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:
October 2: Surya Geid, and group exhibition Perspective: Fresh Look at Contemporary Painting & Drawing
November 6 – Fotoweek DC: Marissa White, Leah Appel, and group exhibition feat: Ibero-American Cultural Attachés Association (AACIA)
December 4: Michael Corigliano, Adam Bradley, and Chee-Keong Kung



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.

2015 Sessions

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Individual World Poetry Slam

Thursday, October 8th & Friday, October 9th
Bouts at 7pm & 9pm each night – (all bouts are $5, get your tickets now!)

The Beltway Poetry Slam and Poetry Slam Inc. (PSi) present the 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam.

The Individual World Poetry Slam is a four day poetry slam festival created by PSi giving poets the opportunity to compete outside of a team competition for the title of the Individual World Poetry Slam Champion. The event will bring world acclaimed feature performers, poetry and performance workshops, specialty slams, open mics, and events for all ages to Washington D.C.

The contenders will hail from every major North American city including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Vancouver, as well as countries around the world such as Australia, France and Germany. Participants will compete in two days of preliminary competitions, culminating in a final clash of the top twelve on the final stage. For more browse the site for more information on registration, events, travel and lodging. We look forward to experiencing art with you!


CULTURE BLAST – Every Third Thursday

Campfire Tales, A Spooky Night of Ghost Stories Presented with Kramerbooks & Afterwords

Thursday, October 15th at 6:30
Free, $8 Suggested Donation

In celebration of Halloween, join us for a reading of classic and contemporary ghost stories around a “campfire” at Hillyer Art Space.

Bring your own blankets to sit on and/or use to cover your face in fear!

Sign up now to read selections from Goosebumps, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and more. All readers will receive a Kramerbooks t-shirt, pint glass or mug! To enlist, email with the subject line Campfire Tales.

This event is free and open to the public but donations to Hillyer Art Space are encouraged.

Beer and wine will be provided by Kramerbooks & Afterwords. Homemade popcorn will be provided by Hillyer Art Space.
Books full of ghost stories will be for sale.