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WPA Announces the South Capitol Skyscape Public Art Project Featuring Julie Wolfe

Meta 1, 2014, rendering of installation view, by Julie Wolfe. Courtesy of WPA.

Meta 1, 2014, rendering of installation view, by Julie Wolfe. Courtesy of WPA.

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Opening Reception: Tuesday, August 12 from 6pm to 8pm

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Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) announces a new public art project entitled South Capitol Skyscape. Through the support of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Public Art Building Communities Grant Program, WPA will commission a series of large-scale artworks by DC artists on the facade of its home at the Capitol Skyline Hotel. The works are intended to spark public discussion on art and culture and enrich the daily lives of the residents, workers, visitors, and car passengers who inhabit the South Capitol Street corridor. Each of the South Capitol Skyscape artists will lead free community art making workshops at the Randall Recreation Center in conjunction with their project.

The project launches with a work by DC-based artist Julie Wolfe entitled Meta 1. Using a found photo as her starting point, Wolfe painted and manipulated its surface with oil, turpentine, and sandpaper, creating shapes which appear to float on the surface. The image was then transferred to a 50-foot by 16-foot vinyl mesh support and installed on the hotel’s facade.

Julie Wolfe lives and works in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC. She received a BFA in Painting and Art History from the University of Texas, Austin. Her work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, and at many institutions around the world. Wolfe is represented in Washington, DC by Hemphill Fine Arts. For more information about Julie and her work, please visit her website at juliewolfedesign.com.

The exhibition will remain on view 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the hotel’s east facade (facing South Capitol Street) through October 31, 2014. Admission to the opening reception is free and open to the public.

For more information about Julie Wolfe or the South Capitol Skyscape project, please visit our wpadc.org. For images and additional information, please contact Samantha May at 202-234-7103 x1 or [email protected]

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