Turf and Terrain, the 2016 Arts in Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Biennial

Becky Borlan Bricks Arts in Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Biennial. Photo by Kate Warren

From a press release:

“Arts in Foggy Bottom, Washington’s award-winning public art program, will present Turf and Terrain, the 2016 Arts in Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Biennial, from Saturday, May 14 through Saturday, October 22. The exhibition, selected by Washington-based curator Danielle O’Steen, will feature 13 contemporary sculptures, new media installations, and performances by 14 local, regional, and international artists. All works will be displayed in front of private homes throughout the Foggy Bottom Historic District between 24th and 26th Streets NW, and H and K Streets NW (located near the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro stop). The five-month exhibition is free and open to the public.

Turf and Terrain artists will engage the legacy of historic Foggy Bottom by creating site-responsive artworks that range from the figural, the abstract, and even the fantastical. With the combined efforts of the show’s curator, emerging and established artists, and Foggy Bottom residents, this exhibition will highlight the history of this unique neighborhood, its vibrant present, and its imagined future.

“This year’s exhibition is focused on creating expanded landscapes, which will stand in direct dialogue with the neighborhood’s architecture and rich history,” says O’Steen. “The selected works will respond to their chosen sites while also exploring the boundaries of what qualifies as outdoor sculpture.”

Turf and Terrain will feature works by the following artists: Benjamin Andrew, Eames Armstrong, Becky Borlan, Krista Caballero and Frank Ekeberg (Norway), Brian Davis, Lisa Dillin, Rob Hackett, Nicole Herbert, Patrick McDonough, Jonathan Monaghan, Lindsay Pichaske, Dane Winkler, and Julie Zirlin.

Arts in Foggy Bottom will host free curator and artist-led tours and workshops throughout the course of the exhibition. These tours will address the artwork and highlight the art’s connection to the historic Foggy Bottom community. Visitors are also encouraged to tour the exhibition at their convenience. Self-guided tour brochures will be located at each sculpture site in addition to downloadable programs on the Arts in Foggy Bottom website.

For more information about Turf and Terrain, the 2016 Arts in Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Biennial, and to view photographs from past shows, visit”

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