Six Local Artists Explain the Inspiration for Their HEMPHILL Coloring Book Pieces

They also discuss what they’ve worked on in quarantine.

Nine artists at HEMPHILL created a coloring book during the COVID-19 stay-at-home mandate. The gallery printed limited editions and published adownloadable digital copy on July 15. “Art endures and so will we,” HEMPHILL states in its opening pages. At first glance, the project seems whimsical, but there is also depth to the artwork that speaks […]

The Smithsonian’s Director of Accessibility Explains an Inclusive Reopening Strategy as the Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 30

"Ziebarth and her team are advocating for inclusivity as the Smithsonian discusses how it will operate in a post-pandemic world."

July 26 marks the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The landmark legislation made it illegal to discriminate against people with disabilities, and established accessibility requirements for public accommodations (like retail stores and recreation centers), government services, facilities, transportation, and telecommunications. When President George H. W. Bush signed the […]

A Smithsonian Curator Opens Up About Artwork and How Her Own Work Has Changed During the Pandemic

Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art curator Debra Diamond talks about her relationship with art and making objects sing.

Debra Diamond’s work involves viewing million-dollar art pieces. The experience, she says, just isn’t the same on a computer screen. Diamond is a curator at the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, now known as the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art. Like many of us, she has been working from […]

With Emails and Virtual Displays, Zenith Gallery’s Art is a Source of Inspiration During Crisis

The gallery has made its presence known digitally throughout the pandemic.

During quarantine, the amount of digitally available content for our learning and entertainment has skyrocketed. That is even more true for the visual arts. We can’t go to the art, but now—from a distance and through a digital screen—the art can come to us. Zenith Gallery sees art as a source of hope. Art uplifts […]

Howard University’s Virtual Exhibitions Widen Access to the Art World

And the curators see the benefits of digitizing the arts even after the COVID-19 crisis.

On May 9, Howard University’s 50th annual art faculty exhibition opened—but unlike in past years, this installation was unveiled online. It runs to the end of July. The curator of 50th Faculty Exhibition, Miriam Ahmed, a lecturer in graphic design at the university, explains that user experience was their primary consideration in creating the 3D […]

How D.C. Museums Fared in the Paycheck Protection Program Lottery

Few museums appear to have found any federal support for the long summer ahead.

At Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, the property and former home of heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, March is Orchid Month, the highest of holidays. Normally, the museum can count on thousands of flower flâneurs to idle through the museum’s vast orchid library, which boasts some 2,000 specimens. But this year, Orchid Month was canceled. Since […]

Collaborative Artists Duly Noted Painters Rethink How to Practice During a Pandemic

Before the crisis, the duo worked side-by-side to create their art.

Watching a sped-up YouTube video of the Duly Noted Painters work together on a canvas has the same meditative effect as watching a nature documentary where green leaves unfurl or glittering insects swarm. Artists Kurtis Ceppetelli and Matt Malone are clearly comfortable with each other as they riff off the other’s mark making, step back […]

The Phillips Collection Faces Tough Decisions and Uphill Battles in the Run-Up to its Centennial

The museum has canceled or postponed all exhibits, performances, and programs.

The Phillips Collection ought to be having a moment. On any given day, the museum’s selection of works by the likes of Georgia O’Keeffe and Arthur Dove make it an essential destination in the District. Late in February, the museum opened an especially challenging exhibit, one that traces the complex exchanges between European artists who […]

The Hirshhorn is Quietly Rolling Out a New Name: Hirshhorn National Museum of Modern Art

It's not a hard rebranding, but the elevated title reflects a broader pivot for the museum.

The name of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has always suggested two institutions that share a single campus. The Museum is easy to spot on the National Mall: It’s the massive donut-shaped concrete bunker, the one with the Dodge Spirit crushed underneath a googly-eyed volcanic boulder parked out front. The namesake and easily overlooked Sculpture Garden boasts […]

How a Photographer With Vision Loss Makes His Art and Masters His Aesthetic

D.C. photographer Steven Marks opens up about his photos and his sight.

D.C.-based photographer StevenMarks has exhibited some of his recent works in three separate exhibitions at the Studio Gallery over the past year and a half. Most of the images from Marks’ recent “Shadows and Acts” series feature anonymous figures standing within lush but disorienting geometrical spaces. Marks’ aesthetic is more than just an artistic choice—it’s […]


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