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Isabel in her studio 2016.

Isabel Manalo

Adjunct Professorial Lecturer Department of Art

Isabel Manalo is an interdisciplinary visual artist whose work personally addresses ideas of power and identity as defined by race, ethnicity, geography and class. Combining photography, drawing, painting, sewing and writing, her work embraces visual clues and coding as inspired by the ancient art of Filipino tatooing, maps and the history of cartography while also honoring the genre of abstract expressionism. She has been showing her work internationally since 1999 and her work is included in a number of public and private collections such as the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, the permanent collections of the US Embassies in Bulgaria, Kazakhtsan and Nepal, to name a few. Her work has been shown at the Orlando Museum of Art, the McLean Project for the Arts, Arlington Arts Center, Maryland Art Place, the Katzen Arts Center, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art and has been the subject of group and solo shows in Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Philadelphia, Orlando, New York and Berlin. She was featured in New American Paintings in 2004 and 2006 and was awarded a Fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in 2008, 2009 and 2011 with support from the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation for 2009. Manalo's work is included in the Drawing Center and White Columns curated artist registries. Isabel is also an Independent Curator, Writer and the Founder and Director of The Studio Visit (TSV), an online art journal featuring artists in their studios. Her experience as an academic educator inspired the creation of TSV in 2008. The focus on studio practice and process is the emphasis of TSV and further empasizes this mission through the art critique. She served on the Board of Directors and the Visual Arts Committee for the District of Columbia Arts Center from 2010 - 2012. Her work is represented in Washington D.C. by Addison Ripley Fine Art where she has had two solo shows in 2009 and 2012 and another upcoming in 2016. This past spring she exhibited a site specific installation at the New Works Gallery at the Orlando Museum of Art in Orlando, FL. She is also preparing for a solo exhibit at the Paul Zuccaire Gallery at Stony Brook University in Long Island, NY this November 2015. From 2012 -2015 she lived in Berlin, Germany further developing her work as a visual artist as well as an independent curator. From 2012 - 2013 she served as a Visiting Artist and Curator at Takt International Artist Residency where she conducted weekly art critiques and seminars for the artists in residence. After living and working in Berlin for three years, she is now back and based in Bethesda, MD with her family.


MFA Yale University, BFA The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BA The University of Wisconsin Madison

CAS - Art
Katzen Arts Center - 256
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  • Spring 2016