Joey P. Mánlapaz (MFA, George Washington University) is a contemporary realist painter, avid educator, compassionate art provider for the older community, noted curator and juror all rolled into one. She lives and works in Washington, DC, the main subject of her canvases, which are widely recognized and collected, most notably by the nation’s capital that owns 43 paintings and prints. The artist is recipient of commissions, grants, and fellowships in support of her work. The U.S. Library of Congress and First Lady Laura Bush commissioned the artist for the coveted 2003 National Book Festival. Her paintings have been shown at nationwide galleries and museums. Her papers, correspondence and sketchbooks are in the collection of the U.S. Library of Congress Asian American and Pacific Islander Division. A replica of her painting is installed permanently at the Bethesda Metro Tunnel in Maryland. Mánlapaz’s ongoing fascination for and concentration on the city of Washington as subject matter was influenced by the late painter Frank Wright, her mentor renowned for his depictions of 18th-19th century architecture of downtown DC. In her realist renditions, she examines the relationship between the factual photorealism of Richard Estes and the deep psychological sensibility of Edward Hopper, and attempts to bridge the two concepts to achieve a painterly style with a generous dose of Alfred Hitchcock’s suspenseful thrill. When not at her easel, Mánlapaz is next happiest offering art workshops to older adults at assisted living and memory care facilities at Forest Hills of DC and Charles E. Smith Life Communities. The artist is Associate Faculty at the Corcoran School of Art & Design at George Washington University and lecturer at The Art League (VA). She shares her studio on Capitol Hill with her dog Bella. Her portfolio may be accessed at;

Media: Oil paintings

Year(s): 2010

Growing up with immigrant roots, I am inspired by Washington, DC, whose transformation I painted from a sleepy town to a metropolis with buildings of glass and steel. DC was home and DC was America, land of the free. Recent assaults on news media undermine the right to freedom of speech, movement, and press, threatening our country’s democracy. I depict newspaper bins because they are essential in conveying world news to the public. However, I am saddened that these plastic and metal newspaper stands will soon become relics due to news agencies switching to online platforms. Print news will give way to electronic devices where world headlines are beamed across the globe with a tap of a finger. My Cycles, Bikes & Bins Series pay tribute to the colorful bins that house daily news and to bicycles, symbol of mobility. As Americans, we value such freedom. I share with artists Tom Blackwell and Richard Estes the technique of photorealism, though I am more painterly with a meditative quality of Edward Hopper and suspense of Alfred Hitchcock. Through my photorealism, the freedom I speak of is truthfully conveyed through the viewer’s ability to read the painted words and labels on the newspaper bins.

Both paintings are available for online viewing/exhibition only. Interested buyers or questions can be directed to me.

Participating Organizations

Asian Pacific Islander Queer Society (APIQS) provides educational, social, and cultural activities for queer female-identified, gender-nonconforming, and transgender people of API descent in the DC metropolitan area.

Asian and Pacific Islander Queers United for Action (AQUA) is a volunteer-based social and advocacy organization for the the queer and transgender members of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. To achieve this overall vision, AQUA works closely with other API and queer-identified organizations through advocacy, coalition building, education, networking, outreach, and support events.

The Capital Pride Alliance, through its stewardship of diverse programming and events, specifically year-round LGBTQ+ Pride festivities centered in Washington, DC and the National Capital Region, serves to celebrate, educate, support, and inspire our multi-faceted communities in order to grow and preserve our history and protect our rights for current and future generations.

KhushDC is a social, support and political group that provides a safe and supportive environment, promotes awareness and acceptance, and fosters positive cultural, sexual and gender identity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and additional gender or sexual minority (LGBTQ+) South Asians and the South Asian Diaspora in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. We represent a broad array of nationalities including those of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

KQT DC is composed of LGBTQ+ individuals and parents of Korean descent and allies in the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC area, committed to promote a welcoming space for fellowship and support, and advocating for LGBTQ rights in our communities.

The DC's Mayor's Office on Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs was created in 1987 Commited to promoting and engaging the District's Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) residents and business owners so they may successfully integrate into the civic, economic, and cultural life of the District, As the Mayor's liaison to the AAPI community, we connect AAPI residents and businesses with the District agencies to foster efficient and effective partnerships, improve access to services, and help break down language and cultural barriers.

NAAAP DC is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit, professional association. Founded in 1982, NAAAP is the oldest, largest, and fastest-growing pan-Asian organization for professionals, with thousands of members in 31 chapters across North America and China. The DC Chapter is one of its most active, emphasizing: Professional Development Programs, Community Engagement, Cultural Programs, Networking, and National and Regional Leadership Conferences.

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