Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Art Romp Anacostia opens August 23rd! Free event!

After a nearly 6-year hiatus, the exciting group exhibition makes a comeback…east of the river!

Anacostia Arts Center and Curator Molly Ruppert are excited to bring the notorious group show, “Art Romp” to Anacostia. The exhibition will feature over 50 artists from all sides of the river, exhibiting many modes of artistic expression--including painting, photography, quilting, performance art, new media, and sculpture.

Anacostia Arts Center is located at 1231 Good Hope Road SE. Opening Night is Friday, August 23 from 5-9pm. The show begins the following day, August 24th, and runs until September 15th.  During this time the center will be open Tuesday-Friday from 11am-5pm and on Saturdays from 12pm-6pm. The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

Anacostia Art Center’s Director Kate Taylor Davis remarks, “In exploring ways to introduce our new facility to the arts community, I immediately thought of Molly Ruppert. Her dedication to nurturing artists and the arts scene in DC is astounding, and I have missed her Art Romps in recent years. I pitched her the idea of taking that energy to Anacostia, and I couldn’t be more excited she said ‘yes.’”

Molly Ruppert curated Art Romp 20 times over a span of 15 years at her Warehouse Arts Space on New York Avenue. As director and curator of the space from its initial opening in 1994, Molly has grown to become a much sought over and prominent curator. And in 2012, the Washington Project for the Arts presented Molly with the prestigious "Alice Denney Award" for her support of contemporary art.

Last mounted in 2007, Art Romp originated as a way to give artists the opportunity to display their work in an alternative gallery setting as well as to give them the opportunity to collaborate with other artists throughout the area.  Famous for its lively, eclectic and tremendous shows featuring all forms of artistic expression, Art Romp has historically attracted crowds from all sectors of D.C.  

About Anacostia Arts Center:
Anacostia Arts Center is a project of the ARCH Development Corporation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a home for small businesses, artists, arts and cultural organizations to fulfill its commitment to the revitalization and sustainable economic development of Historic Anacostia.

The Arts Center is 9,300 square feet, and includes a 1,000-square-foot Black Box Theater, space for five galleries/boutiques, a short-term exhibition gallery called Blank Space SE, Nurish café (opening fall 2013), and a 1,050-square-foot lounge area. The center offers rental options for curators, artists, and performers. It also welcomes proposals for collaborations and events.


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