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ADC and the Gautier Family Announce Recipient of First Annual East of the River Distinguished Artist Award

ADC and the Gautier Family Announce Recipient of First Annual East of the River Distinguished Artist Award

ARCH Development Corporation (ADC) and the Gautier Family are pleased to announce BK ADAMS•I AM ART as the winner of the first annual East of the River Distinguished Artist Award. ADC will host an awards ceremony on September 7th at Honfleur Gallery to formally present Adams with his prize. Adams was selected based on his artistic excellence as well as for the significant impact he has made on the cultural landscape of Washington, DC. He was chosen by a panel by of individuals active in the Washington, DC arts community. The panel included: Jack Rasmussen (Director and Curator, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center), Mary Beth Brown (Public Art Coordinator for DCCAH), Pamela Jafari (Membership Manager, Cultural Tourism DC), Sharon Gautier (art collector and family representative) and Fred Joiner (poet and artist).

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DC’s Historic Deanwood Neighborhood Receives an ArtPlace Arts and Culture Temporium Grant

DC’s Historic Deanwood Neighborhood Receives an ArtPlace Arts and Culture Temporium Grant

The DC Office of Planning (OP) has awarded a $75,000 “ArtPlace Arts and Culture Temporium” grant to Partners for Livable Communities (Partners) to develop and manage pop-up temporiums in underutilized spaces in the Deanwood neighborhood, one of the District’s earliest African American communities located in Northeast Washington.

This DC OP award is one of four grants provided by Artplace America to the city to revitalize underutilized commercial spaces.  The first such project was LUMEN8Anacostia which warped-up its programming on Saturday June 16. Under this grant, Partners will manage DeanwoodxDesign, a project developed by Deanwood residents and cultural activists Seshat Walker, Donna Davis, and Kimberly Gaines. DeanwoodxDesign showcases the rich arts, cultural, historical, and green space assets of neighborhood and Ward 7 through a community-wide, intergenerational, and collaborative effort.

This project is part of the OP’s ArtPlace series that includes Temporiums in the emerging creative neighborhoods of Anacostia, Brookland, and upper 14th Street NW. “These projects are an unprecedented opportunity to develop new national models for assisting communities with integrating artists while supporting ongoing local efforts in economic revitalization, community development, and job creation,” said Kimberly, Associate Director of City Planning.

DeanwoodxDesign will feature workshops, exhibitions, and cultural events that reflect the theme of “design” from four unique aspects: community, sustainability, multimedia, and lifestyle. A grassroots team will work alongside neighborhood and citywide collaborators to coordinate more than 15 hours of free programming and events during a four-month period with a kick off scheduled for early July.

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Pittsburgh, Corning, Denver, Atlanta, and San Francisco Museums Acquire Works from INDUSTRY Gallery

Pittsburgh, Corning, Denver, Atlanta, and San Francisco Museums Acquire Works from INDUSTRY Gallery

 

The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh has acquired INDUSTRY designer Jens Praet’s “Shredded Collection Side Table: Details Edition.”

The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, the world’s largest glass museum, has acquired a unique Tejo Remy & Rene Veenhuizen “Multi-Vase Lamp” for its permanent collection.

The Denver Art Museum has acquired London-based INDUSTRY designer Tom Price’s limited edition “Meltdown Chair: PP Tube #1.”

The High Museum of Art in Atlanta has acquired INDUSTRY designer Mathias Bengtsson’s “Plywood Slice Chair.”

(Image Courtesy of INDUSTRY Gallery)

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San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art Acquires Prototype Chair from Industry Gallery.

San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art Acquires Prototype Chair from Industry Gallery.

Industry Gallery has announced the acquisition by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) of one of Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen’s concrete chair prototypes.  The chair was first exhibited in March 2010 as part of Hands On at Industry Gallery, the first solo US exhibition for Dutch designer Tejo Remy, a founding designer at Droog, and René Veenhuizen, his design partner of the past decade.   This is the first work by Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen to enter the museum’s collection, and the first US museum acquisition of a work by the Atelier. The concrete chair is one of four original prototypes – two chairs, a bench and a stool – created for a series of furniture that appears to be made of inflated fabric, but actually is made from poured concrete.

Brookland Arts District?

With all of the buzz recently centered around H Street as the emerging arts destination with the opening of new galleries Studio H, City Gallery and Industry Gallery, the relocation of DC powerhouse Connor Contemporary and the great success of the Atlas Theater, could Brookland be far behind?

In December 2009, the DC zoning commission approved the redevelopment of a five block parcel of land currently owned by Catholic University.  The land, which is adjacent to the Brookland/CUA Metro station will feature a new Main Street along both sides of Monroe Street, from Michigan Avenue to 8th Street, NE, with residential above the ground floor retail.  Local developer Abdo Development will be responsible for the project.

Art will play a central role in this redevelopment effort as Dance Place and Artspace of Minnesota will build an artist housing development one block down on 8th ST NE.  While not affiliated with Abdo, this project will emphasize 8th Street NE in Brookland as an emerging arts destination.

Arts Walk will sit on the vacant block adjacent to the Metro tracks on the north side of Monroe and will extend 8th Street with a pedestrian-only street, connecting Monroe with the Metro entrance. Flanking this pedestrian street will be 27 working artist studios, featuring roll-up glass doors and high ceilings.

“We are currently working with the Cultural Development Corporation to program this space and they will likely also manage the Arts Walk and be responsible for leasing the space to artists. There will also be a 3,000 sf “Arts Flex Building” at the southeast corner of Monroe and 8th that will accommodate arts functions like exhibitions, performances, and receptions.” says Toby Millman, Vice President of Project Development for Abdo Development

Links of some drawings for the overall project can be found here.

From Art Crimes to City Landmarks

The city has finally decided taken a pragmatic approach to “combating” graffiti in the city by creating the Murals DC program.  Council member Jim Graham spearheaded the program in 2007.  The program pairs students with artists who learn aerosol painting techniques and the execution of a large scale work. The program has led to the creation of 20 breathtaking murals city-wide including the following five East City murals:

“One City,” 2420 Martin Luther King Ave. SE, “Unity,” 600 Alabama Ave. SE,  “Movement,” under the Franklin Street Bridge at Edgewood and Eighth Street NE, “Metamorphosis,” 615 Division Ave. NE and “Life Makes Music,” Riggs Road NE at South Dakota Avenue.  Many of these murals have become landmarks in their own right.  You can view these murals online here as well as the other 15 murals finished in NW neighborhoods.

H Street Art Galleries

Modern Luxury Magazine has published an article about the burgeoning H street art gallery scene.  Aside from what many ECA blog readers who frequent the H street NE art scene already know, they might not know that G Fine art will soon be joining our midst.  Also worth noting is that my last name was misspelled in the article.  It should read Phil Hutinet and not Phil Sutinet.

Grand Opening of Industry Gallery

The list of galleries continues to grow in the H Street Corridor.   Industry Gallery will be hosting their grand opening this  Saturday, January 16th, 2010 from 6 to 8 p.m. The inaugural opening will feature unique metal and aluminum sculpture designs by Jerusalem-born artist Shlomo Harush.

Also worth noting, Industry Gallery will be featured in the Thursday, January 14th, 2010 issue of the New York Times and in today’s Washington Post.

Industry Gallery is located at 1358 Florida Avenue, NE, Suite 200, Washington DC 20002  T: 202.399.1730  E: info@industrygallerydc.com
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