First Friday of every month (unless otherwise noted*)
6-9 p.m.
Admission: $5 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:

September 5: Rachel Schmidt, Michele Montalbano & Hillyer Artist Advisory Committee Group Show
October 3: Jeff Herrity, Lee Gainer, and Alex Chiou
November 7: Visible Iceland and Christine Pearl 



Thursday, September 18th, doors at 6:45pm, film starts at 7pm
Film: Le Noir et La Lumière (with English subtitles)
$5 Suggested Donation; Fresh Popcorn will be provided!

Join us every Third Thursday of the month for special programming including spoken word, film screenings, performance art, and more! This month, in partnership with the Alliance Française de Washington DC, we are featuring the French film Le Noir et La Lumière. Learn about an influential and mysterious modern French artist, Pierre Soulage. Doors open at 6:45; film starts at 7pm!

Pierre Soulages’ life was guided by a radical idea: invent a wordless painting, free of any representation, visual representation, or even interpretation. In his painting, the black has unsuspected possibilities: black is no longer black. This painting elicits very strong reactions to those who lower their guard, who agree to receive the work, do not try to understand, “to see instead of just looking.” In this documentary, we try to understand a part of the “mystery Soulages” the man who was celebrated as a star in the United States in the 50s.

The Alliance Française of Washington, DC is dedicated to providing the highest quality of French language training through a multi-faceted approach that promotes lifelong learning and cultural dialogue in an increasingly multicultural society. — “A French Heartbeat in the Nation’s Capital”


The 5×5 Project – Ceremonies of Dark Men

Hillyer is partnering with The 5×5 Project to collaborate with Curator A.M. Weaver, and her public art project Ceremonies of Dark Men. On December 12th at the Lincoln Theater, there will be a special multi media performance featuring DJ/Composer King Britt and DC’s own The Cornell West Theory. These musicians will be working in conjunction with films by Larry Cook & Alexis Peskine and poetry by Major Jackson.

CLICK HERE to learn more about The 5×5 Project and Ceremonies of Dark Men.

CLICK HERE to learn more about 5×5, a Project of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities



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

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.

2014 Sessions