Artist Talk with Jacqueline Hoysted

Saturday, August 27 at 1:30 pm

Luce Foundation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

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"Each month, the Luce Foundation Center partners with neighboring Flashpoint Gallery to bring local artists to speak about their own work and the inspiration they take from SAAM's collection. We'll round out our summer talk series on Saturday, August 27 with Jackie Hoysted, multimedia artist and visual arts curator at Solas Nua, a DC-based arts organization dedicated to contemporary Irish arts. The Artist Talks series is presented in collaboration with CulturalDC."


Art exhibit curated by Jackie Hoysted  

June 3 - 25

Repression × Resurgence × Reemergence:

One hundred years of re-possessing and re-appropriating Irish identity

2016 marks the centennial anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland, a pivotal point in Irish history that served as a catalyst for the beginning of the end of the British occupation of Ireland. To celebrate and commemorate this seminal moment, Solas Nua curator Jackie Hoysted invited a number of visual artists to create works that investigate Irish cultural identity. The Irish nationalist Thomas Davis is quoted as stating that“it is not blood that makes you Irish but a willingness to be part of the Irish Nation”.  To that end, the exhibition includes a sampling of artists for whom Ireland is their own or their forefathers’ birthplace, or their adopted home.   

The artists are invited to ponder on what it means to be Irish and what is meant by the term “Irishness”? Is it a line of heritage, a Celtic cultural bond? Is it a shared heritage of stories, or a shared way of life? Perhaps it is a certain look or a collection of sounds, a common sense of thinking? Today the cultural landscape in Ireland is rich and diverse and quite different than what it may have been in 1916. Who are the Irish today, how has the past shaped them and how are they shaping the Irish of the future?

Artists: Ursula Burke, Conall Carey, Erin Devine, Jennie Guy, Dragana Jurisic, Vanessa Donoso Lopez, Collette Murphy, Eva O’Leary, Helen O’Leary, Bart O’Reilly, MaryAnne Pollock, and The Project Twins (Michael & James Fitzgerald).

  • Exhibition: June 3 - 25

  • Opening Reception: Friday, June 3, 6 - 9 pm

  • Panel Discussion : Art in Context: Ireland, Foreign Policy for Arts Leaders. Wednesday, June 8 at 1:30 pm - 3 pm

A discussion with:
Norman Houston, Director, Northern Ireland Bureau
Matt Torney, Associate Artistic Director, Studio Theater
Jackie Hoysted, Curator and Visual Arts Director, Solas Nua
This panel discussion, held during the exhibition, will explore how contemporary artists are changing             perceptions of Irish identity and how they exist within broader socio-economic conditions.

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  • Culture Blast: Thursday, June 16. Doors open at 6:30 pm

    Selection of film shorts from the Capitol Irish Film Festival:

    Rip It up & Start Again by Stephen Ryan (7 mins)
    The Immaculate Misconception Directed by Michael Geogehgan Produced by Russell Curtis (25 mins)
    I Died and Went to Cavan Directed by John Caren Produced by Mary Johnston (7 mins)

    Also reading by author Molly McCloskey from her upcoming book Straying followed by questions. http://www.mollymccloskey.com/Molly_McCloskey/bio.html

    Ogham script tattoo and art makingby Jackie Hoysted

All events are at Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Court, NW (Dupont Circle Metro) and are free and open to the public.


Jackie Hoysted

Jackie Hoysted

Solas Nua is delighted to announce that Jackie Hoysted will head up Visual Arts Programming for Solas Nua.  Jackie is a native of Ireland, currently residing in Bethesda, Maryland. She has a degree in computer science from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and a fine arts degree from the Corcoran College of Arts & Design, Washington DC., USA.

She has had multiple solo shows of her artwork throughout the US, including Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia, Nevada and Illinois and has been featured in several notable publications, including: the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, the Express, the Gazette, the Washington City Paper, The Pittsburgh Review and the Richmond and Baltimore Examiners’. The digital media author Scott Ligon selected her work for inclusion in his book The Digital Art Revolution.

Please click here to visit Jackie's website to see some of her work.


Recent Events

David Monahan is our most recent visual arts guest. Monahan is the creator of On Leaving, a large scale photographic project documenting emigration from Ireland after the Celtic Tiger period had ended. He was in DC between April 22nd and 23rd. His activities including presentations about his work at Catholic University and at a joint event with Irish Network DC at Rírá in Georgetown.

After his visit to D.C. Monahan traveled to several cities in the US, Canada and Mexico to meet up with some of the emigrants he photographed before they left Ireland in their new homes.

If you would like to find out more about David Monahan we have an interview on our blog.

David Monahan is the photographer behind "On Leaving" a project exploring Irish migration through portraits. It began with a series of portraits of emigrants, taken the night before they left Ireland. Monahan is currently traveling the world to photograph his sitters in their new homes.

Visit David Monahan's site to find out more.