Nara Park's Enduring Marks Makes MVT Debut
On-Going Exhibit Schedule: Wednesdays-Sundays, November 17-February 1, 11-7pm
Closed: November 22-25 and December 22-January 1
Location: Milian Park, 499 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC
WASHINGTON, DC (November 14, 2018): CulturalDC and the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVT CID) are excited to announce the launch of the latest Mobile Art Gallery exhibit: Enduring Marks by Nara Park.
A sculptor and installation artist living and working in Washington, DC whose artwork was recently acquired by The Phillips Collection, Park is one of the area's most prominent rising young artists. In the Enduring Marks exhibit Park will present textile prints of digital collages exploring the imprints of childhood. Park combines the images of her childhood artworks and writings from age five to eight with photographs of rock surfaces and mosses as if a child has left the marks on stone. Her work is based on the idea of marks on stones, similar to ancient cave paintings that serve as the oldest records of human existence. In the exhibit, guests will see Park's images from her early life experiences, as Park is interested in how early childhood experiences have lasting emotional and psychological effects and influence to shape who we are.
"CulturalDC is delighted to bring Nara’s beautiful work in the Mobile Art Gallery to Mount Vernon Triangle. We hope everyone living in the neighborhood can enjoy the show with friends and family over the holiday season,” said Kristi Maiselman, Executive Director of CulturalDC. "This marks our first exhibit in the second year of the Mobile Art Gallery. We have served over 45,000 people since October 2017 and can’t wait to continue the great work of delivering arts directly to people’s doorsteps."
"The MVT CID is proud to serve as community sponsor and host location for CulturalDC's Mobile Art Gallery, an innovative and unique cultural amenity that responds directly to community desires for greater open space activation as well as beautification that includes public art,” said Kenyattah A. Robinson, President & CEO of the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District. “The Mobile Art Gallery will activate a historically significant National Park Service asset that would be otherwise underutilized during colder months; magnify the area’s many attractive residential, commercial and retail offerings; and reaffirm MVT CID’s dedication and commitment to bringing arts and culture to our vibrant and rapidly growing downtown community.”
Robinson continued: "The MVT CID extends special appreciation to stakeholder-partners Pepco and Paradigm Development Company – owners of the Meridian at Gallery Place and Meridian at Mount Vernon Triangle apartment communities – for the generous financial support that helped offset the investment required to bring the Mobile Art Gallery to our community. We also thank the National Park Service – National Mall and Memorial Parks, the Historic Preservation Office for the District of Columbia, the National Capital Planning Commission and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts for permitting CulturalDC and the MVT CID to temporarily place the Mobile Art Gallery on Federal park property."
ABOUT CULTURALDC, “WE MAKE SPACE FOR ART”
CulturalDC celebrates its 20th year of creating affordable, sustainable artist spaces in the Washington, DC, area. Since 1998, CulturalDC has brokered more than 300,000 square feet of artist space, including: the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market, Atlas Performing Arts Center, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Source Theatre and Woolly Mammoth Theatre. CulturalDC’s Mobile Art Gallery is DC’s first moveable artspace and a commitment to use art as a catalyst to build community. Each year, CulturalDC serves more than 1,000 artists and welcomes 40,000 audience members and participants who patron local businesses and contribute an estimated $1 million to the local economy. Learn more at culturaldc.org and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
ABOUT MOUNT VERNON TRIANGLE COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT
The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVT CID) is a private, nonprofit organization established to enhance the overall quality of life for all members of the community including residents, visitors, business owners, and property owners in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood in Downtown DC. The Mount Vernon Triangle is considered to be one of Washington DC’s best examples of a mixed-use community, a vibrant neighborhood in the heart of the City—both geographically and culturally. Its boundaries include 17 blocks within the East End of downtown Washington, DC, bordered by 7th Street NW to the west, Massachusetts Avenue NW to the south, New York Avenue NW to the north and New Jersey Avenue NW to the east. The Mount Vernon Triangle is a clean, welcoming and centered neighborhood that mirrors the District’s unique mix of historic and modern buildings, longtime and new residents, and diverse cultures, restaurants, and urban experiences. For more information, we invite you to explore our website at www.mvtcid.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter @MVTCID, Instagram and Flickr.
ABOUT NARA PARK
Nara Park is a sculptor and installation artist living and working in Washington, DC. One of the area’s most prominent rising young artists, Park’s artwork was recently acquired by The Phillips Collection. Learn more about Park’s work at naraparkstudio.com.