19 May–02 July
Tues–Fri: 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
Sat: Noon–4:00 PM
Sun: 10:30 AM–2:30 PM
IN THE KAY GALLERY
Sarah Matthews’ work reflects her commitment to exploring the complex issues of race, equality, and gender. Her layered prints and artist books document the struggles of breaking through societal barriers. As an African-American, Mrs. Matthews has experienced firsthand the impact of negative media images that portray her community as inferior. She challenges these stereotypes and empowers her audience to see all individuals’ beauty, intelligence, and importance, regardless of their race.
Sarah Matthews is a highly skilled printmaker and book artist with a background in art and business. She holds an MA in Art & the Book from the Corcoran College of Arts and Design at George Washington University, an MBA with a Marketing Concentration, and a BS in Sociology from Bowie State University. Her works have been exhibited internationally and are part of prestigious collections at institutions such as Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, George Washington University’s Gelman Library, University of Puget Sound, and Samford University. A dedicated educator, Mrs. Matthews teaches Artist Books at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in addition to bookbinding and printmaking classes at various art centers and platforms.
IN GALLERY II
The African American History and Culture Community Roundtable Project
Presented in Partnership with Riverworks Art Center under the Direction of Sarah Matthews
Leslie B. Nesbitt
In late 2022, as part of Riverworks Art Center’s first Community Roundtable Project, Sarah Matthews led a cohort of artists to the National Museum of African American History and Culture and then, through a series of conversations and workshops, Sarah guided the artists in creating individual art projects expressing their visual and emotional experiences. The culminating exhibit, FREEDOM, features the powerful artwork made by each participant in response to the project.
FREEDOM Roundtable Discussion
[part of BlackRock’s Juneteenth Freedom at the Rock Festival]
17 June, 1:00 PM
Sarah Matthews Artist Talk
24 June, 3:00 PM
Print & Book Making Workshops