Identity, Location, Artists


Funding provided by the DC Department of Transportation

Administered by the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

Project Manager: Hannah Jacobson

Art Director: Bruce McKaig



Capitol Hill Alphabet Animal Art Project

This project uses animals as the binding theme, each sculpture is an animal starting with the same letter as the street where the sculpture is installed on selected street poles. A panel of four local experts in public art selected ten artists from an open RFQ. This project also instills each sculpture with a digital reference, which connects walkers via cellphone to information about the art, the artist, and the spot where they are standing.


DC Department of Transportation employees Robert Payton and Leon Barnes installed the ten sculptures on June 24 2014. DDOT point person Charles Stewart booked the team for three days: they finished in three hours. Their expertise was matched by their camaraderie and care: the best art installers in town.


Selection panel:

Carol Grissom


Carol Grissom is the Senior Objects Conservator, Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute, Washington, DC  (1984-­‐present). Current projects include zinc sculpture in America: 1850–1950 and serving as book review editor for studies in conservation. B.A. in Art History, Wellesley College, 1970, M.A. in Art Conservation, Oberlin College, 1974


Dawn Whitmore


Dawn Whitmore was born in Baltimore, MD, in 1983. She graduated from the Corcoran School of Art in 2005 during which time she also completed a semester abroad at the Camberwell College of the Arts (2004) in London, UK. Her photographs have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries throughout the United States, Lyon, France and London.


Amy Finkelstein


Amy Finkelstein received her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston where she was a Deans Discretionary Award recipient. She has shown extensively throughout the east coast and internationally in Italy. She was recently named a semi-­‐finalist for the 2013 Janet and Walter Sondheim Prize.


Bruce McKaig


Bruce McKaig has been a visual artist for over thirty years, living in Europe, North and South America, Siberia, and India. Working with chance and surprise, his explorations include darkroom and digital photography, time-­‐based works, and photo-­‐based sculptures. His works are in museum collections in the USA, France, and Guatemala. He regularly lectures and writes on photography, and has curated group and solo exhibitions of other artists’ work since 1988.

CHAAAP Artists: 
Evan Reed, John Yanson, Carolina Mayorga, Novie Trump, Susan Champeny Beth Baldwin, Charles Bergen, Breon Gilleran, Undine Brod, Davide Prete
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Capitol Hill Alphabet Animal Art Project

Project Manager: Hannah Jacobson

Art Director: Bruce McKaig

Team Artists:

(E) Emu                       Elizabeth Baldwin     
(D) Dog                       John Yanson

(F) Falcarius                Charles Bergen

(S) Spider                    Breon Gilleran

(I) Ibis                          Evan Reed

(L) Lady Bug               Susan Champeny

(K) Koala                     Davide Prete

(V) Viceroy Butterfly    Novie Anne Trump

(N) Narwhal                Undine Brod

(G) Grasshopper         Carolina Mayorga


Funded by the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT)


Administered by the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW)

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