Essays on Art—A New Partnership Between East City Art and Hamiltonian Artists

By Editorial Team on March 16, 2022
Useless on a Submarine, 2021–2022, thread, fabric, rhinestones, acrylic, and house paint on wood, 74 3/4 × 42 × 2 inches. Photo: Vivian Marie Doering.

DC’s visual arts journal East City Art and Hamiltonian Artists have partnered to present Essays on Art, an online publication series dedicated to promoting critical writing on visual art in the area. Each commissioned essay will be penned by a different author and focus on the work of Hamiltonian Fellows. Essays on Art serves as a public record to document the dynamic arts scene and to support writers with paid assignments. The essays will be co-published on the Hamiltonian Artists and in East City Art’s online publication in conjunction with the fellows’ solo exhibitions.

In line with Hamiltonian Artists mission to build a dynamic community of innovative artists and effective visual art leaders, this partnership will help to support a community of active and engaged thinkers on the arts. East City Art plays a critical role in promoting the work of local artists and organizations and building the capacity for visual arts journalism in the area.

Hamiltonian Artists’ Executive Director Lily Siegel says, “It’s important that we support artists with a significant piece of thoughtful writing about their work and that we provide opportunity for writers to critically engage directly with the artists working in their communities.”

“Essays on Art, is a singular opportunity to pair Hamiltonian’s artist fellows with art writers to produce a new array of voices to East City Art’s critical review series,” explains Phil Hutinet, publisher of East City Art.  We are incredibly excited about partnering with one of DC’s preeminent art organizations to make this happen.

The first Essay on Art is by curator and art historian Danielle O’Steen on Madeline A Stratton’s solo exhibition We Were Here, on view at Hamiltonian Artists through March 19.  Read it HERE

About Hamiltonian Artists
Hamiltonian Artists
’ mission is to build a dynamic community of innovative artists and effective visual art leaders by providing professional development opportunities to innovative new artists and by advancing their entrepreneurial success. Through its unique investment into the next generation of cutting-edge artists, Hamiltonian helps artists to develop important business skills, professional experiences, and visibility to support and sustain their art career. Through artist talks, public events and its membership program, the organization contributes to the vitality of DC’s burgeoning arts scene by deepening the appreciation for contemporary art and culture throughout Washington DC and beyond. For more information visit

About East City Art
Since its inception in 2010, East City Art, the DC region’s visual arts journal, has been an unmatched resource for thorough art reviews and artist profiles both online and in print.  Beyond the institutions of the National Mall, Washington DC and its metropolitan area produce world class art exhibitions and, for over a decade, East City Art has highlighted and promoted that excellence. The publication’s public bulletin board maintains up-to-date event listings, artist calls and classes while an art news series informs of changes to DC’s art landscape.  East City Art’s collaborative of writers offer readers an in-depth understanding of contemporary visual art through regularly published articles, essays and features.