Artist Talk with Firoz Mahmud

Tuesday, February 21,  6:30-8 pm
Admission: $8 suggested donation
Doors and reception at 6pm, artist talk at 6:30pm 

Join us for a special presentation by artist Firoz Mahmud. Born in Khulna, Bangladesh, now based in New York & Tokyo, artist Firoz Mahmud received his MFA from Dhaka University, Institute of Fine Arts in 2011, and his PhD on Fine Arts from the University of the Arts in Tokyo, Japan in 2010. Mahmud has been selected for several esteemed residencies including Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam in 2002-03, International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York in 2011, and most recently at the Flux Factory in New York.

Mahmud’s work include installation, photography, painting and mixed media, and has been exhibited all over the world including major exhibitions at the Office of Contemporary Art (OCA), Oslo, Norway, curatored by Nada Raza of Tate Modern (2016), 1st Aichi Triennale (2010), Sharjah Biennale , UAE (2009), Cairo Biennale (2008), Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale (2006 & 2009-DAP), Asian Biennale Bangladesh (2008, 2002 & 2000). His work also was exhibited at the Metropolitan Art Museum in Tokyo, Fuchu Art Museum, Ota Fine Arts, University Art Museum, Mori Art Museum, The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts in Tokyo, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art (2010) in Japan, kunsthaus Tacheles in Berlin, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, New York, Sovereign Asian Art Foundation, The Landmark Atrium, Hong Kong, ShContemporary08, Shanghai Exhibition Center, S.M.A.K., The Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art – Ghent, Witte de With, Rotterdam,Changwon Sungsan Art Hall, Korea, National Art Gallery, Dhaka , Metropolitan-Gallery Mostings & Byggeriets Hus, Frederiksberg, Denmark. Mahmud has two upcoming solo exhibitions in New York in 2017.



Art in Context: Taiwan

Thursday, February 23; Doors at 12pm; Presentation at 12:30pm
Admission: Free, $8 suggested donation
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oin International Arts & Artists (IA&A) for Art in Context: Taiwan, a discussion on how contemporary artists in Taiwan are changing perceptions of identity and the broader socio-economic conditions impacting creative work and partnerships.

Panelists include:
Pin-Chieh Tseng, a visual artist from Taiwan whose exhibition Soliloquize is currently on view at IA&A’s Hillyer Art Space.

Dr. Ying-Chen Peng, an Assistant Professor at American University who specializes in late imperial and modern Chinese art history with a focus on gender issues and globalization of material culture.

Jack Yeh-Chin Kuei, Director of the Taiwan Academy, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States.

This discussion will be moderated by Sarah Tanguy, a curator with the U.S. Department of State’s Art in Embassies program and an independent curator and critic based in Washington, DC.

The Art in Context series is part of IA&A’s International Partnership Initiative, developed in 2013 to prioritize international work between U.S. arts institutions and their counterparts abroad by creating a forum for discussion and discovery among leaders in the arts, academic, diplomatic, and policy communities. Art in Context showcases artists and cultural organizations in the broader social, economic, and political context in which they exist.



Every Monday 
6-9 p.m.
Drop-in (based on availability): Member $10/ Non-Member $15

The Life Drawing series is an independent figure drawing class that allows students to work from a nude model in your choice of mediums. While skill level is varied, there is no immediate instruction allowing each student to practice their drawing skills at their own pace. The Life Drawing series at Hillyer Art Space is the perfect opportunity to practice your skills and independently work with access to a live model.

While easels, chairs and artistic ambiance are provided by Hillyer, artists are required to bring their own drawing materials. Space will be limited to 30 attendees. Walk-ins are welcome to join if there are seats available.

Interested in modeling? Contact Paul Pietsch at . We are grateful to Paul for his volunteer support of our life drawing series.

2017 Sessions

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March First Friday

March 3, 6-9 pm
FREE; $8 suggested donation
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Featured Artists: Osvaldo Mesa & Zeitgeist IV: Preconceptual curated by Sondra N. Arkin, Thomas Drymon, and Ellyn Weiss.

First Friday openings are a collaborative effort to strengthen arts and culture in the beautiful, multi-cultural neighborhood of Dupont Circle. On the First Friday of every month between 6-9 p.m., galleries in our neighborhood host simultaneous openings for art enthusiasts from all walks of life. We encourage all to join us for our openings and to circulate between our neighboring galleries, which host an ever-changing array of styles and media. Sponsored by Bier Baron Tavern.


The Artist as Culture Producer:
Living and Sustaining a Creative Life

with Sharon Louden, Zoe Charlton and Tim Doud, and previous HIllyer artist Marc Robarg, presented in collaboration of the Washington Sculptors Group

Saturday, March 11, 2017
Admission: Free, $8 suggested donation

Join us for a panel discussion with editor Sharon Louden in conversation with artist-contributors Zoe Charlton, Tim Doud, and local artist Marc Robarg. The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life is a collection of essays by 40 visual artists. Edited by artist and educator, Sharon Louden, the book describes how artists extend their practices outside of their studios. All of these contributors have impactful, artistic activities as change agents in their communities. Their first-hand stories show the general public how contemporary artists of the 21st century add to creative economies through their out-of-the-box thinking while also generously contributing to the well-being of others. Although there is a misconception that artists are invisible and hidden, the truth is that they furnish measurable and innovative outcomes at the front lines of education, the non-profit sector, and corporate environments.

Sharon Louden is an artist, educator, and advocate for artists, as well as the editor of two books:  Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists  (2013) and The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life (March 1, 2017). Published by Intellect Books (UK) and distributed by University of Chicago Press, these timely publications reveal the realities of today’s artists and culture producers. Each comprises a collection of 40 essays by contemporary visual artists in United States and abroad, generously sharing their first-hand stories and models of creative lives. These 80 artists provide exceptional insight learned over the years that has helped them evolve, sustain and thrive as professional artists working today.


Poetry Reading with Irish Poet Julie Morrissy

presented by Solas Nua

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Admission: Free, $8 suggested donation

Join us for an evening of art and Irish poetry, with a reading by Julie Morrissy. Each attendee will receive a copy of Solas Nua’s Irish Book Day booklet of fiction and poetry.

“My poetry explores the transcultural experience, which is different to diasporic writing because I am interested in a transcultural citizen who I see as being more temporary in nature. I focus on the emigrant experience of those who move between English-speaking urban centres that contain all of the familiar tropes of global capitalism. I hope to explore how globalization obscures the transcultural citizen’s relationship to place by presenting uniformity that is merely superficial. Globalisation masks the difficulties of moving between places, and that appearance of familiarity, in my experience, disrupts the transcultural citizen’s ability to construct an identity elsewhere.”

Julie Morrissy is an Irish poet who has spent many years living in Canada and the US. In 2015 she was shortlisted for the Melita Hume Poetry Prize in the UK and selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series. Her work has been published widely in Ireland, the UK, Canada, and the US, including in gorseCyphersThe Stinging FlyPoetry Ireland Review, and White Wall Review. Morrissy has performed readings at international festivals in Ireland and abroad, most recently at IFOA, Toronto, in 2016 . Her debut poetry pamphlet I Am Where is published by Eyewear Press and was shortlisted for Best Poetry Pamphlet in the Saboteur Awards 2016.