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Antionette Simmons Hodges


Antionette Simmons Hodges - ASH is a retired District of Columbia elementary art teacher. Her professional art career started in 1994 with a series of paintings called “Yesteryears,” which resulted in a contract with Ethnographic Card Company (1996 - 2001). Her images have enhanced covers of; applause at Strathmore Magazine (2006), and "Harlem Blues," a book written and published in France by Christine Duale' and L' Harmattan publishers (2014).

Local Exhibitions:
Strathmore Gallery, Howard University, University of Maryland, Banneker-Douglas Museum, Brentwood Arts Exchange, Pepco Edison Place Gallery, Busboys and Poets Exhibition - in collaboration with The Phillips Collection and the Jacob Lawrence Exhibition, a solo exhibition at The Congress Heights Arts & Cultural Center. Along with local shows, Antionette received The DC Commission of Arts and Humanities grant in 2016. Her art was also printed in the Best of the Best Exhibition 2017, as a notable artist. In 2018, her painting “Dreams Deferred,” was purchased by Martha’s Table for their permanent collection housed in the new location in S. E. Washington.

Antionette graduated from West Virginia State College (now University), Trinity College, DC. She resides in Silver Spring, MD., and is a member of BADC.

(by Rachelle L. Williams)


In November 2018, while on a cruise to the Panama Canal, we docked in Cartagena, Colombia. Our guide took us into the city historic area, where we were greeted by women dressed in colorful ethnic attire carrying a bowl of fruit on their heads. The ladies were there to earn money by having the tourists take their pictures. I took a photo of a woman and later decided to paint a picture of her. I don't consider myself a portrait painter, but I feel I captured her likeness as well as the festive side of the people of Cartagena.

Antionette Simmons Hodges

Silver Spring, MD, USA

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

(3 - 5 PM)

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