Jackie Hoysted is head of 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.


Home + Discordance = US

September 15 – October 14, 2017

Curated by: Jackie Hoysted

Artists: Holly Bass, Hoesy Corona, Heloisa Escudero, Erin Devine, John Brendan Guinan, Jackie Hoysted, Ann Lewis, Tsedaye Makonnen, Akemi Maegawa, Carolina Mayorga, Sheldon Scott, René Treviño, Anna Tsouhlarakis and Helen Zughaib

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Venue: NYU Washington DC, 1307 L St NW, Washington, DC 20005

In order to explore this theme of Home + Discordance = US an exciting group of DC-based artists have been invited to participate in the exhibition. They represent a broad cross-cultural perspective on the exhibition concept, African-American, American, Brazilian, Colombian, Ethiopian-American, Native American, Mexican-American, Irish, Lebanese and Japanese.

Solas Nua, in collaboration with New York University, Washington, DC, is pleased to present Home + Discordance = US, an exhibition that explores the idea of the US as a place of “home”. Typically the word home conjures up an image of warmth, welcome and a place of safety. However, for some that image does not fully hold true; some are less welcome than others, some are less equal and some are less safe.


The exploration of the Irish immigrant experience of defending home, leaving home and making new homes is one frequently addressed in Solas Nua’s programming. This experience is not singular to the Irish but is universal and one that is shared by all communities in the US be they immigrant or indigenous.

Additional Programming: 

Sunday, September 24, 2-4:30 pm, Film: screening of Emerald City, which explores the lives of immigrant Irish construction workers in New York City, followed by a question-and-answer session via Skype with Director Colin Broderick.

Tuesday, October 10, 6:30-8:30 pm, Culture Mix: What is Home, A conversation among a diverse group of Washingtonians about 'Home' - leaving, returning, becoming and settling. The conversation will be highlighted and illustrated by poetry readings and live music.

All events are free to the public.

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."

Repression × Resurgence × Reemergence: One hundred years of re-possessing and re-appropriating Irish identity

Art exhibit curated by Jackie Hoysted, June 3 - 25, 2016

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 BurkeConall CareyErin Devine, Jennie GuyDragana JurisicVanessa Donoso LopezCollette MurphyEva O’LearyHelen O’LearyBart O’ReillyMaryAnne Pollock, and The Project Twins (Michael & James Fitzgerald).

David 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.

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.