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Create a Nonument: Citywide Youth Art Contest
Organized by Washington Project for the Arts
Jurors: Lance Fung, Fung Collaboratives; Lisa Gold, Washington Project for the Arts; Tonya Jordan, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Eligibility: DC Metro area students in grades K-12
Deadline for Submissions: August 18, 2014 at 5:00pm
Exhibition Dates: September 6 – September 19, 2014

Washington Project for the Arts, in collaboration with Lance Fung of Fung Collaboratives and DCCAH’s 5×5 program, are pleased to present Create a Nonument, a citywide youth art contest to celebrate Fung’s 5×5 Project, Nonuments.

Washington DC, our nation’s capital, is renowned for its grand monuments honoring the history and achievements of great Americans. But behind the federal face of official Washington, there is a real city with distinctive neighborhoods filled with passionate citizens living their lives. Create a Nonument is an opportunity for students to consider the history and meaning behind the monuments that surround them here in our nation’s capital.  Students living in this area see monuments on a daily basis without questioning their significance.  This project seeks to challenge students to create their own monument to an idea, person, or personal struggle that they identify with but that would not be the subject of a traditional Washington DC monument.

Judging Criteria
The Nonument submissions will be judged on the following artistic elements:
- Concept: How well the work relates to the theme of Nonuments
- Composition: How well the elements of line and form work together
- Creativity: The uniqueness of design and theme

Students will be split into three categories: Grades K-3, Grades 4-6, Grades 7-12.  From each category, the jurors will select a 3rd, 2nd, and 1st place winner. 3rd place winners will receive $50, 2nd place winners will receive $75, and 1st place winners will receive $100.  Students who place in their respective categories will also meet curator Lance Fung and be introduced at the opening reception for 5×5.  All submissions will be on public exhibit from September 6 – September 19, 2014.

Winners will be notified by September 2, 2014 and they will be introduced at the opening reception for Nonuments on September 6, 2014 at Fung’s Nonument Park at 998 4th St. SW, Washington DC 20024.

-Students must be in grades K-12 and living in the DC Metro Area
-Work must be submitted in person or mailed to:

Washington Project for the Arts
ATTN: Create a Nonument Contest
Capitol Skyline Hotel
10 I (eye) St. SW
Washington DC 20024

-Works must be delivered by August 18, 2014 at 5:00pm
-Work must be two-dimensional and measure 12” x 18” (no video submissions permitted)
-Students must fill out the Create a Nonument Form and securely attach it to the back of their Nonument

All submissions become the property of Washington Project for the Arts. Washington Project for the Arts reserves the right to reproduce works in conjunction with promotion of the contest, exhibition, and for archival purposes. Works will not be returned after the exhibition, so please document your work prior to mailing.

WPA will provide 12” x 18” construction paper to any student who wishes to apply and needs materials in order to participate. Paper may be picked up at WPA offices at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I (eye) St. SW, Suite 434, Washington DC 20024 between the hours of 10am – 6pm Monday through Friday. If you have any questions or issues please contact Samantha May at or 202.234.7103 x1.


Samantha Sethi

Samantha Sethi, Dancers, 2012, gouache on paper, 16 x 20 inches

Dates: July 10 – August 31, 2014
Location: Capitol Skyline Hotel Lounge, 10 I st. SW, Washington DC 20024
Opening Reception: July 10, 2014, 6-8pm


WPA is pleased to announce an exhibition by DC-based, Samantha Sethi, in its latest Hothouse exhibitions series at the Capitol Skyline Hotel.

Combining elements of Eastern and Western art, culture, history, mythology, religion, science, and technology with personal narratives, WPA member artist Samantha Sethi, creates dynamic, highly-detailed paintings and drawings.  Using techniques derived from the visual language of miniature paintings, Sethi’s work often pairs human and animal subjects in unnatural, fantastic landscapes.  Water is a recurring theme in Sethi’s work.  Her figures are often depicted playfully dancing or swimming among the painstakingly detailed patterning of the waves.   With reference to traditional mythological stories, Sethi’s art suggests narrative that reveals itself organically through her highly-stylized, personal visual language.

Samantha Sethi was born in Owatonna City, MN and grew up in Ann Arbor, MI.  She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY.  She is currently a MFA candidate at The George Washington University.  Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions including recent shows at Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery (Washington, DC), Silvermine Arts Center (New Canaan, CT), Superfine (Brooklyn, NY), and V2V (Ann Arbor, MI).  Sethi is a recipient of the Morris Louis Endowment Fellowship from The George Washington University.

About Hothouse
Hothouse is a series of exhibitions, installations, and events organized by Washington Project for the Arts and takeplace in the Capitol Skyline Hotel Lounge.  Created as a way to provide new opportunities for WPA member artists and forge new connections within DC’s creative communities, Hothouse presents member-initiated programming on a regular basis.

Kate Gilmore Heartbreaker

Kate Gilmore, Heart Breaker, video, 2008, Courtesy of David Castillo Gallery

Dates: July 10 – September 14, 2014
Location: Capitol Skyline Hotel Lobby, 10 I st. SW, Washington DC 20024
Opening Reception: July 10, 2014, 6-8pm


The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

-Thomas Paine

The philosopher Albert Camus suggested the myth of Sisyphus − his ceaseless and pointless toil− as a metaphor for our modern condition, our lives spent in futile jobs in monotonous settings. And yet he also offered “the struggle itself…is enough to fill a man’s heart.”

The works in this exhibition poetically and humorously evince that sentiment − that life is a struggle and there is beauty, absurdity, futility, and even reward in the journey.

Silvia Rivas’s animated house flies repeatedly attempt to break free from their computer-generated boundaries and are thwarted time and time again. But just like real flies, they return determined − and annoying − as ever to continue their aimless quest. Merike Estna wrestles with a canvas painted in soothing pastels (a metaphor with which all artists can identify), yet we are struck not only by the absurdity of her struggle, but also the beauty and contraposition of the surrounding landscape.  Cheryl Pope’s confrontation with a room full of water balloons invites us to contemplate the challenging “head space” that conflict creates. Kate Gilmore’s comical and destructive labors offer us perhaps the most insight into our own heart-filling and absurd exploits. Peter Eudenbach’s table in the surf leaves us cheering and believing in the words of Thomas Paine.

In art, just as in life, the energy expended is not always proportionate to the outcome derived. Sometimes it is the struggle that is the reward. And sometimes, the results are glorious.

Participating Artists
Merike Estna, Tallin, Estonia; Peter Eudenbach, Norfolk, Virginia; Kate Gilmore, Miami, Florida;Cheryl Pope, Chicago, Illinois; and Silvia Rivas, Buenos Aires, Argentina.


About Hothouse Video 
As a natural extension of its long running Experimental Media Series, WPA launched Hothouse Video, a series of contemporary video works by local, national, and international artists to be presented in the hotel lobby.  Part of WPA’s Hothouse series of exhibitions and events at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, Hothouse Video introduces exceptional artists and artworks to the DC community and to the substantial number of visitors, both national and international, who visit the hotel. Each Hothouse Video project runs approximately 6 weeks.



Dates: July 21 – August 29, 2014
Opening Reception: July 24, 2014 from 6-8pm
Location: 1200 1st St. NE, Washington DC, 20002

WPA is pleased to announce our sixth Lobby Project installation entitled From the Archives by member artist Anthony Palliparambil, Jr.  Palliparambil will be exhibiting over 250 individual photos that have been created through the inputs of various social media outlets.

Palliparambil is also accepting photo submissions from people who want their photos transformed for the show, to have your photograph transformed and included in From the Archives visit

Anthony Palliparambil’s current work, From the Archives, revolves around the roles of rebirth, technology, and social media in art today. Anyone with a smart-phone can, in a matter of seconds, take a photograph, apply a “vintage” filter, and post it for millions to see. Borrowing this approach to “fast art,” he uses images from his personal archive of photographs and edits them using only software and applications on an iPad. During the creation of this series, he posted each image to various social media platforms, encouraging feedback from an international audience, and then the audience was invited to submit photos from their own archives to be transformed into new works – creating art from art.

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is honored to partner with the NoMa BusinessImprovement District (NoMa BID) to create a changing installation of artwork by outstanding artists for the NoMa Lobby ProjectThe Lobby Project, made possible by a grant from the Office of Planning, creates a new space in an existing place.  The project is an activation of an office lobby at 1200 First St. NE, with a ‘Nerds in NoMa’ speaker series, art, wifi, lectures, and the creation of a new social and professional gathering space. Previous installations have included work by Gabriel MellanAmanda Leigh BurnhamEdmond van der Bijl, and Fawna Xiao.