I never had particular passion for the arts as a child, but when I went to college I started dancing and became committed to it as a career.

The summer after my junior year I went to live and work out in Boulder, Colorado. I took classes at the Colorado Dance Festival while I was there. And I remember that above the entrance to the main campus library is the inscription:

Who knows only his own generation remains always a child

The Jefferson Place Gallery (JPG) was the first effort of an artist turned arts administrator named Alice Denney, who, past the Jefferson Place Gallery, played a central role in the arts life of Washington for half a century.

Denney was the first Director of the Jefferson Place Gallery, DC’s first cooperative, artist-run, arts gallery. It would not have happened without her. Denney went on to help found the Washington Gallery of Modern Art, where the first Color School shows occurred, and after absorption of the WGMA by the Corcoran, the Washington Project for the Arts. You can read more about Alice in John Anderson’s blog post here.

The goal of this project is to allow the viewer look back through time at the artwork, and experiences, of the artists that were part of the Jefferson Place Gallery. We hope to meet the standard of the University of Colorado president who drafted the words over the West door into that same college library:

Enter here the timeless fellowship of the human spirit

At the time of launch, this site provides a framework for understanding the scope of activity that occurred at JPG. We hope through further funding to expand the archival materials, and analysis, available.

To learn more about Day Eight, the non profit that has produced the project, visit www.DayEight.org. The mission of Day Eight is to empower individuals and communities to participate in the arts through the production, publication, and promotion of creative projects.

This project was funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, through private and corporate donors, including through a partnership with the American University Art Museum and through the visionary leadership of the Museum’s Curator/Director, Jack Rasmussen.

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