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March 15, 2004



Matt Lindsay: (202) 994-1423; 

(202) 994-1525 





Works by Painters Brenda M. Sylvia and Caroline Danforth on Display




The George Washington University Dimock Gallery and the Department of Fine Arts and Art History present: Brenda M. Sylvia, "Sense of Place" and Caroline Danforth, "Folded." This is a two-person Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) thesis exhibition of paintings.




Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 31, 2004, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Exhibition Dates: Wednesday, March 31, 2004 - Friday, April 9, 2004

Gallery hours: Tuesday - Thursday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.




The George Washington University

Dimock Gallery, Lisner Auditorium, Lower Level

730 21st Street NW, Washington, D.C.

(Foggy Bottom/GW Metro, Blue and Orange lines)




Free and open to the public. For more information call (202) 994-1525.




Painter Caroline Danforth explores topographic patterns to achieve different surface effects and emotional responses in her paintings.  Brenda Sylvia's landscape paintings express her personal visions of Carderock, Md., where she has worked on location for the last four years.


Danforth's subject matter focuses on patterned, crumpled fabric, figure and landscape. She paints on wooden panels or wooden boxes that protrude from the wall.  Some figural paintings involve observations of her anatomy, specifically her back. All paintings are small in scale, measuring between 3" x 3" up to 9" x 9".  In this diminutive size, the highly controlled paint surface becomes identified with the picture plane. Artists who have influenced her work are Edouard Vuillard, Stuart Shils and Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin.  The landscapes are based on sketches done at Sky Meadows State Park, located an hour west of D.C.  Danforth has had recent exhibitions at the Fraser Gallery in Bethesda, Md., during 2002 and 2003.  She is a summa cum laude graduate of Mary Washington College where she studied fine art, art history and German.


A sense of place informs the landscape paintings of Sylvia.  She says, "The act of painting outside and experiencing an integral part of my work.  Through my paintings, I want to share with others my emotional response to a particular place."  The paintings, such as one entitled "Cliff Tree" (40" x 26"), 2003, encapsulate the artistic energy inspired by the beauty of nature.  Sylvia has shown extensively in the Washington area, notably in 2000 at The Rock Creek Gallery and in 2002 at the Rappahannock Art League, 39th Annual Exhibition, where she won "Best in Show," and in Washington D.C.'s Art-O-Matic.  Sylvia is a summa cum laude graduate of James Madison University where she received her B.F.A. in 1983.  She was awarded an M.F.A. in painting from GW in January 2004. 


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