Transformer is a Washington, DC based 501 (c) 3 artist-centered, non-profit visual arts organization. Founded in June 2002 by artists & arts organizers to provide a consistent, supportive, and professional platform for emerging artists.

Based in Washington, DC, Transformer is an artist-centered 501 (c) 3 non-profit visual arts organization that connects and promotes emerging artists & emerging arts leaders within local, national and international contexts. Our mission is to provide a consistent, supportive, and professional platform for these artists and arts leaders to explore and present experimental artistic concepts, build audiences for their work, and advance their careers.

Transformer achieves our mission through the development and presentation of innovative exhibitions and educational programs that increase dialogue, understanding, and audiences for contemporary visual art. Our programs and services are designed to help artists grow their audience and patronage, while educating them about opportunities for sustainability. Through extensive partnerships with artists, curators, and a diverse range of cultural institutions, Transformer serves as a catalyst and advocate for emergent expression in the visual arts.

Transformer works to strengthen community by supporting emerging artists in their development, and engaging audiences in new and best practices in contemporary visual art.

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1. Installation view of What We Leave Behind: In the Name of Art, a group exhibition organized by artist Maps Glover in collaboration with Uptown Art House and the TrashPass, 2018.   2. Exterior view of Transformer during the opening reception for Transceiver Radio, a collaborative experiment in radio curated by Joshua Gamma as cultural commons, simulcasting new work by over a dozen D.C. & Baltimore-based artists, 2019.   3. Installation view of Which Yesterday Is Tomorrow?, an exhibition by artists Dahlia Elsayed and Andrew Demirjian reimagining the Silk Road within the gallery space as a space for rest and reflection, 2020.   4. Installation view of NORMCORE, a site-specific installation by contemporary Berlin-based artists Sascha Appelhoff & Lena von Goedeke, reflecting on the way in which ‘norms’ are commonly perceived in Europe as a stand-in for bureaucracy, 2019.   5.  Installation view of Gift Shop, a large-scale installation guest curated by DC based artist collective NoMüNoMü (Joseph Orzal & Nora Müeller), that questions boundaries of commerce within cultural institutions, 2016.   6. Exterior view of the screening of Transformer screening Fire in My Belly by artist David Wojnarowicz (1954-1992), as an immediate and direct response to the Smithsonian's censorship of a 4-minute edited version pulled from the Hide/Seek exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, 2010.
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