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:
February 6: Linda Hesh, Andrea Barnes & Jason Yen
Sponsored by 621Events & media sponsor The Washington Blade

March 6: Casey Snyder, Ruth Lozner & Luis Flores
April 3: Glen Kessler & J.D. Deardourff
May 1: Pulse15 group exhibition 


Artist Talk with Linda Hesh

Saturday, February 21 at 1pm

Linda Hesh’s All Gay Review is a show about working toward homosexual rights as seen from the perspective of a supportive heterosexual woman. This exhibition features several different series that she has been working on, with one common theme. Ms. Hesh will talk about her process and meaning behind the work in her exhibition


Valentine’s Day “Kissing Booth”

Linda hesh’s All Gay Review will feature several interactive artworks that encourage viewers to take their own photos. On February 14th she will set up a special “Kissing Booth” where Ms. Hesh will set up her “Kissing Booth” for more photo opportunities. The booth is covered in a red and white gingham pattern interspersed with tiny portraits of same sex couples kissing. Ms. Hesh’s “Kissing Booth” was featured at the Emerge Art Fair in 2013, and you can read more about it here:



Thursday, February 19, 7:30-9:00pm
Erotica Slam with Kramer Books
Free, $5 Suggested Donation

Kramerbooks Presents the Second Annual Erotica Slam at Hillyer Art Space’s CultureBlast Thursday. Share your sweet and sexy love stories, dirty ditties, or erotic poems. Satirical or not, straight or gay, haiku or sonnets, all and everything are welcome.

Pieces must be less than 3 minutes each. We will be timing! At the end of the night the staff will vote on the best performance and the winner will get a prize. EVERY READER will get a piece of Kramerbooks swag!

Doors, drinking, FREE popcorn, and schmoozing starts at 7:00.  Contributors will be drawn from a hat at 7:50 and the performances begin at 8pm.




SOAPBOX – Performance Art Series

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.

2015 Soapbox artists will selected by our juror Holly Bass.
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.

We are no longer offering Season Passes for 2015.

2015 Sessions

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