The Capital Art Book Fair is a project of East City Art
East City Art is DC’s visual arts publication of record. Since its inception in 2010, East City Art, the DC region’s visual arts journal, has been an unmatched resource for thorough art reviews and artist profiles both online and in print. Beyond the institutions of the National Mall, Washington DC and its metropolitan area are home to world-class art exhibitions. For over a decade, East City Art has highlighted and promoted that excellence. The publication’s digital bulletin board maintains up-to-date event listings, artist calls and classes while an art news series informs readers of changes to DC’s art landscape. East City Art’s collaborative of writers offer readers an in-depth understanding of contemporary visual art through regularly published articles, essays and features.
The 2023 Capital Art Book Fair
The 2023 Capital Art Book Fair is the first edition in what we hope will be an annual event. The fair is free and open to the public and we expect to showcase around 50 artists, small publishers and independent booksellers showing everything from traditional hard-bound books to reinterpretations of what a book can be. This year, East City Art has partnered will Capitol Hill-based cultural centers—Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) and Hill Center—to co-locate programming. The Fair is organized and produced by Phil Hutinet, East City Art’s publisher.
What is an Art Book Fair?
Here is an excellent article from Swiss art magazine Widewalls about Art Book Fairs:
The link to apply is HERE. Please make sure you read the introduction before applying.
Why apply to the Capital Art Book Fair? You have the backing of the Capitol Hill community, the support of DC’s arts publication of record and an unbeatable location! The event is free and open to the public and is expected to draw a large crowd.
The Capitol Hill Neighborhood
Often referred to as a small town within DC, Capitol Hill is a diverse and tight-knit community unlike any other. Capitol Hill has its own newspaper (Hill Rag), its own town square (Eastern Market) and is home to prominent visual arts organizations like Capitol Hill Arts Workshop and Hill Center which are both cultural partners of the Capital Art Book Fair. The neighborhood is home to many artists and writers. It is also one of the few places left in DC that has a large number of small businesses including three independent book stores.
East City Art
East City Art is the region’s visual arts publication of record. The publication has changed conversations about who makes art in DC and where that art is made, shining a light on local artists and art spaces. East City Art’s award-winning publication, newsletter and social media reach will help draw DC’s art community to this event.
The 2023 Capital Art Book Fair will take place at Eastern Market’s North Hall. On Saturdays and Sundays, 7th Street SE is closed to vehicular traffic. It becomes the site of an outdoor artist market, a world-renowned flea market and a farmer’s market. Indoors, the historic market, one of the last left in US, houses food stalls whose owners sell everything from baked goods to seafood and cheese. The market’s North Hall, located indoors next to the food stalls, lies in the heart of all of this activity. In April, when DC weather is at its best, the market attracts approximately 12,000 visitors on Sundays alone.
The 2023 Capital Art Book Fair will be held Saturday, April 1 from noon-8pm and Sunday, April 2 from 10am-4pm at Eastern Market’s North Hall. North Hall’s address is 225 7th Street SE, Washington DC a block from Eastern Market Metro. There are several public parking garages a block from the market. The event is free of charge. Since it is indoors, it will be held rain or shine!
We are currently soliciting applications for vendors who will participate in the the 2023 Art Book Fair. We will provide a full list of all participating vendors the week of February 27.
Our cultural partners will provide co-located programming three blocks away from North Hall at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop and Hill Center.
Award-wining DC-based artist Carolina Mayorga will produce ephemeral artwork for the 2023 Capital Art Book Fair.