If you’ve walked by the Walter E. Reed Convention Center recently you may have noticed that the previously empty retail windows and display spaces have suddenly turned into works of art. A little known fact about the Convention Center is that, with its 120 piece permanent art collection, the Washington Convention Center Authority holds the largest public art collection in Washington, D.C. Now a new exhibit called “Windows Into D.C.” is giving local D.C. and Shaw artists a public canvas to depict their creative visions of the nation’s capital and their neighbourhoods.
Windows into D.C. is a first-of-its-kind exhibit, sponsored by the Washington Convention Center Authority and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. With many of the storefront spaces around the Convention Center left unoccupied for years now, the area can feel a little desolate at time. The exhibit brings some much needed colour and vibrancy to the area while providing great exposure to local artists. The exhibit planners hope other buildings and property owners nearby will follow their lead and liven up their windows with art. “Windows Into D.C.” will be open through March 2010.
The participating artists are Beth Baldwin, Jason Clark, Tim Conlon, Liani Foster, Amber Robles-Gordon, Eve Hennessa, Michael Dax Iacovone, Anne Marchand, Cory Oberndorfer, Michael Platt & Carol A. Beane, Kelly Towles, Aneikan Udofia, Colin Winterbottom and The New Community for Children, an afterschool program for 3rd and 4th grade students.