The Studio Visit (TSV) is a web journal that is vetted and curated by our team and contributors. We have a dedicated focus on contemporary visual artists with the mission to advocate, collaborate, connect, and educate by supporting the importance of the artist’s place in society through their studio practice and process. TSV’s philosophy supports the idea that promoting the artist from the studio perspective leads to greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic process, the role of the artist, and in turn, the art object. We aim to connect the artist with the general public through our online features using video as a major tool to inspire a larger audience to become curious and excited about why art matters in our world.

Started in 2008 as blog, TSV quickly evolved into a collaborative effort made up of volunteer artists and writers. TSV introduces professional artists at work in their studios, speaking directly to their work through a dialogue with the writer. This intimate first-person view into the artistic process cultivates familiarity and appreciation of the intellectual and technical processes of art making.

In 2010, TSV started an Art Critique Series bridging the online community with the physical, further emphasizing our mission of promoting the artist from the ground up – -in the studio – through dialogue and discourse with other artists. Please click on the Press link to read an article about this series.

TSV functions as a conduit and serves its audience as a welcoming place in which to discover emerging, mid-career and established contemporary artists. It encourages national and international networking among area artists, art organizations, museums, and galleries as well as with wider ranging global art communities: connecting creators, curators, writers, and patrons while maintaining a collaborative and innovative spirit. TSV is based in the Washington D.C. area and expanded it’s presence to Berlin, Germany. While many of the artists are from either of these regions, we continue to expand our featured artists to represent all areas of the globe.


  • Isabel Manalo is a visual artist. Her work is represented by Addison Ripley Fine Art in Washington D.C. She teaches as a Professorial Lecturer at American University’s Department of Art. From 2012  – 2015 she lived in Berlin, Germany where she served as a Visiting Artist and Curator at Takt International Artist Residency while also curating independently at a variety of pop up venues and making new work for a number of venues including the Orlando Museum or Art, The Hilbertraum and the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery at Stony Brook University in New York. She is the Founding Director and Managing Editor of TSV.


  • Julie Wolfe is TSV’s Contributing Editor. She is a visual and conceptual artist living and working in Washington DC. Her work is exhibited and collected at institutions around the world. Recently she had a solo exhibition at American University Katzen Museum and her work is represented by Hemphill Fine Arts in D.C.

Fabiola Alvarez Yurcisin is a Mexican American sculptor with a BFA from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She lives in works in the D.C. metropolitan area with her family. She recently exhibited at the District of Columbia Arts Center and The Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA. She is TSV’s Promoter and Events Advisor.


  • Yayo Tavolara is a Chilean-Bolivian Multimedia Artist.Yayo Tavolara She has worked and lived in different countries such as Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador, Germany and the United States. Currently she lives and works in Berlin, Germany. She received her BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington DC.  She holds a Further Education Certification as Curator from the Universität der Kunste- Berlin Germany. She also has a Professional degree in Kinesiology and Physical Therapy from the Universidad de Chile, Santiago. Yayo additionally had a career in Dance, Theatre and Music both as a performing artist and costume and set designer. She is TSV’s Berlin Contributing Editor.

John Mitchell is a painter living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He has an M.F.A from Yale School of Art and a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. John is a regular contributor to TSV.



  • Rachel Sitkin is a painter, curator and writer from Baltimore, MD.  Her work was featured in the 2010 New American Paintings MFA Annual.  She is a regular contributor for FiberArts Magazine as well as at several Baltimore/DC area art and culture blogs. Rachel currently lives in Philadelphia, PA where she runs her amazing new business called Tallulah Ketubahs. Rachel is a regular TSV contributor.
  • Maxine PuorroMaxine Puorro is a volunteer media and events assistant. Maxine studied sculpture at Vassar college where she also co-founded and directed an off campus exhibition and events venue.  She has worked at Togonon Gallery in San Francisco and PS1 in New York and recently moved to Berlin to pursue work in Sculpture and exhibition installation.




  • Brian Barr is an artist living and working in Detroit, Michigan. His work has been included in the Windsor Biennial at The Art Gallery of Windsor in Canada, The Fort Wayne Museum of Art Biennial, as well  as notable galleries and museums in New York, Chicago, St. Louis and Washington D.C. He has been included in two exhibits at  The Butchers Daughter Gallery in Detroit, and currently is an adjunct professor of Painting and Drawing at the College for Creative Studies.
  • Lisa Blas Lisa Blas is a visual artist and visiting professor from Los Angeles, California, currently based in New York City. Her work, for which she travels extensively, is based on research in museum collections and historical archives. She utilizes portraiture, still life and site-specificity, in a variety of mediums (painting, photography, video and installation) to reflect upon the visual culture and social history of past and present.
  • Reuben Breslar is an interdisciplinary artist based in Virginia.  His art combines elements of science fiction, biology, and art history to produce both playful and serious lamentations on the subjects of time and evolution. Reuben’s portfolio includes drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, video, installation, research binders, and happenings.
  • Jonathan Bucci is an artist and curator living in Salem, Oregon where he works as Collection Curator at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University.  His artwork has been exhibited throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Pacific Northwest.  Jonathan received an MFA from American University where he then also became the Curator of the former Watkins Collection.
  • RobertEliotHeadshots-7 smallMike Davies is a London born trilingual actor who has worked over the last twenty years in film, TV and theater in France, the UK and Germany. He concurrently taught filmmaking and juggling in London schools. Having obtained a scriptwriting certificate from UCLA extension, and written a couple of spec scripts, he enjoys putting his hand to any type of creative writing. His education includes two year stints at institutions such as UCLA, the Sorbonne in Paris and a degree in acting from Guildford School of Acting, UK as well as a couple of years touring his own one man street puppet show through Europe and the US. He currently lives in Berlin where one of his joys is seeing his kids grow up as “global citizens”.


  • Liz Georges is a writer based in Northern Virginia who is also an artisan jeweler.  Her writing has appeared in Salon.com, The Zola System and Projector, the newsletter for Washington Project for the Arts.  She was one of the founders of the music magazine Not for Hire.  She holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from Duke University, and a J.D. from Northwestern School of Law.
  • Tim Eads is an artist living in Philadelphia. His work has been featured in several exhibitions including the Museum of New Art in Detroit, Jolie Laide, Pentimenti Galleries and Rebekah Templeton Contemporary in Philadelphia and the Arthouse at Jones Center in Austin TX. He has served as a visiting lecturer at Moore College of Art and Design, the University of the Arts, Mercer County Community College and Penn State School of Visual Arts. Eads is currently a project technician and printer at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. He earned his M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art.
  • Eric Hope is a writer and curator based in Washington, DC.  He was most recently affiliated with the Evolve Urban Arts Project, where he staged a variety of solo, duo and small-group shows aimed at showcasing DC-area artists lacking major gallery representation.  He is currently working independently on a variety of artistic pursuits to promote the breadth of artistic creativity found in Washington, DC.
  • J.W. Mahoney is a Washington-based artist, writer, and independent curator, who serves as Washington’s Corresponding Editor for Art in America. He is currently an Affiliate Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, and his work is represented by Curator’s Office, in Washington, where he’ll be exhibiting new work this coming spring 2012.
  • Jiha Moon is an artist whose work is exhibited internationally and is a part of numerous museum collections including the Hirshhorn Museum, the Asia Society in New York, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Art. She is represented in Washington D.C. by Curator’s Office, and Saltworks Gallery in Atlanta. Jiha will be writing about artists in the Atlanta area where she currrently lives and works.
  • Megan Mueller holds a BA in Political Science from George Washington University and a BFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Mueller’s work has been included in exhibitions at many locations throughout the region, including a recent Coup d’Espace project at Washington Project for the Arts and a solo exhibition in New York. She is preparing for a solo exhibition at Flashpoint Gallery in Washington, DC, in summer of 2012.  Megan lives and works in Washington DC.
  • Jenny Mullins is a visual artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her meticulous, large-scale paintings and interactive sculptures explore notions of commercial mythology and low budget mysticism. Mullins recently returned from a Fulbright Fellowship in India and participated as a Hamiltonian Artist Fellow in Washington, DC. Her work is included in the American Embassy in Mumbai’s permanent collection as well as being featured in several national publications including the 2009 edition of New American Painting.  Mullins’ work was most recently featured at SCOPE Miami 2011.
  • Lauren Rice is multi-media artist based in Detroit, MI where she currently teaches at The College for Creative Studies and at Eastern Michigan University. She exhibits her work regularly and most recently a solo show at Transformer Gallery in Washington D.C. She received her MFA in Painting from American University.
  • Elise Richman is an artist and an Assistant Professor in Fine Arts at the University of Puget  Sound in Tacoma, WA.
  • Matt Smith is a writer and artist based in Washington, DC. He is a resident artist at the Arlington Arts Center and a regular contributor to the New American Paintings blog and DCist.
  • Jane Claire Remick is an interdisciplinary artist based in Washington, D.C. She has shown her collaborative installations and performances in galleries, museums, and public spaces on the East Coast, as well as in Lima, Peru and Dakar, Senegal. Her works invite participants into physical and virtual spaces that waver between reality and fiction and investigate themes of self-performance, documentation as an act of creation, visibility as invisibility, and intercultural communication.
  • Molly Springfield is a visual artist and occasional writer who lives and works in Washington, DC. Her work has been the subject of solo shows in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, and included in group shows in museums and galleries across the United States and Europe.


Arlington Arts Center, Arlington ,VA

Takt Artist Residency, Berlin, Germany

Stable, Washington D.C.

WAS gallery, Bethesda, MD


Jay Bothwell, Senior Managing Director, Studley
Karen M. Meacham, Director of Educational Outreach/Dean Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Jack Rasmussen, Director, Katzen Art Center at the American University
E. Brady Robinson, Artist and Associate Professor of Photography at the University of Central Florida, Orlando.
Robin RoseArtist, Musician, Mid-Century Design Consultant
Jose RuizArtist, Curator and owner of Furthermore.


Jonathan Silberman of Fearless Future