Posts by Phil Hutinet

Phil Hutinet, a third generation Capitol Hill resident, is the publisher of East City Art, DC's Visual Arts publication of record, which he began in 2010. In 2012-2013, his consultancy work east of the river yielded the Anacostia Playhouse, Craig Kraft Studios, the Anacostia Arts Center and the 2012-2013 LUMEN8ANACOSTIA festivals. In 2015, 2018 and 2019 he acted as the Gateway Open Studio Tour coordinator. From 2013-2018, he produced EMULSION, East City Art's regional juried show and has curated over 150 local exhibitions in his career as a gallery owner and director of several local galleries. Currently, he oversees the ECA's Critical Arts Writing Program which produces an annual anthology titled CONFLUENCE: Two Rivers One City. Hutinet has been interviewed by or has made appearances on the BBC, Capital Community News, Euronews, Washingtonian Magazine, Washington City Paper, The Washington Post, WJLA ABC News Channel 7/Channel 8, WTOP and other local, national and international media.

By Phil Hutinet on May 4, 2021

The 50 States Project Part One: Seventeen States and a Global Pandemic

Artists Kate Fleming and Tom Woodruff are heirs to the North American propensity for continental wanderlust. Their 50 States Project follows a long-standing tradition of roaming from coast-to-coast in search of America.

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By Phil Hutinet on May 3, 2021

Luis Peralta Del Valle: Ambassador of Peace, Hope and Love

When DC Mayor Muriel Bowser visited Beijing in 2016, she presented Mayor Guo Jinlong with a work of art as a token of peace and renewed friendship between Beijing and its Sister City of Washington, DC. Titled “Geared Up Panda,” the life-sized statue of a panda, the symbol of China,...

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By Phil Hutinet on April 26, 2021

Craft Optimism: Artwork in Harmony with the Environment

Craft Optimism takes place April 24 through May 1, 2021 online at

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By Phil Hutinet on November 16, 2020

We Are Anacostia Mural

New Gateway Mural Celebrates Anacostia’s Past, Present and Future

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By Phil Hutinet on November 9, 2020

Pottery on the Hill 2020 Goes Virtual

The art fair style ceramics expo features over 45 nationally recognized artists

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By Phil Hutinet on December 19, 2019

Vibrant Cultural Hub Opens in Ward 7’s Fairlawn Neighborhood

Nicholson Project serves as new artist residency, community garden and art gallery. Inaugural exhibition displays work by local artists.

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By Phil Hutinet on August 7, 2019

East City Art Reviews—Yoce Ramírez: Identity at IDB Staff Association Gallery

In Identity, Dominican artist Yoce Ramírez presents three discreet series of paintings linked by common subject matter addressing, as the title suggests, national and racial identity in her native country.

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By Phil Hutinet on April 30, 2019

Maker Space Comes to DC’s Ward 8

Nonstop Art Opens community maker space at the Overlook at Oxon Run. The Community-at-large is encouraged to tour the space and apply for membership

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By Phil Hutinet on April 22, 2019

East City Art Reviews— Rushern Baker IV: Post-World at HEMPHILL Fine Arts

A series of mixed-media paintings by Rushern Baker IV on view at HEMPHILL Fine Arts is inspired by the artist’s consternation at our nation’s current social and political crises. In Post-World, Baker has created a series of destruction landscapes centered on the idea of death and rebirth offering the viewer a glimmer of hope for the future.

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By Phil Hutinet on November 6, 2018

East City Art Reviews: Superfine! The Fair, 2018 DC Edition

A recap of Superfine! DC art fair. While decidedly positive overall, future editions of the fair should include a more prominent international component and greater care in vetting galleries and non-represented artists.

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By Phil Hutinet on October 29, 2018

Pottery on the Hill 2018

The nation’s top potters featured at Hill Center’s annual expo. This year features live raku firing.

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By Phil Hutinet on April 10, 2018

Mural at 16th & W Streets SE Commemorates Frederick Douglass’ 200th Birthday

Spread Southside Love mural by Rebeka Ryvola honors Frederick Douglass and his contemporaries while reflecting Anacostia’s past and present.

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By Phil Hutinet on March 7, 2018

Ten Foot Statue of Marion Barry, Jr. Unveiled, Occupies Prominent Place on Pennsylvania Avenue NW

A ten foot monument to DC’s former mayor, Ward 8 councilmember and civil rights leader was erected on Sat., March 3, 2018.

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By Phil Hutinet on February 26, 2018

East City Art’s Response to the DC Office of Planning’s 2018 Cultural Plan

The 2018 Cultural Plan needs to discuss how the DC Government will address affordable housing for artists, working studios and exhibition spaces for the long-term and cease its investment in ephemeral creative placemaking initiatives which divert resources away from scalable, permanent solutions.

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By Phil Hutinet on October 30, 2017

New Public Art Project Connects Anacostia Historic District to River

Artist Bruce McNeil’s A Boat Tour down the Anacostia River Series Inaugurates Rotating Public Exhibition

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