Urban Monopoly

Urban Monopoly
June 27, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Andy Johnson, Director
gallery102@gwu.edu


"URBAN MONOPOLY"

WASHINGTON, DC – Gallery 102 is proud to present "Urban Monopoly," a solo exhibition of painter Regina Miele’s recent work as part of the 2017 Summer Solo Series. Consisting of paintings on canvas, "Urban Monopoly" explores the spatial, physical, and architectural effects of DC's real estate and development (i.e. gentrification) boom over the last decade.

Miele captures DC's often unseen and overlooked urban landscape, one that is void of neoclassical architecture, marble, greek statues, and perfectly manicured lawns. She reveals a rich urban tapestry that is under constant threat from corporate greed, profit-driven developers, and persistent housing discrimination. As the re-development of DC quickens, the spaces and places that once stored the memories of a colorful past are disappearing, while entire communities and their history are being erased.

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Join Regina and Gallery 102 for a panel discussion on Wednesday July 12 from 5:30-7:00 pm. Entitled "Urban Monopoly: DC Arts & Mass Gentrification," panelists include:

John Figura, Artist & Professor, CUA
Tsedaye Makonnen, Artist
Jordan Martin, Programs Assistant, WPA & founding editor, DIRT DMV
Regina Miele, Artist
Terence Nicholson, Associate Creative Director, Honfleur Gallery.

The panel will take place at the GW & Textile Museum (701 22nd Street, NW) One block east of Gallery 102. The panel is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP for the panel here.

Additionally, join Regina and Gallery 102 for the closing reception of "Urban Monopoly" on Friday July 28 from 5:00-7:00 pm. The reception is free and open to the public. Food and refreshments will be provided. RSVP for the closing reception here.

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Regina Miele, a classically trained painter with a highly disciplined ethic for realizing representational scenes, explores the fundamental tenets of order and place. Working closely within cityscapes, she draws out beauty in the often overlooked. Alleys, rooftops, and glimpses into places of sublime desolation, form an intricate urban tapestry. Her work takes notice of modern structure and the often overwhelming feeling that accompanies a dense urban surrounding. For the past decade, Miele’s principle subject has been the physicality of an ever-changing and gentrifying District of Columbia, the blighted and transitional areas where artists often find themselves living and working.

Regina attended the Catholic University of America and, in her Junior year, studied abroad at the Scuolo Lorenzo Di Medici in Florence, Italy. Miele has exhibited both nationally and internationally at such venues as: The Florence Biennale, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Newington Cropsey Museum, Second Street Gallery, Baltimore’s Artscape as well as Caelum, Agora and Broadway in New York. Her work is included in public and private collections in Jerusalem, Miami, New York, Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tel Aviv, and Washington, DC. She currently resides and maintains a studio in Washington, DC.

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Gallery 102
Gallery 102 is committed to the exhibiting of contemporary art, including work from GW & Corcoran students, DC-area artists, and nationally recognized artists of all medium. The gallery provides practical curatorial experience to the student body. Students have the opportunity to exhibit work, curate shows, and install exhibitions. The Gallery 102 Committee consists of GW & Corcoran students -- undergraduate and graduate, majors and non-majors, artists and art historians -- who both develop innovative, original, and thought-provoking exhibitions and invite a select group of guest curators to present exhibitions each semester.
                            

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