News & Shows

Upcoming Public Art Memorial to Honor Enslaved Builders of the U.S. Capitol in DC’s Ward 5

In a historic initiative to recognize the invaluable contributions of enslaved individuals who helped construct the U.S. Capitol, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) and the DC Office of Planning (OP) have commissioned me to create the Ward 5 Public Art Memorial. This project aims to highlight the often-overlooked role of over 200 enslaved people whose labor was crucial in building one of the most iconic symbols of democracy.

Event Details:

  • Date: June 22, 2024
  • Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Location: Landon Park Recreation Center, 2901 20th St NE, Washington, DC 20018

Community Engagement and Design:

Artist Michael Janis has been actively engaging with the Ward 5 community to ensure the memorial resonates with local residents and accurately reflects the historical significance and human stories behind the Capitol’s construction. This community-centered approach is crucial in fostering collective memory and inclusivity in public art.

The upcoming community presentation on June 22nd at the Langdon Park Recreation Center will offer DC residents a chance to view, discuss and affect the proposed design for the memorial. This event is not only a preview but also an invitation for the community to contribute their voices to this landmark project.

The memorial aims to be a poignant reminder of the systemic racism and exploitation that have marked American history, while also celebrating the resilience and enduring legacy of those who were enslaved. Situated in the nation’s capital, this tribute will join many other monuments and memorials, enriching the narrative with stories of historically marginalized individuals.

Historically, DC’s monuments and commemorative works have primarily focused on subjects of national importance, often located within the monumental core and central wards. However, many of these subjects were involved in slavery, systemic racism, and actions that suppressed equality for persons of color, certain groups of people, and women.

The Commemorate DC program, under the Office of Planning, aims to address this imbalance by providing technical assistance to community partners in Wards 4, 5, 7, and 8. This initiative helps identify commemorative subjects and sites, with the ultimate goal of making recommendations to the Mayor and District Council.

Additional Information: For more details on the initial commemorative projects and the broader Commemorate DC initiative, please visit Commemorate DC – PublicInput

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Connections and Conversations: Montpelier Arts Center’s 43rd annual invitational sculpture exhibition showcases the Washington Glass School. Using glass as the primary creative material, the artists from the Washington Glass School explore new territories, going beyond the boundaries of tradition. They illuminate and examine the diverse worlds we live in, sparking conversations and creating connections.

See all your favorite WGS artist together in one show! Curated by AACG glass educator and collector Howard Cohen.

June 7 to July 28, 2024

Montpelier Arts Center

301-377-7800

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SPECIAL EVENTS / MUSEUM & GALLERY SHOWS

Joyce Scott & Tim Tate, “Now”

Tim Tate’s work at Goya Gallery in Baltimore

NOW: Collaborations by Joyce J. Scott and Tim Tate
April 12- August 4, 2024

The exhibit features work from Tim Tate and Joyce Scott which was made at WGS over a 7-month period last year.

Goya Contemporary

Mill Centre Studio 214

3000 Chestnut Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21211

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Media

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Washington DC City Paper has awarded Second Place in the Best of DC Art Blog category to the Washington Glass School Blog! Merci DC!

No Fake News! All Glass- All the Time!
Washington City Paper awards 2nd Place  to Washington Glass School Blog!

Watch the Washington Glass School’s 2007 appearance on local PBS channel –WETA.

Fox News’ Holly Morris visited the Glass School to learn more about eco-art with Erwin Timmers. Watch this video segment.

Watch Washington Glass School on YouTube

BOOKS & Magazines

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Glass Secessionism

The intent of this group is to underscore and define the 21st Century Sculptural Glass Movement and to illustrate the differences and strengths compared to late 20th century technique-driven glass. While the 20th century glass artists contributions have been spectacular and ground breaking, this group focuses on the aesthetic of the 21st century. The object of the Glass-Secession is to advance glass as applied to sculptural expression; to draw together those glass artists practicing or otherwise interested in the arts, and to discuss from time to time examples of the Glass-Secession or other narrative work. Jump to the Facebook group page.

The American Craft Council interviewed Tim Tate about the post-studio glass movement in its April/May 2014 magazine – click HERE to jump to the article.

American Craft Magazine Features Washington Glass Studio

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The June/July 2013 issue of American Craft Magazine featured an “In Progress” review of the collaborative process employed in the creation of the new glass doors for the US Library of Congress Adams Building. An interview with Michael Janis and Tim Tate outlines how the spectacular doors came into being – over a 9 year period. Some great photos in the article!

Glass Art Magazine Features Michael Janis

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The Jan/Feb 2017 issue of Glass Art Magazine features a great profile on Michael Janis. Michael was interviewed for Glass Art’s podcast series “Talking Out Your Glass” earlier in 2016, and the magazine has followed up their 2012 cover story about Michael with another great article!

American Style Magazine’s June 06 issue featured the works of Tim Tate, Erwin Timmers, Michael Janis, and Liz Mears, and reviewed the impact the Washington Glass School has on the ‘content-driven’ art movement.