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In search of a new look for your walls as we ready for spring? We caught up with Leigh Conner of Connersmith for her picks on contemporary art’s rising superstars. We’ve got your next masterpiece to purchase right here.

Photographer Agniet Snoep’s images were introduced at DC’s (e)merge art fair.

In search of a new look for your walls as we ready for spring? We caught up with Leigh Conner of Connersmith for her picks on contemporary art’s rising superstars. We’ve got your next masterpiece to purchase right here.

1. Katie Miller – The gifted painter will have a much-anticipated second solo show at Connersmith this spring (April 12-May 31). “There’s already a waiting list for her paintings,” says Conner. Collectors such as Fred Ognibene, and Don and Mera Rubell already own Miller’s work.

2. Leo Villareal – Conner presented a new body of Villareal’s work—digital light sculpture—at Art Miami and will present an installation in DC later in 2401. “The artist is working on several major large-scale commissions—look for announcements soon,” Conners says.

3. Janet Biggs – “The video artist’s revelatory new work is based on her recent journey down China’s Silk Road,” says Conner. “Her star continues to rise with international exhibitions, including the first Cartagena Biennial.” Connersmith will show Biggs’ new work in 2014/15.

4. Agniet Snoep – The Dutch image-maker shoots for an unforgettable still life from the natural world. “She first appeared in DC at the (e)merge art fair with Amstel Gallery in Amsterdam,” says Conner. “Since 2011, her work is highly sought after in America. Look for big things in 2014.”

5. J.J. McCracken – The sculptor and performance artist constructs what she calls immersive installations that are activated by everything from sound to taste. “She’s a very exciting artist,” says Conner, and 2014 will see her completing a new body of provocative work.