In Celebration of Black History Month

Zenith Gallery with Congressional Bank Presents

Benny Andrews   Romare Bearden   Alma Thomas   Robert Freeman   Richard Yarde


Currently on display at Congressional Bank
2101 K Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20037

Opening Reception: Thursday February 8, 5:30 - 8:30 pm
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L-R: Green Times Remembered, by Romare Bearden, Twilight by Benny Andrews, Garden Encounters II by Robert Freeman


Zenith Gallery with Congressional Bank is pleased to celebrate Black History by showcasing the inspirational works of five distinguished African-American artists from the Freedom Place Collection of Stuart Marshall Bloch and Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch.  

Works by renowned artists, Benny Andrews, Romare Bearden, Alma Thomas, Robert Freeman, and Richard Yarde will be on display at the Congressional Bank branch located at 2101 K. Street NW, Washington DC during the business hours of 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

The Freedom Place Collection was assembled, and is owned, by Washington residents Stuart Marshall Bloch, former chairman of Congressional Bank, and Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch, president of the US-China Education Trust and former ambassador to Nepal for the U.S. The Bloch’s have been collecting works of African-American artists for over 35 years, and this exhibit highlights the culmination of their efforts. The name of the collection refers to the Freedom Place stop along the Underground Railroad, once located near the Bloch's former home where they lived for over 30 years.

Mr. Bloch plays a prominent role in supporting the Washington area community and is a contributing member of the Board of Trustees for the Black Student Fund. He was a founding editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and creator of the Distinguished Alumni Endowment Fund at the University of Miami.

Congressional Bank has been an integral member of the community for over a decade. We are a local community bank serving Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. We assist local and national businesses in meeting all of their financial needs by providing creative and flexible solutions. We strive to shift the traditional paradigms of banking by creating meaningful relationships with our customers and letting them know that we are with them every step of the way.

We are fortunate that the Bloch’s want to share their wonderful collection with the Washington community and more.


Now celebrating 40 years in the nation’s capital, Zenith is recognized for its unique mix of contemporary art in a wide variety of media,
style and subject.  The gallery provides high-quality acquisition, art consulting, commissioning, appraisal and framing services, through its
gallery/salon/ sculpture garden off 16th Street at 1429 Iris St NW, WDC 20012.  Zenith also curates rotating exhibits at the
Eleven Sculpture Space at 1111 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, WDC 20004