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Current Exhibits & Programs

​​​​Exhibits in the Pepco Edison Place Gallery change approximately every four weeks to provide a variety of artworks through the year.

Current Exhibit 

Life Pieces to Masterpieces

​​October 3, 2018 


What challenges do African-American boys and young men face growing up today? What does it feel like to not know if your son will make it home from school safely? How can we as a community come together to support these boys and their families?

The Pepco Edison Place Gallery is excited to partner with Life Pieces To Masterpieces for a night of art, performance, and storytelling. The fundraiser, called Courage on Canvas, reflects the immense amount of courage it takes for boys and young men of color to express their emotions and tell their stories through art. It reflects the courage we all need to take in these stories and support our community.

Life Pieces To Masterpieces is a year-round, comprehensive youth development and education organization for African-American males of ages 3-25 living in the under-served communities of Washington, DC. Life Pieces has intertwined a unique artistic style into the human development process; the resultant curriculum engages our Apprentices in academics, positive self-expression, creativity, and character education. Life Pieces To Masterpieces uses artistic expression to unlock potential, develop character and leadership, and prepare African American boys and young men to transform their lives and communities.

The colorful, sewn, acrylic-on-canvas collage paintings displayed in this exhibit are created by Life Pieces Apprentices. Young Apprentices collaboratively create art masterpieces through the unique process of designing and cutting images out of fabric and stitching acrylic-painted fabric onto canvas. Each masterpiece has a theme based on our Apprentices' lives, dreams, challenges, and goals, or on the Life Pieces curriculum. Each masterpiece is accompanied by a story in the form of poem, prose, or essay.

At the Courage on Canvas Opening Reception and Ceremony, Life Pieces To Masterpieces will be unveiling their new apparel line (based on the Apprentices' artwork), as well as having refreshments, a live jazz trio, and more than 50 paintings available for viewing and purchase. For more information about Life Pieces To Masterpieces, contact Andrew Blickle, Community Engagement Coordinator at To purchase art or learn about Art by Life Pieces opportunities, including hosting an exhibit in your office, please contact 202-399-7703 or

Gallery Hours

Open the public Tuesday - Friday from Noon to 4 p.m. Free admission.

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