Artists in Conversation: Sylvia Snowden and Shinique Smith

Enjoy a night of food and drink with abstract artists!

Artists Sylvia Snowden (b. 1942) and Shinique Smith (b. 1971) share their stories and their artwork featured in Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today during this in-gallery program.

These artists represent the multigenerational continuum of visual abstraction in America and pour themselves into their creations.


  • Snowden, a Washington, D.C.-based painter, manifests her energy and emotions through gestural applications of paint on canvas.
  • Smith, a Baltimore-born Maryland Institute College of Art alumna, creates monumental paintings and bound bales of clothing, fabric and personal memories.

Following in-gallery artist talks, guests will have time to explore the galleries, speak with the artists, and enjoy food and beverages.


Required. $25 general; $15 members, seniors, students.

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Magnetic Fields places abstract works by multiple generations of black women artists in context with one another—and within the larger history of abstract art—for the first time, revealing the artists’ role as unrecognized leaders in abstraction.

National Museum of Women in the Arts