For more than 120 years, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. has helped preserve depictions of the city’s built environment through paintings and photographs. The Historical Society aims to continue the tradition of capturing Washington’s built environment through the arts. For the Record is an annual juried exhibit of artworks that capture Washington’s changing urban landscape.
The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., challenges local artists to create 2D artwork depicting Washington’s changing built environment. For the Record provides exposure, recognition, and enduring prestige to local artists, and raises funds to support the Historical Society.
All works except those chosen by the Collections Committee can be yours through the For the Record online auction! The auction opens April 14, 2016 and you may bid online until the closing event on May 26, 2016.
Explore the exact locations of the 2016 artworks through Google Maps!
Join the artists and jurors for an opening night reception. Free and open to the public; pre-registration requested.
View the exhibit, which documents change in Washington through the eyes of local artists, and then join Library & Collections Director Anne McDonough for a weekday workshop and tap into the Historical Society’s holdings of maps, photographs, manuscript collections and other archival material relating to bygone Washington. Also on view: images from 2015’s For the Record: Artfully Historic D.C. exhibit, five of which became part of the Historical Society’s permanent collection. Held in the Historical Society’s Kiplinger Research Library, on the second floor of the Carnegie Library building. Free and open to the public; pre-registration requested.
Collections Open House
Tuesday, May 10
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Local artists, including Lily Spandorf, have long been in the business of documenting changing D.C. Join Library & Collections Director Anne McDonough and Washington History managing editor and For the Record: the Art of Lily Spandorf exhibit curator Jane Freundel Levey for a hands-on look at xSpandorf’s archives and selected additional works from her Washington Never More collection. Held in the Historical Society’s Kiplinger Research Library, on the second floor of the Carnegie Library building. Free and open to the public; pre-registration requested.
Exhibit open for self-guided tours. Free and open to the public.