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Schlesinger Center to host ‘Artist Speaks’ with Jessica Kallista

Jessica Kallista

JKartistreception: Local artist Jessica Kallista will participate in Artist Speaks Thursday, April 21 at the Schlesinger Center.

The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus will host an Artist Speaks event from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21 with artist Jessica Kallista whose current show, Dear Suburbia, is on display in the upstairs Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery.

Kallista is an artist, poet and curator living in Northern Virginia. She received her M.F.A. in 2002 in creative writing with a concentration in poetry from George Mason University in 2002. In 2014, she founded Olly Olly, an alternative art space in Fairfax, Virginia, in order to create a place for local art and artists with a focus on experimental, conceptual and performance art. Dear Suburbia is an extension of Kallista’s blog, “Dear Suburbia: Letters of Love to a Strange Land.”

During Artist Speaks, Kallista will speak about being a creative entrepreneur, her creative process, and the inspiration behind Dear Suburbia. Artist Speaks is free and open to the public. The discussion will take place in the seminar room at the Schlesinger Center across from the Fisher Gallery where Kallista’s work is currently on display through April 24.

The Schlesinger Center is located at 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA. The Fisher Gallery, located on the second floor of the Schlesinger Center, is named for local artist Margaret “Peggy” Fisher and her late husband, Joseph Fisher. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and during performances.


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



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