WPA moves its administrative offices to Suite 434 of the Capitol Skyline Hotel on February 1, 2013.
Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) announces the move of its administrative offices to the Capitol Skyline Hotel at 10 I ("Eye") Street SW, Washington, DC on February 1, 2013. WPA will take up temporary residence in a suite on the fourth floor of the Capitol Skyline for the next year as it finalizes plans for securing a long-term location which will house both administrative and exhibition space.
WPA's Executive Director Lisa Gold explains, "We are extremely excited about moving to such a creative and flexible location which will allow us to continue our programming throughout the DC region, while offering a home base for our administrative operations and a gathering place for artists to meet and share ideas. We look forward to presenting ongoing exhibitions and projects in collaboration with other organizations and institutions as well as offering new programs and events at the Capitol Skyline Hotel."
Well known for its support of contemporary art and artists, the Capitol Skyline Hotel is owned by internationally renowned collectors Don and Mera Rubell. Mera Rubell, co-founder of the Rubell Family Collection, stated, "WPA has always been at the heart of what defines the Capitol Skyline Hotel. It was the artists of WPA that performed at the SynchroSwim (WPA's synchronized swimming performance art competition inaugurated in 2009) to launch the South Beach pool experience for the community at the Hotel, along with the CONNERSMITH gallery who started an innovative cutting edge artist video program in collaboration with the Rubell Family Collection. The Rubell family and its entire team are excited to welcome WPA to its new home at the Hotel."
In addition to the SynchoSwim events in 2009 and 2010, WPA has organized and participated in other programs at the Hotel over the past few years including a panel discussion about the state of arts coverage in the mainstream DC media in 2010 and participation in the (e)merge art fair held at the Hotel for the past two years. Rubell added, "We welcome the staff to its new headquarters and all of the 1,000 artists that make up its membership to feel at home at the Hotel. We invite them to see the Hotel as a place to engage with each other and the many global guests who frequent the Hotel. And, we believe that new and inspiring collaborations will result from these encounters at the Hotel."
WPA Chairman of the Board, Frederick P. Ognibene, M.D., noted that taking up temporary residence in the Capitol Skyline during its search for long-term, permanent space will afford the organization the ability to continue and even expand its community outreach while facilitating the kind of flexible and innovative programming for which WPA is known. "The ability to offer artists a venue to convene for formal programming as well as casual conversation is equally important," stated Dr. Ognibene. The hotel's location in the rapidly transforming Capitol Riverfront area is a mere 4 blocks from the Navy Yard Metro station and 5 blocks from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities' new offices.
Over its 37 year lifespan, WPA has had multiple homes from its founding location at 1227 G Street NW to the Jenifer Building at 400 7th Street NW to 434 7th St NW to the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1996 and then to its current location at Dupont Circle in 2008.
January 10, 2013