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Close Encounters: Lavinia Fontana and Hung Liu

NMWA’s director of education and interpretation Deborah Gaston kicks off her fall lecture series with a discussion on the ways portraiture considers gender roles and society.

$12 – $20

Día de los Muertos celebration

You can thank the National Museum of the American Indian for two presentations on traditional Día de los Muertos decorations and the holiday's history. Though the online presentations are in […]


Women Artists: Four Centuries of Creativity

NMWA and the Gadsden Arts Center and Museum lead an Art Talk Live on the exhibition Women Artists: Four Centuries of Creativity.

Free – $12

Flying into a War Zone: Pan Am Stewardesses in Vietnam

Julia Cooke, author of Come Fly the World, will discuss the roles Pan Am's women flight attendants played during 1966 and 1975, including their integral assistance in to soldiers during in the Vietnam.  

$20 – $25

Open Studio Workshops

Enjoy weekly art workshops from the comfort of your own home. Each Friday, we will post a video with a new activity or technique. Grab a family member or your roommates, or make a virtual date with a friend, and get creative with artist Jill Galloway. Artists of all ages and skill levels will enjoy […]


Art Chat @ Five

This weekly chat is a quick and dirty conversation with the National Museum of Women in the Arts' educators on different pieces from the museum's collection.


2021 Altars Festival Opening Reception

336 Randolph Pl. NE 336 Randolph Pl. NE, Washington, DC

The Sustainable Culture Lab and STABLE come together to produce this cross-cultural ancestor remembrance celebration to combat ethnocide by cultural remembrance, activating ancestral knowledge, and creating new traditions. This year, nine artists have been invited to create altars to inspire folks and communities to engage in their own cultural acts of remembrance.    



Athenaeum 201 Prince St., Alexandria, VA

This is not a glass-half-empty exhibit. The 41 piece art show, featuring works by local artists, takes an optimistic approach to climate change and human impact on the planet. This includes Noel Kassewitz’s "Room Enough for You and Jack," for all those people who insist Leo could've fit on that board with Kate, and a […]


an end to sleep

von ammon co 3330 Cady’s Alley NW

This solo show by Detroit-based artist Tony Hope embraces the horror season with a playable six-hole mini golf course inspired by scenes from the Nightmare on Elm Street films, adorned with animatronics, lights, and hyperrealist sculpture as well as canvas art pieces. The exhibit is blacklight sensitive and stays open to the public through midnight […]



DC Art Now 2021

200 I Street SE 200 I St. SE, Washington, DC

Back in person (with a virtual component too), the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ annual exhibit showcases the work finalists for the Art Bank Program grant. Don't miss […]


Life of a Neuron

ARTECHOUSE DC 1238 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC

Science and art meet at this fall exhibit that explores the ways in which the brain shapes shared human experience. Thanks to a collaboration with the Society for Neuroscience, Life of a Neuron allows viewers to travel through the birth, life, and death of a neuron. As Emma Sarappo writes in our fall arts guide, […]

$17 – $24

Writing Hour

Join us weekly for a virtual creative writing hour. We’ve set up an online space where writers can create, connect and draw inspiration from the Portrait Gallery’s collection.