About Arts in Foggy Bottom

Arts in Foggy Bottom, an award-winning biennial outdoor sculpture exhibition in Historic Foggy Bottom, is one of Washington’s public art leaders. It was founded in 2007 by Foggy Bottom residents Jackie Lemire, Jill Nevius and Mary Kay Shaw.

Arts in Foggy Bottom received the 2009 District of Columbia Mayor’s Arts Award for “Innovation in the Arts”.
Arts in Foggy Bottom received the 2009 District of Columbia Mayor’s Arts Award for “Innovation in the Arts”.
Arts in Foggy Bottom aims to foster inspiration and community dialogue by serving as a conduit for expression through the arts and providing exhibition space to both emerging and established artists. With the combined efforts of the show’s curator and participating artists along with Historic Foggy Bottom residents, each show highlights the history of the neighborhood, its vibrant present and its imagined future.

The Arts in Foggy Bottom biennial debuted in 2008, presenting a dozen contemporary sculptures displayed on the private properties of neighborhood homes and businesses in Historic Foggy Bottom. In its fifth exhibition (2016), the Arts in Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Biennial expanded to feature new media works, murals and performance art, pushing the boundaries of what is traditionally considered sculpture. Nearly 50 local, national and
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international artists have shown their work since its inception. Each exhibition has its own curator to execute their unique vision and enhance the visual opportunities for the neighborhood and public.

The exhibitions have been embraced by the neighborhood, the art world, media and public. As a result, several works from past exhibitions have been purchased by Foggy Bottom residents and businesses, becoming a permanent part of the historic neighborhood. In 2009, Arts in Foggy Bottom received the District of Columbia Mayor’s Arts Award for Innovation in the Arts.

Learn more about past exhibitions presented by Arts in Foggy Bottom.      
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