The NoMa Lobby Project is an alternative art exhibition space carved out of the lobby of a prominent office building in the central neighborhood of NoMa in Washington, D.C. The Lobby Project is dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging local and regional artists in an unconventional space. The Lobby Project hosts 4 exhibits a year, rotating art every 3 months. Project artists are awarded a $500 stipend at the end of their exhibitions.
The Lobby Project is a program of the NoMa Business Improvement District (BID) The Lobby Project is at 1200 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002 Andrea Limauro is the Lobby Project curator
Artist Call for Proposals:
Lobby Project Objectives:
To broaden the art audience in DC. The Lobby Project achieves this by creating a no-barriers model for contemporary art presentation that takes the art directly to the general public - where it works, it visits, it has lunch breaks - in a very unintimidating space, rather than a conventional gallery. It showcases work that is meant for a broad audience to grasp and enjoy, without pricing, jargon or conceptual reasoning requiring a higher degree of art education. It showcases work that directly speaks to the lobby audience, either because of the artist background or because of the story told by the work. The Lobby Project is situated in the same building as the headquarters of the NoMA BID, District of Columbia Public Schools, and the District Department of Energy and the Environment.
To create a replicable model for re-use of wasted prime real estate (office lobbies) for art and community building activities. The Lobby project serves as a low-budget model for other neighborhoods dotted with overly large office lobbies that become empty dead spaces after 5pm. The Lobby Project activates its space by rotating art exhibitions quarterly, by hosting artist talks and other speaking events.
Lobby Project Artists Perks:
High visibility, high traffic exhibition space in central Washington, DC
$500 artist stipend
25 feet of linear exhibition space for hanging or for installations
Lobby Project and NoMa BID outreach and marketing channels for opening and artist talk
Food and wine provided by NoMa BID
*The Lobby Project is a non-commercial space (no sales allowed). Sales of work/s can be handled directly by the artist/s.
Lobby Project Proposal Submission Guidelines: Artists interested in showing their work at the Lobby Project should email the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org :
Description of show (500 words max. /working titles are acceptable)
Artist[s] Statement (short, no jargon)
5 to 10 work samples (jpeg) w/ corresponding image list. For video Mp4 no longer than 3 minutes
Indicate time period you are requesting and, if you are requesting extra funding beyond the $500 artist stipend, include justification