The DC-based Artist Fellowship and Gallery Hamiltonian is currently celebrating its five-year anniversary with a curated exhibition of its alumni in Vantage Points. Vantage Points runs through November 16, 2013.

The Hamiltonian program was begun in 2008 by Dr. Paul So, a professor of physics at George Mason University as an innovative two-year fellowship program aimed at helping emerging artists in the greater DC metro area bridge the gap between their academic training and their professional careers as visual artists. Now in its fifth year, the Hamiltonian program has produced has a growing roster of distinguished alumni.

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Vantage Points, curated by Hamiltonian alumni artist Ian MacLean Davis, presents the work of artists from the program’s first three waves of fellows. The exhibition offers visitors an opportunity to reconsider their own point of view through artworks that combine invented environments, the natural world and the symbolism of everyday objects. Through painting, drawing, sculpture, digital media and photography, these artists each present familiar materials and imagery from a personal perspective, transforming their meaning in the process.

Vantage Points features recent works by Hamiltonian Alumni Selin Balci, Leah Hartman Frankel, Michael Dax Iacovone, Magnolia Laurie, Joyce Yu-Jean Lee, Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann, Jonathan Monaghan, Michael Enn Sirvet, Jessica van Brakle and Elena Volkova.

Ian MacLean Davis holds his MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute, College of Art and was a Hamiltonian Fellow from 2008 – 2010. He exhibits nationally and is collected internationally. Ian lives, works, and teaches in Baltimore, MD and its outlying counties. He is a regular contributor to the online arts and culture journals Bmoreart and What Weekly.

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Hamiltonian_Gallery_Vantage_Points_2013_Installation_AThe Gallery at Hamiltonian, Vantage Points

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Joyce_Yu-Jean_Lee_Shan Shui Sights_2012Joyce Yu-Jean Lee

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Magnolia_Laurie_they_said_plumb_and_level_was_an_absolute_a_sort_of_truth_2012Magnolia Laurie

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Michael_Enn_Sirvet_White_Shadow_Tower_1_AMichael Enn Sirvet

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Additional events of note at Hamiltonian:

Late Night at Hamiltonian Thursday, November 7th, 12- 8pm
In celebration of the fellowship program’s 5th year anniversary, Hamiltonian Gallery will stay open until 8pm on Thursday, November 7th. Currently on view: ‘Vantage Points’ featuring new work by Hamiltonian alumni and curated by alumni fellow Ian MacLean Davis.

Arts Advocacy Info Session and Planning Meeting Tuesday, November 12th, 6-7pm
With an eye toward the upcoming mayoral election, how we might use the election to advance the arts in DC? A staffer from one of the council offices will be present to provide an update on the arts budget.