Join us for another night of community! If you missed Shirlington or can’t attend the November DC gathering, here is your next opportunity! Meet us at Busboys and Poets in Columbia, Maryland to network with other creatives, hear stories about the beginning of Artomatic’s early years, learn about future Artomatic plans, connect with fellow creatives and bring your friends.
Let’s continue to build our creative community.
Artists are free to do what they wish within their designated space — paint the walls, turn out the lights, or simply tack up their artwork. Because Artomatic events are usually held in an office building, the spaces are as unconventional as the art and they may include large lounges, meeting rooms, kitchens and especially challenging spaces such as closets. Guidelines are provided for the event and more information will be provided after registration.
What does "unjuried" mean? It means anyone who can pay a modest fee to cover expenses can exhibit at Artomatic. It means a lower barrier to entry, no overarching theme or goal, and a huge variety of media. Paintings and photography are the most popular, but anything goes: sculpture, fiber art, videos, multimedia installations, collages, wearable art, and the impossible to categorize. Because anything goes, you’ll get to see plenty of experiments and risk-taking.
*Taken from The Art League’s blog on Artomatic 2017. https://www.theartleague.org/blog/2017/04/04/artomatic-2017-600-artists-7-floors-44-days/
Because Artomatic is a non-profit and there is no admission fee for the public to enter our events, we rely on volunteers to serve as staff for our events. Staff members welcome the public, advertise our events, run security and perform a variety of other duties to ensure a successful event.
Artomatic is a nonprofit, volunteer-run 501 (c) 3 organization that coordinates and hosts a large arts festival occurring periodically in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, usually in a commercial location slated for demolition. Artomatic’s mission is to create community, build audience and expand economic development by transforming available space into a playground for artistic expression.