Resolution - Show Your Artwork: Enter Artomatic

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Marlon Correa, a 26-year-old art student and copy aide at The Washington Post, wants to show his artwork in public and become more engaged in the local arts scene.

So you're looking to show your art somewhere, and you haven't a clue where to begin.

I have one word for you: Artomatic.

Is that even a word? It is now. After 10 years in operation, the open-to-all-comers art institution (which began life in 1999 in a former laundry, hence the name) is expected to return next summer to the neighborhood near Nationals Park.

How many eyeballs can you reliably count on to see your work during the show? According to Artomatic honcho George Koch, a whopping 52,500 people visited this year's roundup of roughly 800 area visual artists in the NoMa, or north of Massachusetts Avenue, neighborhood in Northeast. Like that one, the 2009 show should also include live bands, along with a host of other performances.

The criteria for entry are easy: Scrape together one C-note, give or take (the exact registration fee is to be determined). Other than that, there's no aesthetic gatekeeper. Which means that, yes, you'll be hanging with the sublime and the ridiculous.

Still, there is no better way to shake off the studio cobwebs and get your work out there.

-- Michael O'Sullivan

Discussions are underway between Artomatic Inc. and the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District to locate a building in the BID to host Artomatic this summer. Sign up for e-mail updates online at Registration price for Artomatic will be about $100.

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