Washington Project for the Arts Presents NoMa Lobby Project

By Editorial Team on November 12, 2013
Detail of work by Gabriel Mellan. Photo courtesy of WPA and NoMa.
Detail of work by Gabriel Mellan. Photo courtesy of WPA and NoMa.
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 14 from 6pm to 8pm


Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is honored to partner with the NoMa Business Improvement District (NoMa BID) to create a changing installation of artwork by 3 outstanding artists for the NoMa Lobby Project. The Lobby Project, made possible by a grant from the Office of Planning, will create a new space in an existing place.  The project is a three-month activation of an office lobby with a ‘Nerds in NoMa’ speaker series, art, wifi, lectures, and the creation of a new social and professional gathering space.  The project takes place in the lobby of 1200 First St. NE from early November to mid-February.  The physical space will be a comfortable and enjoyable place to collaborate, work, rest or connect with others. The design of the lobby has been provided, gratis, by Ayers Saint Gross.

The exhibition schedule is as follows:

  • Gabriel Mellan: November 14, 2013-December 7, 2013
  • Amanda Burnham: December 12, 2013-January 18, 2014
  • Edmond van der Bijl: January 23, 2014-February 22, 2014

RSVP for the event here.

About the Artists:

  • Gabriel Mellan, based in Washington, DC, will present an installation of folded paper, which will play off of his interactive sound sculpture, Heptachord.
  • Amanda Burnham, based in Baltimore, MD, will bring NoMa to life through her layered installation of drawings of the neighborhood.
  • Edmond van der Bijl, based in Washington, DC, will give new life to pizza boxes as he transforms his materials into a site-specific installation that will intrigue and humor visitors.

About WPA:
Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is an independent, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for contemporary art. WPA supports artists at all stages of their careers and promotes contemporary art by presenting exhibitions, issues, and ideas that stimulate public dialogue on art and culture. Visit: www.wpadc.org.

Major support for WPA comes from its members, invaluable volunteers, numerous individuals, and generous contributions from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Brookfield Associates/64 New York Ave, Abramson Family Foundation, Susan and Dixon Butler, Clark Construction, Design Cuisine, Raymond Garcia, Hickok Cole Architects, Hop and Wine Beverage, The JBG Companies, Randy & Russell Katz, Kirkland& Ellis LLP, Yvette Kraft, Giselle & Ben Huberman, Marshfiled Associates, NoMa Business Improvement District, Peacock Café, Sonecon LLC, Robert Shields Interiors, TTR Sotheby’s International Real Estate, Taproot Foundation, Turner Construction, The Washington Post Company, William S. Paley Foundation, and WPA’s Board of Directors.

About NoMa:
NoMa is a vibrant, growing neighborhood north of Union Station and the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. In the last seven years, private developers have invested more than $5 billion in the 35 blocks within the NoMa BID boundary, and have plans to develop more than 20 million square feet of office, residential, hotel, and retail space. With a capital investment of $50 million from the DC government, NoMa will soon have great new parks and public spaces as well. NoMa is now home to 40,000 daytime workers, with 4.5 million SF leased in the last 5 years. More than 3,900 apartments have been recently completed or are under construction. NoMa has 13 modes of transportation, including two Red Line Metro stops, and the best biking facilities in D.C., with the only East Coast Bikestation, the 8-mile Metropolitan Branch Trail, and access to six Capital Bikeshare stations. NoMa is the most connected neighborhood in Washington, D.C. The NoMa BID organizes more than 50 free award-winning community events each year to connect friends and neighbors. For more information about NoMa, visit www.nomabid.org and sign up for our bimonthly newsletter.

The project location is in the lobby of 1200 First St. NE. For more information about the project, please visit www.NerdsintheLobby.com.