Wednesday, December 06, 2006


Transformer Update 12.5.06


Transformer ends the year 2006 and starts 2007 with Drawn to It (December 16, 2006 - January 20, 2007), an exhibition that explores the appropriation and manipulation of comics in contemporary drawing through the work of two dynamic DC based emerging artists Ryan Nelson and Rachel Waldron.

Flavored with strangeness, dis-order, and unease, Nelson's and Waldron's humorous and sardonic works further the dialogue between art and popular culture, uniquely utilizing vernacular illustration to address themes of longing, loss, and power dynamics, among others.

OPENING RECEPTION for Drawn to It: December 16, 2006, 7-9pm

ARTIST TALK with Ryan Nelson and Rachel Waldron: December 20, 2006, 6-7 pm

A press release for the Drawn to It exhibition can be downloaded in PDF format from Transformer's website:

Recent Grants:

Transformer has been awarded $15,000 from the DC Commission on the Arts' City Arts Projects Program to support our exhibitions and programs during the 06/07 season.

Additionally, Transformer has been awarded $20,000 from the Creative Community Fund - a program of The Community Foundation of the National Capital Region - to support the commissioning of new work by DC based artist Kelly Towles (Itsy Bitsy Bollocks exhibition at Transformer April 2006). In his first comprehensive public art project, Kelly will be creating large scale murals this spring and summer 2007 within the 14th Street Corridor and beyond.

As part of the Creative Community Fund, Transformer will also be assisting in the presentation of public performances and projections created by artist Jane Jerardi (Touch & Go performance art series at Transformer February 2005).

Transformer is thrilled to be a participant in commissioning and presenting new work by two of Washington's visionary emerging artists.

New Initiatives:

In Spring 2007, Transformer will launch a new program for emerging artists and collectors - the Transformer Emerging Artist Flat Files. Created as a way to support a large number of emerging artists beyond our exhibition series, the Transformer Emerging Artist Flat Files will feature approximately 100 unframed works on paper in various sizes and mediums that can be purchased throughout the year.

2007 will also see the re-invigoration of Transformer's Framework Panel Series. The first of the 2007 panels is being organized to take place in February 2007 and will focus on arts writing and criticism.

For further info on these and other Transformer programs, please visit our website:, email us at:, and/or give us a call at 202-483-1102.

Best regards,

Victoria Reis, Executive Director

Founded in summer 2002, Transformer is a Washington, D.C. based 501(c) 3 non-profit, artist-centered, visual arts organization that connects and promotes emerging artists locally, nationally and internationally. Partnering with artists, curators, art spaces and other cultural entities, Transformer serves as a catalyst and advocate for emergent expression in the visual arts.

Transformer is supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities/NEA, the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, and The Visionary Friends of Transformer.

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