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New Location for Artomatic 2012

by Katie Pyzyk — March 16, 2012 at 3:55 pm 2,286 8 Comments

Artomatic is changing locations. It’s still going to be in Crystal City, as announced in January, but the location will be a few blocks away from the originally named venue.

Instead of taking place at 2511 S. Clark St, the event will be held at 1851 S. Bell St. Crystal City Business Improvement District President Angela Fox explained that while the agreement to use the Clark Street location was being finalized, Vornado announced plans to replace the Bell Street venue with a new building. Vornado then put forth an offer to hold Artomatic at the old building before it’s torn down.

“This presented an amazing opportunity to showcase the transformation of Crystal City,” Fox said in a press release.

The new location is closer to the Crystal City metro and has an extra 50,000 square feet of space compared to the original venue.

Artomatic is a free event and starts on May 18.

Disclosure: Crystal City BID is an ARLnow.com advertiser.

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  • Brown Clown

    Man, I showed up last year thinking it was Fartomatic. Won’t embarass myself like that again…

    • AllenB

      You just did.

  • http://blacknell.net/dynamic/ MB

    If anyone hasn’t been to an Artomatic before, put this on your calendar. It’s fantastic.

  • John Andre

    What’s “Artomatic” doing in Crystal City when it could be held at Arlington County’s venue for the arts—the Artisphere?

    • Arlingtonian

      I was wondering that exact same thing!! It would be a good way to get more people out to the Artisphere – isn’t that what it’s supposed to be there for?

    • PearDPea

      Artomatic is a non-juried art show – the whole point is it is not restricted like work in a museum would be. Plus, the show is huge (or at least has been in previous years). As large as the artisphere is, this show would not fit in it. It has taken 4 to 6 floors of undeveloped office buildings in past years and I suspect this would be the same.

      • Alex Z

        Last time (2010, next to Nationals stadium) it took up 9 floors of an unfinished building, and included over 1000 artists, and 600+ performers. So it’s not an Artisphere-sized event.
        http://www.artomatic.org/about/history

  • pennylane

    Wow, this bldg is even bigger? That’s nuts. The one they announced in January was going to be the biggest event yet. This is going to be crazy awesome.

    (So is this why registration hasn’t been announced yet?)

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