2017 Info

Basic Information for Interested Participants

Artomatic is an artist-run, unjuried, multimedia arts temporary event that draws together visual and performing artists and brings their work to the community. Artists are accepted, and exhibit space is allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Fees cover event expenses, and artist participant work shifts provide the staff to run the event.

Information on this Page:
Event Dates
Registration Info
Installation Dates
Designing Your Space
Installation Rules
Shifts & Rescheduling Shifts
Event Rules

 

Event Dates:    Artomatic will be open to the public March 24th   – May 6th

Wednesdays: Noon-10pm
Thursdays: noon – 10pm
Fridays: noon – midnight
Saturdays: noon – midnight
Sundays: noon – 8 pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
All artwork must remain at Artomatic through the last day of Artomatic on May 6th.

Registration: Opening and Closing

Registration is open for all visual and performing arts.
Visual arts registration will remain open until March 16th or until all artist spaces are selected.
Performing Arts and Film will remain open throughout the event or until all performing spaces are scheduled.

Installation Dates & Times: March 7th -March 19th

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays : 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 1:00 pm – 10:00pm
Mondays: Closed

Please try to install early as there is only one loading dock that is shared with the Marriott Hotel and Synthetic Theater.

The Loading Dock is located on 20th Street here is a VIDEO to help you find your way!

Designing Your Space

It’s your space and you can curate as you wish.

We don’t censor or jury artwork.

Don’t forget your name and contact info.

Artwork can not leave the building until the event is over – on May 6th

All artwork must be deinstalled between May 7 and May 14.

All 2d materials must be firmly attached to the wall.

NO bins with loose artwork.

You may paint your space any color you choose.

You must use a drop cloth when painting your space.

If you choose to paint a mural or text in this space, it must be repainted to a neutral color.

You may paint door but do not remove doors.

Do not remove tape over door Jab (it’s the part on the door frame).

Please refer to the installation rules for more information.

Installation Rules

  • All building material, paint, ladders, wood, metal, sculpture and everything that takes two people to carry MUST come through the loading dock and the freight elevator. ARTOMATIC DOES NOT HAVE LOAD IN HAND TRUCKS ON SITE. Please provide your own when you are loading in for installation.
  • Small artwork and cardboard boxes may come through the parking garage, concourse level and lobby elevators.
  • You may only park in the loading dock long enough to unload your vehicle and vehicles may not be left unattended.
  • Volunteers will watch your materials and art while you find a long term parking space.
  • There is free parking in many parking garages in Crystal City after 4pm and all day Saturday and Sunday.
  • Please choose a space that meets your lighting and electrical needs. Artomatic is not responsible for repairing, or adding additional lighting and electrical to the building.
  • You may add lighting to your space using a maximum of 100 watts total. No loose cords are allowed on the floor— all cords must be secured.
  • Installations that require >100 watts are allowed at the discretion of the Site Operations Team.
  • Multiple extension cords may not be chained together and all cords must be heavy duty, three-prong.
  • Do not paint electrical outlets or switches – application of paint onto live electrical sockets is a code violation and renders use of such sockets unsafe. No electrical sockets that have been painted can be used at any time.
  • For any lighting systems that have 2-prong, ungrounded wires, the system must be plugged into a surge protector that properly grounds it.
  • Any lighting systems that consist of spliced joints must use electrical boxes to ensure safe operation.
  • You may build out or add small furniture as long as it does not block or intrude on traffic areas or other artists spaces. Performance areas may have additional restrictions for use of floor space.
  • All common areas must remain free and clear from clutter and obstructions.
  • You may hang small signage and LIGHT objects (< 2 pounds) from the ceiling grid as long as they do not block or intrude on other artists spaces and are at least 24” from any sprinkler heads. Ceiling tiles must remain down in the grid with no gaps. Please use correct hardware (similar to grid hooks).
  • Do NOT paint the ceiling.
  • Do NOT paint the floor.
  • Don’t alter your wall by cutting, damaging, or drilling large holes.
  • Please do not spray paint in the building.
  • Please take your dirty paint brushes and rollers home to wash. The rest-rooms and kitchens are off limits to paint brushes and rollers. Do NOT use the bathrooms to clean anything other than your hands.
  • Clean up after yourself and respect this building.
  • Respect other artists and their spaces.
  • Please don’t litter or spam artist spaces or common areas with promotional materials.
  • Please remove all your trash. Take it with you. We don’t have trashcans or trash pick-up during installation.
  • No Artomatic tools, hand trucks, carts, ladders or dollies are available for individual use. Please provide your own.
  • Remember that everything you attach to your wall will need to be removed by you when you deinstall.

Most of the doors have functioning locks but the former tenants did not leave behind any keys. Artomatic will be placing duck tape over the door jamb in the door frame. Please do not remove this tape.

Shifts

Artomatic is an artist-run, nonjuried, temporary multimedia arts event that draws together visual and performing artists and brings their work to the community. Participant artist work shifts provide the staff to run the event.

You signed up for 3 shifts (15 hours) during registration.

Check in with the Gallery Manager in the office on the 7th floor at the start of your shift.

Be on time and be responsible – please arrive 15 minutes early for check in.

Do not consume alcohol during your shift.

Bring your cell phone so that we can communicate during your shift if necessary.

Gallery Managers are in charge of shifts and will get you everything you need.

There are lots of tasks, including greeter, floor walker, bar tender.

You may be re-assigned during your shift.

Check out at the end of your shift.

Keep to your sign up shifts, you may not change your schedule within 24 hrs without notifying volunteer@artomatc.org

When you signed up for shifts many of you left comments, we will try to work with your comments but we can not guarantee any shift assignments.

Email volunteer@artomatic.org for any questions or concerns.

How to Review, Add or Change Shifts

If you need to add or change a shift please click on the Artomatic SignUp.com website http://signup.com/go/bRjahW

You will see a link next to “Already Signed up? Click here to view/edit” Click on that and enter the email you provided for registration.

Click on “My Spots” to review your shifts.

Click on “My Spots” to remove a shift.

Click on “All Spots” to sign up for shifts.

Artomatic is an artist-run, nonjuried, temporary multimedia arts event that draws together visual and performing artists and brings their work to the community. Participant artist work shifts provide the staff to run the event.

You signed up for 3 shifts (15 hours) during registration.

Check in with the Gallery Manager in the office on the 7th floor at the start of your shift.

Be on time and be responsible – please arrive 15 minutes early for check in.

Do not consume alcohol during your shift.

Bring your cell phone so that we can communicate during your shift if necessary.

Gallery Managers are in charge of shifts and will get you everything you need.

There are lots of tasks, including greeter, floor walker, bar tender.

You may be re-assigned during your shift.

Check out at the end of your shift.

Keep to your sign up shifts, you may not change your schedule within 24 hrs without notifying volunteer@artomatc.org

When you signed up for shifts many of you left comments, we will try to work with your comments but we can not guarantee any shift assignments.

Email volunteer@artomatic.org for any questions or concerns.

How to Review, Add or Change Shifts

If you need to add or change a shift please click on the Artomatic SignUp.com website http://signup.com/go/bRjahW

You will see a link next to “Already Signed up? Click here to view/edit” Click on that and enter the email you provided for registration.

Click on “My Spots” to review your shifts.

Click on “My Spots” to remove a shift.

Click on “All Spots” to sign up for shifts.

Event Rules

  • No outside alcohol allowed.
  • Do not take alcoholic drinks outside the building.
  • Respect the staff, remember you will be staffing shifts during this show.
  • All artists are required to work three participation shifts. You may change shifts online but must complete at least three to honor your Artist Participant Agreement and be able to participate in future Artomatic events.
  • Please take your shifts seriously and do your best to help staff the event. Artists involved in non-assigned activities may not get credit for their shift.
  • All artwork must stay up for the entire event, and artwork may not be brought into, or taken from, the building during the event. The only exception is for artists bringing in separate art for sale at the Artists Marketplace held on the weekends.