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A Warm Welcome to Otis Street Arts Project!

otis.street.arts.mount.rainier.md.hennessey.mordini.jpgFounded by artists Sean Hennessey and David Mordini, Otis Street Arts Project, LLC prepares for the move into the studio spaces adjacent to the Washington Glass Studio. As Margaret Boozer’s Red Dirt Studios relocates to the renovated Firehouse, Sean and David prepare the space for their new studio venture.

Otis Street Arts Project is a Center for Material Studies located within the “Artists by the Tracks” section of the Gateway Arts District. Otis Street Arts Project offers 12 studio spaces for artists working in a variety of media. There will be space for small and experimental exhibition, performances, guest artist presentations, and group discussions. Otis St artists currently include noted DC area artists including: Sean HennesseyDavid MordiniMatthew DuffyAlma SellmovicGloria Chapa, and Hebron Chism.

Otis Street Arts Project Directors Sean Hennessey and David Mordini

Otis Street Arts Project Directors Sean Hennessey and David Mordini

Said director Sean Hennessey: “Many of the artists here choose to work on the boundaries of their mediums by exploring sculpture, video, performance, and installation as part of their practice. Experimenting with materials and methods is encouraged as our artists develop their creative practices.”

Otis Street Arts Project, 3706-08 Otis Street, Mt. Rainier, MD, 20712

Otis Street Arts Project, 3706-08 Otis Street, Mt. Rainier, MD, 20712

The studio is being readied for artists to move in during the month of April, with a grand opening of the studio scheduled to be part of the Gateway Arts District’s May Open Studios on May 9th, 2015. Otis Street Arts Project still has space available for artists – email [email protected] for more information.

Michael Janis
Authored by: Michael Janis

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. The James Renwick Alliance named him "Distinguished Artist 2013/2014 and had him present his work at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Janis was awarded the prestigious Mayor's Arts Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2016. Janis is also editor the Washington Glass School blog.