Alexandria Restaurant Partners (ARP) David Clapp and Dave Nicholas recently appointed Cara Leepson as the arts director for Palette 22, which is opening this January within the heart of The Village at Shirlington at 4053 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA, 22206.
A native of Middleburg, Virginia, Leepson graduated in 2009 with a BA in Studio Art with an emphasis in photography, and minor in museum studies from Lynchburg College. She earned her MA in Art History & Museum Studies with a focus on public programming and contemporary art from Georgetown in 2011. Her art education and career path has taken her to Charleston, SC, Washington, DC, Florence, Italy and New York City to study and to work in museums, galleries and in non-profit art centers. Leepson has garnered experience working with esteemed art institutions, Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Hillyer Art Space. She also worked at the art management firm, ArtSee as Washington’s creative program director, and at Potomac, Maryland’s Glenstone as a collections assistant and docent, before accepting the new director position at Palette 22.
One of Leepson’s first initiatives is to spearhead both art programs that will play an integral role in launching Palette 22, which is opening in January 2016.
All the programs will offer unique opportunities for local artists to showcase their work in a public setting. Artists within a 90-mile radius of the restaurant, which is located in the heart of The Village at Shirlington at 4053 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA, 22206, are eligible to submit their artwork to be considered for one of two programs: Artist in Residence Program and Merchandising Program.
Artists are asked to submit a sample portfolio of their work and specific the category, to Palette 22’s Arts Director, Cara Leepson, via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information about Palette 22 can be found here.