For the Record

Throughout its 122-year history, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. has helped preserve depictions of the city’s built environment through paintings and photographs. Since 2014, the Historical Society’s “For the Record” program and exhibition has continued the tradition of capturing Washington’s built environment through the arts. For the Record has provided exposure, recognition, and enduring prestige to local artists, and has raised funds to support the Historical Society.

For the Record 2017

The 2017 exhibition will feature artwork depicting eight neighborhoods, one in each of the city’s wards. Only artwork featuring or depicting the following eight neighborhoods will be accepted:

Ward 1: Howard Town/Pleasant Plains
Ward 2: Burleith
Ward 3: Palisades
Ward 4: Shepherd Park
Ward 5: Ivy City
Ward 6: Buzzard Point
Ward 7: Kenilworth
Ward 8: Congress Heights

This year awards will include the newly added Best in Ward Award! View the Call for Submissions for more details.submittable-submit-button


hsw_20160611_spsworkshopii_012In conjunction with For the Record, the Historical Society is also offering a series of instructional workshops and guided photo walks covering all eight of D.C.’s wards. The Street Photography Series is designed to encourage active documentation of contemporary Washington, D.C. with a historical context, and also encourages local artists to participate in the For the Record.

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2016 Artists

Cathy Abramson
Mary Ellen Abrecht
Mark Alan Andre
Canden Arciniega
Kent Boese
Barbara Brennan
Ashley Brown
Sally Canzoneri
Shamila Chaudhary
Elizabeth Eby

Carol Dumaine
Natalie Fay Green
Gail Hansberry
Rhonda Harris Baines
Deborah Humphries
Leonard Jewler
Karly Kennedy
Karen Komar
Sandy Major
Jessica McKinney

Rindy OBrien
Victoria Pickering
Verena Radulovic
Ben Richter
Monica Schneider
Tia Thompson
Diane Tuckman
Jane Webb
Elaine Wilson
John Young








2015 Artists

Cathy Abramson
Carole Lewis Anderson
Zoe Aparicio
Devereaux Barnes
Kent Boese
Barbara Brennan
Ashley Brown
Sally Canzoneri
Kimberly Cousins
Lisa Diop
David Drown
Ann Elkington
Brian Filipowich
Ayanah George

Indrani Gnanasiri
Jim Havard
Joshua Hill
Michael Horsley
Marty Ittner
Leonard Jewler
Karen Komar
Angeliki Kourelis
Hamid Lagder
Emily Lon
Robert MacDonald
Christopher Marrow
Rodney Mathis
Donald Myer

Ellen Myer
Edward Newton
Charlene Nield
Rindy OBrien
Kate Patsch
Justin Pyles

Verene Radulovic
Lisa Rosenstein
Sarah Rouse
Adriel Sanders
Marios Savva
Edward Savwoir
Cindy Vasko
Gale Wallar
Jane Webb
Jai Williams
Elaine Wilson
John Young
Karen Zens