FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Charles Bergen Studios Awarded Several Local Public Art Commissions

December 2016

Charles Bergen Studios is thrilled to announce the award of several local commissions for public art projects in in 2016 and 2017.


DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities Fellowship

On October 3, 2016, the DC Commission for Arts and Humanities awarded Charles Bergen a fellowship in support of the studio.  In addition, the Commission’s Art Bank Collection purchased works designed and created by Charles Bergen Studios for the Anacostia River Terrace Community.  The work will be added to the Washingtonia Collection and offered for display to local non-profit organizations and businesses. 


Dance Place Arts Park

In 2016, Dance Place, a vibrant local Washington D.C. non-profit arts organization, commissioned several pieces to be installed in a new local Arts Park.  Three pieces – a colorful painted carbon steel ‘Art on 8th’ sign, a laser-cut metal bike rack and repair station and a fiberglass turtle sprinkler were installed this summer and fall.  –The final piece, an artistic downspout for the building will be installed in the spring.  Together, these installations will help to strengthen a sense of community and place around the Dance Place facility. 


Rhode Island Avenue Trolley Trail

As part of its ongoing effort to revitalize the Rhode Island NE corridor, the City of Hyattsville awarded Charles Bergen Studios a commission to complete a sculptural signage piece at the head of the Rhode Island Trolley Trail.


Bowie: Past, Present and Future

Awarded by the Bowie City Council, this piece will be located next to City Hall in Bowie, Maryland.  The piece, which will feature three large metalwork panels on concrete will convey the towns’ strong sense of history and highlight this community of engaged citizens that share interwoven stories and lives.




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