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Washington Convention Center Art Collection

Home to over 120 works of art including, sculpture, painting, photography, mixed media and graphics, the Washington Convention Center is the proud owner of the largest public art collection in Washington, D.C. With help from the National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Federal Commission of Fine Arts and DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities the WCC developed a lavish collection valued at over $4 million. The collection, which primarily focuses on works from local artists, is a unique feature not found in most convention centers.

The pride and joy of the Washington Convention Center’s art collection is the Shaw Wall which pays tribute to the Shaw community, the neighborhood in which the convention center is located. The Shaw Wall spans 72-feet and features four different pieces by five artists from the community.

Other interesting pieces that can be found through out the convention center include; Capital Stars by current Washington, D.C. resident, Larry Kirkland. Capital Stars is a suspended sculpture that combines history, geography and politics. Another piece found in the convention center is Lingua by Jim Sanborn. Lingua consist of two 16-foot columns that flank the Grand Lobby, each column is inscribed with foreign language text recalling historic meetings, or conventions, the text ranges from 1400 BC to the 19th century.

To inquire about a tour of the Washington Convention Center’s art collection please contact Theresa DuBois: 202-249-3042 or TDubois@dcconvention.com


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The historic Shaw Wall which celebrates the neighborhood's rich history.
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Pond Totem by Betsy Stewart, 2002
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Capital Stars created by Larry Kirkland in 2003. This magnificent suspended sculpture combines history, geography and politics. By placing Washington, DC in the center of the piece, Kirklan ...
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Many Things created by Sam Gilliam in 2003. Acrylic on birch, Many Things is a constructed relief painting evoking celestial yet earthly landscape. The individual interplay of shapes, throu ...
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Parabiosis II, created in 2003 by Kendall Buster, is constructed of a lightweight powder-coated, enameled steel frame and covered with a shadecloth skin. The piece resembles a floating city ...
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Wall Drawing #1103, created in 2003 by Sol Lewitt and a team of 10 local Washington painters, is a multi-hued, two-level drawing that embraces the geometric abstract.
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Five Easy Pieces by Donald Lipski is a collection of giant, geometric shapes made from everyday objects like tennis rackets, kayaks, guitars, bar stools and bicycles. As you approach the sus ...
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Five Easy Pieces by Donald Lipski
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Moments in Time and Place, 2003 by Deirdre Saunder is part of the Shaw Wall which celebrates the neighborhood's rich history.
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Five Easy Pieces by Donald Lipski
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Parabiosis II created by Kendall Buster in 2003
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Parabiosis II created by Kendall Buster in 2003
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Shaw Rhythms created in 2003 by Rik Freeman is part of the historic Shaw Wall which celebrates the neighborhood's rich history.
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The Spirit of Sunday in Shaw created in 2003 by Billy Colbert is part of the historic Shaw Wall which celebrates the neighborhood's rich history.
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Parabiosis II created by Kendall Buster in 2003
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Galaxy, created in 2003 by Costas Varotsos, is comprised of stones and glass which symbolize a loose interpretation of the Big Bang theory.
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Galaxy created in 2003 by Costas Varotsos
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Lingua created in 2003 by Jim Sanborn is comprised of two 16-foot columns that flank the entrance to the Grand Lobby. Etched on each column is text in foreign languages recalling historic ga ...
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Shaw, The Root and Fabric of a Community created in 2003 by Frank Smith and Arnetta Lee is part of the historic Shaw Wall which celebrates the neighborhood's rich history.

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