DC Arts Studios is a member-run arts organization providing studio spaces for our member artists of all disciplines, creatives agencies, and arts organizations so that they can have sustainable careers in the DC Metro Area. We also provide exhibition opportunities and professional support, and we foster connections between our member artists so that they can collaborate and grow in their craft, in the true spirit of an artist co-op.
DC Arts Studios was established in 1979 as an artist co-op under the name A. Salon, Ltd. by George Koch (who later went on to found Artomatic). The organization hosted affordable arts studios in three locations in DC: Downtown, Georgetown, and Takoma. The Takoma building was acquired in 1985 and has been a flashpoint for artists of all disciplines ever since.