Marti Deppa Kirkpatrick
Fine Art 

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I have over 20 years experience working with artists and the public presenting art exhibitions in galleries, schools, public and private office buildings and government centers. From the early 1990’s and into 2001 I served in the volunteer positions of President, Show Chair and Treasurer of the League of Reston Artists in Reston Virginia. During my 4 year term as President, membership grew to over 250 artists, photographers and art patrons.

As a member of the initial Visual Arts Advisory Panel for the Lorton Arts Foundation’s (LAF) transformation of the old DC Correctional Facility at Lorton, Virginia into the Workhouse Arts Center (WAC) I helped envision the adaptive reuse of space, artist’s participation and program and exhibition space. In February of 2007 I came on staff at WAC as Studio Manager to help lay the groundwork for the Workhouse Artists Association. My primary responsibility however was establishing, promoting, organizing and directing the jury process for, and rental of, 7 buildings of all media studios. As artists became part of the Workhouse program I also served as the main liaison between them and LAF staff. In 2008 Exhibition Coordinator was added to my title and until June 2011 when I resigned my position, I was responsible for all aspects of exhibitions in the main gallery building including exhibition themes, schedules, installations and opening receptions. Acting as curator and/or juror for a number of these exhibitions I established a reputation for varied and interesting shows excellently and creatively installed.


Arts & Stripes Curated Military Exhibition ~~ CURATOR
July 2011 Gallery W16, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA
An exhibition of artwork from the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Navy Art Collection, Air Force Art Program, Combat Paper Project and Joe Bonham Project in honor and gratitude for our armed forces and in respect for their continuing sacrifices, all exhibition artwork pertained only to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
(I began this project while on staff at WAC and completed it as independent curator after my resignation.)

Ultraviolet to Infrared Paul Reed – 50 Years ~~ CURATOR
February 2011 Gallery W16, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA
“….the most comprehensive exhibition ever assembled of Paul Reed’s work as a painter, but also a fitting tribute to this major figure in the history of art in Washington, DC.” David Gariff, National Gallery of Art

Forms in Motion National Juried Exhibit ~~ JUROR
November 2010 Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, Fredericksburg, VA

6 Abstract Women Virginia Celebrates Minds Wide Open ~ Women in the Arts ~~ CURATOR
March 2010 Gallery W16, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA
Andrea Cybyk, Marcia Dale Dullum, Michele Hoben, Joyce McCarten, Jan Sherfy, & Roberta Thole

Celebrating Black History Month ~~ CURATOR
February 2010 Gallery W16, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA
Margo Humphrey, Martha Jackson Jarvis, Michael B. Platt, Preston Sampson, Stanley Squirewell, Therman Statom.
(Co-curator Rick Sherbert, Glass House Director @ WAC ~ Therman Statom)

Poetic Art ~~ CURATOR & JUROR
October 2009 Gallery W16, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA
Featuring both invited and juried professional and amateur poets and artists working in collaboration; the work of art inspires the poet’s words, or the poem inspires the artist’s creation.
Rita Dove & Laurel Hausler ~ BRASH & Pat Goslee ~ David Gewanter & Irene Tsai ~ Sarah Browning & Miriam Morsel Nathan ~ DJ Gaskin & Novie Trump ~ Saul Sosnowski & Lilianne Milgrom ~ Patricia Gray & Christine Lashley ~ Nancy Arbuthnot & Cathy Abramson ~ Jim McCord & Carol McCord ~ Jeremy Larochelle & Linda Larochelle ~ Margit Berman & Paul Bernhardt ~ Peter Montgomery & Frederick Nunley ~ Susan Scheid & E.A. Skeeter Scheid ~ Scott Lange Kirkpatrick & Ed and Marti Deppa Kirkpatrick


2012 Art at VMRC ~ 9th Annual Juried Multimedia Art Exhibition , Park Gables Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA
"Soft Jazz" oil & pencil
Jurors-Gwen Bragg, Barbara Fast, Michael Hough

2008 2008 Juried Regional Exhibit, Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, Frederick, MD
"Daydream" oil & pencil collage
Juror: Jack Rasmussen, Curator Katzen Art Center, American University

2007 Art at VMRC ~ 4th Annual Juried Multimedia Art Exhibition , Park Gables Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA
"Incoming Tide" oil & pencil
Jurors-Cole H. Welter, Barbara P. Fast, Chad C. Curtis

2006 Lorton Arts Foundation “A New Palette for the Workhouse” Exhibition, University of Phoenix, Reston, VA
“Dancing As Fast As I Can” oil & pencil, Honorable Mention
Judge: Trudi van Dyke, independent curator and fine arts consultant

2005 League of Reston Artists 2004 Award Winners Exhibition, University of Phoenix, Reston, VA
Selected Works

The Art League January All Media Show, Old Town Alexandria, VA
“Layers- A Self Portrait” oil & pencil
F. Lennox Campello artist, art critic, gallery owner

2004 “Convergence”, Joint Exhibition ~ Deborah Remmers & Marti Deppa Kirkpatrick
Jo Ann Rose Gallery, Reston, VA

League of Reston Artists Fine Art Show, Jo Ann Rose Gallery, Reston, VA
“Gulf Storm” oil Honorable Mention
Judge: Karen Burton, co-owner Rendezvous Gallery, Leesburg, VA

League of Reston Artists 11th Annual Juried Exhibition of Fine Art, Reston, VA.
“Pond Field II” oil
Juror: Trudi Van Dyke, Director Torpedo Factory Center, Old Town Alexandria, VA.

2003 The Art League April 2003 All Media Show, Old Town Alexandria, VA
“Woodland Nymph” handmade paper ~ mixed media
Juror: Reid Buckley, museum liaison and exhibit admin. International Arts and Artists

2002 "New Directions ~ Selected Abstractions" Solo Exhibition
Walker & Company Corporate Headquarters, Reston, VA

"Her Paintings/His Photographs" Marti & Ed Kirkpatrick Joint Exhibition
Park Ridge V, Reston, VA

League of Reston Artists 9th Annual Juried Exhibition of Fine Art, Reston, VA
“Passageway” oil & pencil
Juror: Millie Shott, Visual Arts Coordinator at the Strathmore Hall Arts Center, Rockville MD

2001 “Color By Nature” Solo Exhibition
Jasmine Café, Reston, VA

League of Reston Artists April Fine Art Exhibition, Reston, VA
“New Mexico Pueblo” hand pressed block print, Honorable Mention
Judge: Margaret Huddy Teacher, Corcoran School of Art Wash., D.C

The Art League 2001 Small Works Show, Old Town Alexandria, VA
"Water Garden IV" mono print
Juror: Ann Banks Art Critic The Washington Review

League of Reston Artists 8th Annual Juried Exhibition of Fine Art, Reston, VA.
"Water Garden III" mono print
Juror: Lillian Fitzgerald, owner Fitzgerald Fine Art

A Salon Juried Exhibition, Wilson Gallery Washington D.C
"Along the Blue Ridge" oil
Juror: Artemis Zenetou, Curator World Bank Arts Program

2000 A Salon Juried Exhibition, Wilson Gallery Washington D.C
"Winter Woods" oil
Juror: Manon Cleary, instructor University of the District of Columbia

League of Reston Driven to Abstraction Juried Exhibition, Reston, VA
"Mountain Waters" oil
Juror: Annie "A" Adjchavanich, photographer, instructor, gallery owner

The Art League March All Media Show, Old Town Alexandria, VA
"Night Sky" mixed media
Leslie Exton, Professor, Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC


I love color and through the use of color, I hope to express my reaction to whatever was the original catalyst. Whether I am responding to the music playing in my studio, my general mood at the moment, or the sights, sounds and feel of the world around me, I strive to represent the essence of my feelings on the canvas. Working with very loose oils, layering and wiping many times I often scribble with a pencil on the wet paint as a sort of explanation point. I feel my abstract oil paintings are really all about emotion.


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