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 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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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 March 5, 2021

Zsudayka Nzinga: Artist, Curator, Educator and Community Leader

Community leader and painter Zsudayka Nzinga hopes to one day create an arts center in Ward 7.

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By Phil Hutinet on February 5, 2021

The Spiritual Artwork of Asha Elana Casey

Asha Elana Casey’s artwork reflects her transformative awakening through Ifa and the connection she’s made with her ancestors.

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By Phil Hutinet on December 21, 2020

Jay Coleman: Public Artist

Jay Coleman’s larger-than-life murals and sculptures embellish DC’s public spaces.

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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 10, 2020

A Network of Opportunity: Nehemiah Dixon

While maintaining his artistic practice, Nehemiah Dixon III rose through the ranks of arts administration, landing him a director position at the Phillips Collection.

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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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