Transformer’s programs are designed to support artists on many levels: in addition to presenting work through professional and engaging exhibitions, artists participate in community panel discussions, peer critique, portfolio review, and other open forums for dialogue and connection with peers and mentors.

At Transformer, artists are the core of our mission and are supported in all aspects of their work. In addition to our Exhibition Series, programs like the Exercises for Emerging Artists and the Framework panel series provide on-going mentorship to artists while also developing audiences and growing the community of support for artists and their work. Transformer also assists emerging arts groups, co-ops, collectives, curators and individual artists in providing temporal exhibition space for short-term projects, as well as providing professional development advice, curatorial input, and program development.

Seeking to build a broad platform for emerging artists and their work, Transformer is also growing programs such as the FlatFile, as well as our public and Temporal Projects. Often presented in collaboration with other arts groups, galleries, or larger cultural entities, these programs provide participating artists the opportunity to exhibit their work outside our project space, furthering our mission of expanding the network of support for artists and their work. 

In the Summer of 2017, Transformer expanded our programming to include Siren Arts, an Asbury Park, NJ based summer residency & exhibition program for emerging visual artists based between DC and NYC.  Supported early on by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, in 2018 Siren Arts received substantial new funding from the NEA's Creativity Connects program.

In 2018, Transformer initiated Transformer Radio, an online radio & podcast program produced in collaboration with Full Service Radio at The LINE DC. Much like our Framework Panel Series, Transformer Radio is intended to provide an oral ‘field guide’ to artists & audiences on current & best practices in contemporary visual art. Presented 3-5 times a year, Transformer co-Founder, Executive & Artistic Director Victoria Reis, interviews DC, national, and international artists on their work, process, and craft. These interviews often coincide with exhibitions & programs Transformer is presenting, providing deeper context to works on view. The programs are also archived on Transformer’s website, and at Full Service Radio, for future listening.