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Sondra N. Arkin (born 1959, New York City) is a Washington, DC artist and curator whose media include sculpture, painting, and printmaking. Many of her recent works are modular sculptural installations, which use common materials working with light and shadow. The steel pieces are woven into ethereal orbs. They form “lines in space” and their modular format amplifies the dialogue between the individual pieces. In her paintings, wax, shellac, and ink combine to make luminous, ‘deep’ surfaces that are saturated with color and punctuated with texture, yet so smooth they might be mistaken for glass or ceramic. Recent prints – including woodcuts, monotypes, and silkscreens – all explore this linear intersection of subject, object, and spaces between.
Arkin has participated in many exhibitions in both galleries and museums, and her work has been represented in a number of private, corporate, and public collections including the U.S. State Department’s Art in Embassies Program, the DC Art Bank, and public art in Crystal City, Virginia. She has been awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities multiple times.
In addition, as Curator of the District of Columbia City Hall Art Collection from 2005-2010, she assembled for the city a remarkable collection of art that includes many of the finest artists who have lived in the nation’s capital. As the largest collection of regional art on public display in Washington, DC, it constitutes a unique resource and hangs permanently in the John A. Wilson Building. She has curated many independent projects, regularly programs alternative arts spaces, and is deeply involved in the mid-Atlantic arts community.