Panel Discussion: Urban Monopoly - D.C. Arts and Mass Gentrification

Regina Miele, John Figura, Terence Nicholson, Jordan Martin, and Tsedaye Makonnen

Join Gallery 102 and the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum for a panel discussion on gentrification and the D.C. arts scene. The program is part of Urban Monopoly, Regina Miele’s solo show at Gallery 102. Bringing together different perspectives in the history of Washington’s arts scene, panelists discuss the city's changing artistic and architectural landscape and the ways in which corporate greed, gentrification, and a lack of arts advocacy have pushed artists and arts communities out of the city. Panelists provide personal insight into D.C.’s past and the road ahead.

This program is presented by Gallery 102. Free: no reservations required.


Regina Miele, D.C.-based artist
Regina Miele is a classically trained painter with a highly disciplined ethic for realizing representational scenes. Working closely within cityscapes, she draws out beauty in what is often overlooked. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally at such venues as: the Florence Biennale, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Newington Cropsey Museum, Second Street Gallery, and 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, D.C.

John Figura, painter and professor of art, Catholic University of America
Washington-area painter John Figura has been exhibiting his work since 1979. He has had numerous solo exhibitions and has participated in many group exhibitions in Washington, D.C. and beyond. Figura served as gallery director of Anton Gallery for over a decade and was one of the managing partners/gallery directors of Signal 66 from 2000 until 2004. He has taught locally at Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason University, Marymount University, and Virginia Commonwealth University’s off-campus program, and currently teaches at the Catholic University of America.

Terence Nicholson, associate creative director, Honfleur Gallery
A longtime native of Anacostia, Terence Nicholson joined the ARCH team full-time in 2015. A graduate of the Corcoran School of Art and Design and recipient of the Rosenbaum Memorial Scholarship, Terence has traveled extensively as a vocalist and musician with saxophonist Steve Coleman, Omar Sosa, and hip-hop band Opus Akoben. He served as a cultural envoy for the U.S. State Department in 2005 and 2006 for the American Music Abroad program in Asia, Suriname, Egypt, and the Middle East. Terence teaches Chinese martial arts and currently fronts a rock band called Thaylobleu.

Jordan Martin, founding editor, DIRT DMV, and program assistant, Washington Project for the Arts
Jordan Martin is a fourth-generation Washingtonian, a programs assistant for Washington Project for the Arts, and co-founder and contributing editor of DIRT, an independent platform and resource for accessible critical arts discourse within the D.C., Maryland, Virginia area. Her interests revolve around collaborating with artists and organizations to preserve, contextualize, and share the narratives and culture of Washington, D.C.

Tsedaye Makonnen, D.C.-based artist
Tsedaye Makonnen is an Ethiopian-American interdisciplinary artist who focuses on performance and installation art; creating sculptures, experiences, and participatory pieces that implicate the audience. Her work explores themes of identity, migration, colorism, womanhood, ritual, and kinship.  She is also interested in the African Diaspora's creative responses to assimilating and recreating the self within new territories. Tsedaye has performed in D.C. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, and Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. In 2016, she completed a residency at 39th Street Gallery in the Gateway Arts District. She has also performed in New York at Five Myles Gallery, El Museo del Barrio, Grace Exhibition Space, Panoply Performance Lab, ABCNoRio, and more.