This season's Distinguished Artist Series features "local treasures,"  four artists who contribute significantly to the richness of the artistic environment in our area. Each artist will present a Saturday workshop and a Sunday lecture.

Want to spend more time with the artists?  Host a potluck!  We are looking individuals who would be willing to host a potluck to give workshops participants an opportunity to spend more time with these great artists.  If you are interested, please contact the JRA Office at [email protected].  Thank you!

Click on an artist's name below for more information.

Judit Varga - Sept 24 - 25, 2016

Ceramic artist who uses simple forms and texture to explore movement, transition and change


Barton Rubenstein - Nov 19 - 20, 2016

Sculptor of large scale metal pieces exploring the effects of light, water, kinetics and suspension


Foon Sham - April 22 - 23, 2017

Large scale sculptor using interlocking materials


Helen Frederick - May 20 - 21, 2017

Explores the use of language and media in creating pulp prints, artists books and paintings


General Information:

Workshops will take place on Saturdays, from 9:30am to 12:00. The morning will begin with a meet-and-greet with the artist over coffee and pastries. The workshop will begin at 10am and end at noon.

On-site parking available at all workshops. Locations and directions for each workshop can be found on individual workshop pages.

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to attend a potluck dinner with the artist on Saturday evening, if space permits. Details will be provided to workshop registrants.

Sunday lectures are free and open to the public and will take place from 2:00pm - 3:00pm.  Please note that Judit Varga's lecture will be at Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the remaining lectures will be at the Katzen Museum at American University.