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The Washington Project for the Arts will name Molly Ruppert its 2012 Arts Alice Denney Award for Support of Contemporary Art.

Look on the resume of any working D.C. artist and you’re bound to find Ruppert’s name on it somewhere. As the director of the Warehouse, a longtime art space and theater in Mount Vernon Square, she has curated or juried any number of D.C. art shows over the years. The Warehouse Next Door has served as a venue for D.C. arts festivals ranging from FotoWeek to Sonic Circuits.

These days, the Warehouse is primarily a black-box theater. Part of the former space is now home to The Passenger. Warehouse co-owner, Paul Ruppert, is Molly’s son.

The award will be announced on Sat., Feb. 11, at the opening for “Select,” this year’s annual art auction. The Feb. 11 opening is free and kicks off at 6:00 p.m.

The eighth-annual award is named after Alice Denney, a curator and founder of the Washington Project for the Arts.

Photo by Pilar Vergara