Summer Rooftop Fundraiser

Wednesday, August 16 at 6-9pm
The Embassy Row Hotel Washington DC – A Destination Hotel
2015 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20036

Come sit poolside with the Hillyer team and check out the panoramic view of DC from the fabulous Embassy Row Hotel! Can you think of a better way to end the day? Dip your feet in the pool while sipping on your favorite drink with friends. One dollar from every wine, regular cocktail, draft beer, and bar bite will be donated to Hillyer! Enjoy large scale Jenga and Connect Four games, or simply take in the beautiful view from a cabana as the sun sets over the city – all while helping to support Hillyer’s free public programs and exhibitions!



Culture Blast: Youth Take the Mic with @girlpowermeetups

Thursday, August 17, 6-8pm

A night celebrating the voices and ideas of DC youth in partnership with Girl Power Meet Ups! Come and read your work, participate in an art swap, and contribute to our collaborative poem!

Doors and reading list open at 6:00pm
Reading starts at 6:45pm
Collaborative poem reading at 7:45pm

Girl Power Meetups, an organization started by local artist Samera Paz, hosts meetups around DC for young women and people alike. The goals of these events are to build up and empower young women with a particular focus on mental health, social justice, and creating community in a feminist space. Come out and let your voice be heard!

Bring a small piece of art or a printed poem to tradewith other participants at our Art Swap table!

Reading list opens at 6:00. While you wait to read (or just to listen!) you can swap some art and help contribute to our collaborative poem by answering the question “What makes you feel powerful?”.


Artist Talks with
Melanie Gritzka del Villar
and Alexandra Chiou

Thursday, August 24, 6-7pm

Join us for artist talks by our exhibiting Melanie Gritzka del Villar. Each artist will giove a short talk about their work and process, followed by audience q+a.




September First Friday

September 1, 6-9pm
FREE; $8 suggested donation

Featuring: Urban Mapping curated by Gohar Dashti

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. Sponsored by Circa Dupont.



Annual Open Call for Proposals

Deadline for Entry: September 25, 2017
Click Here for More Information

Interested in having a solo exhibition at HIllyer? We are currently accepting proposals for our 2018/19 exhibition season. Hillyer focuses on under represented artists and we accept proposals from regional artists that live within 150 miles of Washington, DC and have not had a solo exhibition in the last three years at a professional gallery or art space. We also accept proposals from international artists that are both living and working overseas.




Art All Night 2017

Saturday, September 23, 7pm-midnight
Art All Night: Made in DC is Washington, DC’s free overnight arts festival, starting at 7:00 PM on Saturday, September 23, 2017 and running until 3:00 AM (Hillyer closes at Midnight). The festival will take place in six DC Main Streets neighborhoods, bringing visual and performing arts, including painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, fashion, music, dance, theater, film, and poetry, to indoor and outdoor public and private spaces, including businesses.

Performance: Intimately Public, curated by Rex Delafkaran
Intimately Public will be a one night public performance event in correspondence with Hillyer’s Urban Mapping exhibition. Traveling through multiple sites from Dupont Circle Memorial Fountain to Hillyer Art Space it will be an evening of live art that deals with the vulnerable and instigative nature of performing in public. Works will collectively explore how the performer forms a relationship to audience, architecture, and urban space. All performances will be site-specific surrounded by local galleries and businesses, ending with a collaborative finale at Hillyer Art Space.

Hands-on Screen Printing with The Arcade
Each year Hillyer creates unique screen print design for Art All Night. This year local artist Bethany Hansen of the Arcade is back will teach guests how to make a screen print to take home with them!

Exhibition: Urban Mapping, curated by Gohar Dashti
Featuring photography and video installations, this exhibition examines the concept of “Public Space” from the viewpoint of the artist. The collective experience of Iranian citizens that has been subject to political and social transformations. The works in this exhibition are not only documented narratives of urban life, but also an artistic reflection of life experiences in Iran. Curated by internationally acclaimed artist Gohar Dashti, the exhibition features work by Saba Alizadeh, Raoof Dashti, Arash Fayez, Ghazaleh Hedayat, Rana Javadi, Mehran Mohajer, Siavash Naghshbandi, Hamed Noori, Behnam Sadighi, and Mehdi Vosoughnia.




Every Monday 
6-9 p.m.
Drop-in (based on availability): Member $10/ Non-Member $15

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.

2017 Sessions

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Art in Context: Iran

Thursday, October 4
Doors 6pm; Panel 7pm

Join us for Art in Context: Iran, a discussion on Iranian and Iranian American culture, identity, and the broader conditions impacting creative work and partnerships. This panel is conjunction with our exhibition Urban Mapping, curated by Gohar Dashti featuring photography and video installation by ten contemporary Iranian artists.

Panelists and more info TBD.

The Art in Context series is part of IA&A’s International Partnership Initiative, developed in 2013 to prioritize international work between U.S. arts institutions and their counterparts abroad by creating a forum for discussion and discovery among leaders in the arts, academic, diplomatic, and policy communities. Art in Context showcases artists and cultural organizations in the broader social, economic, and political context in which they exist.