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Capitol Hill Banner Design Contest


In October of 2016, the Capitol Hill Business Improvement District (BID) and the Capitol Hill Art League (CHAL) collaborated on a competition to give artists a unique opportunity to celebrate our community through art. The competition, open to CHAL members, was to design all-weather banners that will be on display all around the Hill for nearly a year.

The theme for the contest was “It’s all here on the Hill!” The winning designs, submitted by Capitol Hill Art League artists, truly captured the beauty of Capitol Hill and all it has to offer. The winning designs are:

“Capitol Hill in Living Color” – by Kay Fuller
kayCapitol Hill is a beautiful blend of people, cultures, history, politics and ideals. I took the reference photo for this painting while walking in our diverse neighborhood. These colorful historic homes, in the shadow of the United States Capitol, epitomize “It’s all here on The Hill”.

“Hill Icons” – by Tara Hamilton
taraWhen I think of the Hill, I think of the parks and homes, Union Station and of course, the Capitol which can be seen from many vantage points in the neighborhood. This is a watercolor rendering of the three.

“Chilly Day at Eastern Market” – by Linda Norton
lindaThis is a watercolor and ink piece.  I love color and there are few places more colorful on a chilly day than the Stalls at Eastern Market.

“Effervescence Hill” – by Rindy O’Brien and Elizabeth Eby
elizabethThis is a collaborative mixed media entry. The champagne glass is anchored by a fun sneaker and socks, hipsters on the hill. The Capitol floats in the glass, and the champagne bubbles show icons of the hill – a Sousaphone; a baseball, gingko leaves, Eastern Market, a dog, an indoor swimmer, a plate of food, and a fish for the river. The swizzle stick is the metro line.

The new banners were unveiled on Thursday, February 2nd 2017 in a ceremony at the Eastern Market Metro Plaza. Enjoy photos from the ceremony here.

Artists were invited to submit their entries in a silent auction that was held at the BID’s Annual Meeting on Tuesday, February 28th 2017 at 8:00am at Hill Center. The proceeds were split between the artists and the BID’s Ready, Willing & Working program – over $2,000 was raised for the artists and RWW!

We hope you enjoy seeing the new banners around the neighborhood! Thank you to our wonderful local artists who showed us that it really is all here on the Hill.