Creative Voices DC

Center for the Study of Modern Art

Inaugurated in 2011, Creative Voices DC brings together the local creative community of Washington, D.C., through panel discussions that include artists, collectors, curators, writers, and performers. Participants are encouraged to discuss works and projects in progress, exchange ideas, and share experiences.

The idea for Creative Voices DC aligns closely with what museum founder Duncan Phillips felt to be an important part of his own work as a museum director and the Phillips as an institution: the unwavering appreciation and support of living artists. Phillips believed that “artists speak not only for themselves but for those of us who are intensely interested in other ways of seeing than our own.”

May 23, 2013
Global Photography
Conventional borders—geographic, institutional, and between media—no longer define the contemporary photography scene. Panelists examine what is influencing the reception of photographs in our global age. Panelists: Gloria Creech Kirk, artist; Michael Platt, artist; Muriel Hasbun, photographer; Schwanda Rountree, collector; and Erin Haney, scholar. Moderated by Phillips Curatorial Associate Wendy Grossman. In collaboration with the Millennium Arts Salon, Washington, D.C.

February 7, 2013
Experience Economy
“Experience designers” around the globe are pushing the boundaries of innovation and creating uniquely personal and memorable experiences for the customers they serve. D.C. is witnessing innovative experience design in the fields of hospitality, healthcare, government, philanthropy, food, retail, real estate development, media, and the arts. Panelists discuss the meaning of “experience economy,” and the ways in which institutions can and are approaching experience as a distinct economic offering. Panelists: James Gilmore, Co-founder of Strategic Horizons; co-author of The Experience Economy, Authenticity and Markets of One; Karen Hold, CEO and Design Strategist in Customer Experience and Innovation for Experience Lab; Klaus Ottmann, Curator at Large and Director of the Center for the Study of Modern Art, The Phillips Collection; Septime Webre, Artistic Director, Washington Ballet; Leslie Felbain, Associate Professor, Head of MFA in Performance program, University of Maryland; Artistic Director, Infinite Stage; Kera Carpenter, Owner/Chef, Domku Café; and Patricia Zingsheim, Chief of Downtown Planning, District Office of Planning.

October 24, 2012
Brian Dailey
Artist and former Phillips Trustee Brian Dailey discusses his portrait series America in Color, on view at the Stephan Stoyanov Gallery (New York) October 17 through November 18. Dailey’s series explores the intersection of American politics, individual character, and the role of perception in how we view and understand the vital components that shape the political process.

September 20, 2012
Jules Olitski
A panel discussion in conjunction with two exhibitions of works by American abstract painter Jules Olitski on view in Washington, D.C., at American University’s Katzen Arts Center and the George Washington University’s Luther W. Brady Art Gallery. Panelists: E.A. Carmean Jr., Alison de Lima Greene, Lauren Olitski Poster, and Karen Wilkin. Moderated by Lenore Miller.

March 8, 2012
Changes in Photography over the Last 15 Years
Panelists: Frank Goodyear, National Portrait Gallery curator of photography; Kirsten Hoving, PhotoPlace Gallery director; Laura Katzman, associate professor of art history at James Madison University; and Dean Kessmann, Fine Arts and Art History Department chair at the George Washington University and artist. Moderated by Phillips Curatorial Associate Wendy Grossman.

September 14, 2011
D.C.'s New International Contemporary Art Fair, (e)merge
Panelists: Veronica Jackson, principal at the Jackson Design Group and art collector, Washington, D.C.; Siobhan Rigg, artist exhibiting at (e)merge and associate professor of new media at the George Washington University; and Jamie Smith, cofounder of Conner Contemporary Art and co-director of (e)merge. Moderated by Klaus Ottmann, director of The Phillips Collection Center for the Study of Modern Art and curator at large.

May 25, 2011
Washington-based Artists Discuss Their Creative Process and Current Work
Moderated by Phillips Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Vesela Sretenović. Panelists: Carol Brown Goldberg, Jefferson Pinder, Janis Goodman, and Dan Steinhilber.

February 7, 2011
Contributions of African American Artists
Panelists: Adrienne Childs, art historian, University of Maryland; Billy Colbert, artist; Lisa Gold, executive director, Washington Project for the Arts; Judy A. Greenberg, director, The Kreeger Museum, Washington, D.C.; and Claudia Rousseau, critic, art historian, Montgomery College, Maryland. Moderated by Richard Long, cultural historian, and professor emeritus at the Institute of the Liberal Arts, Emory University, Atlanta. In collaboration with Millennium Arts Salon; sponsored by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities