July 7, 2017 – It’s been a quiet, but productive year so far in the studio. I’ve continued to shoot quite a bit working on three different projects. In March, I wrote about photography, loss, and memory for a friend’s zine (yet to be published) and over the summer, I am beginning a book project with the work from All the Ways In.
I am also excited to be selected as an Artist in Residence at Phelps ACE High School through a new initiative between Washington Project for the Arts and the DC Public Schools. I’ll be working with the art department there in September to lead a photography intensive.
October 26, 2016 – I recently completed a new project, The Day After the Week Before, which will be on display at the Studio Gallery during their annual FotoWeekDC group exhibit from October 26th – November 19th.
October 6, 2016 – A huge thank you to the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities for awarding me a 2017 Artist Fellowship.
September 10, 2016 – Ten Miles Square was recently acquired by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for their collection. It will be on display during the 202 Arts and Music Festival at Canal Park on September 10th.
July 23, 2016 – After three years of photographing, I’m very excited for the first solo exhibit from All the Ways In. 27 photos are on display in the Kay Gallery at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD.
The exhibition open on July 23rd and runs through August 27th with an open house and reception from 10am – 2pm on August 27th.
Read about the exhibit here in the Washington Post.
April 29, 2016 – I’m excited to participate in Sip and Paint: Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” at the DC Arts Center. Curated by Tom Drymon, the show features 34 local artists taking on the iconic painting.
Read about the exhibit here in the Washington Post.
March 30, 2016 – Thank you to Sean Hennessey and Dave Mordini for inviting me to participate in a group show up at Otis Street Art Project. The show runs from April 2 – 30th with an opening reception on April 2nd.
I’ll have a photo from a small series, The Same Place, But Completely Different, that I shot in December 2015. For the past three summers, I have worked on a series titled All the Ways In, All the Ways Out where I photographed a small lake in southern New Hampshire. The photographs were taken during daylight on black & white film from the inside of the lake looking out. The Same Place, But Completely Different series returns to that lake, but captures it in a completely opposite fashion: digital color night photographs in the winter from the lake shore.
Exhibiting Artists: Zofie Lang, Christian Tribastone, Ceci Cole McInturff, Amy Hughes Braden, Jose Fernandez, Alexandra Silverthorne, Fallon Chase, Amber Robles-Gordon, Joan Belmar, Katie Pumphrey, Steven Durow, Jacqui Crocetta, and Stephanie Booth.
February 9, 2016 – A huge thank you to the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities for awarding me a 2016 Artist Fellowship.
November 16, 2015 – I’m super excited for the opening of drift at the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata, MD. I initially proposed the exhibition in January 2014 and nearly two years later, I’m happy to see it all come together. I’ll be giving an artist talk at 2:30pm on Tuesday, November 17th and the show runs till December 14, 2015. Click here for more info about the show and to see installation shots.
October 3, 2015 – I’m looking forward to participating in Photographers@Work at the Studio Gallery in Washington, DC. Curated by Iwan Bagus and Steven Marks, the exhibit will feature a behind-the-scenes look at the work by local photographers by exhibiting both final images and contact sheets. It opens on October 28th and will be on display through November 14th.
June 10, 2015 – I’m happy to announce that All the Ways In has been selected for a solo exhibit at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD for 2016.
May 24, 2015 – In July, I will be exhibiting 8 images from in absentia at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Thank you to Fitzgerald Fine Arts for selecting the work. The work will be on display in Building 10 from July 11th – September 11th.
March 4, 2015 – Three photos from All the Ways In, All the Ways Out are in the Faculty Exhibition at the University of the District of Columbia. Stop by Gallery 42 between March 5th and March 31st to see the show.
January 1, 2015 – Just in time for the new year, I’ve re-designed and updated the website. I also have books and prints from the MidNights series on sale through the Washington Project for the Arts Artfile Online till the end of January.
August 24, 2014 – My work was featured on the 365 Artists 365 Days blog. Check it out online here.
May 20, 2014 – A proposal for a group exhibition I wrote was accepted for exhibition at the Tony Hungerford Memorial Gallery at the College of Southern Maryland. It will feature work by Caleb Charland, Candace Gaudiani, E. Brady Robinson, and Alexandra Silverthorne and will be on display in November 2015.
March 1, 2014 – That Which Is Remaining (In This Moment) and selections from Ten Miles Square were selected for And Then: varied approaches to narrative (curated by John Anderson) at Marlboro Gallery at Prince George’s Community College. The exhibition runs from March 4th – 31st.
Featured Artists: David Barr, chukwumaa, Jeffry Cudlin, Christopher Cunetto, Chandi Kelly, Marissa Long, Jonathan Monaghan, Lavar Munroe, Phyllis Plattner, Alexandra Silverthorne, Alan Simensky, Julia Kim Smith, Jerry Truong, Cliff Evans, and Ruth Pettus.
December 15, 2013 – I’m excited to be participating in Living & Working, a group exhibition at Civilian Art Projects. Check out the show and join Civilian at the Holiday Extravaganza on December 19th.
December 4, 2013 – Hungry Ghost Collective (based in Chicago) recently asked me to participate in their Ten Questions for Photographers series. Check it out here.
November 1, 2013 – I am participating in two FotoWeek DC exhibitions this year. Curated by Iwan Bagus, the Studio Gallery has an exhibition featuring Portraiture work by ten local photographers. The exhibition runs from October 30th – November 10th with an opening reception on Friday, November 1st from 4-7pm.
I will also have work from Ireland and MidNights series in the flat file at Catalyst Projects during the Exposure: Experiments in Photography exhibition, which is up from November 7th – December 7th. The opening reception is on Saturday, November 9th from 6-9 pm.
August 22, 2013 – I am super excited to participate in Art Romp Anacostia at the Anacostia Arts Center. Curated by Molly Ruppert, the show features work by over 60 DC-area artists. It opens on Friday the 23rd and runs till September 15th.
June 5, 2013 – I had a great time participating in Jennifer Schwartz’s Crusade for Collecting project in DC where a group of five local photographers each gave around ten prints. Many thanks to Jennifer and all the new collectors!
October 30, 2012 – I am excited to participate in the Studio Gallery FotoWeek DC exhibition. Curated by Iwan Bagus, the exhibition calls on photographers to revisit a work that is more than ten years old and to create a contemporary twin. I chose to revisit an image that I took in 1994 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA. The show runs through November 17th.
October 20, 2012 – I am honored to be selected as one of the 2013 Artist Fellows by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities (DCCAH). Many thanks to DCCAH for their continued support.
September 7, 2012 – September is off to a wonderful and busy start with two exhibitions. The D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities has moved to a new office with a gallery space. I am especially excited to have six pieces from the A Building in Which… series in the inaugural exhibition.
Also, curator F. Lennox Campello has selected a photo from my 2011 trip to Ireland to include in RSVP 2012 at the New Wilmington Art Association in Wilmington, DE.
August 15, 2012 – MidNights can now also be found at the libraries at Cleveland Institute of Art and Maine College of Art.
June 6, 2012 – Curator J.W. Mahoney selected a MidNights photograph for the upcoming Something and Nothing: Activating the Void at McLean Project for the Arts. The show runs from June 14th – July 28th with a reception and curator talk on June 14th.
October 23, 2011 – I am excited to announce the publication of the MidNights book as well as a solo exhibition of the photographs at harmon art lab in Washington, DC. The exhibition will run from November 11 – December 3rd. MidNights will be exhibited in the solo space while artist/architect Ira Tattelman will be taking over HAL’s project space.
The Opening Reception is scheduled for Friday, November 11th from 6-9 pm with an Artist Talk on Saturday, November 19th from 2-3pm and the Book Launch on Wednesday, November 30th at 7pm.
August 31, 2011 – In May, I travelled to Ireland and Northern Ireland. Some of the new photographs from the trip are now online in the new Ireland 2011 gallery.
April 13, 2011 – I recently had the pleasure of speaking to Jordan Edwards at The Gazette about my work. Edwards writes:
By the time Alexandra Silverthorne graduated from Connecticut College in 2002, she had two passions: politics and photography. As an artist, she combines them to create pieces that play with the idea of environment and how politics affect space. Her work reflects time spent at Connecticut College and the Maine College of Art.
Photographs on display at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown are more personal. The “A Building in Which” collage series includes images from five houses. Some are familiar to Silverthorne, others are not.
A few days after the opening of her show with Erin Antognoli and Beamie Young, the Washington, D.C., native talks about photographing the space around her, returning to film and life in New England.
Read the full interview on The Gazette website.
March 23, 2011 – I am excited to be joining Erin Antognoli and Beamie Young for 3-person exhibition at BlackRock Center for the Arts in Germantown, MD. The show will run April 6th – April 30th with an opening reception on Saturday, April 9th from 5:30 – 7:30pm.
January 2, 2011 – I have been invited to participate in Through the Lens: Visions of Urban Renewal, a panel discussion on photography, regentrification, and urbanism. The event is scheduled for January 13th at The Center for Green Urbanism in Washington, DC. I will be joined by fellow-panelists James Cunningham, Melani N. Douglass, Kimberly C. Gaines, Timothea Howard and moderator Sharon Burton.
October 23, 2010 – I recently ventured back into the world of blogging with a little tumblr site. This blog serves as “a place to document this and that, a glimpse into the research that drives my studio practice, and an archive of ideas and inspirations…” Check it out at silverthorne.tumblr.com.
October 10, 2010 – I am honored to be selected as one of the 2011 Artist Fellows by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities (DCCAH). DCCAH will be announcing the 2011 grantees at the National Arts & Humanities Month Grand Fete on October 21st at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. As part of the event, there will also be an exhibition of work by the 2011 Artist Fellows. The show runs from October 21st – October 31st.
September 12, 2010 – I had a great time teaching the Street Photography summer intensive at Maine College of Art this summer. I’m back in the classroom this fall teaching a Basic Photography course at the University of District of Columbia.
June 16, 2010 – Be sure to check out June’s ART(202) Journal featuring the 32 artists to receive the 2010 Young Artist Grant from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities.
May 27, 2010 – Nicholas Schroeder reviews the 2010 Maine College of Art MFA Thesis Exhibition in The Portland Phoenix:
Encompassing a broad range of themes, media, and levels of participation, each set of works in this year’s Maine College of Art exhibition by nine thesis-level Master’s of Fine Arts students achieves its own world and requires a separate toolkit to process and unpack.
The 16 pillars in the Congress Street window gallery belong to “Ten Miles Square,” Alexandra Silverthorne’s photographic investigation of the topographic origins and evolution of the Washington DC boundary. In an accompanying book of photographs laid accordion-style, Silverthorne exhaustively captures the present-day life seen from each of the 40 sandstone markers that have delineated DC since 1792. With each page offering four photographs taken from each marker, Silverthorne constructs a bioecological negative image of how the stones regard the capital, emphasizing quotidian existence over political boundary.
April 13, 2010 – I recently published my MFA thesis:
Interested in the ever-changing nature of space and place, I use photography as a means to understand and explore spatial environments and encounters. By presenting a review of my own recent projects, as well as a brief investigation into the ideas and terms that have influenced these projects, this thesis situates my practice within the framework of this conceptual language. Especially attracted to theories of perception, presence, and disorientation in relation to how we experience space, this thesis focuses on my most recent project, Ten Miles Square. By using the original boundary stones of Washington, DC as a starting point, Ten Miles Square challenges common notions of the capital city by highlighting the everyday, lived perspective of local residents.
Visit the Books page to order a copy today.
April 2, 2010 – I will be teaching a week-long street photography course in July at MECA in Portland, ME. Visit the MECA website for more information (and to register).
March 26, 2010 – Ten Miles Square, a new project, will be installed at The Institute for Contemporary Art at MECA in Portland, ME as part of the 2010 MFA Thesis Exhibition. The show opens Friday, May 7th and is up till June 6th.
December 22, 2009 – I was awarded a 2010 Young Artist Project grant from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities to publish a book from the MidNights series.
December 1, 2009 – As I wrap up the semester, I have recently completed a new project, Dilated, which continues to examine the various ways in which we “see” space. Also, That Which Is Remaining (In This Moment) was mentioned and linked to on Another Bouncing Ball. Many thanks to Regina Hackett!
August 9, 2009 – I have spent the last 8 weeks in Portland, ME for the MFA Summer Intensive at Maine College of Art. It’s been an amazing summer and I look forward to bringing my current projects back to the DC studio this fall. I have edited the website to include the beginnings of a new project, A Building In Which….
April 29, 2009 – Sharon Burton interviewed me about my recent work in the Examiner.com.
April 22, 2009 – Thanks to the generosity of Zoe & Heineman Myers Gallery, I will be hosting Open Space, an open studio event featuring 2 new works that explore space, at the gallery. The gallery is located at 4728 Hampden Lane in Bethesda, MD.
February 13, 2009 – A photograph from the I Remember series has been included in Luck of the Draw, curated by Ten Square Miles.
August 25, 2008 – I’m back from Maine having spent an amazing 8 weeks experimenting with my process and being challenged in many different ways.
April 20, 2008 – In June, will begin an MFA program at Maine College of Art in Portland, ME. I will spend 8 weeks this summer in Portland, and then return to Washington, DC to continue my studies during the year. Many thanks to all who provided guidance and wrote recommendations!
March 14, 2008 – I am honored to announce that I recieved a grant from the Puffin Foundation. Puffin seaks to continue “the dialogue between art and the lives of ordinary people.”
February 29, 2008 – I’m excited to announce that I am participating in two local group shows. Black and White and… All Over, curated by J.T. Kirkland, is at H&F Fine Art in Mount Rainier, MD, and Peace Now!, curated by Molly Ruppert, is up at the Warehouse Gallery.
December 2, 2007 – I was awarded a Young Artist Project grant from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities for a new project focusing on youth in DC.
November 1, 2007 – I’ll be participating in a group show titled Unlimited at the redmondbennettgallery in Dublin, NH. Three photographs from the France gallery will be on exhibit. The show runs till November 18th.
September 26, 2007 – The France gallery was updated with more photos from 2005 and 2006. Many of these photographs were on display at Artomatic in April 2007.
September 5, 2007 – I’m participating in two group shows in DC. The One Word Project, curated by J.T. Kirkland, is at the Arts Club of Washington, and ArtRomp20, curated by Molly Ruppert, is up at the Warehouse Gallery. Both shows are up until the end of the month.
July 22, 2007 – Free Art! I have put prints up on the Fine Art Adoption Networks site. FAAN is a fantastic idea, and I’m thrilled to finally be a part of it. Check it out here, and adopt a photograph!
July 20, 2007 – Once again, I’m participating in the DC Arts Center Wall Mountables exhibit. I love seeing the DCAC gallery completely full of art. I am exhibiting 12 of my new color inkjet prints from Ireland. The show runs through September 7th, so there’s plenty of time to check it out. DCAC is located at 2438 18th Street in Adams Morgan. Read the DCist Review of Wall Mountables.
May 9, 2007 – I recently returned from Ireland/Northern Ireland. It was my first real exploration with color and I shot religiously with my Holga camera.
April 13, 2007 – I’m participating in Artomatic [Space BLUE 6A52]. Come out for a killer opening night on Friday the 13th. AOM runs through May 20th. Don’t miss it! [more]
November 18, 2006 – I recently printed a new small series of panoramic photographs from New Hampshire.
October 4, 2006 – I’m featured as an alumni artist in the Summer 2006 Connecticut College Magazine. [more]
September 25, 2006 – Three photographs were recently purchased by the D.C. Commission for the Arts & Humanities for the public collection in the Wilson Building. The opening reception is scheduled for October 31st from 5 – 7 pm. [more]
July 28, 2006 – Five pieces are up at the DC Arts Center’s annual 1460 Wall Mountables. The show runs till the 13th of August.
June 6, 2006 – I have some old and new photographs in Summer Seen, a show curated by local artist Candace Keegan at the Wohlfarth Gallery in Brookland. Other featured artists include: Phoebe Esmon, Karen Joan Topping, Eric Gordon, Emily Greene Liddle, Elizabeth Jernigan, Tariq Tucker, and more.