Openings and Events List

Enjoy the individual listings of DC art galleries, DC museum, art shows , art exhibitions, art fairs, art festivals or other art events listed on East City Art. They are posted on Mondays, except for holiday weeks.

Exhibitions currently on view are listed in descending order, by closing date below.  Click on LOAD MORE to view all entries.

NOTE: all information posted on East City Art’s Bulletin Board including the Openings and Events section is provided by third parties and not independently verified by East City Art Media LLC or its affiliates. The information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

By Editorial Team on January 29, 2024

Gallery Underground | Medina Roberts Wish You Were Here

January 30, 2024 — February 23, 2024

Opening Reception: Friday, February 2 from 5-7pm

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By Editorial Team on January 29, 2024

Del Ray Artisans | Visible Touch: A Look at Texture Art Exhibit

February 2, 2024 — February 24, 2024

Opening Reception: Friday, February 2 from 7-9pm

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By Editorial Team on January 29, 2024

Studio Gallery | February 2024 Exhibitions

January 31, 2024 — February 24, 2024

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 3 from 3-5pm

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By Editorial Team on February 12, 2024

Pyramid Atlantic | Black Ink

February 24, 2024 — February 24, 2024

Saturday, February 24 RSVP Required Click HERE Join Pyramid Atlantic for an afternoon open house showcasing local Black artists and creatives, particularly printmakers, through art demonstrations, a pop-up market, and open studios. Free and open to everyone. RSVP required. They request that you select your approximate arrival time so that...

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By Editorial Team on January 29, 2024

Arts Club of Washington | Vian Borchert and the F11 Women’s Photography Collective

February 2, 2024 — February 24, 2024

Opening Reception: Friday, February 2 from 5-7pm

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By Editorial Team on January 16, 2024

Addison/Ripley Fine Art | Stefanie Stark The Strength of Her

January 20, 2024 — February 24, 2024

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 20 from 5-7pm

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By Editorial Team on January 16, 2024

The Fred Schnider Gallery of Art | Judy Southerland Word/Image/Aftermath

January 6, 2024 — February 25, 2024

The Fred Schnider Gallery of Art's newest exhibition by the curation of David Carlson showcases the work of Judy Southerland and the complex interrelationships between geography, language, and memory through interwoven forms. More about Judy Southerland's Work One thing leads to another. “Word/Image/Aftermath” features work from three different, but closely...

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By Editorial Team on January 29, 2024

Hillyer | James Brown, Jr, Dawn Whitmore, and Sean Riley

February 3, 2024 — February 25, 2024

Opening Reception: Friday, February 2 from 6-8pm

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By Editorial Team on December 4, 2023

Tephra ICA | Kendall Buster SEED

December 9, 2023 — February 25, 2024

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Saturday, December 9 from 6-8pm

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By Editorial Team on January 16, 2024

von ammon co | Thebe Phetogo 8 Propositions for the Origin of a blackbody

January 20, 2024 — February 25, 2024

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 20 from 12-6pm

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By Editorial Team on January 8, 2024

Falls Church Arts | Music to My Eyes

January 13, 2024 — February 25, 2024

Opening: Saturday, January 13 from 7-9pm

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By Editorial Team on April 27, 2023

National Portrait Gallery Presents 1898: U.S. Imperial Visions and Revisions

April 28, 2023 — February 25, 2024

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery  1898: U.S. Imperial Visions and Revisions, marks the 125th anniversary of the year that the United States acquired overseas territories and emerged as a world power. Opening April 28, 1898: U.S. Imperial Visions and Revisions is the first major Smithsonian museum exhibition to examine the...

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By Editorial Team on January 22, 2024

February 2024 Associates Exhibit at TAG Frederick

February 2, 2024 — February 25, 2024

TAG/The Artists Gallery will showcase work by their associate members in February. Gillian Collins, Sandra Fritter, Christine Mayo, Donna Quesada, and Robert S Hunter offer the gallery's visitors a wide variety of subjects and media. Painter Gillian Collins will exhibit creations from her recent journeys. Look for a sampling of...

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By Editorial Team on October 30, 2023

Latela Curatorial | Nicole Salimbene Seed Scattering

October 16, 2023 — February 25, 2024

Exhibition extended to Sunday, February 25, 2024

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By Editorial Team on January 16, 2024

Washington Printmakers Gallery | After Thought – Emotional Landscapes

January 20, 2024 — February 25, 2024

Reception: Saturday, January 20 from 2-4pm

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Is there an art scene in DC?

Yes, Washington DC, has a dynamic and thriving visual art scene that extends beyond its world-renowned museums. The city is home to a multitude of galleries, studios, art centers, and public art installations, contributing to a diverse and thriving art community. Here are some aspects of the visual art scene outside of museums in Washington, DC:

  1. Art Galleries: There are many commercial and independent art galleries throughout the city, showcasing the works of local, national, and international artists. These galleries often host rotating exhibitions, featuring various art styles and mediums.
  2. Art Studios and Artist Communities: Washington DC is home to a large number of artists who have studios and belong to active artist communities. These spaces provide artists with opportunities to produce work and network.
  3. Art Fairs and Festivals: The city hosts several art festivals and fairs throughout the year, providing artists with opportunities to display and sell their work to a broader audience. These events also attract art enthusiasts and collectors.
  4. Public Art Installations: Washington DC, boasts an impressive collection of public art installations and sculptures located throughout the city. These works contribute to the city’s artistic landscape and are often accessible to the public free of charge.
  5. Street Art and Murals: the city’s neighborhoods feature various street art and murals, reflecting the vibrant and diverse character of Washington DC. Many of these artworks are created by local artists and contribute to the city’s cultural identity.
  6. Art Education and Workshops: Several institutions and organizations offer art education programs, workshops, and classes for aspiring artists and art enthusiasts. These opportunities contribute to fostering creativity and nurturing artistic talent in the community.
  7. Art Events and Open Studios: DC hosts art-related events, open studio tours, and art walks, allowing the public to engage directly with artists and gain insights into their creative process.

DC Art Exhibits or Art Shows

Contemporary art Exhibits or Art Shows in Washington DC offer an exhilarating and ever-evolving experience for art enthusiasts. The city’s renowned galleries and museums curate a diverse range of cutting-edge artworks, pushing the boundaries of artistic expression. From thought-provoking installations that tackle pressing social issues to cutting-edge contemporary work that challenge conventional notions of what art can be, these exhibits manifest the vibrant pulse of contemporaneity. DC’s unmatched art scene attracts both local and international talents, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to engage with the latest trends in contemporary art. These exhibitions foster dialogue, inspire introspection, and celebrate the transformative power of art in our rapidly changing world.

DC Art

East City Art is a vibrant platform that celebrates the diverse and captivating DC Art scene. Our dynamic publication offers a unique window into the city’s creative pulse, showcasing the works of both established and emerging artists across various disciplines. From thought-provoking contemporary works to traditional masterpieces, the DC art featured in East City Art reflects the city’s rich cultural tapestry.

DC Art Museums

Washington DC’s world-class art museums stand as international cultural beacons, drawing art enthusiasts from all corners of the globe. These hallowed institutions house an impressive array of artistic treasures spanning centuries and continents. Best of all—most are free! The National Gallery of Art boasts a vast collection of iconic masterpieces, including works by renowned artists like da Vinci, Van Gogh, and Picasso. The Smithsonian American Art Museum highlights the nation’s artistic heritage, showcasing exceptional pieces that reflect American history. While the National Portrait Gallery houses America’s iconic portraits of the men and women who forge this nation’s identity. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden dazzle with modern and contemporary marvels. With their awe-inspiring architecture and curated exhibitions, these museums offer immersive experiences, fostering a deep appreciation for the power of art. These are just a few of the world’s best art museums awaiting visitors here in DC.

DC Art Gallery (art for sale)

Where can you buy art in DC? DC Art Galleries have art for sale and offer a rich array of artworks which you can take off the wall and bring home! These galleries provide a unique platform for both established and emerging artists to showcase their creations to a diverse audience of art enthusiasts and collectors. From paintings and sculptures to photography and mixed media, DC art galleries sell an eclectic mix of styles and themes for every collector. Visitors can explore an ever-changing selection of artworks, each possessing its own narrative and emotion. Whether seeking to enhance their private collections or discover a new favorite piece, art lovers find themselves immersed in a dynamic and accessible art market within the heart of the nation’s capital.

Does DC Have an Arts District?

While Washington DC does not have a specific designated arts district similar to those found in some other cities, what sets DC apart is that just about every neighborhood in DC and almost every suburb has an arts center! While several neighborhoods are known for having a concentration of arts and culture, here are a few notable neighborhoods in Washington, DC that stand out:

  1. Anacostia: Anacostia is an established arts district with numerous art galleries, studios, and arts organizations focused on promoting local artists and fostering community engagement with the arts.
  2. Capitol Hill. Capitol Hill has two major cultural anchors, Hill Center and Capitol Hill Arts Walk. From the spring through the fall, Eastern Market boasts dozens of artists and artisans selling everything from fine art to ceramics. Capitol Hill is also home to the annual Capital Art Book Fair in the spring and Pottery on the Hill in the fall. It is home to dozens of working artists including printmakers, painters, ceramicists and metal workers
  3. Dupont Circle. Dupont Circle is known for its art galleries, bookstores, and cultural institutions. The neighborhood hosts regular art walks and events that showcase local artists.
  4. Georgetown. Georgetown has a large concentration of commercial galleries notably in the book hill section of the neighborhood.
  5. Gateway Arts District. Maryland’s Gateway Arts District is a thriving creative hub encompassing Mount Rainier, Brentwood, North Brentwood, and Hyattsville. This vibrant neighborhood nurtures a diverse arts community featuring over 150 working artists, dozens of galleries, studios and workshops.
  6. Alexandria, VA. Located in Old town Alexandria, Torpedo Factory Art Center is a historic and bustling creative hub. Housed in a former torpedo factory from World War II, this innovative art center is home to over 80 artist studios and multiple galleries. Visitors can witness artists at work, engage in creative dialogue, and purchase unique artworks directly from the creators.