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March 11, 2010

This is my first year participating even though I have been following Artomatic since its inception; I finally pulled myself together and signed up and it was such a thrill especially that it was unjuried, uncurated and only asked for $99. The rest was up to me and the mistakes and horrors were all of my own making but such a wonderful learning experience. It has opened up my pursuit in showing art in more demanding venues. I plan to do it again--this time with a little more experience under my belt and a clearer idea of my work, it will go smoother. Artomatic is a wonderful place to start and I can't wait for the next show.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the past few years. Some years were better/worse than others, but that's the nature of the limited requirements for participation. The show becomes the art.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get rid of all the self-promoting commercial photographers but that's because I'm a snot and there's no way this organization should do this without messing themselves up so never mind.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing there is a community of artists in Washington, D.C. thank God!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

various and sundry like most volunteer organizations but the paid staff (if they were) or management had a grasp of dealing with the variety of people volunteering and everything got done.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

get ruined. Money is great but...

Ways to make it better...

I signed up earlier. I was running the freight elevator, late shift, and it was fun, fun, fun and rough--ain't no spring chicken. If I signed up earlier I would have gotten a sweeter shift.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

space; getting space in a strategic location. I think that's always been the basic issue. I might also say that you can get too big but there's always a waiting list so I don't know what I'm talking about.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I'll do it again but, I must say, I'll try and get my work on one of the food/booze/music floors--I was on the fourth floor and I thought it had the nicest presentation of art BUT I didn't advertise either.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Volunteer & operated the freight elevator.