This year’s exhibition is curated by Smithsonian’s American Art Museum curator Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell and explores climate justice and human connectedness with nature
After having to postpone last year’s exhibition due to the pandemic, Arts in Foggy Bottom is back with its outdoor sculpture biennial which will open on Saturday, June 5. This year’s theme is “Human/Nature” and is curated by the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell. The seventh exhibition by the award-winning arts program features original creations by 11 artists installed throughout the yards and homes of the historic Foggy Bottom neighborhood located between 24th and 26th Streets NW and H and K Streets NW in Washington, DC. The biennial event will launch with an opening reception on June 5, and remain on display until September 26, 2021.
The 2021 exhibition welcomes the public to interact on self-led tours with the works of the 11 artists including Robin Bell, Jerry Truong and Jacqui Crocetta designed as one-of-a-kind pieces exploring human connectedness with nature, and the impacts of the collision between natural and manmade environments with the use of materials that evoke natural elements and affirm an urgency towards climate justice.
“I was interested in presenting a broad spectrum of artistic responses to one of the most pressing issues of today – what are we to do about climate justice? The artists presented in the exhibition have interpreted and conceptualized our relationship to the natural world in a wide array, offering visitors a chance to reflect on the beauty and the danger of our current environment,” said this year’s curator, Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell.
Arts in Foggy Bottom enlisted the expertise of Greenwell as the curator for this year’s collection. A native of Washington D.C. and current Head of Public Programs with the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery, Greenwell’s curatorial work focuses on the intersection of art, activism and social change.
“We are so lucky to have Kayleigh join us for this year’s exhibition. Her expertise in curating and passion for portraying social activism through art has been key to fulfilling the Human/Nature theme,” said Arts in Foggy Bottom Co-Director Peter Maye. “And, the cohort of incredibly talented artists have really found creative ways to portray this topic. Their work will truly set this year’s exhibition apart.”
Attendees will also have the opportunity to engage with the exhibition via QR codes that include special behind-the-scenes narratives with recorded stories from the artists providing first person perspectives of their creations.
“I’m thrilled to be exhibiting with this talented group, and I’m anticipating that the work will make me think and feel on a deep level,” said artist Jacqui Crocetta.
An opening reception to celebrate the launch of the 2021 exhibition will be held at the Watergate Gallery on June 5th from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET.
For more information on Arts in Foggy Bottom, visit http://artsinfoggybottom.com/.
About Arts in Foggy Bottom
Founded in 2007 by Foggy Bottom residents Jackie Lemire, Jill Nevius and Mary Kay Shaw, Arts in Foggy Bottom was formed to foster artistic expression and community engagement while highlighting the unique vibrancy of the Foggy Bottom neighborhood. Since its first collection in 2008, the program has created a new exhibit every two years expanding its representation through new curators, artists, topics and art formats. In 2009, Arts in Foggy Bottom received the District of Columbia Mayor’s Arts Award for Innovation in the Arts and won the Foggy Bottom Association’s Olga Corey Spirit of Community Award in 2013.
Arts in Foggy Bottom Exhibition – Historic Foggy Bottom – 842 New Hampshire Ave. NW Washington, D.C. 20037
- Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell – Curator
- Peter Maye – Co-director of Arts in Foggy Bottom
- Jackie Lemire, Jill Nevius, and Mary Kay Shaw. – Founders of Arts in Foggy Bottom
- Robin Bell – Artist – Artwork located at 842 New Hampshire Ave. NW
- Dalya Luttwak – Artist – Artwork located at 810 New Hampshire Ave. NW
- Lisa Fedon – Artist – Artwork located at 826 25th St. NW
- Sanzi Kermes – Artist – Artwork located at 835 25th St. NW
- Jerry Truong – Artist – Artwork located at 835 25th St. NW
- Jeff Chyatte – Artist – Artwork located at 2419 I St. NW & 2527 I St. NW
- Stephanie Garon – Artist – Artwork located at 2518 I St. NW & 2520 I St. NW
- Jordann Wine – Artist – Artwork located at 915 26th St. NW
- Jacqui Crocetta – Artist – Artwork located at 919 26th St. NW
- Lynda Andrews-Barry – Artist – Artwork 925 26th St. NW
- Leigh Maddox and Lucia Paulsen – Artists – Artwork located at 909 Hughes Mews