First Friday of every month (unless otherwise noted*)
6-9 p.m.
Admission: $8 suggested donation

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.

Upcoming Schedule:
June 3: Repression/Resurgence/Reemergence:One hundred years of re-possessing and re-appropriating Irish identity, and Candace Flewharty
July 1: Flesh + Bone II, and Kayla Plotz Antiel
August 5: Jin Lee, Rachel Schechtmen, and Bahar Jalehmahmoudi
September 2: Scott Hutchison, Suzi Fox, and Christian Brahe
October 30: Joseph Shetler and Rives Wiley 
November 4: Paola Paredes



Every Monday 
6-9 p.m.
Drop-in (based on availability): Member $10/ Non-Member $12

No Life Drawing on Memorial Day, May 30th, 2016 and July 4th, 2016.

We also are not holding classes during the month of August due to large sculptures in the space and will resume on September 12th. 

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.

2016 Sessions

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CultureBlast – Every Third Thursday

Thursday, June 16th

Join us for an evening of Irish culture! This year marks the centennial anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland, a pivotal point in Irish history that served as a catalyst for the beginning of the end of the British occupation of Ireland. We have partnered with Solas Nua to present a curatored exhibit featuring work that investigate Irish cultural identity.

On June 16th, curator and artist Jackie Hoysted will lead  an Irish Ogham Script (temporary) tattoo activity and artist a poet Bart O’Reilly will perform a poetry reading. Irish refreshments will be served.

Intimately Public: An Evening of Live Performance

Rain Date Rescheduled – TBD

Intimately Public will be a one night public performance event taking place in two sites in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC, including the Dupont Circle Memorial Fountain and the Spanish Steps, ending with a reception at Hillyer Art Space.

Susan Oetgen: 3-4pm @ the Spanish Steps, ending at Dupont Circle
Nicole Salimbene: 4pm @ Dupont Circle Memorial Fountain
Ellery Bryan: 4:30pm @ Dupont Circle, ending at Hillyer Art Space
Petra Nahja Collins: 5:30pm @ Hillyer Art Space
6pm Reception at Hillyer Art Space

Art in Context: Ireland

Save the Date  -  Wednesday, June 8 at 1:30pm
More details TBD

This year marks the centennial anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland, a pivotal point in Irish history that served as a catalyst for the beginning of the end of the British occupation of Ireland. This June, to commemorate this seminal moment, Hillyer presents Repression-Resurgence-Reemergence: One hundred years of re-possessing and re-appropriating Irish identity, a curated exhibition that invites a number of visual artists to create works that investigate Irish cultural identity.

Join us on June 8 at 1:30 for the third panel discussion in our Art in Context series, featuring Jackie Hoystead, curator for Repression-Resurgence-Reemergence. Additional panelists will be announced soon.

The goal of Art in Context events is to showcase artists and artwork in the broader social, economic, political context in which they exist. When members of the arts, economic, foreign policy, and academic communities come together and increase their understanding of subject matter outside of their respective fields, they can establish new connections and pathways of thinking, which will in turn allow them to become better informed, conscious leaders.

Summer Rooftop Fundraiser!

July 13th, 2016
5 – 10pm
$1 from every drink purchased goes to Hillyer!

Sip a glass of wine and  and take in the jaw dropping views of Downtown at the only rooftop pool and bar in Dupont Circle. Join us for a poolside rooftop fundraiser on July 13th, from 5 – 10pm at Embassy Row Hotel! $1 from every house wine or draft beer will benefit Hillyer Art Space. Dip your toes in the pool, enjoy large scale Jenga and Connect Four games, or simply take in the beautiful view from a cabana as the sun sets over Dupont Circle.