Artomatic Coming to Crystal City

by ARLnow.com January 18, 2012 at 1:15 pm 3,120 6 Comments

Crystal City will play host to Artomatic this year.

The popular, periodic arts event will take over the Transwestern Presidential Tower at 2511 S. Clark Street from May 18 to June 24. More than 76,000 visitors attended the last Artomatic, in 2009. The event featured more than 2,500 artists and performers. While the 2009 Artomatic was held in D.C., Crystal City hosted the event in 2007.

Described as an “open-entry creative arts showcase of visual art, music, film, performance, poetry and fashion,” Artomatic promises to transform the Transwestern tower into a “vibrant arts communit[y] that celebrate[s] creativity.”

Said a press release: “Every night of the event, thousands of people visit Artomatic to discover new art, grab a drink, listen to music, go on dates, and mingle with the creative community… No matter what kind of creative events you like, you’ll find something to like at Artomatic.”

The event is free for visitors and the process for submitting art is open on a first-come, first serve basis. Artomatic also features daytime art workshops for kids.

Organizers say they’re excited that the event is returning to Crystal City.

“Crystal City is the perfect partner to take Artomatic to the next level in 2012,” said co-founder George Koch. “With the largest exhibit space we’ve ever had, we’re excited to host the biggest event in Artomatic’s history.”

  • charlie

    good news.
    i was always afraid to go to SW DC.

  • ArLater

    What, Artisphere booked up that day?

    • Anon

      Artisphere is not remotely large enough to accommodate Artomatic. The last Artomatic took up approx. 8 stories of a large office building. Artomatic is quantity and not a lot of quality art.

  • SomeGuy

    A temporary art exhibition that started small and grew organically over 12 years into something successful? That’s stupid. Why didn’t Artomatic just sink tens of millions in local tax dollars for a permanent facility right at the outset in hopes of having Field of Dreams “if you build it, they will come” success?

  • OX4

    Lots of love for Artomatic. I always enjoy going.

  • Greg

    It’s a great event. One of the very best in this area.


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