Preserving Memory

Preserving Memory painting from exhibit

WASHINGTON, DC - Gallery 102 presents the Corcoran Scholar's group exhibition Preserving Memory. The exhibition seeks to explore the feelings often associated with preserving memory through each artist’s work based on their personal experiences. The interpretations of preserving memory connects the concepts of time in the past and present while unfolding new observations. Capturing a recollection of the mind highlights not only the medium of creation but also the sentiment associated with the artist and viewer.

Exhibiting Artists include: Juliana Bedoya, Olivia Henderson, Kris Ingle, Elena Jorgensen, Lindsey Siff, Kate Sory, Maansi Srivastava, Jekko Syquia, Megan Tomasi, and Alexander Welling.



Friday January 25, 2019 // 6:00-8:00 pm - Join Gallery 102 and the Corcoran Scholars for the opening reception of Preserving Memory. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public; all are welcome to attend.

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Juliana Bedoya originates from Bogotá, Colombia but grew up in Long Island, New York. Currently finishing up her last year at the George Washington University, she majors in Fine Arts with a double minor in Anthropology and Korean language and Literature. Her preferred medium is painting in watercolor or oil, however, she enjoys exploring all sorts of mediums and their functionality. During her time at GWU, Juliana often explores her individuality, whether it is her life experiences or her superficial appearance, through an analytical and anthropological lens.

Olivia Henderson, a Freshman BFA student from Wilmington, Delaware, has drawn from a very young age, around five years old. She attended a performing and creative arts middle school and high school for seven years. While there she focused on traditional media, and within the last two years has begun experimenting with digital media. Today her work combines mixed media, painting, and digital media.

Kris Ingle is a sophomore majoring in Graphic Design at the George Washington University. He works in mediums such as drawing, painting, and animation. He creates works that range from hyper-realistic to abstract and is interested in understanding the minute details of Graphic Design as well as the minds behind them.

Elena Jorgensen is a sophomore pursuing a self-designed product design major. She is interested in the role design can play in creating solutions to global warming. In the future, she hopes to create products that enrich the lives of consumers and the health of the environment. In the meantime, she’s learning as much as she can in and out of class about a variety of subjects including weaving, paper making, and plant care.

Lindsey Siff is a current junior at the George Washington University, and is double-majoring in Psychology and Fine Arts. Despite practicing in several different forms of art, Lindsey’s art carries central themes of the subconscious mind, variant emotions, and finding beauty in unusual places. She began photography in middle school with film photography, then eventually learned digital photography and digital art. This is Lindsey’s third year as a Presidential Scholar of the Arts (PSA), and she is very fortunate to showcase her art with her incredibly talented colleagues. Lindsey’s photographs in this exhibit focus on her childhood memory. She grew up in Houston, Texas, and spent several weekends at her grandparent’s ranch in Brenham. These photographs were all taken at her ranch, and two are overlayed with a photograph of a rabbi and a photograph of a neon sign. The two overlayed photographs represent how memories can be combined and expanded upon. One photograph captures the back of a truck, which Lindsey grew up driving. Another photograph is one of Lindsey’s cousin, and a rusty ranch appliance. Lindsey’s work exemplifies her experience of preserving memory.

Kate Sory is seeking a degree in Fine Art and Art History with a minor in Classical Studies from the George Washington University, expecting to graduate in 2020. She mainly concentrates her work in drawing, watercolor and oil painting, illustration, and, more recently, embroidery. She lives in Florida but is now happily residing in Washington, DC. In her work she strives to add modern twists to classical forms on 2D planes, focusing on storytelling. Her main goal is to create moments of magic through art in any way that she can.

Maansi Srivastava is from from Manhattan, NY and Bergen County, NJ. They are currently a major in photojournalism and focus much of their photography on abandoned spaces that tell stories of their own. Their work "Ghosts," examines a space in Ellis Island that was abandoned for a long time after immigrants had passed through its halls. Old medical wards with broken chairs and leaking faucets hint at the horror stories that many immigrants once lived through when they tried to come to America, but were stopped and turned away at the island.

Jekko Syquia is a sophomore visual artist born in the Philippines. He is majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Graphics Design at the George Washington University.  His work often includes the mixture of various traditional medias such as drawing and painting. In addition, his medium also spans in digital media to create concept art that often encompass his interests for story telling and illustrations.

Megan Tomasi has had an interest in the arts ever since she was a little kid. In the eighth grade, she bought herself her first digital camera and from there became determined to develop her photographic skills. She took her first photography class in her junior year of high school where she developed an interest in street photography. Her passion for photography, mixed with the need to help others, soon led her to discover photojournalism and the power it held. Tomasi is now a first year student at the Corcoran School of Arts and Design pursuing a BFA in photojournalism. Tomasi hopes that one day her photos will be influential enough to help shed light on the issues she is passionate about.

Alexander Welling is a sophomore, Danish/Hispanic–American visual artist exploring the depths of fine art photography. Born in Denmark and raised in California, his parents always encouraged the exploration of nature and the outdoors. The reoccurring trips to national parks such as Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Yellowstone, and the Sequoias inspired him to capture his enjoyment of the outdoors and time shared with his family, so he started experimenting with photography. After taking some classes in high school and encouragement from his AP Studio Art professor, he began traversing across the expansive abyss of storytelling through photography. His work switches between color and black and white photography to convey not only a story about the subject but invite the viewer to create their own. Ranging from nature to more documentary style photography, he is always excited to undertake new approaches in representing a narrative to the viewer.

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