Staff Show 2016: Christy Conrad

In this series, Education Specialist for Public Programs Emily Bray highlights participants in the 2016 James McLaughlin Memorial Staff Show, on view through September 19, 2016.

Christy Conrad, "Satsumas"

Christy Conrad, “Satsumas”

 

Christy Conrad

Christy Conrad, Photo: Rhiannon Newman

Tell us about yourself.

I grew up in rural Pendleton County, West Virginia. In 2011, I graduated with my BFA from Shepherd University. I moved to the Washington, DC area several years ago and enjoy living here. I’ve been with The Phillips Collection for over a year. When I’m not at the museum, I’m working at my other job at Gold Leaf Studios, a company that does fabrication, conservation, and gilding of frames and architectural elements.

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

I am a Museum Assistant and part-time Supervisor with The Phillips Collection. One unique aspect to working in the Security Department is that I get to interact with colleagues from every department in the institution. This is a great way to gain an understanding of how a museum operates and help build a community among the many departments it takes to make this museum successful. Being a member of the Security staff allows me to help both visitors and colleagues enjoy their time at the Phillips through service.

Who are your favorite artists in the collection?

Jacob Lawrence is one of my favorite artists in the collection. Nearly every time I’ve been posted in the gallery featuring The Migration Series, I’ve had meaningful and educational interactions with visitors. I believe his work is as critical and relevant now as it was when he created it.

What is your favorite gallery or space within The Phillips Collection?

My favorite space in the museum is the West Parlor on the first floor of the house. It has such a cozy feel to it and gets the most amazing dappled sunlight throughout the day.

What would you like people to know about your artwork on view in the 2016 Staff Show (or your work in general)?

I have been doing hand embroidery for years. I love that it’s such a forgiving medium and there are really no mistakes! It’s a lot like painting in that, depending on technique, it can look very precise and calculated or quite gestural, like brushstrokes. The piece I currently have on view in the staff show, Satsumas, is the first time I’ve tried to make embroidery look three-dimensional with shadows and highlights. It was really an exercise more than anything else. I also constructed the frame for this piece.

The 2016 James McLaughlin Memorial Staff Show is on view August 14 through September 19, 2016.

Staff Show 2016: Elizabeth Sampson

In this series, Education Specialist for Public Programs Emily Bray highlights participants in the 2016 James McLaughlin Memorial Staff Show, on view through September 19, 2016.

Elizabeth Sampson, "Peshawar Series: Gulmeena and Spina"

Elizabeth Sampson, “Peshawar Series: Gulmeena and Spina”

Elizabeth Sampson

Elizabeth Sampson, Photo: Rhiannon Newman

Elizabeth Sampson, Photo: Rhiannon Newman

Tell us about yourself and your work.

As an artist who grew up in Peshawar, Pakistan I find myself affected by current events and social issues that are consuming that area of the world. Pakistan today is a changing country. At times, its people are being overtaken by disasters both natural and unnatural. Suicide bombs. Drone attacks. Floods. The daily tragedies of Pakistan haunt my work as I turn from the past and am shaken by the present. I paint in response to the violent and tragic events occurring in my home. This work reflects my narrative as a multi-national artist caught in the crossfire between the East and the West.

What do you do at The Phillips Collection?

I am a School Programs Educator.

Who is/are your favorite artist/artists in the collection?

Jacob Lawrence. I think the struggle and determination of people in transition shown through The Migration Series resonates so strongly throughout the globe.

What is your favorite gallery or space within The Phillips Collection?

I enjoy the “Klee” corner.

What would you like people to know about your artwork on view in the 2016 Staff Show (or your work in general)?

This work is a reference to my childhood in Pakistan. I was inspired by Pakistani miniature paintings of myths and sagas, and created my own scenes of memories of my home country.

Find more of Sampson’s work on her website.

The 2016 James McLaughlin Memorial Staff Show will be on view August 16 through September 19, 2016. The show features artwork from the Phillips Collection staff.

Lighting the Way

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Jacob Lawrence inspired lanterns created by Step Afrika! summer camp students

In August, Phillips School Programs Educators worked with Step Afrika! summer camp students to create lanterns inspired by Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series. The workshop was one of many throughout the city to create lanterns for the first-ever Lantern Walk. Presented by our partners the 11th Street Bridge Park and Washington Performing Arts, the Lantern Walk is inspired by the story of African American families who built their homes in the historic Barry Farm / Hillsdale neighborhoods by candlelight after returning home from a long day’s work.

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The scene is set! Supplies for making lanterns

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The scene is set! Supplies for making lanterns

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Step Afrika! summer camp students learn about Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series

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Step Afrika! summer camp students and Phillips School Program Educators hard at work

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Making lanterns

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Jacob Lawrence inspired lanterns

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Join us for the Lantern Walk on September 17!