Arts In Foggy Bottom

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The award-winning Arts in Foggy Bot­tom out­door sculp­ture bien­nial, one of Washington’s lead­ing pro­grams for pre­sent­ing pub­lic art, is back for its fourth sea­son. Sculpted: His­to­ries Revealed, the 2014 exhi­bi­tion, opens May 17th. The Exhibit will fea­ture 16 con­tem­po­rary sculp­tures by 15 artists, most of whom are nation­ally rec­og­nized. The works—presented on pri­vate prop­er­ties and businesses—respond to the spaces, per­sonae and sto­ries of the His­toric Foggy Bot­tom neighborhood.

The exhi­bi­tion was selected by 2014 cura­tor and pub­lic art expert Deirdre Ehlen MacWilliams, in part­ner­ship with Arts in Foggy Bot­tom founders and co-directors Jackie Lemire, Jill Nevius and Mary Kay Shaw, with sup­port from the Arts in Foggy Bot­tom advi­sory committee.

The phys­i­cal nature and diverse mate­r­ial choices of the 2014 selected works con­nect the busi­ness, edu­ca­tional and res­i­den­tial com­mu­ni­ties of Foggy Bot­tom and the adja­cent Met­ro­pol­i­tan com­mu­ni­ties. All 16 works are site-specific and most are on view for the first time in Sculpted: His­to­ries Revealed.

The sculp­tures reflect both the home at which they are sited and the cur­rent home­owner. As a result, Sculpted: His­to­ries Revealed com­mu­ni­cates a piece of the present and a piece of the past,” MacWilliams said artist Mariah Anne John­son, an adjunct fine art pro­fes­sor at George Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity, whose pre­ferred artis­tic medium is bed sheets, takes her inspi­ra­tion from her mother’s efforts to main­tain aes­thetic order in the home, cre­at­ing undu­lat­ing sculp­tural instal­la­tions. Johnson’s work in His­to­ries Revealed is a direct response to the archi­tec­ture of the row house where her work is sited.

Richard Vosseller’s sculp­ture, Mon­u­ment, phys­i­cal­ity man­i­fests itself in the media he chooses, cor-ten or heavy duty steel, and show­cases his enthu­si­asm for archi­tec­ture. The mon­u­men­tal­ity of his work is per­fectly paired with the town-home that plays host to his sculpture.

Sculpted: His­to­ries Revealed fea­tures work by the fol­low­ing artists: Chris­t­ian Bene­fiel, Greg Braun, Gra­ham Cald­well, Joseph Fish, Mary Frank, Eliz­a­beth Grae­ber, Mariah Anne John­son, Lau­rel Lukaszewski, Dalya Luttwak, Leigh Mad­dox, Rachel Schmidt, Paul Steinkoenig, Veron­ica Sza­lus, Richard Vos­seller and Bill Wood.

Click here to visit the offi­cial exhibit website.

About the Cura­tor
Since 2005, Deirdre Ehlen MacWilliams has col­lab­o­rated with design pro­fes­sion­als, com­mu­nity mem­bers, gov­ern­ment col­leagues and artists to develop large– and small-scale pub­lic art projects for Wash­ing­ton, DC and Arling­ton, Vir­ginia. She 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 County, MacWilliams worked as pub­lic art coor­di­na­tor for the DC Com­mis­sion on the Arts and Human­i­ties (DCCAH) and for Weitz­man Stu­dios in Brent­wood, MD.

MacWilliams also works inde­pen­dently on cre­ative projects and ini­tia­tives. Cur­rently, she is the pro­ducer for DCCAH’s tem­po­rary pub­lic art ini­tia­tive 5x5-2014. 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. In 2012, MacWilliams served as cura­tor for the Down­town BID’s Art All Night Fes­ti­val and orga­nizer for DCCAH’s inau­gural 5×5 program.

About the Exhibit
The Foggy Bot­tom bien­nial out­door sculp­ture exhi­bi­tion can be viewed in front of homes and busi­nesses in His­toric Foggy Bot­tom between 24th and 26th Streets, NW, and H and K Streets, NW, day and night through Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 25th.

Arts in Foggy Bot­tom won the Mayor’s Arts Awards for “Inno­va­tion in the Arts” in 2009 and is a project of the Foggy Bot­tom Association.

Fund­ing for the 2014 exhi­bi­tion has been pro­vided by a Planned Unit Devel­op­ment (PUD) amenity from the Hilton Gar­den Inn at 2201 M Street, NW. Major sup­port for the three prior bien­ni­als was from the Foggy Bot­tom Asso­ci­a­tion Defense and Improve­ment Corporation.  

Advi­sory com­mit­tee mem­bers include: Car­olyn Alper, Robin Clarke, Chas Col­burn, Jean Efron, Dale John­son, Wendy Luke, Fan­chon Sil­ber­stein, Anne Smith, Tracy Van Riper, Louise Weiner and Helen Zughaib.

Sculpted: His­to­ries Revealed | Arts in Foggy Bot­tom
Foggy Bot­tom, Wash­ing­ton DC May 17 thru Octo­ber 25 2014