Tonight there was an interesting topic and panel discussion that gets into the minds of five collectors who are actively collecting emerging artists in the Washington, DC area, FRAMEWORK Panel #6 - Collecting the Work of Emerging Artists. Civilian Art Projects director, Jayme McLellan collaborated with Transformer's Executive Director Victoria Reis to present this excellent panel discussion. Moderated by art collector Philip Barlow with five esteemed area art collectors including James Alefantis, Monica Bussolati, Allison Cohen, Melvin L. Hardy, and Dr. Michael Pollack, the panel focused on how each participating panelist developed his or her current art collection and the importance of collecting emerging artists. Some areas covered tonight were Why do you buy art? What/who is an emerging artist? Is there a theme that influences your collecting? What or who influences you to collect art? Where do you find emerging art? What is the responsibility of the collector to the art or artist after they buy a work of art? A very lively Q&A followed the discussion and the whole panel was videotaped. I can only hope it will be screened at Civilian Art Projects new space in the future.
You can see the first exhibition at the new spacious gallery for Civilian Art Projects at 406 7th Street NW, 3rd floor, Washington, DC (Just two blocks from the Chinatown Metro station (Red, Green, Yellow lines).
March 9 - April 21, 2007
Jason Falchook, Contours & Detours
Jason Zimmerman, Natural Acts
Founded in 2006, Civilian Art Projects is Washington, DC's newest gallery gnawing at the edges of contemporary aesthetic discourse. Through a challenging exhibition series supporting promising, up-and-coming artists working in a broad range of media, and through exciting events of cultural and social significance held throughout the season, Civilian will generate new energy, ideas and momentum thereby contributing to culture and community.