Julie Wolfe in her studio. Julie welcomed ArtTable members on November 10 for a studio visit to look at her work (new and ongoing) and to get a peek into her practice. Thanks to Caitlin Berry for organizing this special morning.

Julie Wolfe in her studio. Julie welcomed ArtTable members on November 10 for a studio visit to look at her work (new and ongoing) and to get a peek into her practice. Thanks to Caitlin Berry for organizing this special morning.


We've listened to your feedback and are excited to let you know that we're adding a new section to our newsletter titled ATRecommends! Here we'll share the projects members are working on and what exhibits and events you're excited to attend. To have an event featured in the newsletter, send the information to dc@arttable.org with ATRecommends in the subject line. Or click here to fill out a form.

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Meet the 2018-19 Faith Flanagan Fellows

ArtTable DC Fellows are selected by the executive committee in June through a selective application process. Please let your early-career colleagues know about this great opportunity. Applications for 2019–2020 will be open beginning in spring 2019. Each Fellow is paired with a mentor, as listed below.

Virginia Treanor, Associate Curator at National Museum of Women in the Arts is Mentor-at-Large










Elizabeth Denholm, Art Assistant / Collection Manager at Robert Lerhman Collection ///Madeline Locke, former Contemporary Specialist at Sotheby’s in New York

Interested in galleries, nonprofit mixed arts and museums, Elizabeth Denholm has served as the Collection Manager for the private collection of Robert Lehrman since 2015. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from The Catholic University of America, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, completing her degree in 3.5 years. Elizabeth has also served as a grant panelist for the DC Commission for the Arts & Humanities and as a Conservation Technician at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center. In fall 2018, Elizabeth will pursue a Master of Arts in Art History at George Mason University as a recipient of the university's Finley Fellowship.

Ina Descartes, Exhibitions Coordinator, Collections Manager and Communications Assistant for the Woman's National Democratic Club inside the historic Whittemore House Museum///Blair Murphy, Curator of Exhibitions at Arlington Arts Center

Ina Descartes graduated with a MA in Arts Management from George Mason University in 2016, and currently works as the Exhibitions Coordinator, Collections Manager and Communications Assistant for the Woman's National Democratic Club inside the historic Whittemore House Museum.

She has previously interned at several cultural and arts institutions like the Exhibitions Department at the National Portrait Gallery, and the Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy, and also has experience in installing and organizing exhibitions in small art galleries. With a background in Art History and Media Studies, Ina has moved from her home country Germany to Washington, DC in 2014.

Allison Frazier, Gallery and Studio Manager, Art Enables /// Anabeth Guthrie, Chief of Communications at National Gallery of Art

Allie Frazier is a local ceramicist, art curator, and exhibition designer currently serving the DC arts scene as the Gallery and Studio Manager at Art Enables, a studio and gallery for adult artists with disabilities. Previously, she served as the Gallery Assistant and Events and Program Coordinator at Hillyer Art Space for three years. Before moving to D.C. from Stafford, VA, Allie attended Virginia Tech, where she graduated with a BFA in Studio Art (Ceramics/Painting concentration) and a minor in English Language and Literature. She previously worked at the Perspective Gallery in Blacksburg, VA and volunteered as an art mentor to children after school. Along with producing her own pottery at District Clay Center and sharing her love of visual movement through dance, Allie serves on the steering committee for Emerging Art Leaders DC, co-founded #IRL_DC,  and has served as a panelist for the DCCAH’s Artist Fellowship Program.

Gabrielle Tillenburg, Visual Arts Coordinator at Strathmore Hall Foundation /// Jennifer Riddell, Interpretive Project Manager and Writer at National Gallery of Art

Gabrielle Tillenburg holds a B.F.A. in Film from the University of Central Florida. Producing film screenings and coordinating a multimedia exhibition led her to pursue a career in arts administration. A DMV native, she returned to the District and has worked as the Visual Arts Coordinator at the Mansion at Strathmore in Bethesda, MD for the past three years. In addition to developing exhibition related events and education opportunities, she programs the Invitational Gallery, selecting emerging to mid-career artists and working closely with them to develop solo and duo exhibitions. Outside of Strathmore, she has worked with Adah Rose Gallery at Pulse Miami, independently curated, and participated as a reviewer for Willow Street Gallery’s public Portfolio Review program. She also serves on the board of Touchstone Foundation for the Arts and is a committee member of ArtWatch.  
Inspired by artists whose work share perspectives sometimes absent of dominant cultural narratives, she seeks the powerful community engagement that occurs when these works are shared widely. She is interested in arts activism, residency programs, and film and video art curation. Gabrielle is looking forward to connecting with ArtTable DC members, mentors, and other fellows; learning from strong women leaders in the arts; and positioning herself to in turn, lift up other young professionals in her future career."

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Meet our members   

Meet @ruthabrahamsgraphicdesign. "I founded the design studio Ruth Abrahams Design four years ago. The studio focuses on branding, strategic communications analysis, and comprehensive graphic identity design for arts non-profits, museums, consultants, and advisors. I am loving the transition from Director of Design and Editorial at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to a more broadly engaged practice."
On membership: "I’m on the national board so I spend a lot of time thinking about AT! I am particularly excited about the upcoming Benefit Luncheon in New York where Dr. Johnetta Cole will be delivering the keynote speech. Marion Goodman will receive the 2018 Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts Award, presented by Julie Mehretu. I have connected with so many wonderful people through ArtTable, and I look forward to the March 21 MeetAT where I can meet more of you."
A recent art visit: "The Sally Mann exhibition currently @ngadc is a must. It is beautifully installed (my personal passion) and the work is gorgeous, moving and unbelievably powerful. This work is a revelation if you are not familiar with her body of work."


My current role in the art field is at the nexus of art, museums, and social justice. As a museum educator, independent curator and writer, and advisor to both local and national arts groups I lead programs exploring social change impact through art.
Current roles include: education specialist, National Museum of African American History and Culture; Arts Education National Council, Americans for the Arts; Selection Committee, Halcyon Arts Lab; Contributing Strategist, The Empathetic Museum.
On Membership: I have enjoyed expanding ArtTable DC's diversity, equity, and inclusive practices, especially through the launch of the Faith Flanagan Fellowship. ArtTable's mentorship initiatives make me proud to be a member.
Recent Inspiration? I'm currently motivated by the Halcyon Arts Lab and by Stephen Hayes in particular. His work is profound, intricate, and overwhelming. Everything great art should be. Also a Halcyon Fellow, Georgia Saxleby's "To Future Women" at the Phillips Collection is one of the most unique installations I've seen in a while. It's feminist and futurist all in one.

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“I oversee the department and all press, marketing and social media for the museum. After years on the agency side in New York, where I worked with clients across the U.S., Europe, Dubai and Hong Kong, it’s a pleasure to be on the inside of an institution such as the @Smithsonian. My first project at the Portrait Gallery was directing the unveiling of the Obama portraits which went viral and lead to record-breaking numbers for both press coverage and attendance. It’s been wonderful and it has been non-stop ever since!” 
Current Inspiration: “An Alec Soth photograph called “Home Suite Home” taken in Kissimmee, Florida. There is a little girl standing in the chaos of a disheveled home. It’s quietly arresting and often reminds me to be thankful.”
On Membership: “What I enjoy most about ArtTable is that you can be immersed in the community of a specific chapter and still attend events nationwide. When I moved from New York to D.C. it was great not to skip a beat by attending amazing events in both cities. I look forward to introducing new members to all that ArtTable has to offer as Membership Chair for the Executive Committee this fall.”

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“I currently serve as Associate Director of Hemphill Fine Arts (@hemphillfinearts), one of the longest operating contemporary art galleries in DC. I wear many hats, aiding in the advancement of artists and their careers, developing our secondary market program and executing communications initiatives for the gallery, to name a few. I am constantly challenged and rewarded - no day is ever the same!”
On Membership: “The DC chapter of ArtTable is really something special. These women are sharp and forward thinking with amazing depth of character and I am lucky to be able to learn from them!”
Current Inspiration: “I am reading a book called ‘Art and Fear.’ It has given me further insight into the challenges artists face in making work and has helped me examine my own fears as a creative person and arts professional. Fear so often keeps us from doing and being our best, why not turn it into a tool instead of an obstacle?”
Favorite recent exhibition: “The Anselm Kiefer works in the permanent collection of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Incredibly visceral, physically towering, deeply existential works. I would have sat with them for hours if they’d let me!” 


"I’m currently co-curating an exhibition on how artists and designers, alongside scientists and environmentalists, are creating solutions to ameliorate our impact on the environment and climate change. Stay tuned, I am hoping to bring the project to a venue in DC …"
A typical day at work: "I’m at the National Gallery of Art, where I interpret the collection on different platforms and try to figure out ways for visitors to enjoy, learn about, and experience art in the museum."
On Membership: "ArtTable has been constant in my professional life in DC. I have so much admiration and respect for our members and their accomplishments in the field. Thanks to the Exec. Comm. for your dedication to innovating and growing the DC chapter!


"I am currently Director of Exhibitions at @workhouseartsCenter. My primary role is to develop and execute contemporary, progressive programming in our five main gallery spaces. While implementing over 30 exhibitions a year, I also lead new, robust initiatives such as our Emerging Artist Program and Contemporary Sculpture Garden.”

On AT Membership: "When you are surrounded by inspirational women and able to participate in such innovative programming, you have no option but to continue learn, grow and stay motivated."
A recent art visit: "I recently visited the Try-Me gallery in Richmond, Virginia and was blown away. It wasn't so much of an exhibit, but more of a space for collectors Pam and Bill Royal to display their collection and educate / engage the community. Works on view were from artists such as Kehinde Wiley, Nick Cave, Amy Sherald, Mickalene Thomas paired with emerging local artists from V.C.U. It was great to see a private collection of this stature executed so well in that particular region."