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Causes: Arts & Culture

Mission: Artomatic creates community, builds audience and expands economic development by transforming available building space into a playground for artistic expression. Open-entry events showcase creative work including visual art, music, performance, film, and fashion. Artomatic is a non-profit organization headed by a volunteer Board of Directors and is funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Programs: Installed exhibition of 2 3 dimensional works at regan national airport

an artists holiday party which displayed artists, performers, musicians, live music and an art gallery.

an artists new year party which displayed artists, performers, musicians, live music and an art gallery.

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard about Artomatic from a friend on Facebook. I was later encouraged by a few other artists to apply to the show, which I was told was the biggest art show in Washington DC. This opportunity came at the perfect time because I had just finished a series of paintings of my two friends Alison and Marjorie, who are identical twins. The three paintings, which were painted in a realist style, portrayed these two young women nude with their arm or legs intwined, emphasizing their sensuality. Though I considered this series to be an artistic breakthrough, I had no venue to show these paintings. Participating in Artomatic, not only gave me the opportunity to show my work, it also allowed me to meet other interesting artists as well. One of these artists introduced me to the owner of MOCA DC Gallery in Georgetown. Since then I have exhibited my work in six shows at that gallery. Participating in Artomatic was an amazing experience! I would gladly encourage all artists in the Washington DC area to become part of this wonderful event!

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Tiik Pollet and I've participated in the Artomatic Event 5 or 6 times. I love the enrichment of this wonderful venue. Where else can I find such an inspiring and transformative experience - being invited to share my paintings, photography, drawings and music all under the same roof, and with hundreds of other artists? This Artomatic community has become an important part of my life, heart, creative process and networking. I have benefited spiritually, creatively and financially. And my financially I mean I have sold one or two pieces...though I hope to sell more eventually. My guest book notes are great feedback, support and critique plus marvelous networking. My work shifts are handled well by all staffers, including once when I got really sick on my shift. Conflict with other artists have been handled well. EX: One artist put up a display cage in the middle aisle between my panel and the ones across from me...effectively blocking the view of both our works. The staff helped resolve this to everyone's pleasure by moving their display up to the windows. Ya had to be there...but if you were there last yr then you know the layout. When I set up my space everyone is very friendly about sharing paint or tools and ladders if they have them to lend for a few hours, etc. The fee to exhibit is reasonable and I appreciate that it has not increased because that would make a difference to me since as yet I've only sold 2 pieces and seem to be learning HOW to use the space to make a buck...mostly I am rewarded in other ways.

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AOM really pushed me to become a professional artist. I recently decided to be a professional painter and then AOM arrived. So I did a website, postcards, artist portfolios, artist statement, bio...I sold paintings and gained a full mailing list. I got a lot of encouragement. I also appreciate that it was so affordable. I would definitely recommend it to any artist. Look how many people came to see it. Even as a simple visitor AOM has been an amazing experience. We should be proud to have this one of a kind festival in the DC area.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been painting in the DC area now for over 10 years, but it wasn't until I got involved with ARTOMATIC a few years ago that I really started to feel like part of the greater art community. ARTOMATIC really brings together so many artists and art organizations- I had no idea there were so many out there! And one of my favorite things about being involved with ARTOMATIC is the volunteer shifts. The show is electric and alive all the time!... a 4-hour shift feels like 20 minutes! My story begins my very first volunteer shift of ARTOMATIC. I was in the elevator no less when I begin chatting with another artist who had arrived to complete one of his volunteer shifts. After a night of working together, we became great friends. And a few short months later we collabarated on a children's book together- I did the artwork and he took all the pictures. I couldn't be prouder of what we accomplished. It just goes to show you the power in numbers!... and the magic of ARTOMATIC!

12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Brazilian artist, I live in Potomac for 20 years. I participate on teh first ARTOMATIC. It was a great experience! I met a lot of good artists there that I am friend until now. I would like to participate on the next one.I think is the best and big event in DC.

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dear Artomatic, I enjoyed showing with your organization. The people I met were realy nice to me. One guy visiting my space told me I'm straight but I so get, understand you, and agree with you. The greatest thing I got from was the reaction from people of the Leather community. The pride they showed in me. The owner of the bar told me Andrew I hear so much about your show if there were two of me I'd go there. Thankyou again it was wonderfull. Andrew Campbell

9

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Artomatic is an amazing opportunity for artists to get their work seen, and a great venue for those who love art or are new to viewing it. The volunteers who run Artomatic put their heart and soul into making it a well-organized and publicized event. Artomatic also offers music, poetry, and other performances as well as children's workshops.

11

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Incredible opportunity to expose my art to a large, anonymous audience. Creating and selecting the work to display, prepping the site with paint, lights, handouts, and labels was more work than I ever imagined. Artomatic offers emerging and established artists as much or as little of a community as a person could want. It would be really awesome if there was more art creation occurring on-site, but to see 1000+ local artists on display is visual feast.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Artomatic is the only venue that has allowed me to experiment with things that I would have never done in a conventional space. Artomatic is an opportunity to push the limits, go off the mainstream and show some real art. I've participated in several Artomatics and look forward to taking part of it once again, Thank george Koch, you make it happen for DC artists! Carolina

2

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Artomatic is always a fun experience! I love meeting new people and experiencing all the different art that's offered. I also ran into several artists I hadn't seen in a long time and it was fun to get caught up! One of the highlights of Artomatic is to receive a BRASH poem--my two daughters, who exhibited, and I each received one! That was very special! I believe the volunteer hours are too long but they can be fun and full of surprises! In volunteering at the lobby, I once met a "she" who returned an hour or so later as a "he". I also volunteered for taking down the show. After a very hot afternoon of unscrewing panels, taking them down, stacking them, and moving them, our team was exhausted and just waiting for the "OK" to go home. Our supervisor first had us sit and "rest" for a few minutes. When he returned he offered us the most delicious popsicles ever!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Last year was my first time actually participating in Artomatic as an Artist. I wasn't sure of what to expect in terms of feedback of my work but I was glad to participate. I appreciate my experience even more considering I did my 4 or so hours of volunteering. This allowed me to get a idea of what goes on behind the scenes of setting up Artomatic. I hope to participate again this coming year.

4 lesliearnelle

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer for an event sometime last year. The whole experience from the artist to the location makes Artomatic a great aspect of Washington. DC. If you love art as a whole this place is must see. The experience is simply amazing!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Artomatic is one of the best exhibit opportunities in the area. Not only can you show off your work, but by volunteering, you strengthen your ties to other artists in the community. One reason I exhibit at Artomatic is to take advantage of the exposure it gives my work. I paint so people can see my work and buy it, so it would be foolish of me to ignore the tens of thousands of art lovers who visit Artomatic each year. Not only did Artomatic generate some sales for me (in a tough economy), but it generated interest in my work. During the exhibit, the number of visitors to my website nearly doubled, these visitors stayed longer and viewed more pages than normal, and I established relationships with a new crop of clients who are interested in adding my work to their collections. The other reason I exhibit at Artomatic is because as a volunteer, I strengthen ties with old friends and make new ones as well. Unless you take a class or are part of a group that draws or critiques, being an artist can be a lonely occupation. Artomatic gives me an opportunity to share what I do with a like-minded group of people. I am looking forward to this year's exhibit and plan to increase the number of hours I volunteer.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I assisted my non-profit arts group, Studio In-Sight in participating in the 2009 Artomatic. Our studio serves artists with disabilities in getting support in their work as artists and exposure of their talent. Artomatic was a great venue for us to show as we were able to be seen by thousands of artists and art lovers in a unique and supportive atmosphere. The volunteer Artomatic staff were incredibly helpful in getting us a good spot in the show and in supporting our cause. The only negative of the experience was that Artomatic does not normally allow "groups" to show, so we had to get a special approval from the managment. It would have been nice to have a "group" section in the application that is geared towards non-profits like ours.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Artomatic organization provides a tremendous service to the metropolitian DC area. The events provide the ability for the arts community to connect, and as a result, the DC region has developed into a strong arts center. On a personal level, my participation in Artomatic has allowed me to advance from a beginning artist to getting galleries to represent me, and to now showing in international arts events. My first Artomatic event was in 2004. I volunteered to do set up and coordination of other volunteers - allowing me to network with other artists in the region - which given the sprawling suburban nature of the DC area, would not have been possible. This exposure gave me access to galleries and started my art career. As a result, I had 3 gallery shows and became an artist of the Studio Gallery. The next Artomatic event, I continued my volunteer time, and was able to get coverage of my work in the Washington Post, as well as having an international gallery view my work and decide to represent my artwork. The next year's artomatic event incorportated artists from other parts of the country and from the UK. The most recent event allowed me to strengthen my networks with the local arts community, and also in creating a network overseas. As an instructor, I strongly encourage all students to particpate in the Artomatic events, and have seen similar stories to mine each year take place.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the coolest experiences of my life. Such a delight year after year. I look forward to it every year.

8 ellynweiss

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was one of the original band of artists in 1999 lucky enough to create the first Artomatic. We were offered 100,000 square feet of empty, grubby, ill-lit, jumbled space and over the course of 6 weeks we colonized it and transformed it into a vibrant beachhead of every possible kind of art and artist. And in many ways, we forged a community of artists who before that been scattered throughtout the city in our own small spaces. Then, two months and 20,000 viewers later, we deconstructed it, leaving just the spirit behind. Since then, Artomatic has become a DC institution, but my hope is that it will always maintain the spirit of spontaneity, surprise, openness and a little craziness that brought it to life.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience—I determined one of my print is in the Anacostia Museum, Smithsonian Institution. On Artomatic artists first opening night, a curator stopped by..I mentioned I thought a certain work might be in the Anacostia Museum. She said "Yes, it is." Because majority of the Talisman print series dealt with Asian subcontinent imagery,I had not shown most of the work in the United States. I thought the Artomatic venue might be a way to determine whether there was enough interest to make more prints from the plates. The imput from visitors was so enthusiastic it has propelled me to revisit the work. Inquires provided me with a sense of demographic profile that was surprising. Another plus was response of former students, who stopped by and left a message.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wow, do I love Artomatic! I usually go 2-3 times a year-- at least once with my young, art-loving son, and at least once with my husband. I found a great environmentalist architect there with whom I had a very good collaboration. My son was VERY excited to get a diorama he loved for his birthday. I am discovering my artist self and working toward a 2011 exhibit of my own fabric art.