The exterior façade of the U.S. Education Department's Lyndon Baines Johnson building at 400 Maryland Ave. S.W. in Washington, D.C. is the site of a new photographic exhibit designed both as art and as an illustration of the agency's goals.
The 44 larger-than-life photographs being installed around the building show various aspects of education in America, from pre-K through college graduation, with images of public school students from all walks of life reading, in classroom settings and participating in athletics and the arts.
Along with reminding staff and visitors of the Education Department's mission, the photographs are meant to attract the public into the building's lobby, where award-winning art by U.S. and international students is displayed.
The Education Department's Student Art Exhibit Program, now in its sixth year, displays art from the nation's classrooms. The purpose of the program is both to honor the artists and emphasize the role of the arts as a path to education.
The photos were taken by U.S. Education Department photographers Paul Wood, Joshua Hoover and Leslie Williams over the past two years. The concept and design for the display was submitted to and approved by the D.C. Fine Arts Commission in May.