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6 Top Art Influencers

BY Alice Cisternino, Michael McCarthy and Lauren Staehle | December 1, 2016 | Feature Features National

Artists on the next generation and more!
PHOTO FINISH Groundbreaking photography, “Untitled 1,” from Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah's Adrift series

New Guard
We asked established DC creators to wax artistic about up-and-coming stars around town.

Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah, photographer, art producer and founder, OuiCurate “Self-taught and shooting in film, Ryan Florig’s photographs highlighting DC’s underground are an important documentation of a rapidly transitioning city. Nate Lewis creates sculptural works from a single sheet of paper—they’re painstakingly beautiful. Abi Kallushi’s digital collages speak to the millennial generation she is a part of.”

Rozeal, painterBill Warrell and I met as studio neighbors in Blagden Alley several years ago. I recently helped him with a mural there—at the DC Alley Museum—that incorporated community outreach. He has a great way of emphasizing movement in his portraits. In September, I collaborated with Edgar Reyes on a mural for the exhibition Race Recounted at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance. He’s a great painter with innovative ideas and committed to community engagement.”

Maggie Michael, painter “Interdisciplinary artists Rachel Farbiarz and Tsedaye Makonnen address communal and global issues—with works that are universal—in their practices. Makonnen’s performances, and Farbiarz’s drawings and sculptures are cultural records that bring poetic, visceral pause, sparking critical conversations.”

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