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    Kreeger Museum
    September 2020–June 2021
    Liminality on view through August 2021

    The Kreeger Museum is pleased to present TRACES, an exhibition featuring regional artists Billy Friebele, Roxana Alger Geffen, Rania Hassan, Sebastian Martorana, Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann, Antonio McAfee, Brandon Morse, and Johab Silva. Guest curated by Sarah Tanguy, the show explores how the past evokes shifting memories while suggesting new and present narratives. Rich in representation and abstraction, TRACES encompasses painting, photography, mixed media, sculpture, sound, and video, and includes several site-responsive installations. As the artists dialogue with their source materials, they mine the many meanings of “trace” as noun and verb, and engage the themes of displacement, connectivity and transformation. Variously inspired by personal and cultural history, the natural and built environments, and the human condition, they offer an impassioned take on the issues of the day and suggest possible futures to come.

    Monument and Marker
    Connecticut Avenue & K Street, NW
    October 2020–2022

    Installed in October 2020, Monument & Marker is a collaboration between Golden Triangle Arts and the Smithsonian that extends the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative – Because of Her Story beyond the walls of the Smithsonian and into the streets of Washington, DC. Launched in 2018, the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative is one of the country’s most ambitious undertakings to research, collect, document, display and share the compelling story of women.

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    By The People 2019 Festival
    Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building
    June 15–16, 21–23, 2019

    Artist Talk: June 22, 2pm
    Meditations led by the Freer/Sackler Gallery under my installation: June 15–16, 21–23, 11am
    Exhibition Hours: Saturday, June 15, 10am–6pm; Sunday, June 16, 10am–6pm; Friday, June 21, 10am–6pm; Saturday, June 22, 10am–midnight; Sunday, June 23, 10am–6pm
    900 Jefferson Dr SW Washington, DC 20560

    Rania Hassan: U N R A V E L
    Lost Origins Gallery
    February 8–March 3, 2019

    Rania Hassan combines knitting and painting to weave sculptural stories about our connections to time, place, and circumstance. While our memories change each time they are recalled, in looking back we see things more clearly. UNRAVEL is about how we take things apart to put them back together.

    Opening Reception: Friday, February 8, 7–10pm
    Artist Talk: Sunday, February 24, 2–3pm
    Closing Reception: Saturday, March 2, 6–9pm
    Gallery Hours: Saturday–Sunday, noon–6pm,
    or by appointment: info@lostorigins.com
    3110 Mount Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC

    Over, Under, Forward, Back
    Arlington Arts Center
    January 12–March 30, 2019

    Opening Reception: Saturday, February 9, 6–9pm
    Gallery Talk: Saturday, March 30, 1–3pm
    Gallery Hours: Wednesday–Sunday, noon–5pm
    3550 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA

    Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program
    Visual Arts Exhibition
    DC Commission on Arts and Humanities
    Gallery at 200i
    200 I Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
    June–August 2017

    Gallery 102
    March 2017

    Solo Show:
    Rania Hassan: Paths
    Gormley Gallery
    Notre Dame University
    February–March 2017

    Solo Show:
    Rania Hassan: Paths
    The Front
    January–February 2017
    4100 St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70117

    Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program
    Visual Arts Exhibition
    DC Commission on Arts and Humanities
    Gallery at 200i
    200 I Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
    July 29–August 31, 2016
    Opening Reception: July 29, 6–8pm

    Solo Show:
    Rania Hassan: Time•Line
    Artisphere, WIP Gallery
    June 3–28, 2015
    Opening: June 4, 6–9pm
    Artist on Site: June 4, 18, 25 / 6–9pm
    1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209

    What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.—T.S. Eliot

    Rania Hassan combines knitting and painting to weave sculptural stories about our connections to time, place, and circumstance. Time•Line explores how the threads of our beginnings and endings shape and define us.

    What brought you here to this point? Does one thread end where the next thread begins? In the Greek mythology of the three Fates, one goddess spins the thread, the second determines how long it will be, and the third cuts the thread.

    One spindle, seven hands, eight spools of thread—all gathering at a single point representing where you are right now. The spools of threads represent potential, the hand-knit threads represent what’s been done, and everything points to one end, which is the present. This exact moment will never happen again. Everything is right here.

    Solo Show:
    Etui Fiber Arts Gallery
    July 2–26, 2015
    Artist reception: July 2, 5–7pm
    2106 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont, NY 10538

    Soft Lab
    Gallery 102
    January 12–30, 2015
    Closing reception Friday, January 30

    Curated by Eames Armstrong, Soft Lab is a research and exhibition space for softness

    Knitting as Contemporary Art
    The Textile Museum
    2320 S St NW
    Saturday, January 10, 2015, 10.30am

    Untitled no. 4
    Avi Gupta, Rania Hassan, Abby Martin, Craig Roper, Jessica Van Brakle, Hillary Werth.

    This group exhibition at RandallScottProjects features Rania's latest artwork, Revelations.

    Untitled no. 4
    1326 H St NE 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20002
    July 19–August 23, 2014
    Gallery Hours: Wednesday–Saturday, 12-6pm

    DCCAH Visual Arts Exhibition
    Rania's artwork is included in this exhibition featuring DC visual artists competing for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship Program [AFP] Grant for 2015. This show opens tonight!

    AFP15 Visual Arts Exhibition
    Gallery at 200i
    200 I Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
    August 1–September 1, 2014
    Opening Reception: Friday, August 1, 2014, 6–8pm
    Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday 9am–5pm

    Generative Presence
    Part of the Artscape Gallery Network, Generative Presence features the work of two fiber artists—Rania Hassan and Mihaela Savu.

    Baltimore Threadquarters
    518 South Conkling Street, Baltimore MD 21224
    July 12–August 2, and August 13–31, 2014
    Gallery Hours: Wednesday–Saturday: 12–6pm,
    Sunday: 12–5pm

    Softer, Softest
    May 30–June 21, 2014

    Curated by Eames Armstrong, Softer, Softest explores the condition of softness: the digital “soft” and the sculptural soft. Exhibiting artists include Megan Blafas, Rania Hassan, Matt Hollis, Leslie McConnaughey, Rene Medrano, Ziad Nagy, Cory Oberndorfer, John Paradiso, Jane Claire Remick, and Jade Yumang.

    Softer, Softest is an exhibition on being soft. Examining what it is to be pliable, or easily molded. To be pleasing to touch, not harshly defined.

    Softer, Softest
    Aether Art Projects at Delicious Spectacle
    1366 Quincy Street NW, Washington, DC
    May 30–June 21, 2014

    Opening Reception: Friday, May 30, 7–10pm
    Performances: Saturday, June 7, doors 7:30, performances 8pm
    Closing Reception: Thursday, June 19, 7–9pm
    For the opening reception Facebook event page, click here.
    Delicious Spectacle is a curatorial experiment and project space founded by Victoria Greising, Megan Mueller, Dan Perkins,Camden Place, and Sam Scharf. The space is located on the first floor of a row house in the Columbia Heights neighborhood.

    Cuisine des Artistes
    May 29, 2014

    Cuisine des Artistes 2014 is DC Arts Center’s 25th Anniversary Gala, an evening of food and fun where chefs and artists collaborate to create culinary masterpieces. Rania has been paired with chef Doug Cooperman of Open Kitchen to create a piece titled %Interwoven:
    A hand knit dress interwoven with a Dark Chocolate Lavender Truffle held by a Dried Sour Cherry and Rosemary Breadstick knitting needle. This piece explores the connections of life, friendship, community and family. The coupling of memories through shared experiences.%

    Cuisine des Artistes
    Meridian House
    1630 Crescent Place NW, Washington, DC 20008
    Thursday, May 29, 2014, 6:30–9:30pm
    This is a ticketed event. Please click here to purchase tickets.

    The Grace of Craft
    June 3–27, 2014

    The Grace of Craft is a show of contemporary craft curated by Gisele Huberman. Artists include: Phil Brown, Elissa Farrow-Savos, Gayle Friedman, Rania Hassan, Sean Hennessey, Tamara Laird, Laurel Lukaszewski, Jan Maddox, Donna McCullough, Nikki O’Neill, Komelia Okim, Chris Shea, Tim Tate, Novie Trump, Andrea Uravitch, Rick Wall, and Nancy Weisser.

    Craft can tell stories. It can move us. It can serve us and adorn us. And it does all this in a quiet, self-effacing way.

    The Grace of Craft
    Capitol Arts Network
    12276 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, MD 20852
    June 3–27, 2014
    Opening Reception: Friday, June 6, 6–9pm
    Gallery Hours: Monday–Thursday: 10am–10pm,
    Friday–Sunday: 10am–4pm

    January 16–March 1, 2014
    Group Exhibition

    STITCH is a group exhibition examining the growing popularity of traditional needlework and its incorporation into diverse forms of contemporary art. Traditionally regarded as a craft or relegated to the category of "women's work," needlework—including stitching, embroidery, knitting and crochet—has increasingly become a vital element in contemporary mixed media compositions. STITCH will present surprising manifestations of needlework in combination with a range of media including painting, sculpture, and photography.

    Rania's work will be on exhibit with Stephanie Booth, Orly Cogan, Suzi Fox, Kate Kretz, Pam Rogers, Erin Endicott Sheldon, and Nathan Vincent. Opening reception is this Thursday, January 16, 6–8pm.

    Opening Reception: January 16, 6–8pm
    Exhibition Dates: January 16–March 1, 2014
    Greater Reston Arts Center
    12001 Market Street, Suite 103
    Reston, VA 20190
    Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Saturday: 11am–5pm

    2014 DC Artist Fellowship Program
    Rania is honored and thrilled to have been awarded a 2014 Artist Fellowship Program Grant Award from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. The full list of awardees is available here.

    “Awardees of these grants are great examples of artists and arts organizations whose initiatives have expanded the tremendous output of Washington’s creative economy.” —Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

    WPA SELECT 2014
    February 27–March 21, 2014
    Group Exhibition and Auction

    SELECT 2014 consists of a 3-week public exhibition and a ticketed auction party to support contemporary art and the local artist community. The artists invited to participate in this exhibition were selected by a group of notable curators from some of the most important institutions in our region, emerging curators, and WPA’s Board of Directors. The works represent a cross section of media and disciplines, providing a remarkable survey of contemporary artistic practice. The SELECT 2014 gala is the region’s longest running contemporary art auction gala and offers a truly unique opportunity to acquire works by emerging and established artists from the DC region and beyond.

    Rania's piece, Forming [Series I], was selected by curator Jennifer Scanlan. Exhibition opening is Thursday, February 27, and Jennifer Scanlan's curator talk will take place Wednesday, March 6. SELECT 2014: WPA Art Auction Gala happens Saturday, March 22.

    WPA's 33rd Annual Art Auction Exhibition & Gala
    1101 Wilson Blvd
    Arlington, VA 22209
    Silent Auction and Gala [Ticketed]: Saturday, March 22, 2014, 7-11pm
    Exhibition [Free]: Thursday, February 27–Friday, March 21, 2014
    Opening Reception [Free]: Thursday, February 27, 7–10pm
    Jennifer Scanlan's Curator Talk [Free]: Wednesday, March 6, 6.30-8pm
    Exhibition Hours: Wednesday–Friday: 4–11pm, Saturday: noon–11pm, Sunday: noon–5pm

    April 5–May 27, 2013
    Rania Hassan: Threads
    Solo Exhibiton

    Montpelier Arts Center
    9652 Muirkirk Road
    Laurel, MD 20708

    Reception: April 7, 2–4pm
    Artist talk: April 21, 3pm
    Exhibition Dates: April 5–May 27
    Gallery Hours: 10am–5pm, everyday
    please visit web site for directions

    April 5, 2013
    Stars of Tomorrow
    James Renwick Alliance Event for Spring Craft Weekend
    at the Washington Glass School

    3700 Otis Street :: Mt. Rainier, MD
    please visit www.facebook.com/events/497861846928700/ for details

    May 18–June 23, 2012
    Artomatic 2012
    9th Floor, #140

    1851 S. Bell Street :: Crystal City, VA
    Crystal City Metro Station [Yellow/Blue Line]
    Wed, Thu: noon–10pm
    Fri, Sat: noon–1am
    Sun: noon–5pm
    please visit web site for details

    Urban Forest Project

    1313 New York Avenue NW :: Washington, DC
    Visit web site for details

    March 17, 2012
    The Textile Museum: Knitting as Contemporary Art
    Rug & Textile Appreciation Morning

    2320 S Street NW :: Washington, DC
    Saturday, 10.30am

    January 14–16, 2012
    Vogue Knitting LIVE

    Hilton New York Hotel
    1335 Avenue of the Americas :: New York, NY
    Preview: Friday, January 14, 5–8pm
    Saturday: 9am–6pm
    Sunday: 9am–4.30pm

    October 16, 2010–April 24, 2011
    The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef

    Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
    First Floor, Sant Ocean Hall, Ocean Focus Gallery
    10th Street and Constitution Ave, NW :: Washington, DC
    Photo documentation of process: www.flickr.com/photos/goshdarnknit/sets…

    March 3–March 27, 2010
    Tribute to Fiber Art

    BlackRock Center for the Arts
    12901 Town Commons Drive :: Germantown, MD
    Artist Reception:
    Saturday, March 6, 5.30-7.30pm
    Art Gallery Hours:
    Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm
    Saturdays, 10am-2pm

    May 1–July 2, 2010
    National Institutes of Health . NIH

    Mark O. Hattfield NIH Clinical Center, Building 10
    East and West Alcove Galleries
    9000 Rockville Pike :: Bethesda, MD

    December 12, 2009
    Washington Glass School Holiday Show

    Washington Glass School
    3700 Otis Street :: Mt. Rainier, MD
    Saturday, December 12, 2-6pm

    December 19, 2009
    Holiday Booty Market

    Design Within Reach
    1838 Columbia Rd. NW :: Washington, DC
    Saturday, December 19, 10am-5pm

    November 28, 2009
    James Renwick Alliance Day
    A Craft Artist Exhibit and Sale

    The Woman’s Club of Chevy Chase
    7931 Connecticut Ave NW :: Chevy Chase, MD
    Saturday, November 28, 11am-5pm

    October 17–November 14, 2009
    Gallery Neptune
    Joyce Zipperer and Rania Hassan

    5001 Wilson Lane :: Bethesda, Maryland
    Bethesda Metro [Red Line]

    October 3, 2009
    Crafty Bastards
    Booth #18

    18th St and Wyoming Ave NW :: Adams Morgan :: DC
    Sat: 10am–5pm

    September 12, 2009
    Arts on Foot
    Booth #86

    7th and F St NW :: Penn Quarter :: DC
    Chinatown Metro/Arena Exit [Red/Green/Yellow Line]
    Sat: 11am–5pm

    May 29–July 5, 2009
    Artomatic 2009
    9th Floor, SW side

    Rania was awarded a Craft Award of Excellence from the James Renwick Alliance
    for her Knit Together installation at Artomatic. Details and images here.

    55 M St SE :: Washington, DC
    Navy Yard Metro Station [Green Line]
    Fri, Sat: noon–1am
    Sun, Wed, Thu: noon–10pm

    Feb 27-March 1
    American Craft Council [ACC] Show—Baltimore
    AltCraft Section

    From their web site: “More than 700 of the country’s leading craft artists will gather under one roof to present their latest designer, handmade work at the American Craft Council Show in Baltimore, the largest juried, indoor craft show in the nation.”

    Baltimore Convention Center
    One West Pratt Street :: Baltimore, MD

    Feb 17-19

    From their web site: “POOLtradeshow is a semi-annual event occurring every February and August in conjunction with the MAGIC Marketplace, when the apparel industry converges on Las Vegas for the most influential week in the business of fashion. ...showcases the best emerging designers, featuring new product ranging from women’s and men’s apparel,to shoes and accessories,and including a variety of lifestyle products—from art, to music, to home.

    Las Vegas Convention Center
    Central Hall
    3150 Paradise Road :: Las Vegas, NV