The John and Jill Ker Conway Residence Ward 6 Artist Call for Art

By Editorial Team on March 11, 2016

Deadline: Fri, 25 March 2016

Photo courtesy of the Development Team of the John and Jill Ker Conway Building.
Photo courtesy of the Development Team of the John and Jill Ker Conway Building.


Deadline: Friday, March 25, 2016 by 11:59 pm


Project Background
The John and Jill Ker Conway Building, located at 1005 North Capitol Street, NE Washington, DC, is a 14-story project, comprising of 124 rental units, with 60 units of permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless veterans, 47 units of affordable housing for tenants at or below 60% area median income, and 17 units of affordable housing for tenants at or below 30% area median income. Programmed to house management offices, a lounge, fitness center, conference space, and ground floor retail, the John and Jill Ker Conway Residence is also integrated with on-site support services to address the social, medical, and emotional needs of its residents.

The design of structure engages its historic context with a slim, modulated massing that takes advantage of views to the north and south, including the U.S. Capitol and Washington’s monuments, and also provides outdoor terraces and increased daylighting to the units’ interiors. The extensive use of glazing throughout maximizes natural light in common corridors, enlivening interior spaces and connecting residents to the larger urban context.

Philanthropists John and Jill Ker Conway donated funds from their estate to help fund the project. In 1975 Jill Ker Conway a native of Australia, became the first female president of Smith College, the largest women’s college in the United States. Among her most notable accomplishments is a program she initiated to assist women on welfare further their education through a variety of resources.

Ward 6 Call for Art
In support of visual artists who are residents of and Art Galleries physically located in Ward 6 in the District of Columbia, the Development Team of the John and Jill Ker Conway Building is seeking to purchase original two and three-dimensional works of art- including but limited to paintings; drawings; mixed media; prints; photographs and fiber art.

The Development Team seeks to purchase artwork at price points only between $300-$1000 per piece to be permanently displayed throughout the John and Jill Ker Conway Building. Price points beyond $1,000 will not be considered.

Applicants are allowed to submit artwork(s) in a series. However, each artwork within a series will be counted individually as part of the allowable maximum for portfolio submission from individual artists (5) and art galleries (10).

All artwork submitted will be equally considered ranging from representational, conceptual, landscape, and abstract artworks. Artwork must be created using archival materials and be no larger in size than 120” in any direction. The overall weight of artwork shall not exceed 75 lbs.

Each individual artist’s application is allowed to submit up to five (5) works of art for consideration. Art galleries physically located in Ward 6 are allowed to submit up to 10 works of art from any combination of two or more represented artists. All artwork submitted must be available for purchase and available for an in-person review upon Semi-finalist notification.

The John and Jill Ker Conway Ward 6 Artist Call for Art will open on March 4, 2016 and close on March 25, 2016.

The Selection Panel will include individuals from the architecture, design and development team for the building. The Selection Panel will select artworks for inclusion based on artistic merit, relevance to the building architecture, design, and suitability for display in the building. Artwork in the building will be hung from picture rails that cannot support extremely heavy objects.

Only artwork that is museum quality framed, mounted and ready to hang will be accepted. Members of the selection panel nor the Development Team will not accept responsibility nor pay for artwork that is not properly framed nor ready to hang upon submission. All artwork submitted must be properly insured.

Artwork purchased will be displayed permanently throughout the building.

Application Process
Each applicant is required to create an account and submit an application via online using Dropbox ( Incomplete or late applications will be forfeited and not accepted.

Each application must include the following to be considered:

  • Artist Information: Full name, Current Living Address, Contact Information.
  • Artist Statement, no more than one page up to 500 words. Please briefly describe the thematic premise of the work(s) presented in your application, relevance to the residents and architecture of the John and Jill Ker Conway Building, including providing insight into the art-making process used.
  • Current Artist Resume- i.e. list of exhibitions; publications; commissions; collections; website; and education.
  • High quality JPEG image files of artworks available for sale. Individual Artists up to five (5) artworks and Art Galleries up to 10 artworks.
  • Image List including: Title; Year; Medium; Dimension; Retail Price; and Discount Price if applicable (30% discount for artwork priced over $800).
  • Proof of insurance on art works submitted.
  • Proof of residency- i.e., Driver’s License, Residential Deed/Lease or utility bill

A link to the Dropbox application file containing all the above information must be emailed to Sherry B. Ways at by March 25, 2016 at 11:59 pm.

Eligibility/Calendar Dates
This call is open to all Washington, DC Ward 6 Resident Artists Only as well as Art Galleries physically located in Ward 6. Ward 6 Art Galleries who apply must fall under the same guidelines. Art Galleries must represent Ward 6 artists and submit only artwork from artists who live and work in Ward 6 for compliance.

Ward 6 Resident Artists who are Female Veterans and Veterans of color are encouraged to apply. Employees of The DC Arts Commission or Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) are not eligible to participate.

Eligibility will be determined by the artist’s proof of residency within the boundaries of Ward 6. Accepted documents to demonstrate proof of residency include valid District of Columbia Driver’s License, a current utility bill, lease or property deed.

Calendar Dates:

  • March 4, 2016- Call Opens.
  • March 25, 2016, 11:59 PM- Call Closes.
  • April 11, 2016- Panelists selection of Semi-finalists.
  • April 18, 2015- Notifications to all applicants.
  • May 2-6, 2016, 2 – 5 PM- Semi-finalists deliver selected artworks to the John and Jill Ker Conway Building
  • May 9-13, 2016 – Panelists review to make final recommendations.
  • May 16-20- Notifications to Semi-finalists. May 27-29 Installation of artwork.

For additional information or questions about the Artist Call please contact:

  • Sherry B. Ways, Design Associate, Northern Real Estate Urban Ventures (NREUV) at or 202-257-6165.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Can I hand-deliver, mail or email my application materials to the John and Jill Ker Conway Building?
    • No. Applications only submitted digitally through Dropbox with a link to the application emailed to will be considered. All applications must be received online by March 25, 2016 at 11:59 pm. There are no exceptions and late applications will be disqualified.