Gallery Underground is pleased to announce the accepted entries to our juried show “Dreams and Nightmares.” 2020 was a scary year. But from this comes compelling artwork that also highlights hope.  From February 1 – 26, 2021, this fascinating all-media national juried exhibition will be mounted on the walls of the Focus Gallery. Artists were tasked with interpreting the theme, from the beautiful and sublime to the dark and twisted. Juried by DC sculptor Emily Francisco, the works chosen from around the country range from dreamy and figurative abstracts and humorous daydreams, to eerie landscapes and depictions of terrifying, living-nightmare psychotic episodes. There will be no opening reception due to COVID-19 guidelines, but the work can be seen on the walls of the gallery from 10am-6pm Monday through Friday. Free one-hour parking in Crystal City Shops parking garages; accessible by metro’s Crystal City stop on the Blue Line.

About the juror:

Emily Francisco is a sculptress specializing in the creation of interactive objects that generate sound. Born in Honolulu, raised in the lead belt, educated in Saint Louis and the District of Columbia – she exhibits work internationally and occasionally performs around Washington DC. Emily has exhibited with Gallery Neptune & Brown (DC), Transformer (DC), The Fridge (DC), Flashpoint (DC), The Cecile R. Hunt Gallery (Saint Louis, MO), Artisphere (Arlington, VA), Area 405 (Baltimore, MD), Vilnius Academy of Arts (Vilnius, Lithuania), GlogauAIR Project Space (Berlin, Germany), Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts (Saint Louis, MO), The Goethe-Institut (DC), The Kennedy Center Hall of Nations (DC), and The Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center (DC). Emily currently maintains her studio at STABLE Arts in Washington DC.

The show will be mounted Monday, February 1st, and will run through Friday, February 26th. No opening reception will be held due to COVID-19 restrictions, however the show will be available for viewing in the gallery Mon-Fri from 10am – 6pm.


  • Best in Show: Kim Klabe, Dream Weaver ($250)
  • 2nd Place: George Lorio, Night Terrors ($150)
  • 3rd Place: Lindsay Cronk, Living Nightmare: 3rd Psychotic Episode ($100)
Honorable Mentions:
  • Brandin Baron, Los Noctambulos
  • Peter Hargreaves, Noon 2020
  • Janos Somogyi, No Fear of Flying
  • Christy Gavitt, Midnight Stargazer Awaiting Meal
  • Steena Fullmer, Only the Robots Survived
  • Elise Ritter, Dreams of the Afterlife
  • Anya Getter, Dreams of a Museum Cat

About Gallery Underground

An Arlington Artists Alliance Gallery

Crystal City Shops @ 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202


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Sandi Parker
Managing Director of Galleries