Exhibitions and Shows:

Backyard Study #1 - Kim Bursic Fallen - Adam Bradley

Anatomy of a Cloud – Kim Bursic
Fallen – Adam Bradley

August 13th: Ward 5 Wonders & New Works Exhibition and Reception: Art Enables presents two new exhibitions opening on August 13th, 2016. Ward 5 Wonders includes work by six local artists who either live or work in Ward 5 in Washington, DC. Adam Bradley and Sarah Wegner both work in bronze, creating humanoid figures that struggle through issues of identity, aging, fear, and pain. Duly Noted Painters and Shawn Lindsay also represent humanity in their artwork, using dramatic, vivid, and unnatural colors of paint to elevate the mundane. Kim Bursic seeks to capture fleeting moments in her abstracted landscapes, painting images of destruction and chaos to symbolize moments of great change in her personal life. Shani C. Hernandez creates abstract paintings that visually represent her personal experiences, often using found objects and discarded electronics to criticize the disconnect found within human nature.

Image by Dethaw Cotman

Image by Dethaw Cotman

New Works features original work made within the past six months by Art Enables’ resident artists. As artists with disabilities, their themes can range from loss, love, past trauma, travel, and family to favorite TV characters and pop culture references, but they all have one commonality – a desire to share their story and unique perspective with the world. Guests can meet the artists at the Second Saturday opening on August 13th, 1 – 4pm. 2nd Saturday Workshop Series – Every second Saturday of the month.


Upcoming workshops:


August 13th, 1 – 4pm:

Our Second Saturday workshop will be led by local artist, Camilla Schaeffer, a Maryland-based art teacher and artist. We will be making paper flowers, focusing on incorporating and experimenting with color into our artwork.

All skill levels welcome. Free and open to the public, with light refreshments provided!

Open Calls and Opportunities:

oaib_logoOur 11th year of Outsider Art Inside the Beltway open call is now live, and we’re seeking “outsider” and “self-taught” artists from across the world to show amongst our local artists.


– Any self-taught, folk-artist may apply
– Painting, drawing, mixed media, and sculpture submissions are accepted
– All work must be ready to hang
– Unframed work is acceptable, and will be hung with magnets or padded binder clips
– Accepted work must be received by October 3rd, 2016 at 5pm


• Submissions: All work will be reviewed. We are requesting that all artists submit up to 5 images and a corresponding image list (with image name, title, material, dimensions, and price) to be reviewed by a jury (Deadline: September 9th at 5pm.) Please email the images and Word document to This year, we will be jurying applications upon arrival, so you will be notified whether you were accepted soon after you apply.

• Commissions: Art Enables will receive a 40% commission on all works sold.

• Shipping: All participating groups must pay for their shipping of work to Art Enables and the return shipping if the piece does not sell.

• Schedule: Artwork and other materials must be received by October 3rd, 2016 by 5pm ready to hang. The show is scheduled to open to the public with a large reception on October 8th, 2016, 1 – 4pm. The show will then be open for viewing weekdays 9 am – 5 pm through Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016, with two free Second Saturday community workshops happening on October 8th and November 12th from 1 – 4pm.