Posts by Phil Hutinet

Phil Hutinet, a third-generation resident of Capitol Hill, has been a driving force in Washington, DC's arts scene. As the publisher of East City Art since 2010, he's played a pivotal role in documenting and promoting the city's visual arts. His accomplishments include groundbreaking work east of the Anacostia River, where he helped establish the Anacostia Playhouse and Anacostia Arts Center, relocated artist Craig Kraft's studios, and organized the internationally acclaimed LUMEN8ANACOSTIA art festival in 2012-2013. Between 2015 and 2019, Hutinet coordinated the Gateway Open Studio Tour in Prince George's County, showcasing the area's rich artistic talent. He also produced EMULSION, a renowned regional juried show from 2013 to 2018. In a period from 2018 to 2021, he contributed his expertise as a consultant and writer to Americans for the Arts, working on Creative Forces, a program supporting veterans in the arts. Currently, Hutinet heads the Capital Art Book Fair, a spring event held at Eastern Market's North Hall that celebrates the diverse world of art books. Over his career, he has curated and produced over 150 group and solo exhibitions, including several regional festivals. His reviews, artist profiles, and features are regularly published in both East City Art and Hill Rag. Hutinet is also a respected speaker and moderator, frequently participating in regional panel discussions and artist talks. His influence extends beyond the local scene, with interviews by national and international media outlets.

By Phil Hutinet on May 13, 2024

East City Art Features—Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum A Bold and Beautiful Vision: A Century of Black Arts Education in Washington DC, 1900–2000

The Anacostia Community Museum’s exhibition ‘A Bold and Beautiful Vision’ highlights a century of Black arts education in Washington, DC, celebrating the educator-artists who shaped the city’s cultural landscape. Showcasing over 85 artifacts, it emphasizes the profound impact of their dedication and community focus.

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By Phil Hutinet on May 13, 2024

Hillyer presents an Artist Talk with Khánh Lê

  Artist Talk: Thursday, May 16 at 6:15pm   During Hillyer's monthly “Third Thursday” program, Khánh Lê will lead an artist talk about his exhibition From This Moment. In his exhibition, Lê works with fragmented memories to create new stories using scrapbooking and mixed-media materials. Take this special opportunity to...

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By Phil Hutinet on December 11, 2023

East City Art Reviews—Intersection at Cody Gallery

Currently on view at Marymount University’s Cody Gallery, Intersection features two Northern Virginia-based artists—Chee Keong Kung, presenting sculptures, and David Carlson, showcasing recent abstract paintings. The curation of Intersection thoughtfully presents the work, effectively providing the viewer with smooth transitions from one work to the next.

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By Phil Hutinet on November 13, 2023

Pottery on the Hill: A Celebration of Clay Art

Dan Finnegan, curator of Pottery on the Hill’s twelfth annual art fair-style expo, shares insights about showcasing diverse ceramicists with unique firing methods and the enduring legacy of this art form.

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By Phil Hutinet on October 30, 2023

East City Art Features—National Museum of Women in the Arts: Bridging Past and Present Through Art and Transformation

After a two-year renovation, The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) reopens its doors with a renewed emphasis on visitor accessibility and public programming while maintaining its tradition of celebrating women artists.

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By Phil Hutinet on October 17, 2023

Transforming DC’s Artistic Landscape: Hamiltonian Artists’ Visionary New Studios at 14th & U Streets NW

Hamiltonian Artists’ new studio spaces in Washington, DC’s U Street neighborhood will provide both creative workspaces and vital community support. Through their innovative approach, which embraces collaboration with a range of private and public partners, they introduce a replicable model for other organizations to address the scarcity and affordability issues in establishing artist studios in DC.

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By Phil Hutinet on September 26, 2023

Expanding Horizons: Pazo Fine Art Hopes to Replicate Kensington Gallery’s Success in DC

Pazo Fine Art is expanding its successful Kensington gallery model to a new location in DC. Gallerist Luis Pazo reflects on his serendipitous journey, blending renowned artists with local talents, and the unique vision that propelled Pazo Fine Arts into one of the DC’s most historic neighborhoods.

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By Phil Hutinet on June 5, 2023

East City Art Reviews—Sally Kauffman Irreplaceable at Workhouse Arts Center

Between 2019-2023, Kauffman created a series of oil paintings depicting animals in bright, playful colors that immediately grab your attention. However, these pleasing visual cues stand in stark contradiction with Kauffman’s somber message—that mankind’s impact on the environment is bringing many of the most vulnerable species in the animal kingdom to the brink of extinction.

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By Phil Hutinet on January 26, 2023

East City Art Reviews—Craig Kraft Emergency Neon at Honfleur Gallery

Perhaps better known for his large neon light public-art, over the course of the last ten years, Kraft has also worked on several series of works sized for the gallery. Emergency Neon is a continuation of this practice and addresses pressing issues of our time such as gun violence, climate change and war.

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By Phil Hutinet on December 15, 2022

East City Art Reviews—IceBox Collective The Nomadic House Project: Clouds

December 16 is the last chance to see IceBox Collective’s The Nomadic House Project: Clouds at the Mexican Cultural Institute before it heads south of the border to Culiacán, Mexico. The work is part of an ongoing series that addresses the larger underlying issues impacting contemporary societies. This iteration of The Nomadic House Project tackles the issue of immigration.

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By Phil Hutinet on November 8, 2022

East City Art Reviews—Aniekan Udofia Return of the Shaolin Pencil

Currently on view at Woolly Mammoth through Sunday, November 13, is a series of watercolors and digital prints titled Return of the Shaolin Pencil by DC-based artist Aniekan Udofia.  You may have seen his work before—Udofia’s murals are found all over DC. In contrast to the large works for which he is known, works in this exhibition scale to fit gallery walls. The works in the series are deeply personal to the artist as he reflects on his artistic journey and seeks forgiveness from his father for his chosen path.

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By Phil Hutinet on March 28, 2022

Meet The New ARCH: Nonprofit Developer Transforms Into Arts Funder

Earlier this year, Washington Area Community Investment Fund (WACIF) acquired the Anacostia Arts Center from ARCH Development Corporation (ARCH). The much-publicized transfer of ownership is the capstone of a series of ARCH property divestures dating to 2016. The nonprofit is employing the proceeds of these sales to transform itself from a nonprofit developer into an arts funding powerhouse both in Historic Anacostia and the region.

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By Phil Hutinet on February 22, 2022

East City Art Reviews—Breathe: Embracing the Uncertainties of the Human Condition

Curator Cheryl D. Edwards selected work from seven artists including Jase Clark, Tim DeVenney, Nestor Gil, Mary Welch Higgins, Curlee Raven Holton, Faith Ringgold, Lisa K. Rosenstein and Michelle Talibah for an exhibition titled Breathe: Embracing the Uncertainties of the Human Condition at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts gallery.  Edwards intentionally brought together a diverse group of artists working in a wide range of mediums to demonstrate that despite their differences, each artist has experienced the pandemic in very similar ways. Each touches on universal themes such as loss and isolation. Edward’s curatorial goal was  to reveal these common threads which bind us as human beings during this time of unprecedented upheaval.

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By Phil Hutinet on October 18, 2021

Pottery on the Hill Celebrates its Ten Year Anniversary

The annual ceramic expo will take place virtually again in 2021 November 12-14.

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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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