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:
March 6: Casey Snyder, Ruth Lozner & Luis Flores
Sponsored by Circa Dupont

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April 3: Glen Kessler, J.D. Deardourff & Between Layers feat. Anna Fine Foer, Ruth Pettus, Judith Pratt, Marie Ringwald, Sylvie Van Helden, & Leda Black
May 1: Pulse15 group exhibition fundraiser
June 5: Evan Reed, Dane Winkler, and Hsin-Hsi Chen
July 3: Nicholas Simko & Stephanie Williams


Artist Estates: Challenges & Opportunities

Saturday, March 14, 11am – 1pm
$5 for non-members
Free for members of Hillyer Art Space / International Arts & Artists, and members of Washington Sculptors Group.

Join us for mimosas, coffee and bagels, and learn about why estate planning is important for an artist’s legacy…
A good estate plan can help make an artist’s legacy; the lack of one can be an unwieldy burden for heirs.  While there are universal truths for everyone creating an estate plan, artists face added issues relative to their oeuvre. Who should be tasked with the responsibility for and how will they deal with the work left behind?  Come to this information session with attorney Lars Etzkorn, of Lars Etzkorn Law PLLC, to learn key points to help foster an artistic legacy after death.  He will also address issues that everyone should consider in their estate plans and how to prepare oneself for the risk of incapacitation.




Thursday, March 19, 6:30-8:30
Francophonie Festival: Swiss Art Night – Entre Terre et Ciel
Free, $5 Suggested Donation

Join us for an evening of French Film & Networking, part of the annual Francophonie Festival. Networking Reception is 6:30-7pm, Remarks and Film at 7pm, followed by a discussion and Raffle for Life Drawing class and supplies!

About the film:
ENTRE TERRE ET CIEL by Maria Gans, 30 min
Subtitles :  English
The young filmmaker, a recent graduate, falls into a deep depression after discovering the contradictions between art and life. She succeeds in overcoming this malaise through an encounter with a Romanian painter who, though suffering from an incurable disease, calmly continues to paint while awaiting the end of his life. A film about the irresistible transmission of wisdom and hope.




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.

We are no longer offering Season Passes for 2015.

2015 Sessions

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