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:
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: Jaanika Peerna & Pulse15 group exhibition fundraiser
June 5: Evan Reed, Dane Winkler, and Hsin-Hsi Chen

PANEL TALK: The Feminist Art Movement

Saturday, April 11, 2015
Coffee & Pastries Reception: 11:00am
Panel Start: 11:30am
$5 Non-Members / Free for Members

On April 11th, Hillyer will host a group of panelists who will discuss the history of the Feminist Art Movement and the place of controversial art in museums and galleries. We will open our doors at 11 and provide complimentary coffee and pastries, and the panel discussion will start at 11:30. Our three incredible panelists are: Helen Langa, professor of American Art at American University, Ying-Chen Peng professor of modern Chinese Art History at American University, and Jesse Harrod, an installation artist local to DC whose work deals with feminist issues.



Thursday, April 16, 7:00 – 9:15pm
Free, $5 Suggested Donation

Join Fantom Comics & Hillyer for an evening of DIY screenprinting, dramatic readings, and comic book inspired art! Bring your best costumes to our comic book-themed dramatic reading! Share an original work, read your favorite superhero soliloquy, or just shout “I AM BATMAN! WHERE IS HE?!” into the microphone for 3 minutes. Because 3 minutes is all you get.

EVERY READER will get a free comic book and some Fantom swag! BEST COSTUMED PERFORMANCE will win a $50 gift card to Fantom Comics so you can buy those sweet, sweet graphic novels you’ve always wanted! Artist J.D. Deardourff will show you how to make your own screenprint to take home with you!

Doors, drinking, FREE popcorn, and schmoozing starts at 7:00pm.
Contributors will be drawn from a hat at 7:50 and the performances begin at 8pm.



Saturday, April 18, 2015

Join Glen Kessler for a talk about his process and motivation behind his current exhibition, CircuitScapes.

Glen Kessler paints images that initially appear to be atmospheric urban and industrial landscapes, but are in truth manipulated views of computer circuit boards.  In his CircuitScape series, the analogous nature of these two worlds is formally and conceptually explored.  The physical similarities between city design and circuitry are obvious, each exerting a bias towards efficient geometric utility.  At ‘street level,’ however, the similarities become uncanny, as the mechanisms that increasingly drive our culture appear to resemble the urban and industrial areas that they maintain.



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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