Art Exhibits

Your overall theatre experience is expanded with art exhibits in our lobby gallery. Please be sure to arrive early to check out these artists’ beautiful work.

Curator James Toth creates a unique collection of works to complement each Next Act production.


Uncomfortable Conversations: The Art of Xavier Lightfoot

January 31 – February 24, 2019
Curated by James Toth

I am a Boomer and as such I have reached an age where I hear more and more of my contemporaries decry the state of the young … they are too into their technology … they avoid real, face-to-face contact … they expect everything to be given to them … they are disinterested in politics … they (fill in the blank). I don’t buy it and as a counterpoint I am proud to present Xavier Lightfoot, our featured artist for the production of BLOOD AT THE ROOT.

Xavier was one of the students featured in the Pius XI High School art show mounted last spring in conjunction with I AND YOU by Lauren Gunderson. His piece “Just Another Excuse” was a powerful indictment of the increase in shootings of unarmed black men at the hands of law enforcement. Since graduating as valedictorian from Pius XI he has enrolled at the prestigious Maryland Institute College of Art where he continues his pursuit of increased self and social awareness through his art.

“I have decided to make the basis of my artwork about social injustices against my people and things surrounding my own identity as a gay, black and Native American male. Things such as police brutality, mass incarceration, gun violence, gender roles, my sexual orientation, racism and sexism are all issues I tackle, or want to involve in may artwork.”

Xavier wants to confront us; challenge us; make us think about things that may be uncomfortable and unsettling; to compel us to action. But he also wants “to be a voice for the voiceless because I am not afraid to make a bold statement.”

While he is certainly an exceptional young man, I do not think Xavier is an anomaly. I believe he is representative of his generation and their desire for a more just and inclusive world. Sound familiar fellow Boomers? Maybe this time we can help them realize what have been our dreams too.

I invite you to take time with Xavier’s work that will be on display in the lobby gallery. You can also learn more about him and view his art at xavierxlightfoot.com.

– Jim Toth

Exhibit Hours

The art exhibit opens Thursday, January 31, and is open to the public Monday through Friday, noon to 5 pm, and through the start of any performance.

Additional Information

About Blood at the Root
Xavier Lightfoot’s Website