Release Date: Tuesday, February 22nd 2011

Crystal City BID and FotoDC Announce a Month of Photo-related Events, Contests and Parties

For Immediate Release

Contact: Laura Gross, lgross@scottcircle.com

February 22, 2011

202-207-3645, c: 202-255-2054

Crystal City BID and FotoDC Announce a Month of Photo-related Events, Contests and Parties

FLASH - Photo Exhibit
FLASH After Dash – 5K Post Race Photo Parties

Thursday, March 17, 2011

CRYSTAL CITY, VA— Throughout March and April – the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) will partner with FotoDC for a month of incredible imagery, parties and special events. Included in the month-long celebration are: FLASH: a month-long photo exhibit and FLASH after DASH: parties that will take place after 5K Fridays, the springtime favorite race throughout Crystal City on Fridays in April – details for all events are below.

About FLASH
March 17 – April 17, 2011
FREE
Mondays and Tuesdays: closed (available for private events)
Wednesdays and Thursdays: 5 PM – 10 PM
Fridays: 5PM - 11 PM; Saturdays: Noon – 11 PM; Sundays: Noon – 7 PM

FLASH will feature 250 photos, 55 photographers and a library of 150 photo books. The 12th and 13th floors of 2450 Crystal Drive will be transformed into a gallery of photography, featuring a multitude of new works. The expansive space will be split up into two locally curated shows, with space dedicated to individual photographers.

One of the exhibits features works selected by a high profile judging panel that chose 25 photographers to display five photos each (125 photos total). The high-profile judging panel included: Philip Brookman, chief curator and head of research at the Corcoran Gallery of Art; Avi Gupta, photo editor at U.S. News & World Report; Philippa Hughes, chief creative at Pink Line Project, Amanda Maddox, associate curator of photography and media arts at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Molly Roberts, photography editor at Smithsonian Magazine. The other exhibit includes 30 photographers that were selected by a FotoDC panel of reviewers that features another 125 works.

In addition to photography, the space will contain a lounge and bar where visitors can browse through top photography books from around the world. FLASH will represent a total photographic immersion featuring works from across the thematic spectrum - from documentary to fine art with every genre represented.

About FLASH after DASH
April 1, 8 and 15, 2011 after 6:30 PM 5K Race
FREE with a racing bib
Every Friday in April, the Crystal City BID in partnership with Pacers, hosts 5K Fridays – 5 kilometer race through the streets of Crystal City that starts at 6:30 PM. For the three Fridays that coincide with gallery hours of FLASH, runners will be invited to “FLASH after DASH: for an after party. Runners will be provided with a complimentary drink and enjoy the lounge atmosphere and photography exhibit.

Information about all FLASH-related events

Info.: http://www.crystalcity.org/do/flash
Where: 2450 Crystal Drive; Arlington, VA, 22202
Metro: Crystal City

FLASH Gallery Hours:
March 17-April 17, 2011
Mondays and Tuesdays: closed (available for private events)
Wednesdays and Thursdays: 5 PM – 10 PM
Fridays: 5PM - 11 PM; Saturdays: Noon – 11 PM; Sundays: Noon – 7 PM

FLASH Special Event Details:
Thursday, March 17, 2011: VIP/Press Private Reception. Press must RSVP (details below)
Friday, March 18, 5 PM - 11: Opening Night Party 8-11 PM
Saturday, April 16, Noon - 11: Closing Party 8-11 PM

About FLASH after DASH
April 1, 8 and 15, 2011 after 6:30 PM 5K Race

Media R.S.V.P.: Members of the media who need more information, images of exhibited photos or would like to attend the preview should contact Laura Gross, lgross@scottcircle.com or at 202-207-3645, c: 202-255-2054.

###

About the Crystal City Business Improvement District
The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is a public-private partnership established in April 2006 to promote the vibrant Crystal City business, retail, restaurant and residential community. The BID is committed to showcasing the area as a world-class destination for visitors, employees and residents. Crystal City is ACTIVE, ARTFUL, ACCESSIBLE, and GREEN. For more information, visit www.crystalcity.org.

About FotoDC & FotoWeek DC
Founded in 2008, FotoWeek DC has evolved from a city-centric photography festival to a multi-season tribute -- with international appeal-- to photography in all its forms. FotoDC celebrates the transformative power of photography through the exhibition of inspiring and provocative images, diverse programming, and collaboration with the local and international community. FotoWeek DC continues to play a central role in FotoDC programming, with its annual festival in November.

Whether through photojournalism, fine art photography, or the work of emerging artists, FotoDC provides a dynamic, evocative, engaging experience for photographers, cultural institutions, galleries, curators, schools, area residents and tens of thousands of visitors to the Nation’s Capital.

In just three short years, FotoDC is Everywhere You See.