WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.’s annual juried exhibit For the Record (Nov. 9, 2017 to March 2018) documents D.C.’s evolving urban landscape through the eyes of local artists. The exhibit will be presented at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum in Foggy Bottom while the Historical Society awaits the restoration of its headquarters at the Historic Carnegie Library on Mount Vernon Square.
Now in its third year, For the Record encourages artistic documentation of D.C.’s built environment. The exhibit provides exposure and recognition to local photographers and fine artists while raising funds to support the work of the Historical Society.
The 2017 exhibition, For the Record: Picturing D.C., features 44 works capturing and interpreting eight neighborhoods, one in each of the city’s wards. The 25 artists chose among Howard Town/Pleasant Plains, Burleith/Georgetown, Palisades, Shepherd Park, Ivy City, Buzzard Point, Kenilworth, and Congress Heights. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three photographs and top three non-photographs. An additional prize will be given to the work deemed best overall.
Winners will be announced during an opening reception at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum on Wednesday, November 8, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public.
Judging this year’s For the Record are Aaron Bryant, Curator of Photography and Visual Culture at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture; Bill Lebovich, historian and photographer; Samir Meghelli, Ph.D., Curator at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum; and Jacquelyn D. Serwer, Ph.D., Chief Curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Artworks in For the Record will be available for purchase online via dchistory.org. Proceeds will be shared by the artist and the programs of the Historical Society. To learn more about For the Record and associated programs visit here.