Join our team!

Join our team!


Hamiltonian is seeking a passionate and self-driven Development Manager to work in conjunction with the Program Manager to further Hamiltonian's mission to support emerging artists in the Washington, DC region.

The Development Manager will work under the direction and guidance of the Executive Director of Hamiltonian Artists Inc (HA), a 501c3 artist-centric art organization in Washington DC. The Manager will assist the HA board, its Executive Director and other Hamiltonian staff in developing and implementing plans and actions that will:

  • Expand awareness of HA among individuals, foundations, organizations, local governments, with an interest in the mission of the HA;

  • Further develop and promote ways of supporting HA programming and individual artist fellows;

  • Continue to engage potential donors and retain existing supporters via small events in the gallery, targeted mailings, and similar donor cultivation activities;

  • Continue to develop the base necessary for sustained funding to support the organization.

Specific tasks and responsibilities will include but not limited to:

  • Research appropriate funding sources based on local giving patterns and interests.

  • Develop targeted list of potential funding sources (corporate and stand-alone foundations, corporate gifts, wealthy individuals, business sponsors), including proposal due dates, giving history, etc.

  • Write fundraising letters and appeals, maintaining regular correspondence with foundations, donors, and board members, and oversee mailings.

  • Initiate fundraising and/or donor engagement activities and events.

  • Maintain and update in-house database for HA supporters and funders.

  • Prepare drafts of grant proposals and reports.

  • Prepare boilerplate information about the HA for use in proposals.

  • Monitor and update relevant websites (Network for Good, Guidestar).

  • Work with Hamiltonian Gallery to ensure that planned activities of the HA and the Gallery are complementary.

The ideal applicant will have the following qualifications.

  • BA required, MA a plus.

  • Excellent written communication, research, and organizational skills.

  • Ability to develop and manage budgets and prepare financial reports.

  • Interest in contemporary art.

  • Computer literacy, with experience with fundraising databases preferred.

  • 1-2 years of experience working in non-profit development and/or arts administration.

This is an ideal position for a self-driven and motivated individual looking to join a small, dedicated staff to make an impact in the Washington, DC arts community. Please send cover letter, CV, and relevant writing sample to with the subject line: “Development Manager Application.” Interviews will be conducted in mid-late January 2017.

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Fellows Converge | [RECOMBINANT] FELLOWS: RA

Fellows Converge | [RECOMBINANT] FELLOWS: RA

This year’s Fellows Converge encounter, titled [recombinant] fellows: RA, is curated by Camilo Álvarez of Samsøñ, a gallery and artist residency in Boston, MA. Samsøñ creates and presents programs that explore the diversity of cultures and voices that continually shape contemporary art and ideas today, introducing emerging and under-recognized artists as well as re-contextualizing established artists.

[recombinant] fellows: RA is the result of a trip to Boston in which the Hamiltonian Fellows were challenged to consider the viewer’s experience as observed within the “laboratory” of varied contexts including the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Harvard’s Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s public art collection and List Visual Art Center. The resulting exhibition is the product of their consideration of audience engagement.

Eight isolates collected in the region were analyzed using available ontological sources and molecular typing assays. Surprisingly, despite the fact that all isolates except one, which was a mix in(af)fection, were typed as belonging to the strain in-on-(in)dependent molecular assays, all of them re(d)acted with both specific and non-specific monoclonal bodies. Partial sequence analysis on fo(u)r isolates demonstrated that, irrespective of their reactivity towards a and in specific monoclonal body, they were all closely related to a and the recombinant isolate. All isolates for/in which the relevant sequence was obtained showed the same recombination event as in the, around position. Complete sequencing did not provide evidence for additional recombination events in its evolutionary history. Taken together, these results indicate(d) that a group of closely related isolate-s characterized by a unique recombination prevalent under field conditions in the region. Similar to the situation with the strain, we propose that these isolates represent a novel st(r)ain, for which the name, relative assertion [RA], is proposed. Given that isolates cannot be identified by currently available typing techniques; it is possible that their presence has been overlooked in other situations. Further efforts and information allow a precise description of their prevalence and of their geographical distribution here and, possibly, in (an)other are(n)as. The full and precise message is only attainable through an energetic diversive sampling.

– Camilo Álvarez (10.16)

Hamiltonian Artists at The Creative Time Summit

Hamiltonian Artists at The Creative Time Summit

What is the State of Gender Equality in the Arts?

On Sunday, October 16 Hamiltonian Artists, in partnership with ArtTable DC, will be hosting a breakout session on the state of gender equality in the arts at the Creative Time Summit. The open discussion will take place during both afternoon sessions (2pm and 3:30pm) at the Corcoran College of the Arts + Design, 500 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20006. 

Geared toward arts administrators and artists alike the discussion will focus on how women working in the arts experience, confront, and resolve gender issues in their fields. Whether issues manifest through policy challenges, generational roadblocks or direct discriminatory behavior, we will share experiences and discuss how various types of environments and models affect women's artistic career paths. The outcome of the session will serve to develop discussion questions for ArtTable DC's third State of Art DC event on Monday, October 24 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Register for Creative Time here. Then sign up for a session time.

new. now. 2016

new. now. 2016

Please join us Saturday, September 17 from 7-9 pm for the opening of our annual group exhibition new. now. in which we debut the work of our six new, distinguished Hamiltonian Fellows for 2016. We are thrilled to introduce:

Kyle Bauer (MFA, Louisiana State University)
Aschely Cone (MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art)
Rachel Guardiola (MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art)
Magali Hébert-Huot (MFA, Maryland Institute College of Art)
Paolo Morales (MFA, Rhode Island School of Design)
Rives Wiley (BFA, Rhode Island School of Design)

Informal artists talks will be conducted with each of the new fellows throughout the exhibition on the following days:

Wednesday, September 28, 7 pm: Paolo Morales + Rives Wiley

Tuesday, October 11, 7 pm: Magali Hébert-Huot + Kyle Bauer

Wednesday, October 26, 7 pm: Aschely Cone + Rachel Guardiola

Naoko Wowsugi: Permacounterculture

Naoko Wowsugi: Permacounterculture

Permacounterculture | Orchestrated by Naoko Wowsugi

Hamiltonian is pleased to present “Permacounterculture”, a new exhibition orchestrated by artist Naoko Wowsugi. The exhibition will run from August 13 – September 10, 2016 with an opening reception and punk show on Saturday, August 13 from 6:30 – 10 pm. Taking its namesake from the notion of “Permaculture”, an agricultural system characterized by its reciprocal self-sufficiency and community ethics, this exhibition creates a unique ecosystem revolving around the U Street community, DC’s punk scene and urban farming.

Hamiltonian Gallery will be transformed into a music venue, in which a series of punk shows will be hosted inside a garage-like structure that doubles as a greenhouse for growing wheatgrass. Sound waves from the punk music, coupled with the increased exhalation of carbon dioxide from the show-goers, will circulate air around the plants. In return, the plants will accelerate the production of oxygen for the punk celebration. The plants will then be converted into nutritious wheatgrass shots that will be offered to the public on a weekly basis.

By drawing from the shared intensity and raw energy of punk culture and wheatgrass, “Permacounterculture” highlights the mutually beneficial ecosystem formed by the two, which in turn extends to our everyday life. Simultaneously, we inclusively energize the wider DC community as they partake in the holistic benefits of this communal wheatgrass shot.

The “Permacounterculture” punk show series will be open to all ages. Suggested donation of $5 – $10 for local bands is appreciated!

Featured photographer: Farrah Skeiky
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Featured photographer: Alex Schelldorf

Featured photographer: Chris Suspect
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Contributions by:

Sarah O’Donoghue, Chris Moore, Kohei Urakami, Alexander Dowd, Sarah Puralewski, Tef Reese, Emanuel Cooper, Beck Levy, Hannah Eliasoph, Hillary Rochon, Kenzi Waddell and many more!

Support and in-kind donations from:

About the artist:
Using art as a form of communication, Naoko Wowsugi, an artist of Korean-Japanese descent, creates playful interactions between various local communities. She received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and her BFA from both the Kansas City Art Institute and Osaka University of Arts in Japan. Notable recent exhibitions include “Come Back to Rockville” at VisArts, Rockville, MD (2015) and “The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today,” which will travel from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. to the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA, The Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO (2016-2018). Her works have been reviewed in The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, Smithsonian Magazine, and Photograph Magazine. Wowsugi will be an Artist-in-Residence at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in 2017.