If you ask art lovers, they will tell you that their relationship with a work of art reaches beyond the frame:
“The painting makes me stand tall, which in turn makes me feel strong. For me, this painting is about power and grace.”
That is how art lover and DC chef, Carla Hall described Snake Man by Alison Saar (1994) when asked to participate in NMWA’s “25 Art Lovers” campaign.
The “25 Art Lovers” campaign is in conjunction with NMWA’s 25th anniversary and features local residents, patrons of the arts and Washington, DC area leaders. The campaign exhibits the breadth and depth of NMWA’s collection and its impact on patrons in the metropolitan DC area. The first 10 of 25 individuals profiled are popping up on the DC Metro, in print, and online, sharing one of their favorite art works from the collection and encouraging others to do the same. Patrons featured include:
Leah Bassett: makeup artist, painter
Chakaia Booker: sculptor in the collection of NMWA; currently has her work on the New York Avenue Sculpture Project
Warren Brown: owner of CakeLove; entrepreneur
Carla Hall: Chef (contestant on several seasons of Top Chef), TV Host (ABC’s The Chew)
Bonnie McElveen-Hunter: Founder/CEO of Pace Communications, Diplomat, Humanitarian
Gina Lewis: Systems Engineer
Heather & Tony Podesta: Art Collectors, Lobbyists
Andrea Roane: TV News Anchor (WUSA 9)
Trevor Young: Visual artist
Join the “25 Art Lovers” and share one of your favorite works of art in NMWA’s collection. Why does that particular artwork move you? How long have you been visiting NMWA? Do you have a story about how a work of art has inspired you? Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences. We are all ears!