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David C. Driskell, African American Art Pioneer, Dies at 88

David C. Driskell, the legendary artist and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland (UMD) recognized worldwide for his scholarship and expertise in African American art, passed away on Wednesday from complications of COVID-19. He was 88. A giant in the art world, Driskell transformed the field of African...

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By Guest Author on January 15, 2020

East City Art Reviews—Meditations and Epiphanies

Curated by Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery & Music Room of downtown Silver Spring hosts artists who describe the metaphysical with paint. Though ineffable and intangible, Judith Benderson, J. Jordan Bruns, Kelly Posey, and Terry Sitz bring various visions of those things that might only be felt. With bright colors and subtle textures, these artists seek to describe the indefinable nature of human experience through abstraction.

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By Guest Author on November 27, 2018

The Universal Human Urge To Mark

As an artist I have long been fascinated by the universal human urge to connect through mark making, particularly the ancient pictographs our ancestors created in caves around the world. Eager to learn more, in the summer of 2015 I traveled to Spain and France to view the ancient markings and etchings in 11 cave sites, including the Lascaux Cave, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. I continued the following year with a hard trip to Sulawesi, Indonesia, where I saw marks dating to nearly 40,000 BC, currently considered one of the oldest marks in the world. Most recently, I traveled in October 2017 to Namibia, Africa, to explore the culture of the indigenous San tribes and examine their rock art.

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New Residential Building in NoMa Neighborhood Incorporates Work of Local and National Artists

Guest Post by Rachel L. Davis The diverse works of five visual artists are found throughout a new apartment building located at 100 K Street NE in the NoMa neighborhood. The art at 100K Apartments is visible before you even step inside the building, in a new pocket park lining...

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New Mount Vernon Triangle Apartments Underscore History with Focus on Artists

By Rachel L. Davis Walking into the newest apartment building in Mount Vernon Triangle, 455 Eye Street NW, the average observer may not realize that many of the surfaces feature the work of an artist. 455 Eye Street welcomed its first residents on June 1, featuring three historic buildings topped...

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By Guest Author on January 11, 2017

A Contemporary Artist’s First Hand View of The Oldest Known Cave Art in the World

Follow DC-based contemporary light artist Craig Kraft on his arduous journey through eleven caves in Sulawesi, Indonesia to witness the oldest known paintings on earth.

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By Guest Author on December 8, 2016

Miami 2016: A DMV Sampling

A brief sampling of DMV gallerists and artists at the 2016 Miami satellite fairs.

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By Guest Author on November 1, 2016

East City Reviews: Some Origin Stories

Andrea Adleman offers clues to Spencer Dormitzer’s disgontiguous narratives in Some Origin Stories.

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By Guest Author on October 31, 2016

Op-Ed—What Does it Mean to Build Community through the Arts?

In response the the DC Cultural Plan, Hannah Jacobson Blumenfeld of CHAW argues in favor of full community engagement in the public participation process.

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By Guest Author on October 20, 2016

Op-Ed—The David C. Driskell Center: A Gem In Our Midst

Artist Cheryl D. Edwards argues that with the opening of the National Museum of African American History, African American art should receive the same archival and scholarly attention.

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By Guest Author on September 26, 2016

New Home New Era —Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in the Arcade

Pyramid Atlantic begins new era in the Gateway Arts District

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By Guest Author on September 21, 2016

An Open Letter to Art All Night Attendees, the DC Arts Community and the DC Government

An op-ed by Art All Night Founder Ariana Austin

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By Guest Author on September 8, 2016

New Mural Shines Light on Mitch Snyder’s Legacy

Azita Mashayekhi explains how public art can draw attention to the plight of the homeless.

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By Guest Author on June 28, 2016

Leslie Holt’s Unspeakable Discussed

Discussion between Andrea Pollan, Founder and Owner of Curator’s Office and Leslie Holt, the artist.

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By Guest Author on December 15, 2015

Inside the Ward 8 Arts & Culture Incubator “Innovate 8”

Ward 8 welcomes new Arts & Culture business incubator at St. Elizabeth’s East.

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