St. Louis Eight Limb Revolution WarriorBLACK LIVES/WHITE LIGHT @ ReCreative Spaces
BLACK LIVES/WHITE LIGHT is an exhibition featuring White artists responding to the Black Lives Matter Movement. This all-media, national show will survey the ways White artists have engaged and supported the fight to preserve and protect Black Lives. Works selected by Curator Sheldon Scott and Assistant Curator Deirdre Darden.

Opening Reception:  Friday April 3rd, 7pm:  featuring live performance by Coup Sauvage & The Snips & DJ set by Adrian Loving.  Facebook invite.  Order tickets via Eventbrite:

Sunday 4/12 4pm, Artist Talk – RSVP LINK
Wednesday 4/15 Teaching the Movement Now; Black Lives Matter In the Classroom-Teaching for Change – RSVP LINK
Tuesday 4/21 White Voices on Black Movement: From Abolition to Now – RSVP LINK
Tuesday 4/28 Black Artist response to BLWL/ Closing Reception – RSVP LINK

Location:  ReCreative Spaces, 1613 Rhode Island Ave NE, Washington, DC.
BLACK LIVES/WHITE LIGHT will be on display April 3-30, 2015
Gallery Hours: Thurs/Fri 4-8pm + Sat/Sun 12-5pm or by appointment – email Emily @

Washington Post Magazine Cover and Feature

Lisa Marie appears on the cover of The Washington Post Magazine.
Lisa Marie appears on the cover of The Washington Post Magazine.
Artist Lofts:  Where talent has room to bloom
Written by Maura Judkis.

High ceilings, light-filled rooms, bargain prices and like-minded neighbors would be attractive listing details for any apartment. But when it comes to special residences reserved for artists, these aren’t just lines in a Realtor’s advertisement — they’re critical elements of the creative process. There are four buildings in the Washington area with apartments or condos set aside for artists to work and live. Artists who score units in these subsidized, sought-after buildings consider themselves lucky, and some credit the spaces for fostering their success. “I really like to make big paintings,” said artist Lisa Marie Thalhammer, who lives in the 52 O Street Studios. “And if you’re going to make big paintings, you’re going to need a big space.”


Painter Lisa Marie Thalhammer

In 2005, when Lisa Marie Thalhammer moved into this long-established residence for artists, “a third of the block was vacant. There were corner boys on the street at night. My partner once was held up by an 8-year-old at gunpoint,” she said. “I’d tell taxis where I [was] going. They’d say, ‘Are you sure?’ ”

Nearly 10 years later, the block is full of neighbors, and the building has a waiting list. The change inspired 33-year-old Thalhammer and her partner, DJ and interim Fringe Festival general manager Ebony Dumas, to upgrade their apartment. Youmans, who has an unusually liberal policy of allowing his renters to remodel, approved the work, which included demolishing a bedroom wall that had been covering a window. Now “when the sun rises, it just shines right into my bedroom at 8 a.m.” Thalhammer said. “I don’t even need an alarm. It’s really lovely.”

The neighborhood isn’t the only thing that’s different.

“The vibe of the building has changed a bit,” Thalhammer said. When she moved in there were more painters; now the tenants include textile designer Virginia Arrisueño of DeNada Design and the graphic designers of Typecase Industries.

“It’s wonderful that I can have an appointment with my printer, and I can just walk up one flight of stairs,” said Thalhammer, referring to designer/printers Furthermore.

Thalhammer’s 2,000-square-foot live-work space with 12-foot-high ceilings on the first floor is decorated in the main living space with art by her and friend Thom Flynn, and in the kitchen with prints from travels and artist friends.

She redecorates constantly. “It’s very rare for someone to visit me twice and have the space be the same,” she said.

A mannequin of former first lady Betty Ford given to her by a friend who works at the Smithsonian presides over Thalhammer’s bed, and an oversize crystal-shaped plaster sculpture, built for an exhibition at the Artisphere, where Thalhammer used to work, protrudes from a corner. A hammock is slung in her studio.

Maintaining a work-life balance can be difficult for some artists who combine their studio and living space, but not for Thalhammer. Her portraiture subjects include Dumas, Thalhammer’s mother, who lives in her home town of St. Louis, and, in a recent “Rainbow Warrior” series, herself.

“My work is … so integrated into my life, and vice versa, that it works for me,” Thalhammer said.

Read the entire Washington Post feature here.

Lisa Marie’s new “Queen of the Waves” painting exhibited on the Jersey Shore this summer!


Promised Land Opens this Thursday, July 31, 6-8PM
EXHIBITION HOURS: AUGUST 1 – SEPTEMBER 7, 2014; Wednesday & Thursday, 12-6pm; Friday & Saturday 12-8pm; Sunday 12-5pm
5th Avenue Pavillion of the Asbury Park Boardwalk, 501 – 503 at 1200 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ USA

Image above: By Lisa Marie Thalhammer. A Gay Queen of the Waves, 2014. Rembrandt pastel and Liquitex acrylic and gel mediums, 86″x71″.

Inspired by Transformer’s Promised Land Artist Residency in Asbury Park, the large scale painting and print series on exhibition by Lisa Marie Thalhammer references a 1888 cover of The National Police Gazette, which dipicted the earliest record of surfing in the Colonial USA. This illustration titled “The Gay Queen of the Waves,” pictures a girl surfing off the shores of Asbury Park, New Jersey back in the 19th century. Thalhammer’s contemporary appropriation of this girl from Sandwich Island (which was the name given to the Hawaiian Islands by James Cook in 1778), builds upon her current “Rainbow Warrior” series of self portraits in mystical regions of the world.


Promised Land Exhibition Opening Weekend:
Thursday, July 31, 6-8PM: Promised Land Opening Reception.
Saturday, August 2, 3PM: Promised Land featured painters Kevin Darmanie & Lisa Marie Thalhammer present an informal talk of their work moderated by Tim Doud, painter and Associate Professor of Art and Visiting Artist Program Coordinator, Studio Art Program in the Department of Art, American University (Washington, DC).

Watch an interview with Promised Land curator and Transformer’s Executive & Artistic Director, Victorial Reis.  Read about Promised Land  in the Asbury Park Press !

Visit for Promised Land artist statements & bios, and updates on weekly creative & educational programming throughout the run of the exhibition.
Image credit: Promised Land by Vigg Designs

Asbury Park Residency & Exhibition

Transformer brings together a select group of 12 contemporary visual artists from Washington DC, Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York for a creative residency and comprehensive exhibition of contemporary artworks in Asbury Park, NJ. Taking place within the 5th Avenue Pavilion of the historic Asbury Park, NJ boardwalk,  Promised Land presents dynamic artwork in a variety of artistic disciplines that explore a broad range of current national issues as inspired by this iconic beach town’s past & present.

Promised Land artists pictured above include: Jane Carver (New York, NY), Kevin Darmanie(Newark, NJ), Dahlia Elsayed (Newark, NJ), Alison Kuo (New York, NY), Mike Richison (Asbury Park, NJ),Raúl Romero (Philadelphia, PA), Jessica Segall (New York, NY), Crystal Stokowski (Philadelphia, PA), Scott Szegeski (Asbury Park, NJ), Lisa Marie Thalhammer (Washington, DC), Tang (Washington, DC), and John Vigg (Asbury Park, NJ).

New Jersey’s  triCityNews wrote a great article about the residency and exhibition! Read more about Promised Land here.

Cash, Cans & Candy opens in Vienna, Austria


Curated by Katrin-Sophie Dworczak, the street art exhibition Cash, Cans & Candy is presented by Ernst Hilger simultaneously at both his exhibition venues, HilgerBROTKunsthalle Wien 10 andGALERIE HILGER NEXT Wien 10 at Absberggasse 27, 1100 Vienna.

From 1 June until 14 September 2013 the exhibition Cash, Cans & Candy is showing works by over 40 Austrian and international artists from all five continents on 800 square metres of exhibition space.

Solo Exhibition “Intimate Network” at The Fridge

Desires for Connectivity: Shauna&JaimeThis Saturday night Lisa Marie’s exhibit Intimate Network opens at The Fridge in Eastern Market, Washington DC. Including oil portraits, screenprints, and Prismacolor drawings, the work documents the network forming the artist’s life and queer community.

Shauna J Miller, Senior Arts Editor at the Washington Post Express and subject of the painting above, writes: “Lisa Marie’s portraits are too hot to freeze anything. They have pulses and heartbeats. Their subjects – with giant eyes, elongated limbs, bared breasts  – exaggerate themselves just enough to tell their story to the viewer: These are our bodies, our sexuality, our connectedness at this moment.”


Opening Reception: February 2, 7 to 10 pm
Fridge, 516 1/2 8th Street SE
Afterparty: 10 pm
Phase 1, 525 8th Street SE

Artist Talk and Live Mural Painting: 12 to 2 pm
The Fridge, 516 1/2 8th Street SE

Above image: Desires for Connectivity: Shauna & Jamie, 2011