resident artists of aac

Negar Ahkami is a painter originally from New York and northern New Jersey, now transplanted in the DC Metro area. She makes exuberant and visceral paintings that reflect her obsessions with Persian-Islamic ceramics and other global high and low influences. She received her MFA from School of Visual Arts, NY and her BA from Columbia University, and participated in Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency. Ahkami has had solo exhibitions in New York at Leila Heller Gallery and at LMAK Projects in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally, and has been featured in The New York Times, ArtNews, among other publications.

Michele Colburn joined AAC's resident artists in 2014. Her work is socio-political in nature, and often explores themes of violence inside and outside our borders. Her work has been exhibited in DC and environs, Boston, Denver, Philadelphia, New York, and Los Angeles. Colburn earned her BA, in Art History from Franklin and Marshall College, GCAT, Art Education Certification, 2003, American University, and an MFA, American University, 2012. Michele had two solo shows in 2015. Wired in the Wyatt Gallery at AAC and War Paths with Charles Krause Reporting Fine Art, in Washington, DC.


Roxana Alger Geffen is a painter and mixed-media artist, in her second year at AAC. She has art degrees from Columbia and Boston University and shows locally and nationally. Last summer Geffen presented Screenshot, a solo show in AAC's Wyatt Resident Artists Gallery, July 11 - Aug. 23, 2015. In Fall 2016 Roxana presented Motherload at Cultural DC's Flashpoint Gallery.

Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi was born in Tehran, Iran and lives and works in the Washington DC area. Her paintings function as metaphors for the complexities that emanate from her polarized cultural identity. Ilchi received her MFA from American University and her BFA from the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Ilchi has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Washington DC, Baltimore MD, New York City, Los Angeles CA, Birmingham AL, and Winston-Salem NC.


Becca Kallem is an Arlington, VA based artist and educator. Her work has been exhibited in Washington, DC at Transformer, with NLS Gallery at the (e)merge art fair, Hillyer Art Space, and Heiner Contemporary, among other arts spaces. Kallem's paintings, drawings, and sculptures explore identity, perception, and communication. She was part of AAC's reknowned exhibition PLAY: Tinker Tech and Toy during the summer of 2015.

Marissa Long is an Arlington, VA-based artist, and became a resident at AAC in May of 2017. Her work has been exhibited internationally in cities like London, Cape Town, and Berlin and locally at various DC spaces including Transformer, the Katzen Art Museum, and Civilian Art Projects, where she held her first solo exhibition. Her photographs, often depicting sculpture and assemblage, touch on themes of absurdity. Common realities are made strange and uncanny, and familiar objects like flowers, tchotchkes, candles, and candies become signifiers loaded with human emotion.

Ryan McCoy (American, b. 1974) is an artist based in Washington DC. He works in various media but is mainly known for his large iconic paintings in which he attempts to structure meaning through specific materials to create a personal iconography about time, place, and memory. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is included in numerous private collections throughout the U.S., Germany, Brazil, and Australia. He earned his MFA and BFA from George Mason University and teaches at various schools in the Washington DC metro area. He began his residency at Arlington Arts Center in March 2016.

Jung Min Park was born and raised in South Korea and works in Washington D.C. as an artist. She is creating her own cityscapes encapsulated by personal imaginations through her experiences of city lives by observing, walking, driving and traveling. Jung Min earned her MFA from Pratt Institute and two BFA’s from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and Korea National University of Arts. Her work has been selected internationally and nationally for numerous solo and group exhibitions. She has won two awards from Korea Modern Cultural Art Association and received a fellowship from The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and a grant from Korean Ministry of Cultures, Sports and Tourisms.

Pam Rogers’ work explores the territory between nature and the role of the artist. She uses pigments made from local plants, soil, and minerals. She exhibits regularly throughout the US including the Hillyer Art Space in Washington, DC, GRACE Art Center, Reston, VA, Hockaday Museum in Kalispell, MT and The Swan Coach House in Atlanta, GA. She has received fellowships including the Ox-Bow School of the Arts, Ragdale, and Ucross.

Austin Shull joined AAC in May 2015. He was born in Washington, DC, and is a multi-disciplinary artist. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture summer of 2008, and the Whitney Independent Study Program 2007-2008. Shull received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2007 and a BA from the Bard College in 2001. He has exhibited work nationally and internationally at venues including the Cooper Union, Syracuse University, International Print Center, Pratt Institute, Nurture Art, and Exit Art.

Dawn Whitmore has been an AAC resident since February 2014. Her work examines gender, identity, and technology. See her work: Muscle Memory Life on the Female Bodybuilding Circuit in the Fall 2015 Virginia Quarterly Review.