Staff Show 2017: Angela Silhan

In this series, Manager of Visitor and Family Engagement Emily Bray highlights participants in the 2017 James McLaughlin Memorial Staff Show, on view through September 17, 2017.

Angela Silhan, Oblivion

Angela Silhan

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Angela Silhan. I am a student about to graduate from George Mason University, currently majoring in Art History. Art is a passion I have had since very young, that I hope to continue the rest of my life.

What do you do at The Phillips Collection? Are there any unique or interesting parts about your job that most people might not know about?

I am a Museum Assistant. A unique part of my job is learning about artwork in the museum every day and being able to relay that to visitors!

Who is your favorite artist in the collection?

Pierre Bonnard.

What is your favorite space within The Phillips Collection?

The Rothko Room.

What would you like people to know about your artwork on view in the 2017 Staff Show (or your work in general)?

My focus, in all of my artworks, is always women. I think the female form and face is one that offers diversity and a variety of options. My piece on display in the show, Oblivion, is one conveying emptiness and endlessness. The colors used are neutral, meant to make the viewer look deeper at the detail within the woman’s face.

The 2017 James McLaughlin Memorial Staff Show is on view August 3 through September 17, 2017.

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