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The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Receives National Recognition for 2013 Public Art Project

Monday, July 8, 2013
Americans for the Arts Honors DC’s 5x5

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) is pleased to announce three DCCAH commissioned public art projects from the inaugural 5x5 public art biennale have been selected by the Americans for the Arts (AFTA) Public Art Network’s Year in Review Top 50 Projects of 2013. The AFTA Year in Review is the only national program that specifically recognizes public art projects. The honor couldn’t have come at a better time as DCCAH is simultaneously promoting the 2014 Call to Curators for 5x5.

The award-winning projects: Home Mender by Monica Canilao (curated by Justine Topfer), Henry "Box" Brown: FOREVER by Wilmer Wilson (curated by Laura Roulet), and The Polygonal Address System by Steve Badgett and Deborah Stratman (curated by Steve Rowell), were presented by the Year in Review jurors at the June 2013 AFTA - Public Art Preconference.  

“We are very excited to be recognized for public art,” said Judith Terra, Chair of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “This honor represents a growing arts scene in Washington, DC.”

“We expect that the 5x5 project in 2014 will be as exciting as the previous one,” said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “Plans are already underway to build on the previous success with new and dynamic offerings.”

The 2014 Call to Curators for 5x5 is currently active through July 15, 2013. For more information on how to apply please visit http://dcarts.dc.gov/publication/5x5-call-curators-2014

About 5x5

Now beginning its second season, the nationally acclaimed 5x5 is the DCCAH’s signature temporary public art project. Through an international call and juried process, DCCAH will select five highly experienced and innovative contemporary art curators, who will in turn select and work with five artists each to develop and present exciting, temporary art works in public spaces throughout the District of Columbia. The resulting 25 projects will activate and enliven publicly accessible spaces and add an ephemeral layer of creativity and artistic expression to neighborhoods across the District. 

About DC Creates! Public Art

The DCCAH DC Creates! Public Art Program is responsible for purchasing, commissioning and installing public art works throughout the District to cultivate dynamic, vibrant and nurturing communities through the use of art and design. DC Creates! provides opportunities for individuals to encounter art in parks, libraries, community centers, government offices, bridges and other public venues.

About the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provides grants, professional opportunities, education enrichment, and other programs and services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia.

The Arts Commission is supported primarily by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.


Sarah Massey (DCCAH), (202) 445.1169; [email protected]