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Curator's talk for - The Public Artworks of Rockne Krebs and Sam Gilliam - August 3rd, 2018

The curator's talk for our exhibition, The Public Artworks of Rockne Krebs and Sam Gilliam is this Friday, August 3rd, 6:00 - 7:00 pm at the Washington Studio School Gallery, 2129 R Street NW.

My goal for this project was to support research and scholarship on two important DC artists. The more research we did, the more we've been able to understand not just what they did, but how they did it.  

Dumbarton House - History Bites: Ice Cream July 29,  2018

History Bites: Ice Cream

July 29,  2018 @ 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Escape the summer heat and enjoy a nice cold treat!

Learn about ice cream, ice, cold dishes and how they kept things cold with a short talk!

Then bring your sweet tooth and prepare for things to get chilly as you discover the true origins of ice cream while sampling some delicious flavors, and some downright unique ones! Enjoy viewing rarley displayed collections’s items and learn the favorite flavors of some important figures in history and how they kept their favorite treats cool!

Bloomingdale Historic District approved by HPRB


Proposed Bloomingdale Historic District 

Thursday, August 10, 2017


Case 17-17

The Historic Preservation Office has received and filed the attached nomination for a Bloomingdale Historic District. The applicant is the DC Preservation League on behalf of the Bloomingdale Historic Designation Coalition. (as per notice on DC Preservation League Facebook page)



The Public Works of Rockne Krebs and Sam Gilliam, Built and Unbuilt

Washington Studio School to Host

The Public Works of Rockne Krebs and Sam Gilliam, Built and Unbuilt


July 23 to August 10, 2018

Washington Studio School

2129 S Street Northwest

Washington, DC 20008


Curator's Talk with Mollie Berger: Friday, August 3rd 6-7:30pm.


Exhibit organized in partnership with Day Eight and includes never before displayed items provided by architect Steven Spurlock, who worked with Gilliam for more than 20 years.