In 2007, Paul So, an avid painter and a physics professor at George Mason University, founded Hamiltonian Artists with the vision of creating an innovative career incubator program for emerging visual artists. As a scientist in a highly competitive field, Paul appreciated the tremendous benefits of his post-doctoral training and saw great potential in applying a similar model and combination of professional development training, mentorship and financial support to the early careers of visual artists.
In partnership with Hamiltonian Gallery, a prominent exhibition space in the heart of DC’s culturally vibrant U Street Corridor, the first class of Hamiltonian Fellows debuted during the gallery’s inaugural new. (now). exhibition in 2008. Since then, Hamiltonian Artists has nurtured the careers of over 35 Hamiltonian Fellows and successfully hosted a series of free professional development lectures and workshops for DC’s creative community.
Today, Hamiltonian Artists is a dynamic catalyst for DC’s creative economy and a vibrant center for contemporary art in Washington, DC. Through its unique investment into the next generation of cutting-edge artists, Hamiltonian helps artists to develop important business skills, professional experiences and visibility to support and sustain their art career. Through artist talks, public events and its membership program, the organization contributes to the vitality of DC’s burgeoning arts scene by deepening the appreciation for contemporary art and culture throughout Washington, DC and beyond.
Hamiltonian Artists' mission is to build a dynamic community of innovative artists and effective visual art leaders by providing professional development opportunities to innovative new artists and by advancing their entrepreneurial success.
We believe that access to information and experience on how to navigate the contemporary art industry creates confident artists who make well-informed decisions regarding their careers. In turn, these artists will positively impact our society and the economy through the longevity of their careers. Our three core values are: