We are all of us immigrants, crossing borders and calling the new place home. We move through time. We have left the past and, though the present may be new to us, unfamiliar and foreign, we adapt to it. Many in our mobile society have moved to new places. We are challenged to make a home in new communities, new landscapes, new cities. We may feel like outsiders for years, and are sometimes treated like outsiders. Many of us have actually crossed international borders to become naturalized citizens in our new country, changing our identity and loyalty, adapting our ways while trying to preserve the best of the old. Most of us have ancestors who immigrated. And even us natives, we who have lived here for generations and have no interest in moving, we too are challenged to adapt as the place we knew changes.
These are some of the themes explored in the art exhibit We The Immigrants at the Washington Printmakers Gallery. The artists are not expected to color inside the lines. Borders will be crossed, new situations explored, old idioms set in new environments, histories recounted and reinterpreted.
Pursuing the theme of immigration, we, the members of the Washington Printmakers Gallery, have invited guest artists to exhibit their work side-by-side with our work.
Exhibiting artists include:
Lila Asher, Cynthia Back, Sally Canzoneri, Rosemary Cooley, Michael Hagan, Pauline Jakobsberg, Karin Lithell, Dave Mann, Jane Mann, Ron Meick, Nina Muys, Rosalie O’Donnell, Peggy Parker, Carolyn Pomponio, Marta Sanchez, Danny Schweers, Kanika Sircar, Matina Marki Tillman, Blaise Tobia, Leigh Vogel, Ellen Winkler, Max-Karl Winkler, Helen Zughaib