EMULSION 2017 installation view at PEPCO Edison Place Gallery. Photo Credit: Greg Staley for East City Art


EMULSION: Celebrating Regional Artists through East City Art’s Juried Exhibition (2013-2017)
From 2013 to 2017, East City Art’s EMULSION emerged as a highly anticipated annual event that celebrated the talent and creativity of regional artists in the Washington, DC area. This essay explores the significance, impact, and evolution of EMULSION as East City Art’s regional juried exhibition. Through its commitment to promoting local artists, fostering community engagement, and providing a platform for artistic exploration, EMULSION played a pivotal role in elevating the regional art scene and connecting artists with audiences.

Creating Opportunities for Regional Artists
EMULSION was founded with the goal of providing a curated exhibition opportunity for regional artists. By inviting artists from Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia to submit their work for consideration, EMULSION created a platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their talent. This regional focus ensured that artists from the immediate vicinity had an opportunity to gain exposure, connect with a broader audience, and forge connections within the local art community.

Juried Selection and Curation
Each year, a juror was responsible for selecting the artworks that would be featured in the EMULSION exhibition. The juror, typically renowned artists, curators, and art professionals, brought their expertise and discerning eye to the selection process. The jurror’s involvement not only ensured a high standard of artistic quality but also brought credibility and prestige to the exhibition. The curation of the show aimed to provide a diverse and dynamic representation of the regional art scene, showcasing a wide range of mediums, styles, and subject matter.

Community Engagement and Public Programming
EMULSION was not only an exhibition but also an opportunity for community engagement. East City Art organized public programming to accompany the exhibition, such as artist talks, panel discussions, and interactive workshops. These events allowed audiences to connect with the artists, gain insight into their creative process, and deepen their appreciation for the exhibited works. By fostering dialogue and interaction, EMULSION transformed the exhibition into a platform for learning, exchange, and cultural enrichment.

Empowering Artists and Audience Connections
EMULSION provided artists with a unique opportunity to have their work seen and celebrated by a wide audience. The exhibition acted as a launchpad for artists, helping them gain recognition, sell artwork, and connect with collectors and art enthusiasts. For visitors, EMULSION offered a chance to discover new talent, engage with thought-provoking art, and actively participate in the regional art scene. The exhibition facilitated meaningful connections between artists and audiences, fostering a sense of community and appreciation for the creative contributions within the region.

Evolution and Legacy 
Over the years, EMULSION evolved and expanded its reach, reflecting the changing dynamics of the regional art scene. The exhibition became a highly anticipated annual event, attracting attention from artists, collectors, and art enthusiasts across the region. EMULSION’s legacy resides in its ability to foster artistic growth, provide opportunities for regional artists, and create a sense of pride and support within the community.

EMULSION, East City Art’s regional juried exhibition from 2013 to 2017, left an indelible mark on the Washington, DC art scene. By showcasing the talent of regional artists, promoting community engagement, and nurturing artistic connections, EMULSION played a vital role in elevating the visibility and appreciation of the regional art community.

East City Art would like to thank everyone in the Washington-Baltimore artist community for the support you have shown East City Art to make the 2013-2017 EMULSIONs a reality. All of EMULSION’s digital files have been archived below.

For artists selected to participate, remember to title the exhibition as follows in your CV: “EMULSION [year] : East City Art’s Annual Regional Juried Exhibition.”

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EMULSION 2013-2017 pages and articles have been archived and linked accordingly below: