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:
October 3: Jeff Herrity, Lee Gainer, and Alex Chiou
November 7: Christine Pearl, Anthony Palliparambil, Jr., and Visible Iceland
December 9: Pulse15 – Hillyer’s Annual Fundraiser Exhibition
February 6: Linda Hesh and Andrea Barnes
March 6: Casey Snyder and Ruth Lozner 



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

Friday, December 12, 7:30-10pm
at The Lincoln Theater, 1215 U Street, NW, Washington, DC

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


SOAPBOX – Call for Performance Artists

Deadline: November 1st
Acceptance Notification: Mid November

This is an open call for performance artists to be a part of our 2015 Soapbox series. This call is open to all artists who live within 150 miles of Washington, DC. Our juror is DC-based performance artist Holly Bass, who will select 4-6 performances. Once selections are made, gallery staff will work with the artists to schedule their performance, throughout the 2015 calendar year.

Soapbox is a performance arts series aimed at promoting this critical, yet underrepresented, art form in Washington, DC. Soapbox’s mission is to cultivate emerging talent and showcase the best that performance art has to offer. Soapbox is a platform for performance artists to present their work in an intimate setting that allows the audience to fully appreciate the artist’s work. To view past Soapbox performances, please visit our Youtube Channel.

About the Juror
Holly Bass is a multidisciplinary performance and visual artist, writer and director. Her best known body of work explores the endless allure of the black female body—from Venus Hottentots to video vixens. Her work has been presented at spaces such as the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Museums, the Seattle Art Museum, and the South African State Theatre. In 2011, she was named one of the “Top 30 Black Performance Poets” by The Root. She was voted 2012 Best Performance Artist in the Washington CityPaper. She has received numerous grants from the DC Arts Commission and was one of twenty artists nationwide to receive Future Aesthetics grant from the Ford Foundation/Hip Hop Theater Festival. In 2014, she will pilot a year-round creative writing and performance program for adjudicated youth in DC’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services.



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