Authentic Contemporary Art to Curate New Art Space in DC

Inside view of part of the Tubman-Mahan Gallery (image courtesy of The Center for Green Urbanism)

Authentic Contemporary Art to manage exhibitions for a new community incubator for environmentally-friendly businesses in Washington, DC

Authentic Contemporary Art (ACA), a five year old virtual and community-based resource for contemporary art by emerging artists announces a new partnership with the Center for Green Urbanism to showcase exhibitions of contemporary art. The Center is a new business incubator providing office space for small to mid-size businesses and start-ups interested in locating in Ward 7 in far northeast Washington, DC. The Center is located at 3938 Benning Road NE on the edge of Fort Mahan Park, a national park site and gateway to the Fort Circle Park Trail. The building is located directly across the street from the new Benning Road Library and is walking distance from the Minnesota Avenue metro stop on the orange line.

As a part of this new collaboration, Authentic Contemporary Art will provide curatorial direction and management of regular exhibitions of contemporary art in the Center’s Tubman-Mahan Art Gallery, located within their eco-friendly remodeled building and workspace.   The inaugural curatorial exhibition ReCREATE,a group exhibition of artwork made from recycled materials from artists across the country, will coincide with the Center’s official Open House, scheduled for Sunday, October 17, 2010.

“We’re very excited at the partnership with The Center for Green Urbanism, which allows us to extend our mission to make art more accessible to the community,” describes Authentic Contemporary Art Founder and Creative Director, Sharon J. Burton.  “We look forward to attracting new collectors and exposing emerging artists from the DC area and across the globe, especially those who work focuses on the environment or who work with eco-friendly materials.”

In May of this year, The Center for Green Urbanism’s Co-Founder Zandra Chestnut approached Burton with the idea of a partnership as a result of ACA’s history of working with talented emerging artists in professional art exhibition installations across the Washington, DC area. Burton immediately saw the potential of the Center as an excellent place to showcase art, with sleek hardwood floors, natural light, expansive wall space and environmentally-friendly interior design. She also believes in the incubator’s mission to promote green and eco-friendly businesses in a urban community.

“We are thrilled to gain Sharon’s expertise and the exposure that this partnership will garner for both the Center and for Authentic Contemporary Art.  We believe that artists play a significant role in sharing the beauty of our planet from their unique perspective,” added Chestnut.

Exhibitions will be free and open to the public to visit during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm, and weekends by appointment.  Anyone interested in joining the invitation list for Tubman-Mahan Art Gallery exhibitions and events can submit their name and email address at Authentic Contemporary Art’s website at

About The Center for Green Urbanism

The Center for Green Urbanism is located in downtown Ward 7 in far northeast Washington, DC and provides affordable business incubator space for entrepreneurs to work. Meeting spaces are available and wi-fi is accessible throughout the facility. The Center is a design model for a “living green business” in an urban setting, by decreasing our carbon footprint — promoting home gardening, using energy efficient CFLs and appliances, solar shade window treatments, a purified drinking water system, water saving devices and the recycling of trash and waste.

The Center sits on the edge of Fort Mahan, a national park site and gateway to the Fort Circle Parks Trail. Hiking and biking trails are close and Metro Bus and subway are a short walk away. The address is 3938 Benning Road NE Washington, DC 20019. You can reach the Center via telephone: 202-506-3867, email: The hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm open on Saturday and Sundays only for scheduled activities refer to the calendar of events for scheduled activities. Visit the website at

The Tubman-Mahan Art Gallery can be reached via email at and Twitter at @TubmanMahanArt

About Authentic Contemporary Art

Authentic Contemporary Art (formally Authentic Art Consulting) was founded in 2005 and now serves as an alternative source for emerging and contemporary art. Based in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area, Authentic Contemporary Art (ACA) creates opportunities for art collectors and emerging contemporary artists to connect through exhibitions and through a juried online art gallery. We also work with a variety of design and art professionals to find the right artwork to fit the right space.

ACA also provides opportunities for individuals who are interested in visual art to learn more about collecting and conserving art through workshops, gallery visits and special events. ACA partners with a variety of art and interior design professionals and organizations to present contemporary art that is accessible and affordable to the novice collector and attractive to established art connoisseurs.

For more information, visit the website at, email at or call 1-888-861-1395.