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.

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The Role of the Artist in a Time of Conflict

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018

Location: IA&A At Hillyer, 9 Hillyer Court, NW, Washington DC 20009

 What is the role of the artist in a time of political upheaval? Join Irish artist Fergus Delargy, and Jackie Hoysted, Director and Curator of Visual Arts Solas Nua, as they discuss Fergus’ experience as an artist during the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland as we mark the 20th Anniversary of the Good Friday Peace Agreement in 1998.

Throughout his career as an artist Belfast born Delargy has attempted to explore and respond to the political, social, and physical context in which he finds himself. While a student of Fine Art at the University of Ulster his work was strongly influenced by the chaos around him, otherwise known as "The Troubles." He and his peers were encouraged to look towards America and international art trends to inform their practices. Whilst there were some benefits to be gained by this approach, Delargy felt that he needed to respond in a more immediate way to the reality of living in a highly charged conflict situation. Through his work, Delargy responded to what was happening outside the four walls of the college. In particular, during this time, he explored issues of identity and tribal loyalties and how these loyalties inevitably led to communal violence.

In 1987, Delargy was awarded an international fellowship program to PS1 In Long Island City, NY. He spent eight years in New York and two years in Albuquerque lecturing at the University of New Mexico. His work over these years evolved from the reverse position of being outside of the conflict to one of looking in. His cultural, political, and historical baggage had to be somehow morphed with this new experience of living in a multicultural environment were identities were somehow absorbed and accommodated in the great Melting Pot of America. In 1997, he returned to Ireland and moved to Galway in the west of Ireland and since then his work has reflected, and responded to, various personal life experiences as well as exploring the physical and historical environment of east Galway.


Organized by Solas Nua in collaboration with the Irish Network in DC (IN-DC).



Opening Reception: 7pm Friday, March 16

Featured Artists: David Bickley, Myrid Carten, Conall Cary, Brian Crotty, Lisa Freeman, Ruth le Gear, Michael Hanna, Anita Groener, Jonah King, Pawel Kleszczewski & Kasia Zimnoch, Hugh McCabe & Suzanne Walsh, Noel Molloy, Jenny Newman, Leonard Sheil, Fifi Smith, Mieke Vanmechelen, Mary-Ruth Walsh, Adrian Wojtas and Sean Wrenn.

Location: Dupont Underground, 19 Dupont Circle NW, Washington, DC 20036

Solas Nua, in collaboration with Dupont Underground is proud and excited to present Sights and Sounds of Ireland Today or in Ireland’s native Gaelic language Radhairc agus Glórtha na hÉireann Faoi Láthair. It is an exhibition that explores the field of contemporary video art production in Ireland today. It is the first significant survey of Irish visual art to be presented in the Washington DC area. 

The vision for this exhibition was to discover what Irish visual artists consider video art to be today and what they wanted to communicate through their work. One of the big questions when curating this exhibition was to determine what video art is and how it differs from film. Traditionally, video art in visual art was defined as differing from film in its disregard for the mechanisms of traditional movie-making (i.e. it has a storyline with actors and dialogue) – while the video artist is concerned with exploring the medium itself, or to use it to challenge the viewer's ideas of form, time and space. Today however, that definition is no longer applicable as visual artists will adopt a range of styles and tools and frequently crossover to traditional filmmaking. Decisions on what works to include here were based on artistry, skill and subject matter. What do these works convey to us about Ireland, its artists and its people? You the viewer are invited to decide.


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.