Exhibition of Public Works of Rockne Krebs and Sam Gilliam at Washington Studio School

Image of Sam Gilliam and Rockne Krebs (C) Carol Harrison.

This summer, in partnership with the Washington Studio School, Day Eight will be producing a show of public art works — built and unbuilt — by Rockne Krebs and Sam Gilliam. Curated by Mollie Berger and with catalogue essay by John Anderson, the exhibit will show the process by which two exceptional DC artists created their public artworks.

Rockne Krebs (1938-2011) is best known as the pioneer of “sculpture without object”, artworks using lasers, prisms, air, and fog. His public art works were commissioned for the National Mall, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, NASA, Disney World, and by numerous museums, and this exhibit includes never before displayed items made available by the Krebs Trust.

Sam Gilliam (1933- ) might be best known for his works removed from the frame, canvases dripping with color that he draped first across gallery walls, and ultimately across city buildings. His commissions include subway stations, corporate installations temporary and permanent, museums and art fairs, and this exhibit includes never before displayed items from the collection of the architect that worked with Gilliam on those commissions for more than twenty years, Steven Spurlock.

The exhibit and catalogue grow from Day Eight’s recently created Jefferson Place Gallery archive, www.JeffersonPlaceGallery.com, which preliminarily documents DC’s first artist cooperative gallery, and the work of thirty DC artists who worked through the gallery (including Rockne Krebs and Sam Gilliam.)

The exhibition will be on display in the Washington Studio School’s Gallery, at 2129 S Street, NW Washington, DC 20008, from July 19 to August 3rd, 2018. An opening celebration and gallery talk are to be scheduled.

Curator Mollie Berger notes, “This exhibition brings together two innovative artists, and explores their cutting-edge projects through working drawings and models. These intricate plans provide insight into the artist’s mind and process.”

The project is funded through a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts to project director Robert Bettmann, and produced through partnerships with the non-profits Day Eight and The Washington Studio School. The mission of Day Eight is to empower individuals and communities to participate in the arts through the production, publication, and promotion of creative projects. For more information, visit dayeight.org. The Washington Studio School (WSS), located in DC’s Kalorama neighborhood, offers classes primarily in drawing, painting, and sculpture to adults and high-school teens. WSS presents exhibits through out the year in the main floor gallery and second floor library. For more information on the Washington Studio School visit washingtonstudioschool.org.

Mollie Berger, curatorial assistant at the National Gallery of Art, focuses her research on artists of Washington, DC. Her aim is to contextualize Washington art within the narrative of modern art.

John Anderson has written criticism for Washington City Paper, The Washington Times, and Sculpture. He was recently selected for a 2017 art writing workshop through the Andy Warhol Foundation | Creative Capital in partnership with AIAC/USA.

Community or Chaos: A Poetry Reading and Open Mic Honoring the Memory of Martin Luther King, Jr

The Anacostia Coordinating Council is pleased to partner with Day Eight to offer a poetry event, featuring Regie Cabico and Anne Becker, to reflect on the memories of 1968.

Saturday March 17
2:30 – 5:00 pm
Location: The Rise Center, St. Eliabeth’s East

In his 1967 book, Martin Luther King Jr. asked us to consider, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? King’s question, and the fiftieth anniversary of his assassination, are all too relevant today, and we invite you to offer your own poetic reflections, and to enjoy those of others, at this event.

Hosted by the Anacostia Coordinating Council with honorary host Ward Eight Councilmember Trayon White, poets Cabico and Becker will read selections from their poetry, followed by an open mic at which community members are asked to share their poetry related to Dr. King’s question: Community or Chaos?

This is a “DC Poet Project” event, and one open mic reader will be selected the winner by the ACC, Regie Cabico, and Anne Becker, and will be awarded a $100 dollar cash prize, and invitation to compete in the final DC Poet Project event – May 5th, at the Anacostia Library – for a $500 dollar prize and book contract.

The DC Poet Project was created by the non-profit Day Eight – www.DayEight.org – through funding from the DC Arts Commission, and in partnership with the DC Public Library, Upshur Street Books, and Brink Media.

Tickets are not required but you can pre-register for an open mic spot (a limited number of open mic slots are available) on eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-2018-dc-poet-project-tickets-41526990346

Announcing Schedule for DC Poet Project Spring 2018

Day Eight is thrilled to announce details for our spring 2018 DC Poet Project. The project includes a poetry readings series with connected open mic poetry competition.

[Updated April 2018: click here to read a blog post announcing the finalists.]

Each of four reading series events includes exceptional local poets, and an open mic. The feature poets select one winner at each open mic event, awarding a $100 dollar cash prize to that individual, and invitation to compete for a book contract at the culminating event. At the culminating event, each of the open mic winners from the prior events will read their poetry, and the audience will then live vote to select the overall winner. The winner receives a book contract, including $500 cash prize, and the winner’s book is published by Day Eight. Join us May 5th for the culminating voting event, and details for all events, including a free poetry workshop with Regie Cabico (space limited) are below. The reading series director is poet Gregory Luce.

Reserve your tickets here.

Watch videos of the participating poets reading their work here.


Saturday February 17, 2:00–3:30 pm Featuring poets Susan Meehan, Rose Strode, and Michael Cameron (the finalists from the competition last year.)

Saturday March 3, 2:00–3:30 pm Free poetry workshop for adults and seniors with Regie Cabico

Saturday March 17, 2:00–3:30 pm Featuring poets Regie Cabico and Anne Becker

Saturday March 31, 2:00-3:30 pm Featuring poets Abdul Ali and Jonathan Katz

Saturday April 14, 2:00-3:30 pm Featuring poets Ethelbert Miller and Alan King

Saturday May 5, 2:00-4:00 pm Featuring the open mic winners, and live voting by the audience to select the overall DC Poet Project winner

All events are free and open to the public. You can secure registration for any of the events using the eventbrite link here.

The DC Poet Project is produced by Day Eight in partnership with the DC Public Library, Upshur Street Books, Brink Media, and American Poetry Museum, and through the support of individual donors and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.