Aether & Hemera are among the artists selected for the Georgetown BID’s third annual outdoor public light art exhibition,
Eight local, regional, and international artists will show commissioned light-art works juxtaposed against the backdrop of Georgetown’s historic environs during the third annual Georgetown GLOW exhibition in DC. In its third year, GLOW will be a month-long exhibition from Friday, December 2 – Sunday, January 1 with works lit nightly from 6-10 p.m. Georgetown GLOW is a signature winter event celebrating the holiday season and organized by the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID).
Artists represented in Georgetown GLOW 2016 include: Arthur Gallice & Herve Orgeas (Shanghai), HiJAC - Hiroshi Jacobs with Rolled Almanza (Washington, DC), Mina Cheon and Gabriel Kroiz - Artist and Architect Collaborative(Baltimore), ULR Studio and SHO Architects (Pittsburgh/Gainesville, FL/Boston), Laure Drogoul (Baltimore), Woodrow Collective: Joan Biddle, Hannah Kirkpatrick and Kristi Totoritis (Norfolk, VA), Raw Design in collaboration with Atomic3 (Production: Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, Montreal, Canada), and Aether + Hemera (United Kingdom).
"The site-specific illuminated installations for this year's Georgetown GLOW are larger in scale and have a deep connection to their surroundings,” said Deirdre Ehlen MacWilliams, Georgetown GLOW Curator. “Some works have an element of interactivity allowing the viewer to walk in, on, and around the piece; while other works ask the viewer to become part of the artwork. We hope each installation will delight and surprise all that visit Georgetown this holiday season."
“Putting together this year’s GLOW has been very exciting for the BID, from the amazing artists we have met to the grant award from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities,” added Nancy Miyahira, VP and Marketing Director of the Georgetown BID. ”Our hope is that the exhibition brings joy and inspiration this season to those who experience it, and illuminates how public art connects communities.”
In addition to the nightly exhibition, the Georgetown BID is hosting Silent Disco on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Grace Church’s lawn (1041 Wisconsin Ave NW) next to the On the Wings of Freedom by Aether & Hemera. DC Bike Party will also host a ‘GLOW Ride Your Bike’ party on Wednesday, Dec. 14. The free ride begins at Dupont Circle at 7:30 p.m., ending in Georgetown, with the route covering many of the GLOW installations. More information on both events, as well as a Curator’s Tour from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on December 8, will be posted on www.georgetownGLOWDC.com.
Georgetown’s holiday décor and lights make it one of the city’s most festive neighborhoods during the holiday season. As attendees tour the public art works, they are also encouraged to take a self-guided tour of the uniquely decorated merchant windows in the fifth annual Holiday Window Competition, in which Georgetown’s small businesses square off in a friendly competition to win top holiday decor honors. Visitors vote for their favorite store window by "liking" its photo in an album on Georgetown’s official Facebook page. The winner is crowned on January 1, the day #GeorgetownGLOW comes to a close.
Docents will be available at each Georgetown GLOW installation Friday-Sunday during the first three weekends of December to answer questions and provide event programs and maps. For event information anytime, including the map, visit www.GeorgetownGLOWDC.com.
Visitors to GLOW are encouraged to follow Georgetown on Twitter (@georgetowndc), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/OfficialGeorgetownDC/) and Instagram (@officialgeorgetowndc), and participate and share via the hashtag #GeorgetownGLOW.