Artists Sustaining Artists


List of Artworks Now Available for Purchase

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. This initiative will support the DC creative community. All participating artists generously donating artworks are DC-based, and funds will go towards supporting DC-based artists.

“Transformer’s Artists Sustaining Artists initiative is focused on artists helping each other to  make it through this crisis. As we all figure out ways that we can both survive and help others, this initiative affords us a way to have a direct impact in the support of colleagues and fellow artists whose livelihoods are challenged in different ways.”
- Sheldon Scott, Artist, Transformer Board Member

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

Transformer is facilitating all sales transactions. CONTACT Katie Lee, Transformer's Exhibitions & Programs Coordinator for details: / 202.483.1102.

The artists generously participating in Artists Sustaining Artists include:

Christopher Baer
Julia Bloom
Thomas Bunnell
Zoë Charlton
Frank Day
Tim Doud
Carol Brown 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! 


Mindful of the unique hardships emerging artists – and in particular emerging Black Artists and Artists of Color – face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Transformer will provide need-based, unrestricted relief grants of $500 to 20 emerging artists in DC experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic.

APPLICATIONS LAUNCH JUNE 24 - Find out more here.