Despite the lack of corporate sponsorship, institutional ties, a large endowment or even full-time, paid staff, WAM has been able to spotlight the work of significant Washington artists for over nearly ten years in ways not met by other institutions.

Michael O’Sullivan acknowledged WAM’s unique role in his review of the Manon Cleary retrospective held in the fall of 2006:
It isn’t often – or, I should say, it isn’t often enough – that the contributions of longtime Washington artists are recognized with the kind of thoughtful retrospective treatment being given the career of William Christenberry at the Smithsonian American Art Museum or, last year a the Corcoran Gallery of Art, to that of Sam Gilliam. That’s why “Manon Clary: A Retrospective”—an exhibition
of more than 60 works spanning nearly 40 years organized by the Washington Arts museum at Edison Place Gallery—is such a rare treat.
Washington Post (October 13, 2006)

WAM functions thanks to individual contributions from artists, collectors, and patrons. If you would like to see WAM continue on its mission, please see the donation letter below. Your can also support WAM by purchasing a limited edition print from any of these artists or exhibitions. Each archival quality print is $125 and is fully tax-deductible. See ART above.


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