A traditional Mexican folk artist at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival Opening Ceremonies Wednesday, June 29.

Diverse visitors; diverse experiences at the Folklife Festival

Visitors to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival had many purposes for attending and different reactions to Wednesday’s opening ceremonies at the Arts and Industries Building. The festival, held at the National Mall through Monday, July 4 and re-starting July 7 through July 10, this year is a cultural event dedicated to preserving and showcasing the traditions of Basque,…

Traditional Mexican dancers at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday, June 29. Photo by Lauren Markwart.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival features international cultures

The opening ceremony of the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall commenced Wednesday to celebrate both Basque culture and the sounds of California. The Folklife Festival showcases each year cultural identity from the featured locations including art, food, dance, clothing and games. Jacob Jaureguy, 21, and Sebastian Caldoron, 22, are both from Spain’s…

The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center is showing six exhibits this summer.

Couple’s love and love of art on display at American University Museum

WASHINGTON–An overly-confident, extroverted poet and a timid, war-torn artist found a similar passion for mystical literature that flourished into one artistic relationship. Ten years after the death of 80-year-old Jess Collins, an artist, an art exhibit opens that gives a closer and detailed look into their relationship in the early 1950s called “An Opening of…

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Local art framed at the Katzen Arts Center

WASHINGTON–A photograph of SpaghettiOs hangs against the wall. Paintings of bare women, one smoking a cigarette, line a nearby hallway. A portrait of a cowboy, made of colors and oils, is framed and hung. These are just some of the many works on display this summer in sixth temporary exhibits at the Katzen Arts Center on…

A sculpture at BK Adams' Mynd Alive exhibit at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center.

Messages hidden in metal

WASHINGTON—Splatters of paint, hardware formed in unconventional ways, a message hidden within metal. These are what consist of BK Adams’ latest exhibit, Mynd Alive, on display this summer at the Katzen Arts Center on the campus of American University in Washington, D.C. In his artist statement about his works, which are outside in the sculpture garden at Katzen,…