First Friday of every month (unless otherwise noted*)
6-9 p.m.
Admission: $8 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:
May 6: Rikke Kühn Riegels, Nordic Stars, and Dominie Nash
June 3: Repression/Resurgence/Reemergence:One hundred years of re-possessing and re-appropriating Irish identity, and Candace Flewharty
July 1: Flesh + Bone II, and Kayla Plotz Antiel
August 5: Jin Lee, Rachel Schechtmen, and Bahar Jalehmahmoudi
September 2: Scott Hutchison, Suzi Fox, and Christian Brahe
October 30: Joseph Shetler and Rives Wiley 
November 4: Paola Paredes



Every Monday 
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.

2016 Sessions

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CultureBlast – Every Third Thursday
Applied Arts vs. Fine Arts + Where they Intersect; plus a special tour of Dupont Underground!

Thursday, May 19th
Doors: 6:30pm, Panel 7-8pm
FREE , RSVP Required

Eventbrite - CultureBlast: Applied Arts vs. Fine Arts + Where they Intersect

Join us for an evening of discussion with Josh de Sousa, Rikke Kühn Riegels, Jose Fernandez, and Peter Chang + Brandon Hill of No Kings Collective. Our panelists will discuss their work, the differences between applied arts and fine arts, and examine where they intersect. Following the discussion we will walk over to Dupont Underground for a special tour of their inaugural installation, Raise/Raze. Space is limited to 50 for the panel and 25 for Dupont Underground tour, so you must sign up via the RSVP to attend.

Josh de Sousa is the founder of Hou de Sousa, an award winning New York based architecture and design studio, winner of Re-Ball, an international design competition held by Dupont Underground, in partnership with The National Building Museum, and The Phillips Collection. Their installation, Raise/Raze, opens April 30. Josh received his B. Arch at Cornell and M. Arch at Harvard. He has designed residential, public, education, and commercial projects, including GreenPIX, a sustainable media wall in Beijing. Before founding Hou de Sousa, Josh worked at Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Joel Sanders Architect, and Office for Metropolitan Architecture. Josh is currently teaching at Parsons School of Design.

Rikke Kühn Riegels is a Danish artist living in Washington DC. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and art spaces in Denmark, Sweden and Washington DC. After finishing her master’s degree in philosophy at The New School in New York she moved to Washington DC in 2015 where she became part of Brewmaster’s Studios at The Heurich House Museum. Rikke has been a visiting artist at The Corcoran School of the Art and Design and a guest lecturer at CUA’s school of architecture. She is exhibiting a solow exhibition, In A State of Impermanence, at Hillyer opening May 6.

Peter Change + Brandon Hill: No Kings Collective (NKC) is an agency based out of Washington, DC. composed of a run by local artists. NKC serves as an area of community artists, businesses and city organizations through social events, exhibitis, and special projects. Over the last five years, NKC has gained local and national recognition for flash art exhibitions and temporary gallery spaces, providing custom, unique events to promote a thriving art community in the Nation’s capital.

Jose Fernandez is a creative and multidisciplinary artist thinking about communication, culture, aesthetics and related ideas in the hybrid digital realm. His background is a graphic and digital creator with extensive experience in the creative sector. Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, and currently living in Fairfax, VA, Jose has led and developed projects for over ten years, predominantly in advertising. He is known for concept development and his ability to combine channels in cross-media marketing strategy. In 2012 he moved to the US to pursue his MFA in Digital+Media at the Rhode Island School of Design where my thesis work won Award of Excellence.

Intimately Public: An Evening of Live Performance

Sunday, May 22 starting at 3pm

Interested in being one of our performers?
CLICK HERE to submit here by May 1st:

Intimately Public will be a one night public performance event taking place in two sites in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC, including the Dupont Circle Memorial Fountain, and other locations, ending with a reception at Hillyer Art Space.

This event is an evening of live art that deals with the vulnerable and exciting reality of performing in public. Selected works will explore how the performer forms a relationship to architecture, urban space and public audiences. Site specific to the Dupont area, artists will be performing at each of the sites throughout the evening, becoming a part of the bustling neighborhood, surrounded by local galleries and businesses.

Art in Context: Ireland

Save the Date  -  Wednesday, June 8 at 1:30pm
More details TBD

This year marks the centennial anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland, a pivotal point in Irish history that served as a catalyst for the beginning of the end of the British occupation of Ireland. This June, to commemorate this seminal moment, Hillyer presents Repression-Resurgence-Reemergence: One hundred years of re-possessing and re-appropriating Irish identity, a curated exhibition that invites a number of visual artists to create works that investigate Irish cultural identity.

Join us on June 8 at 1:30 for the third panel discussion in our Art in Context series, featuring Jackie Hoystead, curator for Repression-Resurgence-Reemergence. Additional panelists will be announced soon.

The goal of Art in Context events is to showcase artists and artwork in the broader social, economic, political context in which they exist. When members of the arts, economic, foreign policy, and academic communities come together and increase their understanding of subject matter outside of their respective fields, they can establish new connections and pathways of thinking, which will in turn allow them to become better informed, conscious leaders.

Summer Rooftop Fundraiser!

July 13th, 2016
$1 from every drink purchased goes to Hillyer!

Sip a glass of wine and  and take in the jaw dropping views of Downtown at the only rooftop pool and bar in Dupont Circle. Join us for a poolside rooftop fundraiser on June 8th from 5 – 10pm at Embassy Row Hotel! $1 from every house wine or draft beer will benefit Hillyer Art Space. Bring your bathing suit to take a dip in the rooftop pool, enjoy large scale Jenga and Connect Four games, or simple take in the beautiful view from the cabana as the sun sets over Dupont Circle.