Artomatic strengthens the artistic community and builds an audience for that community by bringing together artists to temporarily transform available space into a creative place.

How Artomatic Realizes its Mission
  1. Events: Artomatic hosts signature events in temporary spaces that enable the arts community, its supporters, and stakeholders to connect.
  2. Community: Artomatic events are unjuried and inclusive. We provide exhibition, presentation, and publication opportunities for local artists, giving poets, writers and performers space to be seen, heard, and experienced.
  3. Outreach: Through open workshops and seminars, we introduce visitors and artists to new experiences and information.

The Story of Artomatic



Past Artomatic Events

Artomatic started in 1999 in the historic Manhattan Laundry buildings on Florida Avenue, N.W. More than 25,000 people visited the first Artomatic during its six- week duration and the event was widely reviewed and discussed in the regional media. For 20 years, Artomatic has continued to improve and grow as well as expand its relationships with developers, real estate firms, and business improvement districts (BIDs) in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area.

  • 1999 Douglas Development
  • 2000 Madison Marquette
  • 2002 Kaempfer Development
  • 2004 Abdo Development
  • 2007 Vornado/Charles E. Smith & Crystal City BID
  • 2008 The Pollinger Company & NoMA BID
  • 2009 Monument Realty & Capitol Riverfront BID
  • 2012 Vornado/Charles E. Smith & Crystal City BID
  • 2015 Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission
  • 2016 Foulger-Pratt
  • 2017 Vornado/Charles E. Smith & Crystal City BID
  • 2020 Virtual Event--20th Anniversary

Board of Directors

Board of Directors
George C. Koch, Founder and Chairman Emiterus

George Koch currently serves as an adviser for Artomatic, Inc. He led the Artomatic Steering Committee in first four Artomatic events which provided a forum for all area artists and performers to convene perform and exhibit, strengthening the visibility, cohesion, and marketplace of Washington's arts community. In 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2007 Artomatic energized Washington artists and performers and demonstrated the city's creative energy, captured media attention, and drew residents from the tri-state area. He serves as a member of the planning committee for Creative D.C. a new cultural initiative in the District of Columbia.

George Koch is a painter and founder of A. Salon, Ltd., an artist's service organization in the District of Columbia. George Koch served in various leadership positions with A. Salon until 2000. George Koch is a founding member and currently serves on the board of the Cultural Development Corporation. He was a founding board member of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington and previously served on the board for three terms. He was recipient of the Cultural Alliance’s first Tony Taylor Award.

George Koch chaired the Arts and Culture Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO, for ten years. Under his tenure, the Arts and Culture Committee sponsored Arts D.C. in cooperation with the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities. During the ten year life of Arts D.C., George Koch served as its Chair. The Arts and Culture Committee championed and sponsored the creation of the D.C. Film Office.

  • Board of Teams


We invite members of the press to contact us using the button below with any questions. During event times, press packets will be available.

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Licensing Opportunities

Please contact George Koch and Tom Cushing for more information about licensing.

Licensing Request Email

International Connection


Artomatic has worked with a variety of international partners in various countries. For more information about international connections, please contact George Koch, Felix Angel and Monica Flores, who serve on the Board of Directors. Thank you for your interest!