Phil Hutinet is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of East City Art. Hutinet began East City Art in 2010 to document and promote the growing contemporary art movement in the eastern communities of Washington, DC. A DC native and third generation Capitol Hill resident, Hutinet holds undergraduate degrees in History and Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MA in Social Sciences from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Hutinet opened Studio H gallery, one of H Street Northeast’s first fine arts galleries, in 2009 and opened CITY Gallery in 2010 on the heels of Studio H’s success. From December 2011 to August 2013, Hutinet worked as the Chief Operating Officer of ARCH Development Corporation and put Anacostia on DC’s cultural map by running the first and second LUMEN8ANACOSTIA festivals, relocating the Anacostia Playhouse (former H Street Playhouse) and completing the 9500 square foot Anacostia Arts Center. Hutinet’s next ventures includes the creation of a foundation that will help build much needed artist studios and exhibition spaces throughout East City DC..
Jess Oros is East City Art’s Production Manager. She received her undergraduate degrees in English and Studio Art from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD and currently teaches art full-time at Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville, MD. She lives outside Baltimore, MD where she continues to produce art. She has exhibited work at the Esther Prangley Rice Gallery at McDaniel College and at Area 405 in Baltimore, MD.
Wade Carey was born at George Washington University Hospital during a typical July heat wave. His mother insisted on being taken to GW and not Columbia Hospital for Women because the newer delivery rooms at GW had air-conditioning and by the time he was born she was refusing to wear anything but a giant cotton flour sack (true). He discovered the East City in 1964 when mother Helen started work as a real estate broker. He remembers a time before there was a Metro, when the streetcar tracks torn out, when bus companies were for profit and when the people chanted, “O. Roy Chalk is a capitalist pig.” He remembers the old theaters near Eastern Market going dark and H and 8th Streets before the riots. He began publishing in January, 2010, at www.wadecarey.wordpress.com, writing about the experience of undergoing a stem cell transplant to treat multiple myeloma. He and his husband Ted Coltman live near Eastern Market. Life partners since 1976, they have lived one place or another in Southeast since 1979. He now is devoting much of his time and energy to making sure that artists living or exhibiting their work in and around the East City get a chance to make bigger splashes everywhere.
Sayyah Hart-Bey is a graduate of Trinity Washington University where she majored in English Literature and minored in journalism. She is currently completing a Masters degree from American University in Curriculum and Instruction. She was introduced to poetry at an early age (by Mom) and writing thus became her first love. Sayyah loves writing about and photographing people. Naturally inquisitive, she has been interviewing family members and friends since she can remember. She owned her own business in cosmetology and received her first cosmetology license when she was 16, and still believes in beauty. She created her own natural skin and hair care line in 2010. Always appreciating a challenge, she loves working with youth and believes they can do anything with love, support and belief in themselves. She loves yoga, hiking and spending time with her husband and their children.
Eric Hope is a curator and writer based on Capitol Hill. He moved to Washington DC in 1997 and a twist of fate found him a volunteer marketing job at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. In 2009, after ten years of marketing work at large museums in DC he moved into the realm of curating, staging a variety of solo, duo and small-group shows for the Evolve Urban Arts Project. He currently freelances as a curator and writes about local artists and the DC arts scene for a variety of online publications. Originally from Missouri, Hope holds degrees in International Relations and Public Service Administration from DePaul University in Chicago..
Michael Janis developed a focus on glass after working for twenty years as an architect in the United States and Australia. Now as Co-Director of the Washington Glass School, Janis has taught at the UK’s National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland, Penland School of Crafts, California’s Bay Area Glass Institute, Hot Glass Houston, and The Glass Furnace (Istanbul, Turkey). Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2012, he became an Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for International Research in Glass (IIRG) at the University of Sunderland. Janis’ artwork has been shown at major galleries and international art fairs and is included in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2011, Janis had a solo exhibition of his artwork at the Fuller Craft Museum (Massachusetts), and was named a “Rising Star” by the Creative Glass Center of America. Glass Art Magazine featured his artwork as their May/June 2012 cover story. Janis also edits the Washington Glass School blog at washingtonglass.blogspot.com
Born in Poland and raised in Germany, Zofie Lang came to the United States in 1998 to study psychology at UMBC in Baltimore. An unexpected 8-month-exile in Germany in the year 2000 became a calling to create art. Immediately following the completion of her bachelor’s of psychology in late 2002, she pursued an art education at Towson University, Baltimore Clayworks, and at The Art League. For five years she operated her own ceramic studio, Zofie Lang Ceramics, creating functional and sculptural work. She also studied interior design at MICA and exhibition design at The Corcoran, and spent six years working in the interior design field. Since 2012 she is once again active in the visual art realm, creating mixed media work based on psychological undercurrents in fairy tales and superstitions. She is also teaching a class at Sitar Arts Center on Narrative Collage, and is a co-founder of Catalyst Projects, a new arts venture with a mission to present the DC arts community to the world beyond the DMV.
Christina Sturdivant is a Washington, DC native freelance writer who studied print journalism at Hampton University. Currently, she writes about national issues in higher education and local issues surrounding cultural, community and artistic development in the city. In her work, she most enjoys sharing the viewpoints of change-makers and implementing learned values into her daily life. She is also heavily involved in the Washington, DC non-profit sector and is the Founder of D.R.E.A.M. Life, Inc., an organization which provides mentorship and resources to young, single mothers in the DC metro area..
Gail Vollrath is an artist and writer based in NE DC. After finishing graduate school at UNC Greensboro, she moved to DC in 2001 and landed her first job as program manager for a national, online justice themed arts competition for post-secondary students. Since that time, she has been working in art and nonprofit organizations including a three year run as Director of the Washington Printmakers Gallery. She has served as a grants panelist for the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County as well as a panelist for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Breaking the Barrier: Getting Representation in the Visual Art World presentation. Gail holds a BFA and MFA in studio art and exhibits her mixed media works locally and nationally. Visit her site at www.gvollrath.com