This is part of our ongoing Business Spotlight series, which interviews local Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street (plus the 800 block of Upshur Street) business owners. 

Today’s post features Adrian Ferguson—founder of Art of Noize (821 Upshur St. NW, 2nd floor). Art of Noize is a multi-purpose artist studio in the Petworth area of Washington, DC. 

Adrian is also a co-founder of Capital City Conversations, a series addressing racism and issues at the intersection of race and the everchanging DC culture. You can watch powerful excerpts of episodes on affordable housing, the influence of segregation, and wrongful imprisonment.

Tell us a little bit about your business.

Art of Noize was founded in 2017. What inspired me to start my business was a lack of affordable space for artisans in D.C. I wanted to provide an intimate and affordable space beyond the typical lounge, club, or studio for Artists to perform and showcase.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Born and raised in the DMV. I collect vinyl records.

What is unique about your business?

I am only space in the Petworth neighborhood who provides space for a variety of artisans, not just one discipline.

Are you still operating during COVID-19? In what ways?

We have created an online marketplace on our website where patrons can see the current exhibition, as well as purchase artwork.

How can the community support you right now?

You can check out our online marketplace. You can visit our website at You can follow us on social media, FB: Art of Noize, IG: @artofnoizedmv, and Twitter: @artofnoizedmv17

What is your favorite thing about this community?

I love the diversity.

If you could tell all of the residents in the Lower Georgia Avenue Main Street area one thing, what would it be?

Stay safe, sane, and stock up on wine.