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:

September 5: Rachel Schmidt, Michele Montalbano & Hillyer Artist Advisory Committee Group Show
October 3: Jeff Herrity, Lee Gainer, and Alex Chiou
November 7: Visible Iceland and Christine Pearl 



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.

Our 2015 Soapbox Series will be juried by Holly Bass.

CLICK HERE to learn more and to apply.

To view past Soapbox performances, please visit our Youtube Channel.


The 5×5 Project – Kick-off Weekend

Poetry & Open Mic Event
Sunday, September 7th

Hillyer is partnering with The 5×5 Project to collaborate with Curator A.M. Weaver, and her public art project Ceremonies of Dark Men. Join us to kick-off the project on Sunday, September 7th at 2pm for an afternoon of spoken word, open mic & to learn more about the project. Check back soon for more details about the performers.

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



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