ELIXIR: Artists Respond to Making and Healing

September 13 – October 20, 2018

Throughout history, artists have used their creative spirit in the pursuit of catharsis - sometimes as an empathetic tool for the viewer, or as a very personal creative journey. This pursuit comes in many forms: social awareness, beauty, language, sadness and joy. All of these emotions can splash across a canvas, move in three dimensions, or emulate in sight, sound and movement. Most importantly, the inspiration - when manifested in form - creates the ability to heal, not only for the artist, but the viewer as well.

This thoughtful group exhibition will be juried by renowned Baltimore artist, puppeteer, and museum educator Schroeder Cherry, Ed.D. Each artist selected to participate encapsulates their creative process to find liberation in a variety of disciplines.

Art has the power to heal. Healing, as we all know is a broad and difficult journey. Art and healing are intrinsically intertwined, moving together to make a full life. This exhibition will explore this union and the creative conversations that unfold through different artmaking disciplines.




Call for artists opens: Friday, June 15

Call for artists deadline: Friday, July 20

Juror decision: Currently in-process

Artwork Drop-off: August 30 - September 1, 2018

Opening Reception: September 13, 2018

Show Closing: October 20, 2018

Artwork Pick-up: October 21 - 22, 2018


A native of Washington, D.C., Dr. Schroeder Cherry is an artist and museum educator.  He has held museum positions in Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York, Malibu and Baltimore. For 8 years he served at The Institute of Museum and Library Services, first as Deputy Director for Museums, and later as Counselor to the Director. His artworks are mixed media assemblages on wood and puppetry.


Founded in 2008, the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts is a nonprofit arts space in Washington, D.C. dedicated to exhibiting fine art that explores the innate connection between healing and creativity. The gallery is founded on the core principles that art has the ability to mend social, psychological, and physical ills by building community, inspiring change, and celebrating life. A rotating exhibition schedule features contemporary, international and national artists addressing a diversity of themes, such as spirituality, social change, multiculturalism, health, environmentalism, and community.