Art in Context: Italy

May 24, 6-8 pm
FREE; $8 suggested donation

Space is limited, please CLICK HERE to RSVP

Join International Arts & Artists (IA&A) for Art in Context: Italy, a discussion on how contemporary artists in Italy are changing perceptions of Italian art and culture, and the broader socio-economic conditions impacting creative work and partnerships.
Panelists include:

Renato Miracco, Cultural Attaché, Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC.

Cianne Fragione, Artist, Educator, and second-generation Italian American.

Manuela Dimuccio Gonzalez, Youth-to-Youth (Y2Y) Steering Committee co-Chair at the World Bank Group and former Event Coordinator at the Italian Cultural Society of Washington, DC.

The Art in Context series is part of IA&A’s International Partnership Initiative, developed in 2013 to prioritize international work between U.S. arts institutions and their counterparts abroad by creating a forum for discussion and discovery among leaders in the arts, academic, diplomatic, and policy communities. Art in Context showcases artists and cultural organizations in the broader social, economic, and political context in which they exist.

On view this May and June, MARCO BAGNOLI, DOMENICO BIANCHI, REMO SALVADOR: From the Olnick Spanu Collection features work by three artists from the Olnick Spanu Collection who will also be part of the inaugural exhibition at Magazzino Italian Art, a new warehouse art space located in the Hudson Valley, NY. Dedicated to Post-war and Contemporary Italian Art, Magazzino will open to the public by appointment on June 28, 2017. For the exhibition at Hillyer Art Space, Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu have selected Bagnoli, Bianchi and Salvadori, whose work is imbued with the illustrious history of Italian art as well as a profound understanding of today’s world and man’s search for meaning. These artists represent the next generation, following the Arte Povera movement, who continue to explore the human condition and the greater cosmos, and are an example of the artistic talent flourishing in Italy today.


Every Monday 
6-9 p.m.
Drop-in (based on availability): Member $10/ Non-Member $15

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.

2017 Sessions

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June First Friday

June 6, 6-9 pm
FREE; $8 suggested donation

Featured Artists: Solo exhibitions featuring Craig Subler and Matthew McLaughlin, and a special exhibition in partnership with the Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute MARCO BAGNOLI, DOMENICO BIANCHI, REMO SALVADORI:. From The Olnick Spanu Collection

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. Sponsored by Bier Baron Tavern.

Hip-Hop Ballet + Cocktails
Demo and Workshop with Chamber Dance Project

Thursday, June 8
Doors + Cocktails: 6pm
Demo + Workshop: 6:30-7:30pm
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Hillyer Art Space present Chamber Dance Project: Ballet + Hip-hop Demo and Workshop.

Grab a cocktail on the way in and then join the incredible dancers and brass players of Chamber Dance Project for a interactive hip hop and ballet demo. Watch and learn excerpts from their hip-hop ballet from last season, Festival, which received standing (and dancing) ovations every night! With choreography by DC hip-hop dancer Victor Adebusola set to the to the music of Mosche Brass Band.