The (e)merge Art Fair Brings New Artists & Galleries to Washington DC
Washington - SEP 19, 2011
Washington, DC.- (e)merge, a new, vetted art fair focused on emerging artists and galleries with emerging art, will take place between September 22nd and September 25th at the Capitol Skyline Hotel in Washington, DC. (e)merge will feature international galleries and nonprofits along with artist, curator and collector panel discussions, tours, and performances. Artists currently without gallery representation have the opportunity to exhibit their vetted works at no charge throughout the hotel grounds and in the hotel itself. The (e)merge art fair will take place within blocks of the National Mall, home to internationally renowned cultural institutions including the National Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and many Smithsonian museums. “Washington, DC is a natural base for this art fair,” said Helen Allen, one of the Fair’s three organizers. “The city’s museums are among the world’s best and most visited, and it has a vibrant artist and gallery scene.” (e)merge features over 80 international exhibitors in two platforms: The 'Gallery Platform' for galleries and nonprofit art spaces to show in the Hotel rooms on designated floors and 'Artist Platform' for artists who are not represented. The (e)merge educational platform will include lectures, panel discussions, and tours given by innovative authorities in contemporary art, including collectors, curators, critics, and artists. Despite the representation from other countries, (e)merge’s exhibitor list is very strong with representatives of the thriving Washington art scene, with 21 of its 37 featured galleries coming from the mid-Atlantic region. Major local players such as Irvine Contemporary, the Maryland Institute College of Art, the Corcoran, and G Fine Art are participating, as are smaller local galleries and web projects like The Studio Visit. Some local artists with no gallery representation will exhibit as well, among whom Holly Bass, Kristina Bilonick (a finalist in the Post’s Real Art D.C. series last year), Jeremy Flick, and Katherine Mann are among the artists who have shown widely in the region. The Opening Preview will take place on Thursday, September 22nd from 7 to 9pm followed by a concert by the pool with LouLou and the Disappointer Sisters (featuring members of Thievery Corporation, Fugazi, French Toast and The Deadmen). Email the fair's website at ... Article: Art Knowledge News

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