How it works

Participation is relatively simple after you register and select your volunteer dates and times. It's first-come-first-served to get a space for you artwork, installations, experiments, and other creative endeavors.

What is Artomatic?

Artomatic is an open-entry creative arts showcase of visual art, music, film, performance, poetry and fashion. Artomatic is a non-profit organization headed by a volunteer Board of Directors and funded in part by the D.C. commission on the arts and Humanities (an agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts).

Can anyone participate in Artomatic?

Yes, entry to Artomatic is open to everyone.

How can you participate in Artomatic?

Visual artists, performers, bands and filmmakers can participate in Artomatic by registering at Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Where is the Artomatic event?

Our event site varies year to year, but is always in the Washington, D.C. metro area. The event site will be announced prior to registration opening.

How much does it cost to attend?

Artomatic is a free event open to the public. It is funded by donations and fueled by volunteers. Artists do need to pay a registration fee to participate in the event.

Who funds Artomatic?

Artomatic is funded by entry participant fees, donations, sponsorships, and grants.

Location & Dates

How to participate as an artist

  • Visual
  • Performance
  • Filmmakers
  • Installation Artist

Artists are free to do what they wish within their designated space — paint the walls, turn out the lights, or simply tack up their artwork. Because Artomatic events are usually held in an office building, the spaces are as unconventional as the art and they may include large lounges, meeting rooms, kitchens and especially challenging spaces such as closets. Guidelines are provided for the event and more information will be provided after registration.

What does "unjuried" mean? It means anyone who can pay a modest fee to cover expenses can exhibit at Artomatic. It means a lower barrier to entry, no overarching theme or goal, and a huge variety of media. Paintings and photography are the most popular, but anything goes: sculpture, fiber art, videos, multimedia installations, collages, wearable art, and the impossible to categorize. Because anything goes, you’ll get to see plenty of experiments and risk-taking.

Taken from The Art League’s blog on Artomatic 2017.


Get Involved

Because Artomatic is a non-profit and there is no admission fee for the public to enter our events, we rely on volunteers to serve as staff for our events. Staff members welcome the public, advertise our events, run security and perform a variety of other duties to ensure a successful event.

Are You Participating?

Artomatic is an non-profit, volunteer-run 501 (c) 3 organization that organizes and hosts a large arts festival occurring every 12-18 months in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, usually in a commercial location slated for demolition. Artomatic’s mission is to create community, build audience and expand economic development by transforming available space into a playground for artistic expression.