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Review for Artomatic, Washington, DC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

the ability to network with other artists, galleries, museums and collectors. The interaction is very supportive and encouraging. I have been involved in education panels with the people and organizations that are of the level that I need to get with.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to volunteer. Too many demands on my time limit my ability to participate in the events that are available.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Volunteer & participant artist in huge (over 1000 visual artists) art exhibition, volunteer coordinator during event.