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Art review: ‘Academy 2014’

Connersmith closes its Trinidad gallery space with its annual showcase of student work.

Art review: ‘Academy 2014’

Connersmith closes its Trinidad gallery space with its annual showcase of student work.


By Michael O’Sullivan
Friday, July 11, 2014

As Connersmith Gallery announced last month, owners Leigh Conner and Jamie Smith have agreed to sell their exhibition space in the Trinidad neighborhood to Capital Fringe, the nine--year--old local theater festival, which plans to use it as its headquarters. On Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m., Conner and Smith will host a reception for their final show in the former auto body shop, which they purchased in 2007.

Titled “Academy 2014,” the exhibition is the 14th edition of the gallery’s annual invitational summer showcase of work by art students from area art schools, and includes emerging artists from American University, the Corcoran College of Art and Design, George Mason University, George Washington University, Maryland Institute College of Art, the University of Maryland and Virginia Commonwealth University. Selected by Smith, this year’s roster of installation artists, sculptors, photographers, painters and performance artists (and those working in between those genres) includes two standouts from the Corcoran’s class of 2014: Lorenzo Cardim, whose work incorporates sculpture and performance, and painter--turned--sculptor Travis J. Wagner.