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.

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.

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Celebrating the Visual Arts @ Busboys and Poets

Enter any Busboys and Poets location for a meal, for a book, or for an enlightening event, and on the walls, there is a cornucopia of colors, shapes, images, content and commentary. Visual art is served!

For the past 10 years, Busboys and Poets has welcomed local and regional visual artists to exhibit at its locations. The mixtures of art in these spaces question, explore, enlighten and share a vision of social issues and beauty. It’s the Busboys and Poets aesthetic!

For its Tenth Anniversary, Busboys is celebrating its aesthetic in collaboration with Artomatic, known for artistic innovation and creativity.
The Busboys and Artomatic Art Exhibition will be spread across all six locations and be on display from September 27 thru Fall 2016.


If you would like to submit artwork or have an exhibition idea, complete the Art Submission Form



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)