The Phillips Collection Acquires Artworks by Six Washington-Area Artists

By Editorial Team on October 5, 2021

The Phillips Collection acquires artworks by six Washington-area artists—Carol Antezana, Desmond Beach, Nekisha Durrett, Kim Llerena, Aaron Maier-Carretero, and Marta Pérez García—featured in the museum’s juried invitational Inside Outside, Upside Down.

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and recent social upheaval, The Phillips Collection presented Inside Outside, Upside Down, a juried invitational guest curated by leading DC artist Reneé Stout that was on view from July 17 to September 12, 2021. The museum invited artists of the greater Washington area to submit recent artwork that addressed the unprecedented events of the past year. More than 800 artists submitted over 1,300 artworks.

Comprising 65 works by artists at various stages of their careers, the exhibition showcased the vitality of the DC artistic community. Works in the exhibition were made available for purchase by the public, with all proceeds going to the artist.

A centerpiece of The Phillips Collection’s 100th anniversary celebration, Inside Outside, Upside Down continues museum founder Duncan Phillips‘s steadfast commitment to acquire, present, and promote the work of local artists. We are proud to enrich our growing collection with works that reflect important issues of our time.

Following a formal selection process, the Phillips has acquired the following six works for its permanent collection.

Carol Antezana, Las Gringas, 2021, Digital photographic print, 20 × 16 in., Courtesy of the artist.


Desmond Beach, #SAYTHEIRNAMES2, 2021, Fabric and paper, 25 × 21 1/2 in., Courtesy of the artist.
Nekisha Durrett, Eleanor Bumpurs Killed by Police on October 29, 1984 | Age 66, 2021, Magnolia leaves, poplar, velvet, acrylic, and LED lighting, 19 1/4 × 19 1/4 × 5 in., Courtesy of the artist.


Kim Llerena, Stonewall Jackson (dismantled), Monument Avenue, Richmond, Virginia, 2020, Archival pigment print, 20 × 16 in., Courtesy of the artist.


Aaron Maier-Carretero, not in front of the kids, 2020, Oil on canvas, 55 × 72 in., Courtesy of the artist.


Marta Pérez García, Your Hand, 2020, Molded cotton handmade paper and stitching with yarn, 19 × 11 × 2 in., Courtesy of the artist.

(Source: Phillips Gallery Press Release)