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So it goes
April 6 - May 26 

Photoworks Gallery is proud to present "So It Goes," an exhibition featuring the work of students from Four High Schools in the DMV:

Holton-Arms School

The Potomac School

The Siena School

Walter Johnson High School

Gallery ReceptionSaturday, April 6, 4-6pm 

Zoom Artist Talk  | Thursday, April 11, 7-9pm


The Siena School 


The photographs from The Siena School’s students are archival inkjet prints showing a broad spectrum of students’ photographic skills and interests. All selected students are in high school and have developed advanced skills through their multi-year commitment to photography. These students’ work embodies their representations of So It Goes, ultimately seeking to explore various aspects of their creativity and identities through a theme of contrasts.

With campuses in Silver Spring, MD, and Oakton, VA, The Siena School serves bright, college-bound students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences in elementary, middle, and high school grades.


Kristian Whipple is a Washington, DC–based freelance photographer and full-time teacher at The Siena School’s Silver Spring campus. His work has been shown at Glen Echo Photo Slam and Exposed DC, among other places. See more of Kristian’s work on his website. He most loves his three boys, wonderful wife and working with amazing athletes and dancers



The photographs by the Holton-Arms students are a collection of Silver Gelatin and Digital prints. All students selected for this exhibit are Advanced Students who devote as much time in Photography class as they do to their academic subjects. The work represents their artistic interpretations of the theme, “So It Goes” The art curriculum of Holton-Arms cultivates each student in the process of realizing their creative vision while learning technical skills that allowing them to express themselves.

Featuring work by Charlotte Adams, Addison Burakiewicz, Alina Ahmad, Ruby Miller, Harper Smith, Marvi Afzal, Ella Moore, Britt Nordquist, and Elana Laguna. 


Donna Cantor Maclean has been a photographer and photography teacher since 1983. She started her teaching career as an adjunct at the American University, Trinity College and The Corcoran School of Art while maintaining a commercial photo studio. Donna was a tenured professor at Gallaudet University, where she learned American Sign Language so that she could teach Photography without an ASL interpreter. Currently Donna teaches both film and digital photography at The Holton-Arms School.

Walter Johnson High School 


The Walter Johnson High School photography program educates over 200 students in four levels of study.  Coursework incorporates traditional black and white darkroom and current digital photographic techniques. 


The joint faculty of Kim Venesky and Dan Kempner emphasizes the fundamentals and history of photography and encourages experimentation with a wide variety of techniques and equipment. The images included in “So it Goes” were curated by the Walter Johnson AP Photography Class from submissions made by students in the Photography 1, Photography 2 and Photography 3 courses and are representative of all grade levels.  

Dan Kempner started his photographic journey as a student at Walter Johnson High School. He dabbled in a variety of capacities in the photo world before receiving an MFA from MICA in Baltimore and returning to his alma mater 16 years ago to share his passion with young people.

Kim Venesky graduated from Seton Hill College (now University) with a BA in Graphic Design and Art Ed and a Masters in School Administration from Johns Hopkins. She has taught in MCPS for 30 years mostly teaching photography and ceramics.


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