As a space where art, culture and politics intentionally collide, both visual and performing arts are a constant and daily part of the Busboys and Poets environment and experience. Sharing a meal with family, friends and co-workers is further enhanced by art that is at once beautiful and challenging. Throughout the year, we receive many qualified submissions for artwork to be displayed in our locations in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

We typically rotate artwork twice annually at each venue, and we seek to exhibit artists whose work is thoughtfully crafted, professionally executed, and those artists whose visions reflect our Tribal Statement. Additionally, we often give preference to large format works and artists who have significantly large bodies of work to exhibit.

art-imgIn addition to exhibiting artwork by local, national and international artists, we also host a monthly series in Hyattsville called First Fridays, where artists can discuss their processes, influences, and projects in an informal setting.

Busboys and Poets supports the creative economy and celebrates art in its spaces by offering a unique platform for visual artists. Unless otherwise noted, all art is available for purchase, with 100% of the proceeds from the sale of work going directly to the artists.

If you would like to submit artwork, have an exhibition idea, or are interested in presenting at First Fridays, e-mail

Take a minute to review our Art Submission Guidelines



In Haiti, Where Does Art Fit In?
National Public Radio (NPR) (January 12, 2012)

Bowie amateur photographer displays work from Cuba trip
The Gazette (September 12, 2013)