October 26, 2022

‘Certain Party or Parties Unknown’ Art Exhibit in Silver Spring to Open on Wednesday, Nov. 2, and Be Available Through Jan. 13

Video Credit: 2021 Certain Party or Parties Unknown Sizzle Produced by Raul Zahir De Leon
A new exhibition at the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room (Kramer Gallery) in the Silver Spring Civic Building showcasing original artworks by the seven artists featured in 2021’s outdoor installation Certain Party or Parties Unknown will open on Wednesday, Nov. 2, and be available through Jan. 13.

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) is presenting the social justice projection art initiative raising awareness of three African American men who fell victim to racial terror lynchings in Montgomery County in the 1880s. Those victims were John Diggs-Dorsey, George Peck and Sidney Randolph.

The Silver Spring Civic Building is located at 1 Veterans Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring.

An opening reception for the Certain Party or Parties Unknown gallery exhibition will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Visitors will experience the new indoor exhibition and an original outdoor installation projected onto the face of the Silver Spring Civic Building throughout the evening by award-winning editor, video journalist and multimedia artist Robin Bell. Tickets can be reserved at https://cppugalleryexhibition.eventbrite.com.

The exhibit is being curated collaboratively by Alix Lambert, Curtis Woody, LaShell Rivers, Liz Miller, Nikki Brooks and Tim Davis, with support from AHCMC curator Heloisa Escudero. The exhibit will give space to the physical materials and artifacts each artist created when developing last year’s outdoor projection artworks. It will offer an opportunity to experience the works, gain insight into the creative process and reflect on the horrific part of Montgomery County’s history during Remembrance and Reconciliation Month.

“Reimagining the initial projection project allows visitors to further examine the topic of lynching and the role Montgomery County residents played in the late 1880s,” said AHCMC CEO Suzan Jenkins. “This exhibition acknowledges and educates residents on the county’s full history through public art as the artists have reimagined their original outdoor artworks for the Kramer Gallery. We remain hopeful the exhibition will lead to a better understanding of our past, deeper community conversations about racial justice and greater actions taken towards building a more equitable future together.”

To learn more about the 2021 CPPU project, visit

For more information about Montgomery County’s Public Art Collection and the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room, visit https://www.creativemoco.com/kramer-gallery/.