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Sacred Ground

An art installation lends visibility and voice to Southern Maryland’s enslaved peoples

Shades of Light

The duo behind Baltimore’s La Loupe blends form and function in luminous designs


Taking Root

Dalya Luttwak had just returned from the installation opening for her latest sculpture on Palazzo Morgagni in central Rome. Scaling three stories on that noble façade, Root in Rosso Puro […]

Furniture Finds

DECO DELIGHT  Many of the latest furniture finds de-emphasize wood in favor of imaginative materials and finishes. Case in point: Arteriors’ Rucci Cocktail Cabinet is wrapped in a gridded pattern […]

Wildest Dreams

“Move the Way You Want,” Jonathan Monaghan’s recent multi-media exhibition at The Phillips Collection, immersed viewers in a dreamlike realm where fear and fantasy collide. A computer-animated film followed a […]

Stitch in Time

If everything old is new again, then the pendulum is swinging toward Samantha Briegel’s sparkling, pixie-dust porcelains. With their lacy patterns, gilded trim and mother-of-pearl luster, her work revives the […]

Sacred Ground

Before construction began on the Jamie L. Roberts Stadium in 2016, St. Mary’s College of Maryland embarked on an excavation of the site—and uncovered evidence of slave quarters that predated […]

Common Places

Remnants of plaster on exposed-brick walls in Marie Ringwald’s studio resemble the weathered surfaces of her sculptures: Humble farm buildings, sheds and storefronts, lovingly devised, appear worn by the passage […]

Mural Mania

Sprouting up all over DC, murals project bold color and meaningful messages. Many are sponsored by groups promoting the arts or timely causes. The new creations covered here are a […]

Shades of Light

“It is very simple,” Jorgelina Lopez comments about a few techniques she and Marco Duenas employ in their handcrafted lighting collections. Skilled in the arts of textile design and woodworking, […]

Visual Poetry

Eager for spring winds to chase away lingering traces of dark winter? Impatient for a blast of ravishing color? Then pause and revel in the jubilant harmonies of John Blee’s […]

Craft Now

To honor its 50th anniversary as a center for American craft, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery examines the role and meaning of craft in the modern world with […]

Woven Legacy

Pinned to the wall in Hillary Steel’s studio, a massive artwork rises. Intermixing striking colors in bold plaids and jagged stripes, its patterns resemble the flamboyant plumage of a bird […]

Artistry of the Future

Now in its 40th year, the Smithsonian Craft Show celebrates the best in contemporary American craft and design. The annual event is scheduled to take place at the National Building […]

Patterns of Life

Rezgar Mamandi’s earliest memory reaches back to his family home, and the vivid impression made by a huge, handwoven rug. Its central picture of sprightly fish chasing each other around […]

Bird's Eye View

Bird’s Eye View On a November day in 2020, Annapolis photographer Jay Fleming hitched a ride on a small plane flying over Talbot County, timing his trip to capture peak […]

Beacon of Light

Over the past 30 years, the lighthouse, an icon of the American coastline, has received star treatment from the U.S. Postal Service. The late stamp designer and artist Howard Koslow […]

Ties That Bind

What I find really intriguing,” artist Rania Hassan says about her gracefully hand-knitted sculptures, “is that from a single thread, you can make anything. It doesn’t matter what that is, […]

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