31st Annual MOJA Arts Festival Juried Art Exhibition Opening Reception

Reception & Awards Ceremony: Sunday, September 21, 5:30pm-7:00pm
McKinley Washington Auditorium, Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, 125 Bull Street
Juror: Doris Colbert Kennedy
Coordinator: Francina Smalls-Joyner

Featuring regional artists, this annual juried art exhibition gives cash awards for Best in Show and two runners-up. Artists selected to participate in this year’s exhibition are Kelvin Bluffton, Sr., Shelley Bonner, Karen W. Brown, KTC (Karole Turner Campbell), Jeremy Darby, Octavious Dowling, Andrea Hazel, Latasha Hollins, Katherine Houghton, JahSun, Cindy Male, Dorothy Montgomery, Judy Mooney, Bridget Murray, Hampton R. Olfus, Jr., Celia Pray, David Sanders, Georgette W. Sanders, Patricia E. Sabree, and 515 a.k.a Ricki Washington.

Doris Colbert Kennedy, this year’s juror, is a fourth generation Washingtonian, but now lives in North Charleston, SC. She earned her BFA and MFA in painting and art history at Howard University where she studied under Dr. James A. Porter, Dr. David C. Driskell, Lois Jones and Skunder Boghassian. Doris once served as Artist-in-Residence at Howard University. She is a founding member of The National Association of Ghanaian Artists. She has also been a consultant for the Washington Project for the Arts (W.P.A.) and a grant recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts. As an arts educator, she has taught at the Corcoran School of Art, American University, Howard University, the University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana, and the Maryland College of Art and Design.

She has exhibited in solo, group and juried art exhibitions extensively in the United States as well as in West Africa where she resided for several years. Her works have been shown at the James C. Lewis Museum ((MD); The Wilmer Jennings Gallery (NY); Pen and Brush (NY); the National Arts Club of New York; The Washington Gallery of Art; Fisk, Howard and American Universities; and The National Arts Council of Ghana. Her paintings are in museum, corporate and private collections.

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