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Life Beyond the Line: A new exhibit blends art and energy, highlighting lives changed by the D.C. Infrastructure Academy

In support of their partnership with the D.C. Infrastructure Academy (DCIA), Exelon launched "Life Beyond the Line," a series of powerful portraits of Pepco energy workers by Washington, D.C., artist Reginald Cunningham. Featuring sound and visual elements demonstrating what this work means beyond the transmission lines, the exhibit showcases how the DCIA program is changing the lives of D.C. residents. It runs through Feb. 28 at the Edison Place Gallery at 702 8th Street NW. 


 

 

Antonio Milhouse, Apprentice Line Mechanic - Overhead, Pepco, 2020.https://www.exeloncorp.com/newsroom/PublishingImages/Antonio-Milhouse.jpgAntonio Milhouse, Apprentice Line Mechanic - Overhead, Pepco, 2020.
John Lozano, Apprentice Line Mechanic - Overhead, Pepco, 2020.https://www.exeloncorp.com/newsroom/PublishingImages/John-Lozano.jpgJohn Lozano, Apprentice Line Mechanic - Overhead, Pepco, 2020.
Gregory Goins Jr, Cable Splicer Mechanic - Underground, Pepco, 2020.https://www.exeloncorp.com/newsroom/PublishingImages/Gregory-Goins-Jr.jpgGregory Goins Jr, Cable Splicer Mechanic - Underground, Pepco, 2020.
Ivan Stevenson, Cable Splicer Mechanic - Underground, Pepco, 2020.https://www.exeloncorp.com/newsroom/PublishingImages/Ivan-Stevenson.jpgIvan Stevenson, Cable Splicer Mechanic - Underground, Pepco, 2020.
Jabriel Ingram, Apprentice Line Mechanic - Overhead, Pepco, 2020.https://www.exeloncorp.com/newsroom/PublishingImages/Jabriel-Ingram.jpgJabriel Ingram, Apprentice Line Mechanic - Overhead, Pepco, 2020.
Dervon Kyle, Cable Splicer Mechanic - Underground, Pepco, 2020.https://www.exeloncorp.com/newsroom/PublishingImages/Dervon-Kyle.jpgDervon Kyle, Cable Splicer Mechanic - Underground, Pepco, 2020.
Rodrequiz Snead, Apprentice Line Mechanic - Overhead, Pepco, 2020.https://www.exeloncorp.com/newsroom/PublishingImages/Rodrequiz-Snead.jpgRodrequiz Snead, Apprentice Line Mechanic - Overhead, Pepco, 2020.
Ronnie Williams, Cable Splicer Mechanic - Underground, Pepco, 2020.https://www.exeloncorp.com/newsroom/PublishingImages/Ronnie-Williams.jpgRonnie Williams, Cable Splicer Mechanic - Underground, Pepco, 2020.
"Life Beyond the Line" Receptionhttps://www.exeloncorp.com/PublishingImages/Lists/Exelon Reusable Content/AllItems/DCIA.jpg"Life Beyond the Line" Reception

Click below to hear the audio from the exhibit as the Pepco energy workers discuss what their work means to them and the DCIA program.


A specialized workforce development initiative led by the Department of Employment Services (DOES), the Infrastructure Academy programs provide educational and technical training for Washington, D.C. residents, creating opportunities for local communities. Pepco is proud to partner with the Office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia and the private sector to make the DCIA possible. Building a program to develop a workforce focused on infrastructure helps not only District families flourish through high-paying, long-term career opportunities, but it is also a local investment supporting infrastructure as one of the fastest-growing industries in the nation.

The Pepco Utility Training School at DCIA provides the necessary training for D.C. residents to excel in the utility industry. This is why Pepco and several Contractors of Choice remain committed to hiring successful graduates from the program.

Pepco focuses its support on programs that deliver measurable and sustainable improvements in the communities we serve. In addition to our workforce development programs, Pepco works with nonprofit arts organizations to sponsor diverse, high quality art exhibits representing the breadth and diversity of the region. "We feel passionate about the quality of the men and women within our workforce and using art to highlight some of the DCIA graduates from our first cohort signifies how important it is to invest in our communities," said David Vosvick II, Pepco vice president human resource operations.

About the artist
Reggie Cunningham (a.k.a. Reggie Noble) is the creator of the Pure Black brand. He is an influencer, creative, entrepreneur, and photographer who specializes in portraiture, concert/music photography, and visual storytelling. Reggie hails from St. Louis, MO, and currently lives in the Washington, D.C., area. His passion for photography was instilled by his mother, who was a photographer for 30 years. His signature style is both edgy and intimate. Reggie uses his camera to show his clients themselves through another's eyes and is known for making even the most anxious feel comfortable in front of his lens. Reggie attended Lindenwood University, and received a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and dual Master's degrees in Digital & Multimedia Design, and Promotional Communications.  Reggie’s work has been featured in international publications, including Huffington Post, Essence, Vogue-India, Ebony, Take Part, The Final Call, The Washington Post, and BuzzFeed.


Pepco Edison Gallery
702 8th Street NW
Washington, DC 20068

Open Tuesday – Friday, Noon – 4 p.m.

Free Admission