Jackie Hoysted's #Vote4Pope 

Inaugural event at

Hillyer Art Space

October 7 - 30.

Opening Reception – October 7, from 6 - 9 pm – everyone is welcome.

Your participation is needed! Visit the website for more information: #Vote4Pope

#Vote4Pope is a public participatory art project intended to draw attention to the unequal status of women in the Catholic Church in a fun and jestful manner. It is a traveling trunk show of Papal regalia and props and the public are invited to participate by dressing up as Pope and having their official Papal portrait taken and uploaded to this site as a form of activism.

Hillyer Art space

9 Hillyer Court NW, Washington

Dupont Metro/Red line


 Jackie Hoysted is head up Visual Arts Programming for Solas Nua.  She 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.

Most Recent Events

Artist Talk with Jacqueline Hoysted, Saturday, August 27 at 1:30 pm

Luce Foundation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

"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).

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.