Join The Artists: The Art of Glass at ARTOMATIC

Join the Artomatic Glass Reception on April 26th and meet with artists from what Washington Post Arts Critic Mark Jenkins called “…internationally renowned arts group, the Washington Glass School.” In the galleries: Artomatic: Unpretentious, approachable, convivial – Washington Post, April 5, 2024
There will be artists talking of their works and inspirations, nibblies, and fun glass prizes!

Come and see how the DC area has become the Awakening Force of Glass… or at least the Rebel Alliance!

ARTOMATIC 2024 2100 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

Washington’s Innovative Glass Scene Seen at Artomatic 2024

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Washington Glass School Co Founder Erwin Timmers outlines the Studio Glass Movement timeline to audience at Artomatic 2024.

In the 1960s, The American Studio Glass movement transformed glass from craft into fine art.

Artomatic helped create the movement, as after the 2000 Artomatic, the Smithsonian Museum acquired artist Tim Tate’s glass sculpture that was on display. Artist Erwin Timmers’ artwork was also on exhibit at that Artomatic, and after that show, the two began to collaborate, later teaming up to start the Washington Glass School & Studio with the funds from the sale of Tate’s glass artwork to the Renwick.

Washington Glass School Co-Founder Tim Tate’s work at Artomatic 2024.

In 2008, Artomatic organized an exhibit at the Washington Glass School, showcasing the unique approaches to glass sculpture in three “glass” cities: Washington, DC; Toledo, Ohio; and Sunderland, England, fostering international partnerships and collaborative ventures.

Glass works by VA-based artist Griffon Dillon on exhibit at Artomatic 2024.

As the 21st century unfolded, artists across various media have shown growing interest in glass as a creative medium, despite its technical challenges. The Washington Glass Scene has emerged as a hub of innovation, elevating glass to a significant position in contemporary art. The Washington Glass School encourages artists to push boundaries and redefine the possibilities of glass as a fine art medium.

There is a great example of works by DC glass creatives on display at Artomatic 2024, open now thru April 28th. Although the glass works are on many of the 8 floors of art, the 5th floor is the central spot to get ones glass fix. Some photos of Washington Glass School’s reception are featured in this post.

Glass artwork by artist Michael Janis seen at Artomatic 2024 on M Street.

The James Renwick Alliance will hold a craft tour of works on display at Artomatic 2024, March 24th, at 1-3PM More info here on the free tour: James Renwick Alliance Craft Tour – 5th Floor Washington Glass School Installation – Artomatic.

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Curator Howard Cohen reviewing glass art on exhibit at Artomatic 2024.

Baltimore based art curator Howard Cohen came this past weekend to Artomatic to handpick glass artists from the DC area for a contemporary glass showcase exhibit at Montpelier Art Center this June. Howard was able to talk with many of the artists and get insight to their narratives and process. Looking forward to the upcoming show!

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Artomatic, 2100 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

Artomatic Event: The Washington Glass Scene, March 16th, 5-7PM

Step into a world where glass transcends its ordinary form and becomes a canvas of boundless creativity. The Washington Glass Scene on display in Artomatic’s Level 5 invites you to celebrate the kaleidoscopic fusion of artistry and craftsmanship on April 16th, 2024 from 5-7PM. Prepare to be captivated as the magic of glass takes center stage in a creative showcase unlike any other. Join us as we celebrate the transformative power of this versatile medium, where every piece tells a unique story and invites you to explore the depths of imagination. Meet the artists that are making the Washington Glass Scene a distinctive voice and push the boundaries, redefining the possibilities of glass. Event is Free and open to the Public!

Artomatic 25th Anniversary Event: Celebrate DC’s Glass Scene!

2100 M Street, Washington, DC 20037

Artomatic is Back for 2024!

Great news for the DC-area arts scene! Artomatic will be back next year! In its 25-year history, Artomatic has become a DMV institution. It has provided an alternative venue for local artists, offering an art festival that’s part art fair and part performance madness, but always is the best open art show around! (Open means that there are no jurors or judges and that every artist who wants to do it, can do it!) Besides heaps of visual arts of all types, the fair showcases local Dance, Theater, Spoken Word, Music, Film, Story Telling, Workshops, and whatever else DMV creatives can incorporate into the month-long event. And because it doesn’t use judges, curators or hierarchy, Artomatic is as democratic as an art show can get.

The projected dates for the event is March 8 to April 28, Wednesdays through Sundays at 2100 M Street, Washington, DC (DC’s West End between the Dupont Circle and Farragut North Metro stops). Plans include two DJ stages, at least one film space, a small theatre (for plays and readings), and a dance stage/open performance space. Want to see the space? Join the ARTOMATIC mailing list and join the next tour!

Artist Sean Hennessey leads visitors at 2008 Artomatic on tour of the glass works in exhibit.

Artomatic is a nonprofit organization, and there is no admission fee for the public to attend the show. They note that they “rely on volunteers to serve as staff who promote and advertise events, welcome the public, manage security, and perform a variety of other duties to ensure a successful experience for both artists and audiences.” Go online to Info on registration – click on this link:

ARTOMATIC 2.0 & James Renwick Alliance: ZOOM!

The HUGE DMV art fair Artomatic has gone virtual for 2020!  The 20th anniversary of Artomatic will be celebrated online with virtual artist profiles, live opportunities for performing artists, enriching workshops, and more!  

The James Renwick Alliance (JRA) is hosting a number of events during the Artomatic 2.0  – the zoom events below start tomorrow!

Register online :

artomatic-logoFriday, July 24th @ 7pm

JRA Awards Presentation

The James Renwick Alliance has selected to highlight  10 artists from Artomatic 2.0 for their excellence in the craft field. Awards will not be announced ahead of time, so tune in to find out who won!




Wednesday, July 29th @ 7pm jra.artomatic.2.0.2020

The History of Craft in Washington, DC

The JRA presents an online ZOOM discussion on the history of art and craft in Washington DC by some of the leading experts on the subject: Brett L. Abrams, Rebecca Cross, Jaimianne Jacobin and Jack Rasmussen.






Wednesday, August 5th @ 7pm

What Makes a Piece of Craft Exceptional?

The JRA will moderate an online ZOOM panel conversation on how craft collectors decide what makes a piece of art exceptional enough to add to their collection. The Conversation will have artists Rebecca Ravenal, Chris Shea, and Tim Tate, arts collectors Jere Gibber and J.G. Harrington and Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein and Dr. Judy Chernoff. This event will be moderated by arts supporter Chris Rifkin. Chris currently serves on the board of The South Shore Art Center and the Fuller Craft Museum, and is a Founding Chair of CraftBoston, a juried biennial exhibition of well-known and emerging artists in the United States.

 Register for these events online :

The James Renwick Alliance (JRA) is an independent national non-profit organization that celebrates the achievements of America’s craft artists and fosters scholarship, education, connoisseurship and public appreciation of craft art. The JRA is made up of art enthusiasts, collectors, artists, educators, students and art professionals who share a passion for contemporary American craft. Founded in 1982, the Alliance fulfills its mission through public programs, educational trips, publications, recognition of craft artists, and financial support of museums and other non-profit organizations, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

DC’s Multi-media Arts Festival – Artomatic – is HERE!

ARTOMATIC 2.0: A VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE . Since we can't gather physically, for now,  the 20th anniversary celebration is online - July 20 - August 20, 2020

ARTOMATIC 2.0: A VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE . Since we can’t gather physically, for now, the 20th anniversary celebration is online – July 20 – August 20, 2020

If you have been around the DC area for a while, you have probably experienced Artomatic in some form, either as a participant or visitor. Please consider showing your artwork this year. There is a suggested $20 entry fee. For that, you’ll receive your own page with 5 images, your bio, a paragraph about your work, and links to whatever you want. The James Renwick Alliance – a group of collectors, artists, educators, gallery and museum professionals who share a passion for contemporary American craft will be giving out awards to media specific work again this year & we hope to see your work among the pieces for consideration. Artomatic is such a great community building event and we would love you to be a part of our special family.

Artists! Sign-up online – click here to jump to Artomatic artist page!

If you register for Artomatic 2.0, be sure to share on social media.  Tag @jracraft and #jracraft so they can see you!

ARTOMATIC 2.0 Coming!

Recently it was announced that the next Artomatic will be completely virtual!

artomatic.2020.onlineARTOMATIC 2.0: A VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE is a digital response! Since we can’t gather physically for now, the DMV artfair for all will move their 20th anniversary celebration online.

Artomatic debuted in 1999 as a non-juried, volunteer-run exhibition in the Manhattan Laundry building, which also lent the event its washer-inspired name. Over time, it has grown into a 501(c)(3) with a board of directors and tens of thousands of attendees at each iteration, but until now, the model has remained largely unchanged: Participants pay a modest entry fee and take volunteer shifts staffing the event, in exchange for ample space to exhibit or perform pretty much whatever they want for multiple weeks. Events have happened more sporadically in recent years, but organizers wanted to mark the 20th anniversary year in a meaningful way. However, 2019 came and went without finding a location to host a celebration, so anniversary plans were moved to 2020, only to be upended by the outbreak of COVID-19.

Here’s what’s happening:
*Visual artist profiles to display/sell art thru their pay channels
*Live opportunities for performing artists
*Enriching workshops
*By artists, for everyone
*July 20 – August 20, 2020

More information soon. Stay tuned.

Artomatic Coming to Crystal City in 2017

artomatic-2017-mainArtomatic returns for its signature art event to be held this year in Crystal City, Virginia. Artomatic draws hundreds of artists and performers throughout the DC, Maryland and Virginia area to showcase their talents for a six week long free exhibition that routinely attracts thousands of visitors.

This year, the Crystal City Business Improvement District (CCBID) welcomes Artomatic back to Arlington County for the third time in a 100,000 square foot space, located at 1800 S Bell Street with a spring opening date on Friday March 24th.

Artomatic is well-known for transforming empty spaces into vibrant arts communities that create unique and exciting events for tens of thousands of visitors – all free to visit. Anyone can show art at Artomatic – it is non-juried and art is selected on a first-come, first serve basis – so it’s a great way to discover new art.

In addition to visual art Artomatic also features a range of performing art forms throughout the exhibition – live music, dance, spoken word, comedy as well as professional development series and special events showcases. Every night of the event, thousands of people visit Artomatic to discover new art, grab a drink, listen to music, go on dates, and mingle with the creative community. No matter what kind of creative events you like, you’ll find something to like at Artomatic.

“We are very excited to be working again with the Crystal City BID, a constant champion of the arts, to create a unique, invigorating and brand new artistic experience for all visitors to enjoy”, said Jennifer Williamson, current Artomatic Board President. “We will be conducting Artist tours starting from mid January to allow interested participants an advance glimpse of their artistic home for six weeks where they can start imagining the endless creative possibilities they can do with the space.”

Visitors have easy access to Artomatic with the Crystal City METRO Station, as well as plenty of parking and bus stops nearby.

For the latest information about the event, how to participate, and when to visit, please subscribe to Artomatic by email or Facebook, or visit their website at

Artomatic Baltimore Registration Is Open!

artomaticbaltimoreArtomatic” began as an arts festival in the DC area that was to be “by artists, for everyone” based on the belief that Art builds community. First developed by artists in and around Washington, DC beginning in 1999. 

The next generation is here – Artomatic@Baltimore! The goal is bringing all facets of creativity to Baltimore in one gigantic, multi use space over a series of weeks! Be a part of the first ever Artomatic event of its kind to be held in Baltimore, within the historic Montgomery Park building. 

Historic Montgomery Park

Historic Montgomery Park Building

Visual and Performing Arts Event in Montgomery Park Business Center
November 4th – December 10th, 2016
Open Thursday – Sunday starting at noon
(Closed on Thanksgiving Day 11/24 and Friday 11/25)

Anyone and everyone can be a participating artist at Artomatic@Baltimore.

If you would like to show your artwork at Artomatic@Baltimore, all you need to do is register to secure a space to feature your work.

There is a $100 fee for visual artists at Artomatic@Baltimore. This fee helps Artomatic organize the event and make it awesome for everyone involved. At the time of registration artists are required to sign up for three shifts at Artomatic@Baltimore — a total of 15 hours.

Click HERE to jump to online info.

Artomatic! Its Gonna Happen!

ArtomaticSTOP THE PRESS!! Artomatic – the non-profit, volunteer-run 501(c)3 organization that organizes and hosts a large arts festival – is moving ahead in its efforts to arrange for a 90,000 square foot space in Prince Georges County in partnership with the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, who are the hosts.  The event is unjuried and showcases creative work in visual art, music, film, performance, and fashion. The 2012 Artomatic attracted about 1700 artists and performers and over 70,000 visitors. 


Here are the dates for the tour of the space for this coming October‘s event. 
Come see the space.

8100 Corporate Drive
Hyattsville, MD 20785

The site is 10 min from the New Carrollton Metro and lots of parking at the 8100 Corporate Drive.

Thursday July 16th ­ 6-7 pm
Saturday July 18th ­ 10-11 am
Sunday July 19th ­ 10-11 am

Questions: 202-607-0879 or