The JCCNV Fine Arts Program supports and encourages the development of Jewish arts and artists. The program is also committed to establishing and strengthening the relationship between the Northern Virginia community and Israel by integrating Israeli arts into its program.
The J's dedication to the arts has garnered an international reputation that is well-respected amongst artists, art enthusiasts, buyers and sellers. Over the years, the J's Bodzin Art Gallery exhibitions have attracted talented artists who work in a wide-variety of media including painting, photography, jewelry, crafts and new media.
March 21–May 11
Keron Psillas is a photographer, writer, instructor, and mentor, with an extensive background in the print and publishing industry. The images in this exhibit are composites of her original photographs in conversation and inquiry about the nature of personal journeys during the unspeakable horror that was the Holocaust. She believes the work has resonance and relevance today as “the world still careens from one battleground to another.” The book Loss and Beauty that accompanies the exhibition was awarded the 2015 Best of Show in the Davis Orton Gallery-Griffin Museum of Photography Photobook Competition.
June 15 - July 11
Public Reception: Sunday, June 24, 4pm-6pm
Pathway Homes, Inc. provides non-time-limited housing and supportive services to adults with serious mental illness and other co-occurring disabilities in Northern Virginia. Founded in 1980, Pathways currently serves nearly 600 adults with serious mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders in community-based homes in Northern Virginia.
The Summer of the Arts Exhibit showcases the creativity of many of Pathway Homes community members who are living with mental illness, and captures the residents’ use of art to express their journey to recovery from mental illness. The event provides a wonderful opportunity for the individuals Pathway Homes serves to display their artwork publicly at an event that many look forward to all year. For many individuals managing the symptoms of mental illness, drawing and painting provide a therapeutic outlet to express and understand their mental state. As a result, these artists exhibit works of raw beauty and inspiration.
July 16–September 6
The arts are an integral part of life at the J. Our Annual Open Exhibition spotlights the many talents of our own creative community. J members and staff are invited to share their artwork in the Bodzin Art Gallery. Whatever your medium — drawings, oils, watercolor, fiber arts, ceramics, beads — we’d love to put it on display! Contact Sarah.Berry@jccnv.org for submission details.
Alef Bet Mural on the future Smith-Kogod Cultural Arts Center
Artist: Rabbi Mat Tonti
Jewish tradition teaches us that there is a positive aspect to destruction, for through destruction comes creation, like stepping on a glass at a wedding or a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. The house will be altered when the Cultural Center is built, and in that transformation, its purpose will be renewed. The second letter of the Hebrew alphabet, BET appears at the top. BET is the first letter of BAYIT (house in Hebrew). This house was the J’s first home. BET is the first letter of the Torah, our document of creation.
NEW! Submit your proposal for solo or small group shows that will celebrate and explore themes reflective of the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia's mission: to build Jewish connection, community and peoplehood through meaningful opportunities for every individual to explore the boundless potential of Jewish life. All applications will be reviewed by the JCCNV art selection committee. Submission form.