Pop Arlington by Ryan Carroll Nelson at Mason Exhibitions Arlington


The Washington DC metropolitan area has long been an international crossroads. Still, it is surprising how many notables had significant ties to Arlington. For this installation, we decided to narrow it down to people who were either born or raised here, or put down roots and made their mark in their field while living in Arlington: actress/dancer Shirley MacLaine, singer/songwriter Roberta Flack, actress Sandra Bullock, actor Warren Beatty, journalist Katie Couric and singer/songwriter Ian Mackaye. Each subject’s story is conveyed in two panels that illustrate their journey and their relationship to Arlington

Bringing these pop culture icons to life is artist Ryan Carroll Nelson. Working primarily with brush and ink, Nelson garnered a reputation in the DC area’s legendary punk rock scene during the early 1990s, illustrating numerous concert flyers, t-shirts, and album covers. His comic-style approach and hand-drawn text is immediately recognizable, and his flyers are coveted collectables among music aficionados.

The series was originally created for the Art on the ART Bus program that brings art out into our community by showcasing an artist’s work on one of Arlington Transit’s (ART) buses. The project is curated by Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development, which delivers programs as Arlington Arts.

This exhibition will be presented on a large outdoor screen in a breezeway at Mason Exhibitions Arlington and is available to view 12 hours a day, from 8:00am till 8:00pm.


  • Sunday, August 27, 2023 | 12:00 PM - Tuesday, September 12, 2023 | 11:59 PM


Display is on an outdoor screen in a breezeway

Mason Exhibitions Arlington, 3601 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA, 22201, View Map

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