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:
September 4: Novie Trump, Susan Grace, and group exhibition Under the Sun: Artists of Sol Print Studio
October 2: Surya Geid, and group exhibition Perspective: Fresh Look at Contemporary Painting & Drawing
November 6 – Fotoweek DC: Marissa White, Leah Appel, and group exhibition feat: Ibero-American Cultural Attachés Association (AACIA)
December 4: Michael Corigliano, Adam Bradley, and Chee-Keong Kung


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.

2015 Sessions

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Artist Talk with Member Artist Susan Grace

Saturday, September 12 at 1pm
Free, $8 Suggested Donation

Join September Member Artist, Susan Grace, as she speaks about Pictorial Space, on the subject itself and how it influences her work.







CULTURE BLAST – Every Third Thursday

Thursday, September 17th
Free, $8 Suggested Donation

Join us for an evening of discussion with curator Sarah Tanguy and artist Soledad Salame.  Sarah Tanguy is the curator for Under the Sun: Artists of Sol Print Studio, on exhibit at Hillyer September 4-26. Soledad Salame is the founder and director of Sol Print Studio, a Baltimore-based printmaking facility dedicated to solar plate etching and non-toxic printmaking. They will discuss the artwork in the exhibition and explain the processes used by these artists. Soledad will bring materials from her Balitmore-based Sol Print Studio. Stay afterwards for a casual reception.



Rooftop Fundraiser

Wednesday, September 23rd

Whether you’re celebrating Isaac Newton’s end-of-the-world asteroid or the official first day of fall, join us on the rooftop to watch the sun set on summer (and maybe the world…?)

On the off chance that the world doesn’t end, $1 from every house wine and draft beer will be donated to Hillyer Art Space!

Join us from 5 – 10pm on the rooftop of the Embassy Row Hotel (only two blocks from Hillyer!)



Saturday, September 26
7pm – midnight

Art All Night : Nuit Blanche DC festival is an all-night exploration and celebration of contemporary art, encompassing five of DC’s most vibrant neighborhoods: Dupont Circle, Shaw, North Capitol, H Street NE, and Congress Heights. Hillyer Art Space presents a projection, light and music experience with Projection Mapping DC, a pop-up jewelry shop with UDOP jewelry, a DIY activity and three exhibitions by Novie Trump, Susan Grace, and Under the Sun: Artists of Sol Print Studios. Check back soon for more information!

Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC is produced by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in collaboration with French Thomas Creative and I AM, llc


CULTURE BLAST – Every Third Thursday

Thursday, October 15th
Free, $8 Suggested Donation

We are partnering with Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe for an evening of spooky stories!
Check back soon for more information.