July First Friday

July 7, 6-9 pm
FREE; $8 suggested donation

Featured Artists: Solo exhibitions featuring Julia Kwon, Jessica Burnham, and Gloria Duan.

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.

Art in Context: Korea

Wednesday, July 12, 12-2 pm

Join us for Art in Context: Korea, a discussion on Korean culture, identity, and the broader conditions impacting creative work and partnerships.

Panelists include Julia Kwon, a visual artist whose exhibition Like Any Other is currently on view at IA&A’s Hillyer Art Space, and Tom Vick, Curator of Film at the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer and Sackler Galleries.  Additional panelists to be announced.

On view this month at IA&A’s Hillyer Art Space, Kwon’s exhibition Like Any Other employs colorful Korean textiles on painting and sculpture to explore the constructed notions of what it means to be Korean. The series is inspired by the artist’s experience of being seen as “the other,” and comments on gender and ethnicity. By capturing the tension that arises from the divide between different social groups and addressing the problematic process of being reduced and categorized, the works in this exhibition searches for authentic origins and clear categories to the uncertainties of translation and complexities of globalism, multiculturalism, transnationalism, and hybridity.

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.

CultureBlast with Washington Sculptors Group

Thursday, July 20, 6:30-8pm

Join us for July CultureBlast with artist talks by Julia Kwon, Jessica Burnam, and Gloria Duan, and a DIY activity hosted by Washington Sculptors Group! Starting at 6:30pm guests can join us for a reception and a DIY activity inspired by our current exhibitions. Members from Washington Sculptors Group will teach guests Notan, an Eastern design principle that incorporates dark/light, positive/negative, and geometric/organic visual elements. This design principle incorporates some of the patterning and compositional elements seen in the artists’ work. Guests will be able to create a take-home piece of artwork.

At 7pm our exhibiting artists will each give a short artist talk followed by an audience Q+A. Following the artist talks, guests can mingle, talk to the artists, and continue working on their DIY projects.


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.

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Summer Rooftop Fundraiser

Wednesday, August 16 at 6-9pm
The Embassy Row Hotel Washington DC – A Destination Hotel
2015 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20036

Come sit poolside with the Hillyer team and check out the panoramic view of DC from the fabulous Embassy Row Hotel! Can you think of a better way to end the day? Dip your feet in the pool while sipping on your favorite drink with friends. One dollar from every wine, regular cocktail, draft beer, and bar bite will be donated to Hillyer! Enjoy large scale Jenga and Connect Four games, or simply take in the beautiful view from a cabana as the sun sets over the city – all while helping to support Hillyer’s free public programs and exhibitions!