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:
November 7: Christine Pearl, Anthony Palliparambil, Jr., and Visible Iceland
Drinks provided by The Bier Baron Tavern & Food provided by Whole Foods P Street

December 9: CLOSED – The Gallery will be closed in December and will reopen in January.

January 30, 2015 for a special Exhibition Fundraiser featuring Novie Trump , Fawna Xiao, JD Deardourff, Jeff Herrity, Pam Rogers, Jordanna Kalman, Catherine Cole, Micheline Klagsbrun, Pamela Viola, Chandi Kelley, Joan Belmar, and more!

February 6: Linda Hesh and Andrea Barnes
March 6: Casey Snyder and Ruth Lozner 


Artist Talk with Jeffery Herrity

Saturday, November 1

“When I learned that my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimers, I shifted my focus to re-creating haunting and fragile assemblages from molds similar to the ones my mom used. I set out to re-shape my fragmented memories to better understand them. Years ago, I was just a little boy devoted to the creations of my mother. Now I am an adult trying to remember and make meaning of the past.”

Join us for an artist talk featuring one of our October artists, Jeffery Herrity. Hear the story and process behind his work. November 1st is the last day of Jeff’s exhibition, so make sure to see it before it closes!


FotoWeek DC

Celebrate FotoWeek at Hillyer! We have a month’s worth of Photography focused programming including three exhibitions, an artist talk, and a panel discussion.

Exhibitions: November 7 – 29, 2014
Christine Pearl – Last Car Running
Anthony Palliparambil, Jr. – #reIMAGINE
Visible Iceland featuring Friðgeir Helgason, Svavar Jonatansson, Katrín Elvarsdóttir, Elena Sheehan and Jillian Watkins.

Special Events
First Friday Opening Reception, sponsored by The Bier Baron Tavern & Whole Foods P Street
November 7, 6-9pm
$5 Suggested Donation

Artist Talk with Anthony Palliparambil, Jr
Saturday, November 15, 1pm, FREE

Panel Discussion: How Does Art Contribute to Cross-Cultural Understanding?
Thursday, November 20, 6:30-8pm
Panel will start at 6:30, followed by a reception sponsored by the Embassy of Iceland
Free, $5 Suggested Donation




Thursday, November 20th, 6:30-8:00pm
FotoWeek DC – Panel Discussion: How Does Art Contribute to Cross-Cultural Understanding?
Free, $5 Suggested Donation

Part of FotoWeek DC, How does Art Contribute to Cross-Cultural Understanding?, is a panel discussion featuring Jillian Watkins, photographer and curator of our exhibition Visible Iceland, along with Erlingur Erlingsson, the Embassy of Iceland’s Deputy Chief of Mission, and Anna Smith, Director of Cultural Exchange at International Arts & Artists. The panelists will discuss their interest in the arts and how showcasing work from international artists alongside local artists can help to bridge cross-cultural understanding. The panel will be followed by a reception sponsored by the Embassy of Iceland.



The 5×5 Project – Ceremonies of Dark Men

A Multi-media Performance featuring DJ/Composer King Britt, and DC’s own The Cornel West Theory

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

Hillyer partners with the 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 – 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.

2014 Sessions