PATTERNING: Curated by Molly Ruppert

Hyattsville, MD—"Patterning" is a natural organizing element of creation seen as an innate, universal and often unconscious expression in human thought and endeavor. In an exhibition that combines prints, fabric art and sculpture, eight artists create work that assembles and disassembles patterns. The works are filled with emotion, memories, and the need to restore (or destroy) order.

Detail views of featured artwork by Sobia Ahmad, Michael Booker, Ellen Hill, Sarah Matthews, Cece Cole McInturff, Frederick Nunley, Ira Tattelman, and Jordan Tierney.

PATTERNING runs August 8–September 13, 2020. To support the health of our community, we are not hosting an opening reception. The gallery is free and open to the public Wed–Thu, 10–8 pm; Fri–Sat, 10–6 pm; and Sunday 12–5pm. Masks are required for entry and we are limiting the number of visitors to comply with social distancing best practices. Pyramid Atlantic is located at 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville Maryland 20781. The exhibition may also be viewed online beginning August 8th at More info online or by calling 301-608-9101.


Sobia Ahmad's interdisciplinary practice maps the various ways the personal and the political overlap. By charting her own experiences and community narratives and weaving them with current and historical socio-political contexts, she highlights the inseparability of the self and larger power structures.

Michael Booker is a painter who combines his personal history and memory with the history of painting and African American culture. Working in a mix of figuration and abstraction, he often cuts apart his paintings and reconstructs them into new narratives. At the core of his work is an investigation into memory and creating new truths. Michael is represented by Morton Fine Art (Washington, DC).

Ellen Hill's artwork is a personal response to her experiences and natural environment. In creating work, she takes an evolutionary approach, responding to the physical materials involved. Typically this involves building layers of mark making, painting and carving images that resonate with her emotionally, and combining them over time in the studio. Ellen is represented by Steven Scott Gallery (Baltimore, MD).

Sarah Matthews is a printmaker and book artist. Her work has been exhibited in the US and is a part of the permanent collections of Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, George Washington University’s Gelman Library, University of Puget Sound, and Samford University. Sarah is a full-time artist and currently teaches bookbinding and printmaking at Frederick Book Arts Center & Pyramid Atlantic Art Center.

Cece Cole McInturff works in writing, sculpture, hand-formed paper, narrative installation, and book objects. Her art practice investigates states of individual consciousness and how distinct senses of reality influence ways we interact with and navigate modern culture. He works often cross media and use varied materials. She is founder of the 87FLORIDA Artist Collective, in DC.

Frederick Nunley is an artist, book binder, photographer, and most recently, quilter. He is interested in cultural and art history; and he spends lots of time looking at what has been made before us. His quilting work is frequently improvisational owing much inspiration to the African American quilters of Gees Bend, AL.

Ira Tattelman is an artist and licensed architect in, DC. His work is a dialogue with and reinterpretation of the environs we inhabit. He observes, responds to, and interprets the built surroundings. My practice makes physical and emotional connections to the constructed environments in which he lives and travels. He finds inspiration in the everyday, cluttered world, prioritizing idiosyncratic and unexpected details.

Jordan Tierney combines wood carvings with salvaged materials. Her sculptures are meant to be both artifacts from someone’s search for transcendence and as the apparatus for our own search. “No matter where we are from, we have so much in common – only the details vary. We stand in the present like a filter - an indecipherable chaos of particles of existence in front of us, a tapestry of memories behind us.”


This exhibition is made possible in part through funding from the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County. ​


Founded in 1981, Pyramid Atlantic is a nonprofit contemporary art center fostering the creative disciplines of papermaking, printmaking, and book arts within a collaborative community. We equip, educate, and exhibit in our historic Hyattsville home. Our vision is to create an artistic hub in Hyattsville that inspires and enables local, national, and international artists to create and innovate in our core disciplines; elevates the local arts and small business scene; and enhances the quality of life for artists and neighbors. We value artistic excellence, infrastructure for artists, hands-on experiences, and collaboration.


Larger images available upon request.


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Wednesday–Thursday 10am–8pm

Friday–Saturday 10am–6pm
Sunday 12pm–5pm

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