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Best of 2004: Maggie Michael and Dan Steinhilber

These local artists love art -- and each other.

Double Vision. In September, the gallery G Fine Art marked its move from Georgetown to 14th Street with an exhibition by artist Maggie Michael. Among her paintings was "Crest," an abstract tumble of latex streams flowing into a renegade puddle suspended off the edge of the canvas. Michael, 30, is an iconoclast whose fluid forms both refer to and subvert fine-art tradition. She's married to sculptor Dan Steinhilber, 32, who last year became the first Washington artist in more than 20 years to have a "Directions" exhibition at the Hirshhorn. Steinhilber creates striking large-scale conceptual works using objects such as trash bags, dish soap, and soda bottles. His next solo show is at DC's Numark Gallery in the spring.

Washingtonian staff contributing to this section were Chuck Conconi, Sherri Dalphonse, Susan Davidson, Mary Clare Fleury, Cynthia Hacinli, Thomas Head, Stephanie Jones, Ann Limpert, Drew Lindsay, Chad Lorenz, Leslie Milk, William O'Sullivan, Cindy Rich, and Jeremy Stahl.  Also contributing were writers Cathy Alter, Ann Cochran, and Jenny Sullivan.