Exhibition Dates

September 30–November 25
Monday & Tuesday, by appointment
Wednesday-Sunday, 12-6pm



Mather Studio
916 G Street NW

Exhibition Overview

Defining, the first open-call exhibition presented by Washington’s new Center for Contemporary Political Art (CCPArt), invited artists from all fifty states and Puerto Rico to submit original artwork that would help every American understand what’s at stake—and why it’s their duty to vote—in the November 2018 midterm elections.

The quality of the submissions received was uniformly high and the numbers, almost overwhelming. What should be clear from this exhibit is that America’s Artists are politically literate and unafraid to express themselves, often using irony and humor to expose the ignorance, greed and cruelty of our leader and the government he’s waging war against. It’s our hope Defining will lead to a redefinition of the role artists play in our society; identify the country’s leading practitioners of political art; and demonstrate why political art should be recognized as a valued genre of American art in the 21st Century.

As the nation’s first research institute and exhibition space devoted exclusively to the study and strategic use of the Art of Civic Engagement, the Center will provide a means for the nation’s artists to create and exhibit art that will enrage, engage, and ultimately better inform the American People at this difficult and and most uncertain time in our country’s history.

Charles Krause, Founder
Robin Strongin, Co Founder


CHARLES KRAUSE, Founder and Chair, the Center for Contemporary Political Art. A former foreign correspondent for the Washington Post, CBS News and the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, his reporting was recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with an Emmy Award for his reporting from Israel and the Middle East (1997); the Latin American Studies Association Media Award for his Central America coverage (1987); and the Overseas Press Club’s Hal Boyle Award for his reporting from Jonestown, where he was shot and wounded while on assignment for the Washington Post (1978).

DOROTHEA DIETRICH, PhD, a professor and curator of modern and contemporary art, has taught at Princeton University and held visiting appointments at Yale, MIT, Duke and Boston Universities, among others. She was last Chair and Professor of the History of Art and Design at Pratt Institute.

JUDY A. GREENBERG, Member, Board of Directors, the Center for Contemporary Political Art. She served as Director of The Kreeger Museum (1994-2017), retired in June 2017, and presently serves as its Director Emerita. She was Founder of VisArts art center (formerly Rockville Arts Place, RAP), established in 1988.

JACK RASMUSSEN, PhD, Director and Curator, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, the largest university-affiliated art museum in the Washington metro area. He was recently named Chair of the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC). In this role, he will drive the strategic direction of MSAC programs and funding for the state of Maryland.

Exhibiting Artists

Akinbo Akinnuoye, Alfonse Pagano, Ali Beyer, Alon Koppel, Anatol Zukerman, Antuco Chicaiza, Beau Wild, Beth Fox Heisinger, Bev Reiley, Branden Koch, Bryan McGinnis, Bryant Fernandez, Carol Minarick, Catherine Johnson, Cathy Kleeman, Chawky Frenn, Chris Gavaler, Christopher Zacharow, Cj Hungerman, Daniel Breslin, David Bogus, David Borawski, David Estlund, Debra Pearlman, Donna Coleman, Dorothy Fall, Eduardo Marroquin Escamilla, Elena Soterakis, Ellis Angel, Epiphany Knedler, Eric Corriel, Eric Schweitzer, Eric Wallen, Eugenie Lewalski Berg, Felipe Galindo Feggo, Gary Aagaard, George Kennedy, Heather Paul, Jack Swersie, James Decherd, Jamie L. Luoto, Jean Banas, Jean Patrick Icart-Pierre, Jennifer Onofrio Fornes, Jim Boden, Joe Nanashe, John Jonik, Jonathan Talbot, Joseph Bigley, Judith Rubenstein, Judy Polstra, Juliette McCullough, Kathleen M. Ramich, Kelly Witte, Kene J. Rosa, Kenn Kotara, Kerry Skarbakka, Kevin Champeny, Kevin Flynn, Laura Mega, Laurie Szujewska, Leonard Dawson, Leslie Masters, Leslie Robison, Lucy Spencer, M.A. Schindler, Marcus DeSieno, Margi Weir, Mark Hendricks, Martin Linder, Mary Stanley, MEME, Merryl Cohen-Buttari &, Ronnie Michael, Michael D’Antuono, Michael Patrick Holt, Michael Wartgow, Michele Castagnetti, Michèle Colburn, Michelle Victoria, Myra Eastman, Nasrin Sheykhi, Nicole Jeffords, Nikki Thompson, Patricia Isaza, Paul Kolker, Paul-Felix Montez, Peter Barnitz, Rob Cox, Robert Arbogast, Rodney Durso, Sarah Dillon, Sarey Ruden, Shantelle Fuller, Stefani Reynolds, Stephen Geddes, Steve Cup, Steven Felix-Jager, and William DeHoff

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Highlights from the Opening Reception