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Schlesinger Center to display jazz-inspired art exhibit

Live at Blues Alley DC
Winston W. Harris, Live at Blues Alley DC, silk screen print, 42”x6’, photo courtesy of the artist

The art galleries at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center at the Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria Campus will open its 2017 season with The Stanley Clarke Series with Special Guest “Midnight Jazz Hour & Time Experience. Artist Winston W. Harris will display his jazz-inspired work in the Forum and Fisher galleries from Thursday, Jan. 5 to Sunday, Feb. 26 with an artist’s reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11.

Harris’ mixed media drawings are heavily inspired by legendary electric and acoustic bass player Stanley Clarke, who is a four-time Grammy Award winning artist also known for being a gifted performer, recording artist, composer, producer and conductor. Harris often listens to music while he creates and uses both sound and instruments as blueprints for his work. He is a huge fan of jazz and other genres of music, previously completing art series inspired by the music of Jill Scott and Anita Baker.

“During a live performance at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., I was able to draw legendary jazz guitarist Stanley Clarke. His manager saw the drawings and asked me if I wanted to meet him,” Harris said. “I presented the drawings to Mr. Clark and he autographed them. The series marks the beginning of my relationship between Stanley Clarke and an artist in a residency program in 2007 at the Maryland Institute College of Art.”

A Virginia native, Harris received his bachelor’s degree in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University before receiving a certificate of management and exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution and a master’s degree in printmaking from Howard University. In previous years, he has shown his work in group or solo shows at George Mason University, Pepco Edison Place Gallery, Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts and the Maryland Hall for Creative Arts.

The Forum Gallery is located on the first level of the Schlesinger Center, and the Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery is located on the second level. The galleries at the Schlesinger Center are open from 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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