Washington Project for the Arts is pleased to present Lending Library, a circulating collection of artworks reflecting the eclectic recent history of contemporary art ‘inside the Beltway’. Its primary goal is to introduce challenging, inventive artwork to Beltway residents in order to expand their knowledge of DC art beyond the Washington Color School and DC Hardcore. Beginning in September 2017, a limited number of objects (including painting, sculpture, prints, video, and mixed media) will be available for six month loans to registered borrowers. Available artwork will be exhibited at the WPA’s Shaw gallery space through the end of October.

interested in borrowing or lending artwork?

The Library is currently in its launch phase and welcomes expressions of interest from artists or potential borrowers. BPW will prioritize requests that help us to reach new audiences (private homes and businesses), highlight under-represented histories, and connect to art scenes across the DC line. Contact beltwaypublicworks@gmail.com to register.


Beltway Public Works is a new cultural initiative made up of artists, curators, and educators active in the Beltway region and beyond who maintain deep ties to the area. BPW considers art to be a civic resource, like water or public transit, and is interested in championing the role of contemporary art in the lives of Beltway residents. Beltway Public Works evolved out of FURTHERMORE, a DC-based research and development lab for visual culture. Opened in 2010 as a print studio specializing in digital editions, FURTHERMORE has since expanded its scope of activities, working with artists, curators, institutions, and the public to create and disseminate contemporary art and ideas. Recent FURTHERMORE projects have included Intersection Mixtape, a community-sourced audio portrait of Mid City DC, curated by the Van Alen Institute with support from the Kresge Foundation and DC Office of Planning, and McGyver School of Arts & Design, a crowdsourced reimagining of arts education in the 21st century. Beltway Public Works is led by Natalie Campbell, James Huckenpahler, Patrick McDonough, and José Ruiz, with a growing list of partners.


Saturday, September 9 October 28, 2017


Washington Project for the Arts
2124 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20001