The Catholic University of America

Media Advisory


Opening of CUA Art Exhibit: "Regarding Territories and Bodies" by Lisa Blas

WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m., Jan. 29

WHERE: The Catholic University of America
Salve Regina Hall, Gallery
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.


Catholic University presents the opening of "Regarding Territories and Bodies," an exhibition of landscape and figurative paintings by Lisa Blas that recreates iconic Civil War sites, such as Gettysburg and Richmond, and historic figures John Wilkes Booth and Pauline Cushman, among others.

Part of Catholic University's Spring 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial Semester marking the 200th anniversary of the president's birth, the exhibit runs through March 6. The exhibit encourages viewers to reflect upon their knowledge of the American Civil War and to draw parallels with contemporary experience.

Among the figures depicted in the paintings is Pauline Cushman, an American actress and a spy for the Union Army during the Civil War. Blas has conducted extensive research in local and national archives and explored battlefield parks and museums in an effort to understand the resonance and power of 19th-century narratives. "Regarding Territories and Bodies" demonstrates the persistence of memory in shaping our present.

Blas is a visual artist born and educated in Los Angeles, currently based in Washington, D.C. She has been a visiting artist at American University and Joppa Masonic Lodge in D.C. She is presently a member of both the senior core faculty at the Corcoran College of Art + Design and the drawing and painting faculty at George Washington University. Blas has participated in solo and group exhibitions in D.C., Berlin, Mexico City, Los Angeles and Barcelona, Spain.

For more information, contact the Department of Art at 202-319-5282

SPONSOR: School of Arts and Sciences