heiner contemporary gallery, photo from heiner facebook page
heiner contemporary gallery, photo from heiner facebook page

Heiner Contemporary, a Georgetown gallery that opened in 2011, has closed its doors. Art dealer Margaret Heiner is moving her practice to Connecticut.

While Heiner Contemporary is the latest in a number of D.C. art galleries to shut its doors in the last few months, she says her reasons for leaving are personal, not business. Heiner’s situation sounds like a familiar one in D.C. “My husband has been commuting to Washington on the weekends for almost three years and just started a new job at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, where my daughter and I will move this month,” Heiner says. She recently relocated with her family to Farmington, Conn.

Heiner Contemporary was my favorite new gallery in 2011, and one of just a handful of new galleries to set up shop in the District in the last few years. The gallery earned nods from the Washington Post and local art blog D.C. Docent for hosting the best D.C. shows of 2012.

Like several other ex-gallerists in town, Heiner says that she plans to continue working with art and artists, but without necessarily resuming a physical gallery space.

“My plan is to maintain the gallery in a somewhat different format, focusing on pop-up shows, consulting, an online presence, and art fairs,” she says. “I imagine (hope!) I will continue to run into folks on the art circuit.”

Photo via Heiner Contemporary’s Facebook page