Tuesday, December 23, 2008
We found this page, created by a fan of DC Creates Public Art. Though the site is old, it's proof that DC Public Art has made an impact far beyond the beltway region. The goal of our Master Plan is to continue this tradition of excellence in art for the District, and to expand the program even further in response to our community.
More on the Master Plan to come as we prepare to present it to the public.
For more information on DC Creates Public Art programs and initiatives, call 202.724.5613.
Friday, December 19, 2008
The kiosk will soon be the site of a new DC Creates Public Art installation. Selected artists and proposals will be announced in early 2009.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The next tour of the Wilson Building Art Collection will be Thursday January 29, 2009 at 4:30pm. Join us for the first tour of the New Year, featuring a new focus on individual artists and their stories.
Tour of the City Hall Art Collection HeART of DC
Thursday January 29, 2009
Tours meet in the lobby on the
Monday, December 15, 2008
DC CREATES PUBLIC ART
Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services: Youth Center Mural
Deadline: Friday, January 16, 2009
For more information and to download an application, please visit Public Art--Current Call for Entries or call 202.734.5613.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Spotlight on Local Artists is an occasional feature on artists who have worked with DC Creates Public Art. This week we feature Margaret Boozer, part of the Wilson Building Art Collection, an exhibition of local DC artists curated by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. This past summer we interviewed Margaret Boozer for the first time. This entry continues that discussion with her latest work.
Last night we visited the opening of Accumulation by artist Margaret Boozer at Project 4 Gallery. We spoke to Boozer to learn about her creative process and this new exhibition.
Boozer is internationally renowned for her sculptural works, whose materials hail from the very earth we trample on (or avoid) every day. Influenced by her environment, she uses local materials found near her studio, specifically rich red clay from Mount Rainier. Boozer kiln fires these clay pieces, working with existing textures and colors, often enhancing their natural beauty.
Combining the pieces in sprawling or geometric forms, Boozer assembles her work on the bottom floor of her home and snaps aerial photos to serve as templates. She and her team of assistants then assemble the pieces into a finished work by projecting these templates onto a wall. Boozer says although the template provides a guide, a significant portion of each work is created fresh during the fabrication process. When the piece is de-installed, individual parts can be combined into a totally new work, rendering her creations both temporary and permanent. Boozer named her exhibition Accumulation because it represents her years collecting pieces of the earth. Some objects have been manipulated, others she displays as she found them.
With “an eye for painting and a mind for experimentation,” her work is “unexpectedly recognizable as a variety of subject matter that crosses genres between representation and abstraction, painting and sculpture.” (Project 4) Boozer likes the detail and expanse of her projects, noting that her pieces are equally striking in full and in close view (see photos below). As she continues to play with shape, color and texture, Boozer’s creations become increasingly satisfying in their rich complexity.
Photos by Kendra Anderson
For more information on Margaret Boozer and Red Dirt Studio, visit http://www.margaretboozer.com.
To see Accumulation visit the gallery at 1353 U St NW, 3rd floor, or log onto http://www.project4gallery.com/
For more about DC Creates Public Art Artists, call 202.724.5613.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
WHEN: December 13th, 2008 from 11:00am – 2:00pm (Rain or Shine)
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in collaboration with residents from the
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Monday, November 17, 2008
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), in collaboration with the Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Adams Morgan community, seek an artist or artist team to design, create and install a permanent outdoor installation at the corner of
For more information, and to obtain a copy of the prospectus and application, please visit our website or contact Deirdre Ehlen at (202) 724-5613.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
The NoMA Business Improvement District (NoMA BID) was recently awarded a PABC grant from DC Creates Public Art. Check out this article in the Washington Business Journal.
The recently created Public Art Building Communities (PABC) grant offers funds to create and install permanent public art projects. It is an opportunity for artists to realize a unique vision with support from DC Creates Public Art. While not the only grant offered by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), it is the only grant related specifically to Public Art.
The goal of the PABC grant is to foster and deepen a relationship between artists and their communities, and to encourage an innovative approach to public art. Grants are awarded once per year.
For more information about the PABC grant and for questions regarding application, please contact Rachel Dickerson at 202.724.5613 or email@example.com.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Yesterday's Mosaic Mural Dedication at Lamond Recreation Center was a great success. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) and the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) were both in attendance to welcome the mural to the Lamond community.
The mural was created using over 70,000 tiles and 60% recycled materials--this complements Lamond Recreation Center's Silver LEED Certification.
Students from nearby Roots Activity Learning Center gave a great vocal and dance performance. Artist Byron Peck and his team from City Arts were there to celebrate their hard work. Residents of Lamond gathered outside to see the mural and participate in the ribbon cutting.
Thanks to all who who participated and attended!
Photos by Shyree Mezick
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
See you tomorrow, Thursday October 23, at the Lamond Recreation Center as we dedicate Byron Peck's new mosaic mural.
The ceremony will feature remarks by the artist as well as a dance/vocal performance by a youth group from nearby Roots Activity Learning Center. Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser will also participate.
Lamond Recreation Center Mural Dedication
Date: Thursday, October 23
Location: Lamond Recreation Center, 20 Tuckerman St, NE Washington, DC 20011
For more information, please email Kendra.Anderson@dc.gov
Friday, October 17, 2008
Calling All Artists
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), in collaboration with the Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Adams Morgan community, seek an artist or artist team to design, create and install a permanent outdoor installation at the corner of 18th Street and Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC.
This competition is open to professional local and national artists with site-specific and/or public art experience.
To obtain a copy of the prospectus and application, please visit The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities: Art in Public Places - Current Call for Entries or call 202.724.5613.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Join us tomorrow, Wednesday October 15, for an in depth look at the collection's highlights. Tours last approximately 30 minutes and feature discussion and interpretation of the art works. Tour times are 10:30 am and 11:00 am and begin at the receptionist's desk on the first floor.
Wilson Building art tours are offered once a season. If you can't attend one this fall, look for an announcement of the winter tour series.
For more information please call 202.724.5613.
We invite you to join us next Thursday to dedicate the new mosaic mural at Lamond Recreation Center. This work represents a collaboration between the Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Department of Parks and Recreation. Artist Byron Peck of City Arts created this beautiful mural to reflect the character of the Rec Center and its neighborhood.
The Lamond Recreation Center is the first LEED® Silver Certified building in the District and features a host of after school programs and activities for students from surrounding schools.
Visit the DCCAH website to view the press release and stop by the Rec Center to see the mural in person.
Date: Thursday October 23
Time: 4 pm
Location: Lamond Recreation Center, 20 Tuckerman Street, NE
Questions and more information:
Monday, October 6, 2008
You can visit the Washington Post article here, and make sure to visit the statues at 441 4th St. NW.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Recently Dana Bryson, a LeDroit community resident, approached DC Public Art to find a muralist to paint an exterior wall of her building at 239 Elm St NW. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, in collaboration with residents from the LeDroit Park community selected muralist Garin Baker to design, create and install this mural. With its central location, the mural promises to add even more to the already vibrant community. It will face the site of the former Gage Eckington Elementary School, a DCPS that was closed at the end of last school year.
At the block party Mr. Baker set up a station to display a model of his mural. He spoke with community residents about his project and encouraged children to design their own murals at the arts and crafts table. Mr. Baker’s mural concept ties in the historical context of the neighborhood while enforcing a positive message entitled, “This Is How We Live.” He will engage the community in a series of workshops to gather visual concepts and ideas that will enhance the final composition. The mural will generate and reinforce a sense of place as well as create partnership and unity amongst residents.
Mr. Baker was born and raised in New York City and received his BFA from Pratt Institute in addition to traditional studies at The Art Students League. Presently he runs a small public art company called Carriage House Arts Studios, responsible for countless public and private large scale Murals projects across the country. Mr. Baker recently completed two murals located at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center in Northeast Washington, DC.
For more information please contact Rachel Dickerson, DC Creates Public Art Manager, at 202.724.5613 or email her at Rachel.Dickerson@dc.gov.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty said, “I am pleased that we have been able to add more artwork to this deep and rich collection of local art.” He added, “Artists in the District of Columbia are as creative and talented as those in New York, Paris and Los Angeles. This collection reflects the vitality and strength of our local arts community. I encourage you to bring your family, your neighbors, your colleagues, and your visitors to experience this extraordinary permanent exhibition in our nation’s capital.”
“2008 marks the centennial of the John A. Wilson Building,” adds Vincent C. Gray, Council chairman. “And this reception for the artists whose work we enjoy every day is just the start of a multiyear celebration of the important cultural legacy that is intertwined with the building's history. We invite all District residents and visitors to join us in celebrating our great heritage.”
Since 1968, the DC Arts Commission has developed and promoted local artists, organizations, and activities as part of its mission to enrich the quality of life for the residents in Washington. The City Hall Art Collection fulfills an important goal to support local visual artists and to bring art to the workplace. Enjoying artwork should not be limited to the traditional context of galleries and museums.
Newly added works by: Wayne Edson Bryan, Lilian Thomas Burwell, Manon Cleary, Gene Davis, Willem De Looper, Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter, Janis Goodman, Kevin Kepple, Kevin MacDonald, Percy Martin, Paul Reed, Robin Rose, Molly Springfield, Di Bagley Stovall, Lou Stovall, Alma Woodsey Thomas, Dan Treado, Andrea Way, and James Lesesne Wells
The collection is open to the public, free of charge to view, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Boozer is internationally renowned for her magnificent sculptural works whose material hails from the very earth we trample on (or avoid) on a daily basis. Scouring construction sites, the areas around her studio in Mt. Ranier, Maryland, or really any place where beautiful purple, red,
In a time when we are constantly questioning our relationship and affect on the planet, Boozer simply allows the inherent beauty of the physical earth to take center stage without judgment or self-deprecation. One cannot help but wonder, when looking closely at pieces like Dichotomy of Dirt (see image above), where the beauty of this clay, soil, and earth came from. In this wonderment, it is a startling realization to acknowledge that such beauty has always existed. We just haven’t been looking for it.
Of course, it is Boozer’s impeccable skill and technique that allow her to recognize and exalt the beauty of the dried or fired earth that she works with. In her art, there appears a glorious combination of the artist’s intent and the material’s own agenda, or, to use Boozer’s own words “control” and “chaos.” Boozer will begin a crack in the clay, but then allow the clay’s natural drying process to take over and complete its journey across the slab.
Whether in the colorful, intricate clay disks of Dichotomy of Dirt, the contemplative, delicate cracks of Winter Landscape, or the self-contained dirt drawing so beautiful that even the most diligent janitor would refuse to sweep it up, the beauty of the earth and the ground that we walk on, plant in, dig up, is exalted with sincere respect and admiration on the part of this artist.
Margaret Boozer’s work, Winter Landscape, can be viewed at the Wilson Building’s permanent City Hall Collection entitled “HeArt of DC,” located at 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. The Luce Center of the Smithsonian American Art Museum currently has her work Eight Red Bowls on display. Soon, Grapeseed Bistro in Bethesda will house her largest wall sculpture to date. Boozer is also collaborating with designer Darryl Carter to create custom steel and concrete shelving for private residences. A solo exhibition of her work will open at the Project 4 gallery in December.
For more information on Margaret Boozer and Red Dirt Studio, where she directs a seminar on sculpture and ceramics, visit http://www.margaretboozer.com.
Monday, July 14, 2008
After a year-long pilot program, the $100,000, city-funded MuralsDC project celebrated its official start as six teenagers created the first designs at Georgia and Fairmont. Over the coming year, 12 murals will be commissioned across the city to cover graffiti.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
In his work, Colbert asks us to recognize that we are constantly prodded to think a certain way, buy a certain product, and invest in an uncertain sense of entitlement that results from living in a society obsessed with and reliant upon the industry of manufacturing perfection. But to Colbert, beauty is found in the eschewed shirt collar, in the eyes of convicts that pierce through what is probably the only portrait taken of them in their lifetime, and in the sheer delight of watching the world’s layers haphazardly unfold. "I see myself as a DJ, grabbing records from all over and making sounds that are visual, reconnecting stories into a loose vision."
Colbert sees beauty in the instant moment, an untamed, essential exterior. In that moment, looking beyond the alienating fortresses that construct our persona, he recognizes a universal interconnectedness. To see what he sees, we have to rediscover the soul so diligently buried under the superficial, technological, and defensive silt that has cloaked what bonds us all: our absolute, soulful humanity.
Billy Colbert’s work is currently on display at the John A. Wilson Building in downtown D.C. He has two solo exhibitions opening soon: one at the Smith Farm Center for Healing on U St. opening on July 11th and another at Mason Murer Fine Art in Atlanta opening on August 8th. A happy hour launch party for Policy is taking place on July 31st from 5-9pm.
For more information, visit http://www.blogger.com/www.billycolbert.com and http://www.policybrand.com/
Check out these links for short films on Billy Colbert:
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
One of our Emerge artists- Alberto Roblest- filmed a short movie on the Art Walk experience using his cellphone to send to his mother and sister so they could get a taste of it. His friend
Audioconfigurado supplied the soundtrack.
If you make a short movie about Art Walk, feel free to share it with us! Maybe we'll post yours too!
Friday, April 18, 2008
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, in cooperation with the Washington Convention Center, have commissioned twelve local artists to participate in the third thought provoking, large-scale outdoor exhibition. Each of these diverse artworks is linked by a common theme – Emerge. The theme for the first exhibition was entitled Metamorphosis and the theme for the second exhibition was entitled Drift. The Art Walk exhibition will display artworks by artists of different disciplines until new construction at this site begins.
photography and digital collage
Michele de la Menardiere
screen printing and digital media
Nascent Flight -- created using screen-printing and digital media -- is a musing on the opening of human spirit to universal consciousness. The birds symbolize merging into a larger reality while the Indian symbols refer to Gayatri, the goddess of awakening. The piece is a deep exploration and meditation on the sublime.
Kristen L. Hayes
oil and pastel collage on paper
The work speaks to gentrification, particularly that of Washington, D.C., and how some of us have decided to resist. But resistance does not mean that one must be still and stagnant. You are continually moving towards mental, emotional, physical and spiritual growth-with such a courageous decision.
Kate Kaman & Joel Erland
Awed by the scale of the DC Artwalk 2008 project, Kate Kaman & Joel Erland decided to experiment. Somewhat of a departure from their previous work, EMERGE is reflection on some of their favorite virtues in contemporary culture: self-awareness, innocent irreverence, and mirth. The viewer intuitively sees the groundhog and his insect friends as protagonists - not mere animals. The message is post-ironic: I emerge, therefore I exist. The artists asked themselves, “Is it wise to make an artwork that deals with emergence and existence? And if so, what if that artwork made you smile?”
THE OUTER OF THE INNER
The Outer of the Inner is a reflection on the diversity, multiculturalism, and many languages of Washington, DC. And how, despite our apparent differences, the DNA of each man and woman intimately connects us with each other and our ancestors reaching all the way back to the beginning.
El Afuera del Adentro, es una reflexión en torno a la diversidad racial, el multiculturalismo y la polisemia de una ciudad como DC. Esto es, que a pesar de las diferencias aparentes, detrás de cada hombre y de cada mujer, estamos todos en una intima conexión que nos une unos a otros con el principio.
photo and painting collage
In Many Waters, I combined photographic and graphic and painterly elements to express movements in nature and culture. The juxtaposition of photographic and man-made elements allude to the relationship between culture and nature as well as the growth and changes that occur in both as time passes.
from the series, MY GEOMETRY
THE MEMORY OF TOMORROW
Ira Tattelman & Thomas Drymon
digital photo composition
The Memory of Tomorrow is a photo composition that explores the relationship between the body, light, time and space while suggesting some the feelings and emotions that emerge before, during and after a wedding.
with Grover Washington Jr. Middle School
of the Philadelphia School District
Our collaborative artwork contains drawing fragments from the family heritage of all the participants. These drawing fragments overlap and intertwine to create unexpected relationships with unanticipated meanings. The art draws viewers into the connections that we have made from within our group’s diverse cultural background. Our hope is that through our art we might kindle the same kind of creative connections on a social level, contrary to forces that might separate us in an increasingly diverse society.
LIVING DRAWING: EMERGE
rubber, birch, brass on plywood
Friday, January 25, 2008
collection- Ellyn Weiss.
The City Hall Collection, "HeArt of the City", has been assembled over the past two years under the sponsorship of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. It is the richest and largest permanent exhibition of the work of local artists in the city, featuring a broad range of work, from internationally known artists such as Jacob Kainen, Sam Gilliam and William Christenberry, to work by most of the artists of significance working in our area now. All styles and media are included. The collection truly provides a window into the scope of creative talent and energy that DC offers today.
This is a unique chance to enjoy the collection along with one of the artists and to share your responses. This will be a bi-monthly occurrence.
The tour is free; however space is limited. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with the number in your party. Meet at the receptionist's desk on the first floor near the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance - the building is located at 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW. ID is required to enter the building.