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The Schlesinger Center presents ‘Dear Suburbia,’ Mixed Media Works by Jessica Kallista

Embodiment as Doris, the Octopus, and You

Jessica Kallista; Embodiment as Doris, the Octopus, and You; collage on wood; 2015; 24”x24”

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Jessica Kallista; Repackage (if you want to add years); collage on wood; 2015; 24”x24”

The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College announces the exhibit Dear Suburbia Mixed Media Works by Jessica Kallista. Dear Suburbia opens Friday, March 18 and runs through Sunday, April 24. The artist’s reception is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, March 18.

Dear Suburbia is an immersive experience using storytelling to explore a bio mythography of everyday life in the suburbs of Northern Virginia in the early 21st century. The works of Dear Suburbia call to mind the familiar artifacts and ephemera of the mundane and reimagines and transforms them into dreamlike elements of magical worlds that are just below, above or somehow beyond our reach. Dear Suburbia addresses embodiment, identity, mindfulness, space and place as experienced by a stranger in the strange land that is suburbia. The process, practice and pieces form a collective call to action, a documentation of a lived experience and a communication with the world beyond this strange land.

Kallista is an artist, poet and curator living in Northern Virginia. She received her M.F.A. in creative writing with a concentration in poetry from George Mason University in 2002. Her poems have appeared in PhoebeSou’wester, and So to Speak. Her work has been included in exhibitions at George Mason University, The Adam Lister Gallery, Epicure Café, Gallery Underground, Target Gallery, The Fridge, Tempus Projects, The Bricks of Ybor and Olly Olly. In 2014 she founded Olly Olly, an alternative art space in Fairfax, Virginia, in order to create space for local art and artists with a focus on experimental, conceptual and performance art.

The Fisher Art Gallery is located on the upper level of the Schlesinger Center, 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, and 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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