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News Archive for 2020

Oct 22, 2020

Victor Koroma Spin Concept Series at The Asbury Hotel

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Sep 02, 2020


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Jul 22, 2020

Mapping the Future World

Jul 01, 2020

Siren Arts: Fluxus Sea

Fluxus Sea marks the 4th year of Transformer’s innovative Siren Arts summer residency & performance art series.

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May 26, 2020

Artists Sustaining Artists

Transformer is proud to present Artists Sustaining Artists, an initiative intended to provide financial support to emerging artists negatively impacted by COVID-19. This initiative is being led by Transformer Board and staff, with artworks curated by Transformer Board Members Christopher Addison of Addison/Ripley, artist Sheldon Scott, and Transformer’s Executive & Artistic Director Victoria Reis.

Selected artists who are sustained in their careers have been invited to donate an artwork that will be sold to support their emerging peer artists. All sale proceeds will support Transformer and the emerging artists the organization serves. 70% of sale proceeds will be distributed to emerging artists in the form of unrestricted microgrants and artist honorariums. The remaining 30% of sale proceeds will go toward supporting Transformer operations.

The donated artworks will be displayed in the windows of Addison/Ripley Fine Art, located at 1670 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007, from June 1 - 12, 2020. 

The artists generously participating in Artists Sustaining Artists include:

Chris Baer
Julia Bloom
Thomas Bunnell
Zoe Charlton
Billy Colbert
Frank Day
Tim Doud
Carol Goldberg
Mira Hecht
Max Hirshfeld
Imar Hutchins
Dean Kessmann
Micheline Klagsbrun
Isabel Manalo
Tom Meyer
Chris Mills
Nan Montgomery
E. Brady Robinson
Jennifer Sakai
Sheldon Scott 
Luis Silva
Lou Stovall
Dan Treado
Julie Wolfe
Trevor Young

Transformer thanks all of these artists for their support! 

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Mar 21, 2020

Phone Call

Phone Call brings together poets and artists in immediate response to the shutdowns surrounding COVID-19 in an effort to connect people during a time of isolation. Inspired, in-part, by the late John Giorno’s Dial-a-Poem, Yoko Ono’s Telephone Piece, and Nigel Shafran’s series Ruth on the phonePhone Call aims to reconnect people within intimate space of a phone call on a 1-to-1 level. Participants can sign up to be read to and hold conversations with poets and artists over the phone beginning in April.

Conceived by Ginevra Shay, Phone Call is part of the nomadic project Rose Arcade, and supported by Transformer. Through Phone Call, Transformer will be providing funding to more than 20 artists, and connection to more than 200 participants. With your support, our goal is to grow this program, funding more artists and providing Phone Call more people in the community.

Mar 21, 2020

E17: Zines

Transformer is proud to announce the 17th Annual Exercises for Emerging Artists Program – E17: Zines. Founded in 2004, Transformer’s annual Exercises For Emerging Artists is a peer critique & mentorship program created to support a selected group of DC-based emerging artists at critical points or crossroads in their professional growth and creative development.  

Focusing on a different artistic discipline each year, E17 will center on supporting and promoting seven DC-based artists exploring their practices with zines and DIY publishing: Ayana Zaire CottonJennifer LillisAthena NaylorLate Comeback Press (Rachna Soun and Caroline Kim), Evyan Roberts, and Julie Sheah. The invited artists will receive guidance and feedback from lead mentor Christopher Kardambikis, as well as a series of guest mentors, including: Ipsy Bipsy, Malaka Gharib, Christina Long, Adam Griffiths, #Blkgrlswurld ZINE (Christina Long & Courtney Long), Adriana Monsalve and Monica Johnson.

Mar 21, 2020

Transformer Goes Digital


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+ Which Yesterday is Tomorrow?

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Mar 19, 2020


Transformer is committed to connecting artists with information on resources and opportunities to support them. Every Friday, we will share listings and links we find and are receiving from colleagues throughout the contemporary art field to help artists. Please check back on our website and Twitter regularly for these updates.


Mar 12, 2020



In response to rapidly evolving updates regarding the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus - as of today, 3/12/20, Transformer’s Board of Directors has decided to postpone all of our public programming until further notice.

The health of our employees, artists, patrons and community is paramount. We encourage everyone to take the precautions health experts have been sharing.

The exhibition Which Yesterday is Tomorrow? by artists Dahlia Elsayed & Andrew Demirjian, will be on view through our storefront window as of this Saturday 3/14/20.

Transformer staff will be majority telecommuting as of this weekend until further notice.

Please continue to follow us on all social media platforms (instagram & facebook), and visit our website ( for further updates.

We look forward to seeing you later this spring!

In the meantime, please email with any questions.

Our continued best wishes to all!


- Victoria Reis

Co-Founder, Executive & Artistic Director


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