Johns Hopkins SAIS to host reception and viewing of photography exhibit, “The Ties that Bind” on Thursday, February 22, 2018

A reception and viewing of the photography exhibit, “The Ties that Bind: The church, identity, activism, and community in the African American experience,” will be hosted at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). The program is part of a series of special events at the school in observance of Black History Month.
The exhibit explores the African American experience in the United States through a collection of documentary photography, oil paintings, and artwork that incorporates weaving and textiles to address issues of identity and belonging by D.C.-based artists.
For nearly 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced graduates who have gone on to tackle some of the most pressing policy challenges in the world. Students are encouraged to find constructive, collaborative, and thoughtful approaches to resolving difficulties. As the national dialogue on race and diversity in the country has intensified in recent years, the school continues to incorporate the study of race in the United States into its programs. The exhibit is presented in this same spirit of seeking greater education and social change.
The event is organized by the Dean’s Forum, the SAIS Diversity Committee, and Gallery O on H.
Time and Date
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Johns Hopkins SAIS

Nitze Building – 1st Floor
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press can request to cover the event by selecting “Media” on the online registration form. Final media access will be confirmed at least one day prior to the event.
Media Contact
Stacy A. Anderson
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
202.663.5620 office
202.853.7983 mobile
About the Artists
Sheila Crider is an independent, mid-career artist based in Washington, D.C. She is an active member of Washington Project for the Arts and panelist for the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Steven Cummings is a photographer based in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, D.C., who documents the changes and growing development in the city. He received a Master of Fine Arts at Maryland College Institute of Art.
Katie Dance is a documentary photographer and videographer from the Washington, D.C. area with a passion for visual storytelling. She received her Master’s degree in New Media Photojournalism from George Washington University.
Jay Durrah is a self-taught artist from western Pennsylvania who began sketching at the age of nine. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Howard University.
Amber Robles Gordon is a mixed-media visual artist who works with found objects and textile to create assemblages, large-scale sculptures, and installations. She earned a Master of Fine Arts from Howard University.
Nana Gyesie specializes in street, documentary, and portrait photography. His artwork draws inspiration from people, public spaces, and cities.
Miki Jourdan concentrates on street and environmental portraits, as well as candid photos that bring out people’s joy, inner humanity, and obstacles. A non-profit librarian, Jourdan resides in Washington’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Stacey Lewis is a metro D.C.-based street photographer who loves the challenge of connecting the viewer to an ordinary, familiar scene with everyday people and helping them see her subject in a different light.
Chris Suspect is a street and documentary photographer hailing from the Washington, D.C. area. He specializes in capturing absurd and profound moments in the quotidian.
Lloyd Wolf is an award-winning photographer and educator. His work has been featured in over 100 exhibitions and acquired by numerous museums and private collections. He has taught at Shepherd College, George Mason University, and to homeless and immigrant youth.
Joy Sharon Yi is an independent photographer and filmmaker based in northern Virginia who uses media as a means for examining important social and historic issues. She received her Master’s degree in New Media Photojournalism at GW’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.
The exhibit is curated by Shamila N. Chaudhary, Senior Advisor to the Dean and Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute. Chaudhary also oversees The Big Picture, a forum at Johns Hopkins SAIS dedicated to exploring international relations through arts and culture.
About Gallery O on H
Collecting art for 35 years led the gallery owners, Steve Hessler and Dolly Vehlow, to eventually bring their dream and passion for art to life on H St NE. What started as free shows curated by Vehlow, has grown into a practiced philosophy of cultivating local art, artists, and events open to everyone with a passion for art. 
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For nearly 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school’s interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
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