Commissioned Artists


Nehemiah Dixon, III

Project: 1801 McCormick Drive

Nehemiah Dixon III adds his voice and experience to the Art Works Environmental Public Art Project team advocating for social justice through his artwork, community involvement and teaching. As a native of Washington D.C. he believes that art should be experienced through any means necessary which drives him to create art for public places.


Krista Schlyer

Krista Schlyer is a conservation photographer and writer living in the Washington DC area. She is a senior fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers, whose work has been published by BBC, The Nature Conservancy, High Country News, The National Geographic Society and Audubon.


Martha Jackson Jarvis

Martha Jackson Jarvis’ sculptures have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States and abroad, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; the Studio Museum of Harlem, N.Y. Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island, N.Y.; Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C.; Anacostia Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Tretyakov Gallery Moscow, U.S.S.R.


Michael Janis

Project: Laurel Library

After a 20 year career as an architect in the United States and Australia, Michael Janis returned to the US with a focus on working with glass. In 2005, Janis became the Co-Director of the Washington Glass School in Washington, DC. Janis has received numerous awards for his artwork including the Florida Art Glass Alliance’s Emerging Artist Award 2009, the Bay Area Glass Institute’s 2010 Saxe Fellowship and he was named a “Rising Star” at Wheaton Arts 2011.


Howard Connelly

Project: 1801 McCormick Drive

As a designer and builder I produce concept drawings and finished projects to define spaces. I’m multi disciplinary and use various new & recycled materials to make structures, centerpieces, and kinetic sculptures. Propeller Studios Partner: Commercial art for restaurants, museums, and photo special effects 1990-2003. Howard Connelly Design Studio: Opened in 2004 and expanded into a full design, engineering, fabricating, and finishing studio with advanced metal-working tools.


Blessing Hancock

Project: District VII Police Station

Blessing Hancock owns Skyrim Studio Inc which focuses on site specific sculpture. She utilizes her BFA in Sculpture and MLA in Landscape Architecture to create innovative work for public spaces. She has completed monumental sculpture projects throughout the world and has extensive experience working with city agencies, project teams and community groups. I believe there is enormous potential for public art that is skillfully integrated with the built environment.


Barbara Johnson

Project: 1801 McCormick Drive

An artist and educator for over thirty years, Ms. Johnson founded Art Works Now with a vision of increasing accessibility to visual arts education across economic and ability spectrums. She is a passionate advocate for social justice who sees access to visual art education as an important civil rights issue facing Americans today.

Liza Linder

Project: Brandywine Fire Station

Liza & Allen Linder have been producing glass mosaic murals from their studio/home in Prince George’s County, MD for the last ten years. Their body of work includes public commissions, private commissions and nationally-shown personal work. Please visit their websites at & for more information.