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January: Dominick Rabrun

Gif of Phillips Centennial logo with collages images flashing different colors
Photograph of Dom Rabrun

Sampling and remixing is a critical tool for me—not only in how I approach my work, but how I see the world. I sampled four of The Phillips Collection’s paintings and arranged them in chronological order—18th century to the 21st century. The animated component of the logo is a nod to my love of neon signs, electronics, and digital media.”

Dominick Rabrun (@domrabrun) is an artist, speaker, writer, producer, director, and general maker of things. He is the host of Dom’s Sketch Cast, an experimental art show. Dom has created unique art and content for Genius, Reddit, Annapurna Pictures, VICE, PBS, Mtn Dew, Noisey, and more.


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February: Rose Jaffe

Gif of purple and red hands holding and turning into illustration of birds in a next
Photograph of a smiling woman standing in a print studio surrounded by colorful prints

This redesign of the Phillips Logo is about connection; to each other, and to nature. In a moment of time where many feel a loss of physical connection, it comes alongside a moment where love and support are needed the most. This dichotomy leaves many to search for that connection in new places—virtually, one on one, and/or outside in nature. The hand holding fades to a composition of a bird in its habitat, an ode to the conservation work Lilli Steele does at the Phillips, often looking beneath the surface of a painting to reveal entirely different imagery.” 

Rose Jaffe (@roseinks) is a visual artist, with mediums spanning mural painting, ceramics, printmaking, and digital illustration. Born and raised in the nation’s capital, Rose loves calling Washington, DC, home.


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March: Aniekan Udofia

Colorful illustration of a woman with flowers and butterflies in her hair and large gold earrings and with the Phillips Centennial logo as glasses
Photo of artist Aniekan Udofia sitting in front of colorful paintings holding a paint brush

This piece was inspired by nature and the new life that sprouts during the spring, which happens to be my favorite season of the year.

Aniekan Udofia (@aniekanreloadedhas achieved local notoriety for his towering murals of Duke Ellington, Fredrick Douglass, and George Washington, as well as his solo and group live paintings at Washington events sponsored by the likes of Red Bull, Heineken, Honda, and Adidas. He garnered national attention with his caricatures and photorealistic illustrations for XXL, Vibe, Rime, Frank 151, and The Source. 


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April: Kelly Towles

Gif of various logos for the Phillips designed by Kelly Towles
Photo of Kelly Towles sitting on the ground with colorful murals behind him

I wanted to play with the idea of a black book or sketch book and see how I could come up with multiple ideas and to be playful with the interpretation.”

Kelly Towles (@kellytowles), a leading Washington, DC, artist, has literally painted the town since moving to the Nation’s Capital in the late 1990s. His murals, showcased on area buildings and garage doors, and paintings, displayed in local galleries and businesses, are electrically playful. From partnerships with DC Brau Brewing Company, U St Music Hall, and DC United, to working with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Greater Washington Creative Community Initiative, he is focused on sharing his passion for street art while making an impact on the local community. Towles’s characters range from the traditional to the fantastical, retaining hints of people, places, and things that positively influence his life.


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May: Joel Ulmer

Illustration of a collage of Phillips artworks being held up by columns and black birds
Photo of Joel Ulmer in front of windows

I worked at the Phillips for 5 years and I thought a lot about the pieces that inspired me while I was there. My aim was to exalt those paintings. 

Joel “Vincii” Ulmer (@joelvincii) was born and raised in Washington, DC. After graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School, he studied studio art at Central State University earning his bachelors. Today he works full time at the National Gallery of Art and is also an active member of The Kennedy Center’s Culture Caucus where he works with the social impact team producing a variety of events at the REACH. Joel predominantly works in oil but loves to explore other mediums such as charcoal, sculpture, and digital arts. His work encompasses both a traditional and modern style of painting. He aims to create a social surreal style of work.


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June: Trap Bob

Phillips Centennial Logo in yellow, orange, pink with a space background with stars
Photo of Trap Bob smiling, standing in front of framed portrait illustrations

When I think of a centennial or anniversary, I always think about the future and what’s next. For me the future is space - I’m obsessed with the endless possibilities up there, so I loved the idea of creating a spaced out version of the logo. I hope it inspires and excites people for what’s to come. 

Tenbeete Solomon AKA Trap Bob (@trapbobworld) is a visual artist, illustrator, and animator based in Washington, DC. She is known for her use of bold colors and gestures to convey both the humor and struggles of everyday life. Her work is socially conscious and frequently inspired by activism and community issues. Her work can be found in both the digital space and within the community. As the founder of Trap Bob World, LLC, Tenbeete has worked with leading corporations, brands, and organizations including: Giphy, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Elizabeth Warren Campaign, BET, and Refinery 29. Tenbeete is the Creative Director of women-centric creative collective GIRLAAA.


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July: Halim Flowers

Abstract painting on gray background with Phillips 100 written among colorful brushstrokes
headshot of man in a white suite

To commemorate the centennial logo celebration for The Phillips Collection, I wanted to crown the women like Marjorie Acker Phillips and Polly Fritchey that were instrumental in the development of this art institution. The Wall Street Journal was used as a collage for the PHILLIPS text to acknowledge the commercial aspect of art and museums. Lastly, the black figures on the edges of the piece recognizes the reality of Black artists often being kept outside of the fine arts world and confined to the margins of looking inside of museums but rarely being exhibited there.

In the year of 1997, Halim A. Flowers (@halimflowers) was arrested at the age of 16 and sentenced to two life sentences in the District of Columbia. His experiences were filmed in the Emmy award-winning documentary Thug Life In DC. In 2005, he started his own publishing company SATO Communications, through which he published 11 books. In 2019, Halim was released from prison after serving 22 years imprisoned. Upon release, he was awarded theHalcyon Arts Lab and Echoing Green fellowship awards. In 2020, he signed to be represented by Stella Jones and DTR Modern Galleries for his visual art practice.


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Stay tuned for more logo inspiration from:

Lisa Mari Thalhammer
Julia Chon
Reggie Black
Chris Pyrate