Our fave local artists.

Meet Cita Sadeli CHELOVE and Michael Crossett, longtime DC residents and noted artists. Learn about their art featured in our community and what about NoMa inspired them in the creative process.

Cita Sadeli CHELOVE

Cita Sadeli CHELOVE is a multi-disciplined creative who straddles the street art, illustration, and interactive design worlds. Her work is a reflection of a multicultural background rooted in the tropical mysticism of Java, Indonesia and her youth growing up in the raw energy of 1980’s Washington DC streets. The former co-founder/director of DC/Brooklyn-based Protein Media: an art, design & interactive company focused on initiatives for education and social good, Cita has transitioned into an independent Art Director delivering creative solutions for brands like Trillectro, AFROPUNK, Adobe, Wat-Aah, Deloitte & Touche, IStrategy Labs, the Smithsonian Institution, and &Pizza. Cita is also a noted mural artist in the Washington, DC region through the MuralsDC program and commercial commissions. Her work urges the viewer to examine the past – a place or culture’s roots and origins, and their relationship to our future.

1. How did you get into your particular genre/medium? (murals or screen printing)
I started painting the streets of Washington DC as a graffiti artist in the early 90s. At that time there were few opportunities for mural commissions, especially embracing no-traditional art. My first public art commission came in 2011 through the MuralsDC program, "Every Day I See Something New" in Adams Morgan, Washington, DC. I've been painting walls ever since!

2. How long have your lived in D.C.? (Where originally from if not D.C.?)
I am a lifelong DC resident, but grew up in Hyattsville in P.G. County Maryland. I call Shaw, DC my stomping grounds, but the neighborhood continues to undergo massive economic/development transformation and thus, it is no longer the affordable, flavorful and funky neighborhood it once was.

3. What about AVA NoMa or the NoMa neighborhood inspired you?
I'm inspired mostly by the movement of trains just a block east of the AVA NoMa building. DC has a rich and lengthy graffiti history and those lines - the Metro Redline/Amtrak/CXS, are infamous for its graffiti spots.

4. What is the name of your original AVA NoMa piece?
NoMa Machines

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Michael Crossett

Michael Crossett is an American artist who lives and works in Washington, DC. Born into an Air Force family, Crossett spent his childhood moving through the Pacific Islands, to many stateside locations, eventually landing in DC. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Advertising at George Mason University, Crossett continued his studies in Graphic Design at the Corcoran School of Art + Design. In addition to his fine art practice, Crossett serves as the Director of Design at JLL, a global real estate firm.

1. How did you get into your particular genre/medium? (murals or screen printing)
I was always a photographer throughout my childhood and adult life. I loved darkroom processing and the magic. of unexpected results. I continued with digital photography, but it didn’t have the same romance for me. It wasn’t until I took a course in my 20s in Screenprinting that I fell back in love with the results of digital photography and Screenprinting. I saw I could take advantage of the advanced technology and speed of digital processing and then get quickly in the screen printing studio where the exposure and painting became magic again.

2. How long have your lived in D.C.? (Where originally from if not D.C.?)
I was an Air Force brat, so I grew up in Okinawa and Hawaii and then moved to VA and DC in my high school and college years. I have lived in DC for over 20 years now.

3. What about AVA NoMa or the NoMa neighborhood inspired you?
NOMA is a distinct sign of the new DC and gentrification. NOMA was kind of a no mans land before. I was commissioned a few years ago to do a piece for WPAs Lobby Project. The piece focuses on how metro changed NOMA for good and allowed true development to begin.

4. What is the name of your original AVA NoMa piece?
Swampoodle Evolved - It was the original name given to the NOMA area by a reporter. NOMA was formerly swamp lands.

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