Sarah O’Donoghue and Zarina Zuparkhodjaeva paintings address transitional spaces in Schlesinger Center art show

Near Distance
Zarina Zuparkhodjaeva; Near Distance; oil on canvas; 24”x40”; 2017. Photo courtesy of artist.
Florida and 7th
Sarah O’Donoghue; Florida and 7th; oil on canvas; 36”x48”; 2015. Photo courtesy of artist.

The Passage Gallery at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus is excited to present the work of 2017 American University graduates Sarah O’Donoghue and Zarina Zuparkhodjaeva. The show Change, Witnessed will be on display Sept. 22 to Nov. 5 with an artists’ reception scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23.

The two artists explained in their artists’ statement that an artist’s physical environment can impact her art. Zuparkhodjaeva's paintings for Change, Witnessed focus on exploring urban landscapes while O'Donoghue is drawn to portraiture and fabricated environments. The artists say their bodies of work may seem unrelated upon first glance, but upon a closer look, the paintings build a story of transitional spaces which allude to both commercial development and dissolving cultures.

O'Donoghue is a native of the Washington, D.C. area and Zuparkhodjaeva has been living in Washington, D.C. for more than a decade. Their paintings refer to shifts in D.C.’s landscape through their visual language construction and disappearance

O’Donoghue and Zuparkhodjaeva both received master’s degrees from American University. O’Donoghue earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and Zuparkhodjaeva attended Georgetown University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a finance and studio art focus. The artists have shown their work in a number of solo and group shows all over the world including exhibitions in the Washington, D.C. area, New York, California, Washington State, Argentina, South Korea and Arizona. In previous years, Zuparkhodjaeva also had residencies in Berlin and Chautauqua, New York.

The Passage Gallery is located on the second level of the Schlesinger Center outside of the Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery. The artists’ reception is free and open to the public. The galleries at the Schlesinger Center are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and during concert hall performances and public events. The Schlesinger Center is located at 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA, 22311. For additional information about art shows 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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