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:
February 5: Marc Robarge & Alex Porter, Nicole Fall, and Helen Frederick
March 4: TYPECAST juried exhibition, and Lina Alattar
April 1: Sascha Hughes-Caley, Christina Shmigel, and Heloisa Escudero



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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Artist Talk with Duly Noted Painters

Saturday, January 30th

Join Duly Noted Painters (Kurtis Ceppetelli and Matthew Malone) invite you to attend the closing reception and artists talk for “Cuba” on Saturday, January 30th at the Hillyer Art Space.

“CUBA” is an exhibition that features new work from the artists recent travels to Cuba during the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States. Please join them for an hour of art and engaging conversation as they celebrate the closing of their latest exhibition.

A (Mobile) Still Life

Thursday, February 11
Free, $8 Suggested Donation

Come to Hillyer for a night of Still Life Drawing! Bring your own materials and draw, paint, etc. a contemporary Still Life comprised of objects that are relevant to pop culture and the present day pace of society.



CULTURE BLAST – Every Third Thursday

Thursday, February 18
FREE – Please Click Here to RSVP

PANEL DISCUSSION: How to Look and Think About Contemporary Art

“I go back and forth between wanting to be abundantly simple and maddeningly complex.”  -John Baldessari

Minimalism, Post-Minimalism, Zombie Formalism, Conceptual Art, Installation, Post-Conceptual Art, Performance Art, Pop, Graffiti, Appropriation and Video. What do these formal genres mean and does anyone really know? There are as many ways to create art as there are artists who use an infinite variety of medium and ideas to reflect on contemporary society.

Hillyer Art Space & Adah Rose Gallery invite you to please join our distinguished and dynamic panel of professionals as we attempt to decipher the myriad ways of looking and thinking about Contemporary Art.

Our panel includes:
Harry Cooper, curator and head of modern art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.
Sharon Fishel, artist and ArtReach Director, McLean Project for the Arts
Mark Jenkins, writer on art, film, music and other topics for the Washington Post, NPR and Blurt
Waad Tammaa, Architect, International Development Specialist and Art Enthusiast

Moderated by Sharon Burton.

The program will begin at 7:00 pm and will include ample time for comments and questions.