Union Market District will serve as the main festival hub for By The People 2020! Halcyon’s By The People festival is a free arts and dialogue takeover of Washington, DC, with hub and satellite locations reaching all four quadrants of the city, along with Maryland and Virginia.
This year’s festival is being curated by DC-based multidisciplinary artist Sheldon Scott. Scott is director of culture at Eaton DC and has chosen “Culture Supreme” as his curatorial concept. Festival visitors can expect massive art installations, pop-up performances, and special events scattered throughout Union Market District. Already confirmed is fiber artist Janet Echelman, whose colorful large-scale works have been installed everywhere form the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery to Oxford Circus in London.
Stay tuned for the announcement of additional artists and events, and register for the free festival here.
Where: Union Market District // June 13-28, 2020
About Sheldon Scott
Sheldon Scott (b. 1976, Pawley’s Island, SC) mines his experiences growing up in the Gullah/Geechee South and professional background in storytelling to examine the Black male form with particular emphasis on biases of usability and expendability in relation to constructs of race, economics and sexuality. Scott’s work consists of performance, sculpture, installation, photo-based work, spoken word, creative nonfiction, objects and ephemera. His artworks have been presented at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; American University Art Museum, Washington, DC; and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC. In 2019, Scott was named a finalist in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, and presented the first gallery-based performance-centered portrait as part of the exhibition The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC. Scott is also represented by ConnerSmith Gallery in Washington, D.C.
About Janet Echelman
Janet Echelman sculpts at the scale of buildings and city blocks. Echelman’s work defies categorization, as it intersects sculpture, architecture, urban design, material science, structural and aeronautical engineering, and computer science. Using unlikely materials from atomized water particles to engineered fiber fifteen times stronger than steel, Echelman combines ancient craft with computational design software to create artworks that have become focal points for urban life on five continents.
Curiosity defines Janet Echelman’s nonlinear educational path. After graduating from Harvard College, she lived in a Balinese village for five years, then completed separate graduate programs in painting and psychology. A recipient of an honorary doctorate from Tufts University, Echelman has taught at MIT, Harvard, and Princeton Universities. Echelman’s work was ranked #1 on Oprah’s List of 50 Things That Make You Say Wow!, received the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Visual Arts, and was named an Architectural Digest Innovator.
About By The People
By The People is an international arts and dialogue festival presented by Halcyon. Launched in 2018, the festival brings visual art, performing art, and dialogue to all four quadrants of Washington, DC. The festival is free and open to the public, each year focused on the same founding themes: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
In its first two years the festival saw over 65,000 visits, with visitors from every D.C. area zip code and 47 U.S. states. Massive art installations, performances from ballet to go-go, high profile speakers, and innovative ideas like an augmented reality art hunt have set the tone for By The People as a boundary-pushing, thrilling way for anyone to fan their creative spark and experience world-class art.
RSVP here to get access to all free By The People programming, all locations, all days.