Exhibits at the 10th annual Artomatic arts festival on opening day in May 2009. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

After a three-year hiatus, the 11th annual exhibition will be sprawled across the Vornado/Charles E. Smith’s 1851 South Bell Street space from May 18 to June 23 -- filled with workshops, live music and more for all ages. Visual artists, performing artists, and filmmakers 18 and older are encouraged to apply on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“What we have is a chance, really, for people not just to see art but to see a lot of emerging artists,” says Artomatic’s event director, Barry Schmetter. “It’s an immersive experience...it creates community.” The 2009 event at the Navy Yard presented work on nine floors from more than 1,200 artists and brought in more than 76,000 visitors. This year’s Artomatic will be bigger, with 11 floors of exhibits, according to Schmetter. “Artists can do different things if you give them a little bit more space...We’re going to have more art installations, where we give artists rather than just a wall, we give them a room or a larger space, so they can create more of an environment.”

At an earlier Artomatic, Graeme King exhibited “24 on 14th,” the results of time spending 24 hours photographing people on 14th Street NW. (Leah L. Jones)

“Washington’s got a great, creative community, and this is really a good outlet - this is one of the prime reasons we like to do this,” Schmetter said. “There’s this tremendous community that you don’t always see, or you kind of see in little bits and pieces, and this is a chance for everyone in Washington’s creative community to come together.”

The location is near the Metro and close to free parking and a Capital Bikeshare outpost. Another bonus, according to Schmetter: “You can buy the art...and you can afford the art!”

Artomatic will be open Wednesday - Sunday at Noon, and end at 10 p.m. Wednesday - Thursday, 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 5 p.m. on Sunday. To volunteer, register, and stay up to date on the latest Artomatic news, visit artomatic.org.