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Oxon Hill Manor: Past & Present
Presented by the Washington Sculptors Group and Oxon Hill Manor, a facility of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Division of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
September 13, 2021 – September 15, 2023
Juried by Sarah Tanguy
Sharon Pierce McCullough
Past & Present takes its cue from the landscape and architecture of the stately Oxon Hill Manor in Ft. Washington, Maryland. Built in 1929, the neo-Georgian house gracefully overlooks the Potomac River, and stands in marked contrast to the neighboring MGM National Harbor Casino, whose sleek, contemporary outline pokes through the property’s lush tree canopy. Marked by a broad range of approach, imagery and style, the featured sculptures explore the dynamic between the natural and built environment, while reflecting their makers’ fondness to experiment and adapt. Just as the 1928 building replaces and updates the original 18th century structure, the materials on view encompass found, store-bought and recycled. Shifting perspectives, organic and geometric expression, and seasonal variation abound, further enhancing a multi-sensorial experience. By turn contemplative and playful, abstract and representational, the works at their core speak lyrically of reverence and resilience. Walking around them and pondering their construction and intent, they inspire us to ask how we can create a larger bond with the land surrounding us and nurture a sense of community and hope for a brighter future.
The Oxon Hill Manor is a facility of The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission, Department of Parks & Recreation, Prince George’s County, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division.
Stuart Diekmeyer, Visual Arts Specialist, Arts & Cultural Heritage Division
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning CommissionDepartment of Parks & Recreation
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