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Schlesinger Center presents screen print art show by Amelia Hankin

fortune teller
Amelia Hankin, Fortune Teller, screen print on fabric, 2016, photo courtesy of artist.
Dreamcatchers with Pattern
Amelia Hankin, Dreamcatchers with Pattern, screen print, 2017, photo courtesy of artist.

The galleries at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Art Center at the Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria Campus will display the art exhibit Lachesis’ Order by artist Amelia Hankin. The show will be installed in the Passage and Forum galleries from May 12 to July 30 with an artist’s reception scheduled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 20.

Hankin's current body of drawings and screen prints reference the superstitious beliefs that emerge in everyday life – from stepping on cracks in the sidewalks to opening an umbrella indoors. She said we find ourselves unwilling to take chances on these habits, ingrained from childhood, despite how irrational they may be. Through repetitive imagery rendered in fine detail, Hankin questions the tipping point between harmless acts of routine and the human obsessiveness with order, manifested in these rituals.

“These beliefs trace back to childhood, where innocently believing the ‘what if’ of stepping on a crack in the sidewalk or opening an umbrella indoors carried consequences. Though I’m aware of the irrationality of this thought process, I’m not willing to disregard the compulsion to adhere to the warning,” she said. “In the drawings, I repeat the forms of otherwise banal objects: feathers, scissors, folded paper and umbrellas. The feathers act as dreamcatchers and the folded papers form ‘fortune tellers,’ a childhood game that supposedly predicts the future. The overall series is a nod to forces out of my control that can influence or impact the everyday.” 

Hankin is currently the artist-in residence in screen printing at American University in Washington, D.C. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and has exhibited at the Janet Turner Print Museum in Chico, California, Miller-Yezerski Gallery in Boston, Eastern Oregon University, University of Richmond Museum in Richmond, Virginia, Ridderhof Martin Gallery at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and many other galleries and universities in Virginia, Rhode Island, New York and Ohio. 

The Forum Gallery is located on the first level of the Schlesinger Center, and the Passage Gallery is on the second level of the building. The galleries are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and during concert hall events. 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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