Julia Mandle, Fabrication of Blindness / Fabricating Rain, 2009. Community-created installation. Photo: Paul Vinet. Courtesy Transformer
Transformer is a Washington, DC–based nonprofit, artist-centered organization that connects and promotes emerging artists locally, nationally, and internationally through exhibitions, panels, peer mentorship, and other educational programs. Partnering with artists, curators, and a wide variety of cultural and educational institutions, Transformer serves as a catalyst and advocate for emergent expression in the visual arts. Its programs are designed to help artists grow their audience and patronage while educating them about opportunities for sustainability.
Transformer’s Exhibition Series, consisting of seven exhibitions per season, encourages artists to experiment with the development and presentation of their ideas and work. Our unique storefront project space lends itself to site-responsive installation, producing thoughtful exploration of ideas and engaging presentation of work. Exhibitions run five to six weeks and are organized by Transformer staff in conjunction with participating artists and guest curators.
Seeking to connect emerging artists with the larger cultural milieu, Transformer provides exhibiting artists with increased exposure to peer artists, curators, gallerists, critics, and audiences. They are encouraged to meet collectors at exhibition previews, speak with the press about their work, and participate in organized artist talks and other public programming. Transformer is committed to providing artists honorariums and material costs.