Tunnel Vision Artists
John James Anderson, Washington, DC
John James Anderson is an interdisciplinary artist who works with vector and raster software, video, painting, and less conventional tools and media. He earned two Bachelor’s degrees from Iowa State University – one in graphic design and the second in drawing/painting/printmaking – and has more than a decade of experience working as a graphic designer. After earning a Master’s degree in painting from American University, Anderson began to teach art in the Washington. D.C. area, and has taught at American University, The George Washington University, George Mason University, and The Corcoran College of Art and Design. Most recently he was appointed Associate Professor of Art at Prince George's Community College in Largo, MD. His work has exhibited throughout the United States, and has been awarded several grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Sheila Blake, Takoma Park, MD
Sheila Blake graduated from Cooper Union Art School and received a master’s degree in painting from Goddard College. She has taught at the Corcoran School of Art and Design and served as a commissioner on the Arts and Humanities Council of Takoma Park. Blake is a two-time finalist in the Bethesda Painting Awards in 2011 and 2010 and a semi-finalist in The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards in 2010. She also is a winner of the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award, Excellence in Painting in 2010. Her work has been shown in solo exhibits at the Sam Abbott Gallery in Takoma Park, MD, and at the Glenview Mansion Art Gallery in Rockville.
Frank Capello, Potomac, MD
Frank Capello is an art and photography instructor at the Lab School of Washington, D.C. His work has been commissioned for the Marriott Marina Hotel in San Diego, CA and the Ritz Carlton hotel in Tysons Corner, VA. His work has been shown at the Lab School of Washington, D.C., Alex Gallery and Gallery A in Washington, D.C. He has a Master’s degree in painting and a Bachelor’s degree in printmaking from the State University of New York, Oswego.
Anne Chan, Silver Spring, MD
Born in New York, NY and raised in Baltimore, MD, Anne Chan received her bachelor’s degree from Washington College in 2000 and went on to earn her Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2006. A Maryland State Arts Council Individual award recipient in photography in 2009, Chan’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work has been featured in group shows at Scope Miami, Dorothy’s Gallery, Paris, France and locally at Hamiltonian Gallery, Arlington Arts Center, Towson University, Baltimore’s School 33, Area 405 and Maryland Art Place. She was an inaugural artist fellow at Hamiltonian Gallery from 2008-2010 and a finalist for The Trawick Prize in 2010.
Howard E. Clark, Montgomery Village, MD
Howard E. Clark has been a continuous participant and leader in local camera clubs for nearly 50 years. He participates in local workshops and seminars, such as the Nikon School of Photography, Rod Plank Seminar, Northern Virginia Nature Exposition, Penn Camera/Tamron Seminar and Workshop, etc. Clark is currently a member of four camera clubs: Gaithersburg, Frederick, National Zoo and Montgomery Village, and is the only member of Gaithersburg Camera Club who holds the Grand Master Award for Color Slides. Clarks' work has recently been exhibited in a solo show at the Market Table Bistro/Gallery in Lovettsville, VA and in group shows at the Sandy Spring Museum in Sandy Spring, The Contemporary School of Art and Gallery in Hagerstown, the Art Gallery of Frederick Community College and W.S.S.C. Visitor’s Gallery in Laurel. In March 2012 he won second place in the Montgomery Village (MD) Art & Photography Show, professional division, and placed first in the competition in 2011.
Richard L. Dana, Bethesda, MD
Richard L. Dana’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Selected solo exhibitions include Cohn Drennan Contemporary, Dallas, TX; Black Rock Art Center, Germantown, MD; Hood College; Frederick, MD; Marymount University, Arlington, VA; The Tremaine Gallery, The Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Conn.; Tribes Gallery, New York, NY; Hassan II Cultural Center, Asilah, Morocco; and Millennium Arts Center, Washington, D.C. His work has been featured in group shows at Musee des Tapisseries, Aix-en Provence, France; Shanghai International Convention Center, Shanghai, China; University of Maryland University College; Katzen Museum, American University; Cohn Drennan Contemporary, Dallas, TX; Tutun Deposu, Istanbul, Turkey; Museu De Arte Contemporanea, Mato Grosso Do Sul, Brazil and The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA. He received a Creative Projects Grant from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County in 2007 and a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 2003 and 2000.
Bob Elliott, Bethesda, MD
Bob Elliott is an artist and photographer living and working in Bethesda, MD, only a few miles from where he grew up as a child. From an early age, Elliott showed an interest in the arts, particularly drawing and painting, but was always interested in the ongoing application and use of computers. Elliott received his first formal training in art and photography at Rice University while pursuing his degrees in architecture. Following his studies at Rice, he moved to Chicago to practice architecture and worked on a number of significant design commissions under the direct supervision of internationally renowned architect, Helmut Jahn. In 1997, Elliott stopped practicing architecture to pursue a career in real estate in the United States and abroad. He moved back to Bethesda in 2002 and has been working in real estate development. His art work has been seen and sold at a number of local shows over the last 10 years.
Joey P. Manlapaz, Washington, DC
Joey Manlapaz earned a Master’s degree in painting and a Bachelor’s degree in fine arts and zoology (pre-medicine) from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is an associate faculty member at the Corcoran College of Art + Design’s Department of Foundations. Her work has been shown at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Zenith Gallery, American Institute of Architects, Gallery K, Covington & Burling and others in the Washington, D.C. area and in the Philippines. Manlapaz has served as a curator for Realism Now: Cityscapes, McLean Project for the Arts in McLean, VA, and as a juror for Scapes: International Landscape Exhibit, Art League; the 2010 Open Competition for Solo Exhibits, Target Gallery and the 12th Annual National Juried Show (February), Gallery West, all in Alexandria, VA. She won a First Prize Award in Painting, in the 2008 Touchstone Gallery All Media Exhibition curated by Vivienne Lassman, and a small Grants Award, D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities that same year.
Greg Minah, Baltimore, MD
Born in 1978, Greg Minah grew up in Columbia, MD and graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park in 2001 with degrees in English literature and studio art. In 2009, Minah was honored as a finalist in both the Bethesda Painting Awards and The Trawick Prize. He received the top Individual Artist Award Grant in 2010 from the Maryland State Arts Council. In 2012, two of his paintings were selected to be included in an exhibition at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala as part of the Art in Embassies Program. Minah’s work has been included in group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States and can be found in public and private collections internationally. Minah currently lives and works in Baltimore.
Alexander Porter, Chevy Chase, MD
Alex L. Porter is a Washington, D.C./Montgomery County local, born and raised, and has practiced in drawing and painting from a young age. His work has always benefited from the combination of a family life that found him frequently outdoors, and the inspiration of many great art instructors. By the time he completed high school, Porter had already spent years developing skill in both oil and acrylic painting, but was focused increasingly on watercolor landscapes. After graduating from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in 2007, he continued in this style of landscape illustration to develop his current body of work.
Spencer Razick, Kensington, MD (Young Artist)
Spencer Razick is a senior at Walter Johnson High School. He started studying art in 2009 and seriously focused on art in 2011. He primarily works digitally, but also enjoys different types of printmaking. He has created many designs for school and charity events and painted the entrance sign to the art department at Walter Johnson High School. After high school, Razick plans to continue studying art at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Aside from art, some of his other interests include swimming and diving competitively, soccer, longboarding and spending time with friends.
Kristy Simmons, Bethesda, MD
Kristy Simmons’ art has received national recognition. At a young age, she was named Maryland Distinguished Scholar and was offered scholarships to art schools around the United States. Simmons studied at UC-Santa Cruz, where she received both the Dean's and Chancellor's Awards, as well as the Irwin Scholarship for artistic merit. She also studied art abroad at the Venice Art Academy in Italy. Simmons’ work has been at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Baltimore Museum of Art, and has been selected for exhibitions by esteemed curators including Jack Cowart, former Curator of Contemporary Art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, JoAnne Moser, Curator of Graphic Arts at The National Museum of American Art, J.W. Mahoney, Washington Art Correspondent for Art in America, and independent curators Sarah Tanguy, Lenny Campello and Deborah McLeod.