Kids-Only Opening Reception: Friday, August 12, 2022, 7:00 PM
Opening Reception: Friday, August 12, 2022, 7:30 PM
Exhibition Closes: Sunday, September 4, 2022
DC Arts Center (DCAC), located in the heart of Adams Morgan, is thrilled to announce the return of WallMountables (previously titled 1460 WallMountables), the organization’s annual open community exhibition. One of the most popular and inclusive exhibits in DC, WallMountables also serves as one of the organization’s oldest traditions. Since its founding in 1989, the mission of the DC Arts Center has been to foster underrepresented artists. In honor of that mission, WallMountables allows DCAC to showcase Washington’s diverse and thriving creative community.
During WallMountables, the DC Arts Center divides its gallery walls into 2-foot by 2-foot squares, creating a floor-to-ceiling grid on which artists hang their work. The result is a remarkable exhibition featuring work by children, students, self-taught artists, and emerging, mid-career, and late-career artists. Artists who have previously participated include Richard Siegman, JoAnne Kent, Michael Booker, Chris Combs, Pat Goslee, Megan Maher, Karen Joan Topping, and Charlie Visconage, to name just a few.
This year all proceeds generated from WallMountables will go towards launching DCAC’s first-ever DC-based arts education project — ArtAdvance. ArtAdvance, a new after-school program for dedicated high school students, aims to bridge the divide between public school arts education and gaining access to the nation’s top art schools. Students will receive year-round supplemental visual and performing arts training while simultaneously gaining the experience, equipment, and support necessary to build a competitive portfolio.
“We’ve been receiving calls and emails about this year’s WallMountables since I started at DCAC in January,” said Sean Elias, DC Arts Center’s new Executive Director. “The excitement is palpable, and I think this year we’ve made some wonderful additions to the event that will excite new and returning participants alike. Having just launched registration just 24 hours ago, it’s clear if you’re hoping to join us this year, you’ll need to register today!”
One of the most noticeable additions this year is the dedication of wall space specifically for young artists. Participating young artists will also receive their own family-friendly opening celebration, complete with treats and a certificate of participation. “We really wanted a way to ensure our young artists felt special and offer their family and friends dedicated time and space to take photos, celebrate, and welcome these new faces into DC’s artist community,” said Mr. Elias.
Another noticeable change this year is that artists will keep 100% of all proceeds should their work sell. In addition, a new online registration process allows participants to choose exactly where they’ll hang their work and will enable artists to choose if they’d like to install individually or in a small group for a more communal experience.
“The inclusive nature of WallMountables makes it one of the most diverse exhibitions in Washington, DC, and provides participants a substantial amount of exposure,” said Mr. Elias. “It’s just one more way we remain fiercely dedicated to supporting local artists currently working in the greater DC area while raising funds in hopes of being able to support the next generation of artists, too.”
WALLMOUNTABLES 2022 DETAILS
- Squares are 2’ x 2’ and sell for $50 per square on a first-come-first-serve basis.
- There is no limit to the number of squares an artist may purchase this year.
- Registration takes place online at www.dcartscenter.org.
- Artists keep 100% of all proceeds from sales.
- Installation takes place individually or in small groups and can be scheduled online at www.dcartscenter.org
- Current members receive 1 free square (coupon code mailed directly via snail mail).
- New Artist Members receive 2 free squares (coupon emailed once registration is complete).
ABOUT DC ARTS CENTER
DC Arts Center (DCAC) is the only institution solely dedicated to fostering underrepresented artists in the greater Washington, D.C., area. We believe that by encouraging artists of all types and all levels to pursue their passion, community transformation is possible. Located in the heart of Washington, D.C’.s vibrant Adams Morgan neighborhood, DCAC operates a small arts facility that includes two art galleries, a 42-seat black box theater, and office space. Founded in 1989 as an accessible alternative arts center in response to eroding support for local artists, DCAC has since become a hub of creativity in the visual and performing arts, receiving local, national, and international attention. Artists of all types, including poets, painters, actors, storytellers, sculptors, and performance artists, have been drawn to DCAC from as close as around the corner to as far as from other continents.
DCAC is located at 2438 18th Street NW.