My favorite emerging artist exhibiting at Artomatic 2008: Connor Glenn 11 years old

Artomatic opened last night and you have until June 15 to check out this remarkable assemblage of artists. There are 9 floors of art so I suggest you go soon and often. I started a top 10 list but I only made it through three and a half floors so will try to finish it another time. But who really cares what I think is the best art at Artomatic. What’s important is that Artomatic is an impressive open forum for artistic expression. We need more of that.

It was originally conceived as a way to break down the geographical and social segmentation of the Washington arts scene, to bring art directly to the public and to build cohesion among artists. The city’s ongoing development in recent years has diffused the arts community by breaking up pockets of artist studios. In addition, local artists are sometimes overshadowed by national blockbuster shows and federal landmarks. Artomatic provides a forum for all of our area’s artists to convene, perform and exhibit, strengthening the visibility, cohesion, and marketplace of Washington’s arts community.