By Editorial Team on February 27, 2017






EMULSION 2017—The Fourth Annual East City Art Regional Juried Show

  • All events are free and open to the public
  • Location: PEPCO Edison Place Gallery at 702 8th Street NW, Washington DC
  • EXHIBITION ON VIEW : March 3-16, 2017
  • Participants selected by Juror Deirdre Ehlen MacWilliams
  • Curated by Mary Ellen Vehlow of Gallery OonH

EMULSION Schedule of Events

  • Opening Reception and Award Announcements: Friday, March 3 from 6-8:30 p.m.
  • Artist Talk: Tuesday, March 7 beginning at 6 p.m.
  • Artist Talk: Thursday March 9 beginning at 6 p.m.
  • Closing Reception: Thursday, March 16

What is an EMULSION?

An emulsion blends two seemingly incompatible substances to produce a third yet distinct substance.

Oil + Egg Yolk = Mayonnaise | Air + Sugar = Meringue | Baltimore + Washington = Art Competition

In this spirit, East City Art’s EMULSION seeks to blend the culturally different yet geographically close regions of Washington and Baltimore by combining a wide array of art forms and mediums such as two-dimensional work, sculpture and performance pieces.

The Fourth EMULSION open call for entry yielded a total of 250 artist submissions.  Of these 250 submissions, Juror Deirdre Ehlen MacWilliams selected the following 66 artists to exhibit:


On Friday, March 3, 2017, on the night of the opening reception at around 6:30pm, EMULSION 2017 producer Phil Hutinet will present the first, second and third place winners with cash prizes of $2,000, $1,000 and $500 respectively at PEPCO Edison Place Gallery located at 702 8th Street NW in downtown Washington, DC.   This year, an honorable mention category was added offering two $250 prizes.

Since 2013, EMULSION has awarded $12,000 in prizes to area artists. 


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About EMULSION 2017

EMULSION 2017 is an open call to all artists who reside or work in the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area within a 50 mile radius of East City Art’s offices on Capitol Hill. This is an opportunity for artists from the central Mid-Atlantic to showcase the extraordinary diversity and excellence in regional contemporary art.

An emulsion combines two seemingly incompatible ingredients to produce a third yet entirely new substance. In this spirit, East City Art’s EMULSION seeks to combine the regions’ cultural differences into a single blended exhibition by combining a wide array of art forms and expressions.

EMULSION 2017 will take place over a two-week period centering on an exhibition juried by Deirdre Ehlen MacWilliams, Public Art Project manager for Arlington County. EMULSION includes a competition with a total of $4,000 in cash prizes awarded to selected artists, an opening reception and two artist talks. PEPCO Edison Place Gallery will host all EMULSION 2017 events.

EMULSION is produced East City Art, DC’s visual arts publication and led by renowned visual art event and festival producer Phil Hutinet. EMULSION is one of the region’s leading visual art events providing local artists with the opportunity to win cash awards and exhibit their work in a well-publicized and public forum.  EMULSION has helped propel the careers of past participants by connecting them with acclaimed regional curators, gallerists and arts organizations.

About East City Art  

Phil Hutinet began East City Art on January 4, 2010 to document and promote the growing visual arts movement in eastern Washington, DC.  East City Art has become a full-fledged local art publication with over 60K monthly website visitors and a quarterly print publication with a circulation of 40K copies.  The publication covers the DC metro region including Washington DC, suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia.

East City Art writers profile local artists, initiate community discussions and review local exhibitions.  Since its inception seven years ago, East City Art has emerged as one of the leading voices in DC’s visual arts community often influencing larger local and national publications.

East City Art ’s mission is to connect local artists with the community at large through facilitated dialogue. East City Art believes art’s most important role lies in its ability to lift the human spirit through a common visual language that transcends class, race and gender.

About Juror Deirdre Ehlen MacWilliams

Deirdre serves as public art project manager for Arlington’s nationally-renowned Public Art program where she develops and manages County-initiated projects and advises on various public art and design enhancement requests. Prior to joining Arlington, Deirdre worked as the public art coordinator for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) and for Weitzman Studios.

Deirdre also works independently on creative projects and initiatives.  This year, she is the co-curator for What’s Going on Voices of Shaw, co-curator for the art collection at the Conway Center and curator of Georgetown GLOW.

In 2015, she was a project manager for Finding a Line, working with local artist and skateboarder Ben Ashworth and the Kennedy Center, the curator of Georgetown GLOW, the curator of Hickok Cole’s Art Night and curator and project manager for four new sculptures by Foon Sham located within Golden Triangle. In 2014, Deirdre was the curator for the Foggy Bottom Sculpture Biennial and in 2014 and 2012 was the producer for DCCAH’s temporary public art program 5×5.  She also directs Mid City Artists, a group of professional artists who have come together for the purpose of promoting their art and the mid-city section of DC.