Transformer is a Washington, DC based artist-centered, non-profit visual arts organization. Founded in June 2002 by artists & arts organizers, Transformer’s mission is to connect, elevate, and serve a diversity of emerging artists and arts leaders. Transformer develops innovative, multi-faceted exhibition and program platforms, both independently and through global partnerships, to present artists’ evolving ideas and work, advance new and best visual arts practices, and engage audiences with emerging contemporary art. Transformer is committed to inclusivity, professional excellence, artist equity, open dialogue, expansive cultural exchange, and freedom of artistic expression. Artist-centered in everything it does, Transformer serves as both a catalyst and advocate for emergent expression in the visual arts. Transformer is honored to be widely recognized by artists and growing communities of supporters for advancing emerging artists and experimental artistic concepts. Sophisticated in its programming, while retaining its founding punk rock ethos, Transformer propels artists who define what’s happening now and next in contemporary visual art.
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is established in New York, NY. His will called for the creation of a foundation dedicated to “advancement of the visual arts,” and he left nearly his entire estate to the cause.