Our Body and Hands in Expressive Waters, Jaipur Kala Chaupal, India, November 2017'

I was pleased to be invited to serve as curator and collaborative artist for the first Jaipur Kala Chaupal Festival in 2017, featuring water as its theme. 41 international artists convened to do their work, participate in lectures, symposium and an exhibition. As a keynote speaker I joined with well-known painter Anjolie Meron and noted scholar, project visionary/curator Rajeev Sethi.

Our Body and Hands in Expressive Waters

National Print Invitational, Riverviews Artspace, Lynchburg, VA, September 7- October 19, 2018
21 printmaking artists are featured in the Craddock-Terry Gallery. This exhibit is a showcase of the diversity of the medium and the skill of the artists who practice printmaking in its many forms. It includes:Barry Moser, Brooke Inman, Bruce Muirhead, Elizabeth Rieben, Helen Frederick, Jake Muirhead, Janis Sweeney, Jill Jensen, Justin Rice,Katie Ries, Kelli Sincock, Lana Lambert, Laura Pharis, Lotta Helleberg, Lyell CastonguayMary Beth Bellah, Mary Holland, Maryanna Williams, Nikki Brugnoli Siri Beckman, Suzanne DeSaix, and William Hays.

Fascia with Three Figures, 2018, 48” x 48” Pulp painting, screenprint and mixed media

Fascia Diptych, 2018, 42” x 48”, Pulp painting and monoprint on artist made flax paper and screenprint

Helen Frederick has joined VAWAA (Vacation with an Artist) as a featured master artist - https://vawaa.com
"My summer has been very busy in the studio. Pictured here is one of my pulp paintings, Glacier I that you can see behind me in the studio!"

Glacier I, 2017, 42” x 30”, Pulp painting and drawing,

The Glacier Series were created before I left for India for two months. Upon my return I have been painting “Healing Stones”.
Nine Healing Stones, 2018, 18” x 18”, paintings on flax papers

Co-curator: 2018 Arts in Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Biennial

ABSENCE AND PRESENCE April 28 through October 27, 2018
Arts in Foggy Bottom, an award-winning outdoor sculpture biennial in the Foggy Bottom Historic District, is one of Washington's public art leaders Inspired by the rich history of the Foggy Bottom Historic District and stories of its residents, Arts in Foggy Bottom's sixth Outdoor Sculpture Biennial, co-curated by renowned DC artists Helen Frederick and Peter Winant, gives you the opportunity to see this unique neighborhood through the eyes of 15 emerging and established artists. All sculptures will be displayed in front of private homes during this free, six-month show. Featured artists include:: Adam Bradley, David Brooks, Brian Dailey, Linda DePalma, Nehemiah Dixon, Emily Fussner, Sean Hennessey, Melissa Hill, Jeremy Thomas Kunkel, Richard Lew, John Ruppert, Nancy Sausser, Lisa Scheer, Valerie Theberge, and Erwin Timmers.

2018 Pacific States Biennial North America
University of Hilo, Hawaii

The residency features Jon Geobel, Associate Professor of Art, and his students publishing a print edition of a new image “Fascia/ Fault Lines”

Proof of “Fascia/Fault Lines”. 2018, Sintra, monoprint on custom-made pulp painted rag paper

My work Phenomenal Space II, 2015, has been added to the new collection of INOVE Schar Cancer Institute, Fairfax, Virginia.

Phenomenal Space II,
2015, 4 pulp paintings, each 24” x 30” / 42” x 130”

Creation of the PORTABLE MUSEUM (PAM)
Movement Within the Community 

A Collective Program initiated by Frederick
The Portable Museum is a transitory program that explores individual voices to investigate the relationships between various multi-media and examines the notions of seriality, repetition, intersections, and interactivity through time-based projects.
The mobility of our work and our museum is dedicated to interacting with local and national communities in order to question and observe the ways we personally expand and define consciousness, and provoke progressive and social change.

Our initial project took place with Nikki Brugnoli and Josh Whipkey, co-creators of the Portable Art Museum and myself, at the Westmoreland County Community College in Pennsylvania. Workshops, talks and an exhibition were featured and students were given the opportunity to tell their story and create a narrative inquiry in the form of prints, artist books and literary expressions.

The next PAM project will take place in Hagerstown MD under the guidance of Maria Barbosa, master teaching artist and Director of GAIN, a Global Arts Integration Network.



Paper/Print, American Hand Papermaking 1960’s to Today
International Print Center, NY

International Invitational
April – June, 2018

Hand Print Workshop
20 Years of Partnership in Print

National Invitational
The Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA
February to April, 2017

Sol Prints
February to March, 2017
McDonough Gallery, Baltimore, MD

Acts of Silence, one person exhibition
The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
January to May, 2016
Installation of sculpture, video, and works on paper at The Phillips Collection, Washington DC.

Dissonance, One person
February 17 to April 16, 2011 Helen Frederick Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University, Roanoke, VA
“We use the process of our own encoded memories to reduce dissonance. Our recall of the immediate and distant past allows us to maintain a positive balance.”

The Kreeger Museum
January 15-February 26, 2011
Kenkeleba Gallery, New York
March-April, 2012

Twenty Washington DC Artists. Featured prints produced in the School of Art, George Mason University printmaking studios, sponsored by Millennium Art Salon. The exhibition showcases diverse perspectives by veteran artists. Included professors Frederick, Kravitz, Crawford, Goldman and Endress from George Mason University.


McLean Center for the Arts, McLean, VA
Becoming MPA. Selected by Curator Andrea Pollan to exhibit three dimensional paper sculptures, titled “HUNGRY GHOSTS”.

Celebrating Six Years of Hillyer Arts, International Art and Artists, Washington DC, anniversary show featuring over 86 artists from the greater metropolitan area.

OTHER NEWS 2012 - 2018

Frederick delivered a lecture at the Katzen Museum, American University, Washington DC 2017 as part of the Renwick Art Alliance Distinguished Artist series; and at George Mason University for their Visual Voices series.
In October, 2016 Frederick enjoyed giving presentations at her alma mater Rhode Island School of Design - “Absorbing Traditions: The Labor of Art”- and at the Rochambeau Lycee in Bethesda, MD.
These talks continue her interests in global ecology and cultural literacy as a follow up to her publication “Investigating Cultural Literacy”, Hand Papermaking magazine, winter issue 2013.
Exploring Concepts of Mobility in Cross-Cultural Studies of the Book
American University in Beirut
May, 2016

IDENTIFYING AND COLLECTING THE FINE PRINT. Presented a lecture in coordination with the major print exhibition “Multiplicity”, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, WDC, 2012. 

Invited by the Brooklyn Museum of Art Feminist Art Base to be included in their unique on-line artist registry of international artists.
May 8, 2012
Frederick worked with the project ARTS, MILITARY AND HEALING to give military members and their families a chance to work side by side with art therapists, veteran artists and established artists. A week-long hand papermaking, writing and bookmaking workshop was held in the print and papermaking studios, from May 14-18, 2012 and offered a creative outlet to for veterans to express their wartime experiences

SOFAlab (Science of Art Laboratory)As a co-founder of SOFAlab, coordinated the presentation of two panels, one at George Mason University, another at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts Gallery, WDC that discussed the bridging of the healing arts, ecology, and social networking in the creation of art; and conversely examined how art influences scientific and clinical practice and pedagogies.


“Absence and Presence”
Co-curator with Peter Winant

Washington’s award-winning public art program featuring contemporary sculptures—many of which are site-responsive—by 15 emerging and established local and regional artists. In cooperation with neighborhood homeowners, all sculptures will be displayed in front of private homes throughout the Foggy Bottom Historic District between 24th and 26th Streets NW, and H and K Streets NW. The six-month exhibition is free and open to the public.

Call and Response collaborative exchange exhibition between artists and poets
Curated by Helen Frederick
Watergate Gallery, Washington DC,
September – Noember,2017

Curated by Helen Frederick
Fine Arts Gallery, George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia October 14-November 1, 2013

This exhibition examines how we handle our fears and anxieties culturally, and how we build upon distortions of information fed to us by various types of media and social networking. One of the most urgent challenges facing society today is how we live with people who differ economically, racially, religiously, and ethnically. The thirteen artists selected were asked to present works that may transfigure suffering into other concepts, depending on their sensibilities. The work in FEAR STRIKES BACK, allows us to observe our 21st century overexposure to the troubling, violent, and sometime staged images, which can lead us to mixed emotions enjoying the spectacle of a horrible situation or sobering subject, while wanting it to stop or be stopped.

In this exhibition are the works of Shahla Arbabi, Ed Bisese, Colby Caldwell, David Carlson, Mei Mei Chang, Michele Colburn, Nick Collier, Anna U. Davis, Sam Holmes, David Page, Annette Polan, Joyce J. Scott, and Julia Kim Smith. All the artists in the exhibit are, in various ways, dedicated to community work and observing realities that affect their particular dilemmas

NOETICS Curated by Helen Frederick
Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Avenue, WDC
May 14 to September 19, 2013? 

Featured in Noetics is the work of Maria Barbosa, Rosemary Cooley, Oletha DeVane, Helen Frederick, Jenny Freestone, Amelia Hankin, Fleming Jeffries, Trudi Y. Johnson, Randi Reiss McCormack, Christine Neill, Margaret Adams Parker, Soledad Salome’. The artists in Noetics provided insights coupled with acute sense of observation in the media of printmaking. With willingness to provide an opening for us to enter the intuitions of their images, they offer abstract and more literal meaning to guide us into a state of noetics. The works include objects of desire, notes from the natural world, liminal space, and disrupted visual words.

Twenty Years After German Unification Critical Perspectives of Berlin Artists, 2010-2011
Curated by Helen Frederick
Aspen Institute, CO; ,First Amendment Center, Nashville, TN; Edison Place Gallery, Washington DC; University of Texas at San Antonio; and U.S. Equities Gallery, Chicago, IL
This project engaged American students, artists, and leaders from the business, government, and non-profit sectors in enlightened conversations with a select group of 10 artists from Berlin, Germany. All of the selected artists lived on both sides of the Berlin Wall and suffered disadvantages -- some were even imprisoned -- as a result of their free expression through art in former East Germany. Universal values such as freedom of expression, courage, optimism, endurance, commitment, risk-taking, and others formed the basis of the interaction with the art and the artists.

 In 2016 Frederick created READING ROAD Studio in Silver Spring, MD that offers an intimate collaborative experience for artists interested in works in and on paper, artist books, installation works, and critical conversations about visual and cultural literacy. It features a hand papermaking studio for the production of papermaking as an art form. Offering master classes and collaborative sessions for artists who want to explore the possibilities of using papermaking as a painterly and dimensional experience for their work, while developing a dialogue about visual and cultural literacy, and social activism.