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My Washington: Q&A with Kristin Guiter

This arts advocate chats about museums, shopping and festivals

The one-time VP of Communications and Marketing at the Corcoran Gallery of Art went on her own in 2012, putting kkg (her monogram) to a firm that advocates for galleries, festivals, museums and arts groups. Clients depend on her to garner support and, in her words, to “shine a bright light on D.C.’s bustling—and ever-growing—arts and cultural scene.”

Kristin Guiter
Kristin Guiter (©Kate Warren)

Where do clients find you?

I have an office at home but also in an oh-so-retro space called We Work. It’s inside the former Wonder Bread factory in the Shaw zone.

Shaw’s really hopping?

Yes, it has history, character and restaurants. I like Eat the Rich owned by popular mixologist Derek Brown. It’s an intimate spot for oysters and cocktails by the pitcher.

Eat the Rich
Eat the Rich (©Scott Suchman)

Can you describe work done for a local client?

I helped bring visibility to the National Museum of Women in the Arts, a venue with the mission to support women artists across all disciplines. Did you know that half of all visual artists are women, but only 5 percent of the art displayed in U.S. museums is by women! I also freelance articles about cultural happenings.

This month’s events?

Check out Capital Pride and AFI DOCS [a film showcase all over], DC Jazz Fest or the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.  

Which museum is a must?

I came here for the first time at 12 years old and fell in love with the National Gallery of Art. Today I wander through the European galleries, my go-to quiet spot.

An exciting art space?

I never miss openings at Flashpoint Gallery—an edgy art space in Penn Quarter.

Any shopping secrets?

I love vintage, and I go to Antique Row in Kensington, Maryland. I picked up a gold beaded, 1950s clutch at Sage Consignment, a trove of vintage hats, bags, tie clips for men.

Lincoln Memorial
Lincoln Memorial by moonlight (©Digital Stock)

A night visit to the Mall?

My friends and I hop on bikes (Bikeshare stands are all over now) and head to the Lincoln Memorial. It’s illuminated dramatically, and sitting on the steps there is an extraordinary experience.

Read about Kristin's perfect day in D.C.