Silk Cedar Band: Chinese and American Musical Fusion

Saturday, October 14, 3-4pm
$8 suggested donation

Join Hillyer Art Space and the Confucius Institute US Center as we host the Chinese and American fusion band, Silk Cedar. The event will feature traditional chinese instruments, such as the yangqin and dulcimer, along with a variety of western instruments, which work in tandem to create a truly unique, musical experience.

The Silk Cedar Band features:

Liu Yuening: yangqin player
David Malher: dulcimer player
Denis Friesen-Carpenter: jazz pianist
Paul Friesen-Carpenter: multi-instrumentalist/ singer
Zach Harmon: Percussionist

Presented in collaboration with the Confucius Institute US Center.


Film Screening of Persepolis

Thursday, October 19, 7-9pm
$8 suggested donation

Join us for a screening of the film “Persepolis” based on Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel. Following the film, there will be a short audience discussion and reception.

Based on Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel about her life in pre and post-revolutionary Iran and then in Europe, “Persepolis” traces Satrapi’s growth from child to rebellious, punk-loving teenager in Iran. In the background are the growing tensions of the political climate in Iran in the 70s and 80s, with members of her liberal-leaning family detained and then executed, and the background of the disastrous Iran/Iraq war.

Presented in collaboration with Fantom Comics and the Aftab Committee.



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

Bundle Price


Artist Talk with Farima Fooladi

Wednesday, October 25, 6-9pm
$8 suggested donation

Join us for a talk by Iranian painter Farima Fooladi. Born in Tehran, Fooladi is currently living and working at State College, PA. Her Displacement series delves into the various emotional and historical layers of public space and memory. In her work, she comments on the way social and political changes transform civic spaces, creating new maps instead of following existing ones. She addresses recent social and political changes in the country and its effect on culture. Inspired by mythical stories such as the Tower of Babel, Fooladi borrows from their symbolism to address current dilemmas.

This program is organized in partnership with the Middle East Institute’s Arts and Culture Program. Recently established, this unique program in the nation’s capital provides a window into the Middle East’s vibrant arts scene and connects Middle Eastern artists with their US counterparts.


Kamyar Arsani + Huda Asfour Live

Friday, October 27, 7-8:30pm
Tickets: $20
CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

Join the Aftab Committee and Hillyer for a night of Contemporary Middle Eastern Traditional music with Kamyar Arsani. Kamyar Arsani is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter born and raised in Tehran, Iran. Kamyar’s musical mission is to spread cultural awareness and unity by mixing contemporary musical trends with traditional Middle Eastern folk music.

Kamyar Arsani + Huda Asfour Live is a fundraiser concert for “URBAN MAPPING: PUBLIC SPACE THROUGH THE LENS OF CONTEMPORARY IRANIAN ARTISTS.”


Cyanotype + Handmade Stencil Workshop with Katherine Akey

Saturday, November 18, 9am-12pm
$22 for members, $30 for non-members

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

Join us for bagels and coffee as we learn about the cyanotype process from DC-based artist Katherine Akey. Akey will discuss her influences, her trip to the Arctic Circle, and how these have come together to inform her practice. Following her talk, Akey will lead a workshop on cyanotype prints using handmade stencils. As a celebration of FotoWeekDC, the workshop will delve into the method of photographic printing developed in the mid-1800s – a method which produces a cyan-blue print. Originally used to reproduce notes or blueprints, the process was quickly adapted to print silhouettes of objects and stencils.

Image courtesy of Katherine Akey.