From Eliza French. Follow her on Twitter @elizaenbref; email her at eliza[AT]borderstan.com.
From April 11 to June 9, local art collectors are opening their homes for a series of unique collection viewings.
Since 2008, Transformer DC has curated the annual series Collector’s View, to showcase art collections across the city. The arts non-profit at 14th and P NW, provides a platform for emerging artists to develop relationships with curators, gallerists, audiences and collectors.
“The series has been extremely successful,” wrote Transformer DC Co-Founder and Executive & Artistic Director Victoria Reis. “[N]ot only because is it a wonderful development program… providing both funding… as well as new relationships…, but also successful in that it helps Transformer further educate audiences about the depth and diversity of the arts community in DC, and how different players in that community — artists, galleries, non-profit spaces, museums, collectors — are aligned in furthering contemporary art dialogue.”
Seeking Out Collectors
Tranformer works with its board, as well as with gallery owners and museum staff in the area to seek out collectors to host the series each year. According to Reis, Transformer seeks “a range of homes and collections” to ensure that the series offers a variety of experiences.
Some collections feature established contemporary artists featured in museums, while others feature emerging artists or focus on niche artistic styles. The non-profit hopes to make the series accessible and engaging for many audiences, and for those who attend all five viewings.
This year’s program, also supported by Evers & Co. Real Estate, Federal Title & Escrow Company and Washington Life Magazine, starts Thursday, April 11, at the home of Andrea Evers and Brian Aiken. After the collection viewing, the collectors will have a discussion with artists Jason Horowitz, Linn Meyers, and Maggie Michael about the relationship between artists and collectors. Borderstan residents can explore another collection in the neighborhood on May 16 at Aaron M. Levine & Associates in Dupont.
Registration and Details
Registration costs $50 per view, or $225 for all five. Those who register for all five in the series can also attend two additional “Artist Views” with artists Di & Lou Stovall and Mia Feuer. Register online or email [email protected].
Visit the Transformer DC for a full list of views and details on each collection.
- What: Transformer DC 2013 Collector’s View.
- Where: Collectors’ homes across DC and Maryland.
- When: April 11 through May 19, with Artist’s Views on June 2 and June 9.