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Franklin Brewery Commissions "After Dark, Hyattsville" Mural by Liz Manicatide

Franklin Brewery Commissions "After Dark, Hyattsville" Mural by Liz Manicatide

After Dark, Hyattsville was created by Boston artist Liz Manicatide, who specializes in kinetic art. The mural spans 40 feet in width and 12 to 14 feet in height along the south side of the Franklin’s general store located at 5121 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville, MD. The newly installed mural is the first of its kind anywhere: a permanent outdoor installation employing color-changing light that shifts the appearance of the colors and surfaces of the mural.

Mike Franklin, the owner and founder of the restaurant/brewery/general store, known as a pioneering entrepreneurial force in the Gateway Arts District, wanted to raise the bar for public art and Route 1 in general.  The placemaking mural will light up the night for north-bound travelers along Route 1. “We think it will make quite a splash, and a lasting impression for this stretch of the corridor,” observed Stuart Eisenberg, Executive Director of the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation (CDC). The Hyattsville CDC is also administering a Street Art Initiative along the Route 1 Corridor incorporating the entire Gateway Arts District and Riverdale Park.  “We can only hope that other property owners in the area strive to match Mike’s impressive contribution to the street and building-scape and to the Arts in Hyattsville and the Gateway Arts District.”

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Mayor Gray Proposes $2.3 Million Increase To Arts Capital Budget

Mayor Gray Proposes $2.3 Million Increase To Arts Capital Budget

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) announces a proposed $2.3 million increase to the city’s public art budget in the most recent Capital Improvements Plan by Mayor Vincent C. Gray. The proposed budget increase, which will take effect in FY 2014, will allot a $5 million annual capital allocation for public art over the next six years. Major public art initiatives over the next several years include: The 183-acre St. Elizabeth’s East campus, New York Avenue Bridge, Fort Totten Memorial Expanding the agency’s Cultural Facilities Program grant and additional artworks purchased for the Art Bank Collection – a city collection of art distributed for display at various public spaces and District government offices.

The mayor’s proposed Capital Improvement Plan still awaits final approval by the City Council.

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ARCH Development Corporation Announces the Opening of the Anacostia Arts Center, Spring 2013

ARCH Development Corporation Announces the Opening of the Anacostia Arts Center, Spring 2013

ARCH Development Corporation (ADC) announces the Anacostia Arts Center, coming spring 2013 to Historic Anacostia. Serving both as a community gathering place and a regional cultural facility, the Anacostia Arts Center will add approximately 10,000 square feet of creative commercial space to Good Hope Road SE. Conveniently located at the south end of the 11th Street Bridge between Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE and 13th Street SE, the Anacostia Arts Center will bring independent creative projects together under one roof.

Anacostia Arts Center will occupy the street level of 1231 Good Hope Road SE, formally the ARCH Training Center. The property is divided up into spaces connected by a main hall, with common lounge areas in the front and rear of the building. Anacostia Arts Center represents the newest effort by ADC to revitalize Historic Anacostia by providing opportunities for the creative economy to flourish in the area.

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11th Street Arts and Recreation Bridge Timeline Announced

11th Street Arts and Recreation Bridge Timeline Announced

As the old 11th Street river bridges that connect Washington, DC’s Capitol Hill and historic Anacostia neighborhoods are being replaced, the District government and a local nonprofit organization, Building Bridges Across the River at THEARC, will transform the aged infrastructure into the city’s first elevated park: a new venue for healthy recreation, environmental education and the arts.

The community behind the 11th Street Bridge Park has four goals:

  • Create a healthy community by establishing a safe place for residents to exercise and play
  • Connect the community with the Anacostia River – an incredible and irreplaceable natural resource
  • Reconnect the historic neighborhoods of Anacostia and Capitol Hill
  • Generate new jobs and economic activity

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Route 1 Ride Public Art Competition Winning Bus Wrap Design Announced

Route 1 Ride Public Art Competition Winning Bus Wrap Design Announced

The Route 1 Ride Collaborative announces its winning bus wrap design: Jennifer Axner’s “Route 1 Paint Tube”. The Collaborative chose to crowdsource the bus wrap design to increase ridership and awareness of the Route 1 Ride as a way to get around while enjoying the unique charms of visiting, living, working, and playing in the Route 1 Corridor. Three final designs were selected by a jury comprised of Route 1 Corridor County and Municipal representatives; Axner’s fellow finalists included Matthew Gifford and Boshwell Talavera. The final selection was conducted by an online vote on www.Route1Ride.com, conducted from late July 2012 until September 21st, 2012.  Axner’s wrap design will be installed on TheBus: Route 17, serving Prince George’s County’s Route 1 Corridor communities from Mount Rainier to College Park; for a period of at least three years, beginning in late 2012. The project is generously sponsored by The Route 1 Ride Collaborative and its Municipal members in recognition of the critical role that the arts play in the revitalization of Prince George’s County and the lives of its residents.

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The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities 2012 Winners of the 27th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities 2012 Winners of the 27th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities has announced the awarding of special Mayor’s Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement to legendary film producer and director George Stevens, Jr. and African Heritage Dancers and Drummers Founding Artistic Director Melvin Deal at the 27th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards, held on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at the Historic Lincoln Theatre.  The night was also highlighted with a Mayor’s Arts Awards for Visionary Leadership to Anthony A. Williams and Mayor’s Arts Awards of Special Recognition to Paul Jorgensen.

Winners for the 27th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards are as follows:

  • Art Enables – Innovation in the Arts
  • Atlas Performing Arts Center- Excellence to Service in the Arts
  • Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra- Outstanding Emerging Artist
  • Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop- Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education
  • StepAfrika!- Excellence in An Artistic Discipline
  • Washington Performing Arts Society- Excellence in Service to the Arts
  • Kenneth Dickerson, Roosevelt Senior High School- Mayor’s Arts for Teaching, Performing Arts
  • Koye Oyediji, Duke Ellington School of the Arts-Mayor’s Arts for Teaching, Language Arts
  • Jennifer Sonkin, Cesar Chavez Public Charter School- Mayor’s Arts for Teaching, Visual Arts

(Photo of Melvin Deal by Phil Hutinet for East City Art)

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Washington Glass School Hires Audrey Wilson as Glass Studio Coordinator and Instructor

Washington Glass School Hires Audrey Wilson as Glass Studio Coordinator and Instructor

The Washington Glass School and Studio announces its recent hire of Audrey Wilson, who will join the WGS team as the Studio Coordinator. Audrey will be organizing the studio production as well as working with the WGS Resident Artists. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Audrey has a BA in Crafts with a concentration on glass from Kent State University. Audrey has worked at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio as the studio and teaching assistant, working with the museum’s visiting glass artists. Audrey has worked with renowned glass artists such as Dante Marioni, Christina Bothwell, Janusz Pozniak and John Miller.  Audrey’s own artwork references nature and organic forms, and she specializes in kiln casting, pate de verre and sand casting with mixed media.  “I like working with and cannot help but respond to my surrounding environment – both within my artwork and my career” she said. “I intend to apply my experience and skills to teaching and developing classes that will help the Washington Glass School artists get to their next level.”

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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.

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