Art at Amtrak Program to Debut at Washington Union Station in September

By East City Art Editorial Team on August 29, 2023
Tim Dowd. Photo credit: Jefry Andres Wright

New initiative commissions regional artists to create large-scale artwork

Amtrak is expanding its celebrated year-round, public-art program to Washington Union Station with work from multidisciplinary visual artist, Tim Doud. Art at Amtrak will offer a variety of visual works through rotating exhibitions at the transportation hub.

Doud, a District resident and professor at American University, will create the first site-specific installation titled A Great Public Walk, to transform the wall along the station’s customer waiting areas between Gates A and L, and on the 30 windows in the hallway leading to the lower-level platforms.

“Bringing contemporary art to Union Station will brighten the atmosphere and continues our ongoing commitment to enhance the customer experience in our stations,” said Jina Sanone, Amtrak Vice President, Northeast Corridor Service Line. “Art at Amtrak is a great opportunity to provide artists a significant platform and showcase the region’s vibrancy.”

Amtrak launched Art at Amtrak in June 2022 in Penn Station New York, and has been commissioning installations for the station by New York and New Jersey based artists. Amtrak engaged Debra Simon Art Consulting to curate and produce Art at Amtrak.

More information about Art at Amtrak can be found here .

The advisory committee for Art at Amtrak comprises local-community stakeholders, including:

  • Michelle Isabelle-Stark, Director, Arlington County’s Cultural Affairs;
  • Nancy Miyahira, Vice President, Marketing Director, Georgetown BID DC;
  • Hiroshi Jacobs, Artist and Architecture, Hi-Jac Studio;
  • Frederick Lippert, Deputy Director of Planning and Programing, MDOT MTA;
  • Nick Hartigan, Art Historian and Fine Arts Specialist, U.S. General Services Administration Fine Arts;
  • Jordan Martin, Curatorial Production Manager, Washington Project for the Arts;
  • Laurent Odde, Program Manager Art in Transit, WMATA;
  • Lauren Dugas Glover, Public Art Manager, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities;
  • Amanda MacKaye, Runs the Fort Reno Concert Series;
  • Malake Glee, Inaugural Director, STABLE D.C.;
  • Rhonda Dallas, CEO and Chief Curator, Prince George’s County Arts and Humanities Council;
  • Kyle A Nembhard, Program Manager, Capital Programs, Washington, Amtrak;
  • Sharon Tepper, Director, Infrastructure Planning NY Gateway Program, Amtrak;
  • Debra Simon, Curator, Art at Amtrak and President, Debra Simon Art Consulting.

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[Source: Amtrak press release]