Almost one year after Connersmith sold its Trinidad gallery space to Capital Fringe, the fine art gallery is returning to the brick and mortar.
Leigh Conner and Jamie Smith announced today that they have purchased a new space in Shaw to serve as the headquarters for Connersmith and the (e)merge Art Fair, which they also manage. The gallery is moving into 1013 O Street NW, a few blocks from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and near to Logan Circle and Blagden Alley.
Back in 2008, Connersmith—then Conner Contemporary Art—moved from its longtime home in Dupont Circle to a vast white cube space on Florida Avenue NE near the H Street corridor. Soon thereafter, though, the gallery shifted focus. Along with co-founder Helen Allen, Smith and Conner launched the (e)merge Art Fair in 2011, at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, which is owned by art collector and Miami real estate mavens Don and Mera Rubell. (Allen has since left the fair.)
When Connersmith closed last year, its proprietors said that they planned to open a new shop eventually. HapstakDemetriou+, a D.C. architecture firm, will design the interiors for Connersmith. In an announcement, Conner describes the new location as “an ideal space where collectors and curators will experience our artists’ works.”
It’s not clear whether Connersmith aims to hold traditional gallery shows at the new location once the move is complete (by the first quarter of next year). Conner and Smith didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.