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Art Bank Application Process

On an annual basis, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities seeks to purchase original two and three-dimensional works of art including but not limited to paintings; drawings; mixed media; prints; photographs; textile art; ceramics; sculptures; installations, and video work. All submitted artwork will be equally considered, whether representational, conceptual, landscape, or abstract. Artwork must be created using archival materials and be no larger in size than 96" in any direction. The overall weight of artwork shall not exceed 100 lbs. For works with a retail value above $5,000, the District government asks for a 30% discount.

Applicants are allowed to submit artwork(s) in a series; however each artwork within a series will be counted individually as part of the allowable maximum for portfolio submission from individual artists and art galleries. Each individual artist is allowed to submit up to (5) works of art for consideration. Art galleries are allowed to submit up to (10) works of art from any combination of two or more represented artists. All submissions must be available for purchase and available for an in-person review upon notification. 

The DCCAH Art Bank Call to Artists is open to artists who reside full time or maintain studio space in the Washington, DC and metropolitan surrounding area including Maryland and Virginia whose city falls within a 50 mile radius. Art Galleries who apply fall under the same guidelines as above where represented artists must live or work within these parameters for compliance. 

Steps in the Selection Process:

  • Applicants submit images of prospective artwork, current resume/CV, and an artist statement specific to the submitted works via an online application platform.
  • Upon submission deadline, Selection Committee reviews all applications and convenes to discuss each. Specific works are identified as strong candidates to enter the final round of review.
  • Artists are notified of finalist selections, and are required to deliver artwork to the DCCAH headquarters, located at 200 I (Eye) Street, SE Suite 1400, Washington, DC 20003.
  • Selection Committee convenes again for an in-person viewing and analysis of the material quality, archival integrity, and visual impact of each work. Final selections for purchases are determined.
  • Artists are notified of selections and purchase process begins.

For additional information or questions about the Art Bank please contact:

Zoma Wallace, Art Bank Coordinator
zoma.wallace@dc.gov| (202) 724-5613


Ron Humbertson, Art Collections Registrar
ron.humbertson@dc.gov | (202) 724-5613