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Artists Reflect: Juried Exhibit Showcases More Than 30 Visionary Works on Unity and the Environment

Sitar Arts Center’s Cafritz Gallery presents its 13th Annual Patricia Sitar Juried Exhibition highlighting the work of over 30 artists.

(Washington, D.C.), March 2, 2023 – Today more than 30 original works of art exploring the theme of Unity and the Environment will go on display at Sitar Arts Center for its annual juried exhibition. Now through April 7, 2023, members of the public can view these creative and unique submissions at the Cafritz Gallery at Sitar Arts Center. This year’s theme, Unity and Environment, invites artists to express themselves while challenging artists and viewers to consider how unity plays a role in our environments, and how it can shape our future. The opening reception and awards ceremony is open to the public on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at 7:00 pm.

Located in DC’s Adams Morgan neighborhood, Sitar Arts Center has provided high-quality and accessible arts education to DC youth and young adults for over 20 years. Fostering a creative community of learning and belonging, Sitar Arts Center removes financial and cultural barriers to arts education and career training and believes everyone should have access to quality arts education. Since 2010, Sitar Arts Center has hosted the annual juried exhibition to offer young, emerging artists the opportunity to exhibit their work professionally—a testament to Sitar’s equity-centered mission in action.

“The Patricia Sitar Juried Exhibition is one I look forward to every year as one of the many opportunities Sitar celebrates unique talent within our community and welcomes more people in.” said Maureen Dwyer, executive director of Sitar Arts Center.

Artists featured in the 13th Annual Patricia Sitar Juried Exhibition will compete for cash prizes, and the first-place winner in the adult category will receive the opportunity to exhibit at Sitar Arts Center’s Cafritz Gallery. A wide range of artistic media will be on view, so visitors can expect to see these personal explorations in the form of photography, painting, sculpture and more.

In 2021, artist Isiah Gatheright won first place in the 12th Annual Patricia Sitar Juried Exhibition with his piece, Anxiety. In November 2022, Gatheright showcased his exhibition EXISTENCE, which drew inspiration from repurposed found objects and encaustic art—a form of art that involves painting with hot wax.

“I’m excited to return to this year’s Patricia Star Juried Exhibition as a juror! I’m looking forward to meeting new artists, experiencing their work, and being a part of Sitar’s growing community,” says Gatheright.

Gatheright will be one of four featured jurors in this year’s juried exhibition alongside Kay Jackson, award-winning artist; Erwin Timmers, artist and co-founder of the Washington Glass Studio; and Abbey McClain, executive director of Touchstone Gallery and founder & managing director of Art Roving. Each of the jurors are D.C. locals who share a similar artistic mindset related to this year’s theme of humanity’s relationship with unity and the environment.

For more information, visit Sitar Arts Center’s website at


Event Details
What: 13th Annual Patricia Sitar Juried Exhibition opening reception and awards ceremony.

All artists and jurors will be present at the opening reception and awards ceremony, where winners will be announced. Some artworks will be for sale and available for pickup in April.

When: Thursday, March 2, 2023, at 7:00 pm.

Where: Sitar Arts Center1700 Kalorama Road, NW, Suite 101
Washington, DC, 20009

RSVP: Space is limited. RSVP to

Gallery Contact
Maureen Dwyer,
Sitar Arts Center
1700 Kalorama Road, NW
Suite 101
Washington, DC, 20009
202.797.2145 x120

About Sitar Arts Center
Founded in 2000, Sitar Arts Center advances equitable access to high quality education and workforce development in the visual, performing, and digital arts. Sitar Arts Center engages DC youth, from early childhood to young adulthood, in building a creative community of learning and belonging that removes financial and cultural barriers to arts education and career training. Sitar envisions a city in which all young people experience transformative moments through quality, accessible arts education and career training, and are supported on their path to discover their creativity and achieve their full potential. For more information, visit