CONNERSMITH, a Washington, D.C. art gallery founded in 1999 by Leigh Conner and Dr. Jamie Smith, features works by noted historic artists like Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, Alma Thomas, Gene Davis, Howard Mehring, Thomas Downing, Sam Gilliam and Paul Reed.
The gallery seeks to promote historical periods in art while also emphasizing digital innovations and color-field abstractions, resulting in a curated collection that is eclectic, exciting and thought-provoking, fitting seamlessly in modern or traditional homes. Featuring Contemporary and Post-War Art, the installations fit well in mid-century modern and contemporary homes, as well as transitional spaces that could benefit from an eye-catching pop of color on a wall, table, or mantel.
From the colorful rectangles of Thomas Downing’s Nineteen, created in 1968 but still thoroughly modern, to Kenneth Young’s abstract acrylic on canvas paintings that evoke a curious mood, art lovers will find something for every taste and home décor style at CONNERSMITH. In addition to exhibitions at CONNERSMITH, Kenneth Victor Young’s work also hangs in permanent collections at the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Katzen Art Center in Washington, D.C. The painter’s soft organic forms on canvas or paper can create an accent or centerpiece in any home. As a contrast to these organic masterpieces, Leo Villareal’s digital works employ light-emitting diodes (LEDs), custom software and sequencing to create digital sculptures and wall-hangings that are perfect for technology lovers or contemporary homes seeking an eye-catching accent for a living room, great room, home theater, or recreational space. When art meets technology, the result is a captivating design that will stand the test of time.
With its emphasis on modern art history, focusing on contemporary and post-war digital and organic art, the gallery supports art research and promotes the study of significant art-historical movements. The gallery’s programming seeks to represent a diverse mix of internationally influential artists. A variety of media conveys the artists’ messages, with no material or technology too obscure or complicated to distill into an eye-catching representation of a specific period in history or moment in time. CONNERSMITH seeks to promote art that shares messages related to today’s social justice challenges, as well as technology innovations and figural realism. CONNERSMITH does not neglect emerging artists, specifically in its ACCESS online viewing room, which was launched in 2019.
Credited by Forbes for turning Washington, D.C., into a capital of contemporary art, CONNERSMITH seeks to attract younger art collectors who are moved by the messaging and relevance of its exhibits. The 12,000-square-foot gallery on Florida Avenue, NE, presents five shows per year, including as many as four solo shows and at least one curated collection. The gallery also does international art fairs to bring its works to a larger audience. CONNERSMITH also helped launch the Emerge art fair, a show that emphasizes unrepresented and underrepresented contemporary artists, permitting those selected to exhibit for free. This emphasis on philanthropy extends to CONNERSMITH’s primary clientele – young, socially conscious professionals who seek artwork for their home that represents their ideals.
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