New Lamond-Riggs/Lillian J. Huff Library art seeks community contributions

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New Lamond-Riggs/Lillian J. Huff Library art seeks community contributions

Heritage Wall to feature a quilt-inspired collage

The DC Public Library has selected two contributors to the “Heritage Wall” at the new Lamond-Riggs/Lillian J. Huff Neighborhood Library, artist Michelle L. Herman and the community.

Herman will create a digital tapestry inspired by the idea of a quilt that reflects the history of the community surrounding the new Lamond-Riggs/ Lillian J. Huff Library. The new art will enhance the new Lamond-Riggs/ Lillian J. Huff Library by creating a vibrant, inspirational welcome to the building that responds to the community’s desire to have artwork that reflects them. The Heritage Wall will span the first and second floors of the new library next to the building's entrance. The art will be a striking feature visible outside the library and close-up.

To complete the quilt, residents will be invited to contribute family photographs and fabric swatches. Herman will scan the materials and use them to create a digital collage.

In the coming weeks, the Library will announce the opening date for the new Lamond-Riggs/Lillian J. Huff Library. At that time, a schedule will be released of when community members will be able to bring their  photos and fabric samples for the artist to use  

Herman is a multidisciplinary artist and a resident of the Lamond-Riggs community, who has exhibited throughout the Washington, DC area in 4 solo exhibitions and several group exhibitions. She holds both a Bachelors and Masters of Fine Arts from The Maryland Institute College of Art. She was selected after the Library issued a Request for Qualifications to engage individual artists, designers, and art/design teams in January. 

Located at 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE the new Lamond-Riggs/Lillian J. Huff Library is nearly complete. The new 23,500 square foot space will feature a wide range of flexible spaces including expanded space for adults, teens and children; a variety of collaboration spaces including a living room-style seating area;  a large meeting room with a capacity for 100 people; and 7 reservable meeting spaces.