Washington D.C. is one of the several cities I have had the pleasure of calling my home over the years and I am very pleased to announce my contribution to the documented history of its changing cityscape. One of my photographs will be part of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.’s juried competition and exhibition, “For the Record: Artfully Historic D.C.”, that opens April 22 in the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square.
My photograph was inspired by America's oldest federal monuments – the 40 original stone mile markers used by surveyor Andrew Ellicott to establish the boundaries of the District of Columbia in 1791-92. Over the past 200 years, the capital boundaries have changed and some of the original boundary stones were damaged, moved and forever lost, in part due to urban redevelopment. The photograph of my light painting depicts the location of the missing boundary stone #SE4 – a ghost of the past – forever lost at the south-east outskirts of the historical Anacostia neighborhood. The area's built environment is under similar threat of disappearance due to neglect and redevelopment.
The exhibition artworks were selected by a jury of experts from local gallery and museum curators, including FotoDC, The George Washington University Museum, National Building Museum, National Geographic Society, National Portrait Gallery, NEWSEUM, and The Phillips Collection. The top five winning artists will become part of the Society's permanent collection, while the other 70 artworks will be available for purchase through an online auction. The exhibit and auction will close at the Historical Society’s 121st anniversary party on May 27, 2015. For a sample of the top 75 artworks and auction details please visit http://www.dchistory.org/ftr
April 22 - exhibition opening reception
May 8 - "A Toast to D.C."
May 27 - exhibition closing and 121st anniversary celebration: http://www.dchistory.org/events/121st-anniversary-celebration/
The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., is a community-supported educational and research organization that collects, interprets, and shares the history of the nation’s capital. Founded in 1894, it serves a diverse audience through its collections, public programs, exhibitions, and publications.