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:
May 1: Jaanika Peerna & Pulse15 group exhibition fundraiser
June 5: Evan Reed, Dane Winkler, & Hsin-Hsi Chen
July 10 (NOT JULY 3): Joseph Crawford Pile, Nicholas Clifford Simko, & Stephanie Williams

Pulse15: Exhibition & Fundraiser

Exhibition: May 1 – 30, 2015
Fundraiser Event: Thursday, May 28, 7-9pm

BUY TICKETS NOW - Tickets $20 advance / $30 door
Early Bird – $15 Before May 1st

Join us on May 28th for a special event! 
Tickets inlcude:
-10% off all Pulse15 artwork, all under $500
-1 Drink ticket for a specialty cocktail by Green Hat Gin
-Delicious snacks
-DIY activity, Live Music & more!


CULTURE BLAST: Solas Nua presents Big Thing Little Thing

Thursday, May 21
Doors at 6:30pm, Play Reading at 7pm
Free, $5 Suggested Donation

Solas Nua presents the FINAL play reading of its season: Little Thing, Big Thing by Donal O’Kelly. In Nigeria, a frightened child puts an old roll of film into the hands of Dublin-bound teacher Sister Martha. In Dublin, ex-con Larry, with a wounded backside, has to get out of the city to rob a convent. Meanwhile, Scarab Oil plans to unleash its new clean fuel of the future. The film roll Martha is carrying attracts the urgent interest of some very powerful and ambitious people. Two actors play Martha and Larry, who take a high octane jump into the brutal world of international energy skullduggery and awaken passions they thought were long behind them.

Donal O’Kelly is one of Ireland’s foremost socially engaged playwrights. In this new stream-of-consciousness thriller, he pulls out all the stops.

Join us afterwards for a Q&A Audience Discussion with the director, cast, and the Director of the Play Reading Series!

This event is FREE, but donations to Hillyer are always appreciated!
Popcorn will be provided.


LIGHT MATTER by Jaanika Peerna  

Part of EU Month of Culture with the Embassy of Estonia

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Jaanika Peerna’s live performance will bring the physical act of drawing in a world of physical limitations into focus. Peerna’s approach to drawing is a very physical, whole body experience.

Her large scale dense surfaces of freehand straight line drawings are made by leaving traces of her body “falling down” with a bundle of pencils and they have the energy of descending liquid matter (water or oil).

Physicists have been trying to create matter out of light. Jaanika Peerna combines light, Mylar and traces of movement to create works that point towards LIGHT MATTER.



Every Monday
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.

We are no longer offering Season Passes for 2015.

2015 Sessions

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