Welcome to the Athenaeum

Historic, beautiful, intimate, and inviting, the Athenaeum is home to the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association (NVFAA). The NVFAA strives to establish premier arts programs that enrich the cultural life of Northern Virginia and beyond. Whether presenting exhibitions featuring prominent regional artists or performances by top musicians and actors, we invite you to come inside and enjoy the arts in our magnificent building.

Gallery Hours
Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 12–4 pm and Saturdays from 1–4 pm.
The Athenaeum is closed on holidays. Admission to the gallery is free.

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Annual Reports

See our new 2015-16 Annual Report. Our 2014-15 Annual Report is also available.

Presenting The 2017 Athenaeum Invitational: GLOW

A BIG THANK YOU to all of our Spring2ACTion donors!
You donations of over $4000 will go a long way in supporting local artists at the Athenaeum!

Your remarkable generosity will help the NVFAA continue to showcase visual and performing arts, invest in lighting, have shows professionally hung, make repairs to the walls in-between shows, and cover the cost of printed materials for arts programs.  

La Zona Rosa 2015 was a fantastic night! Check out some photos from the event by photographer William Hoffman.


June 2015
Virginia Living - Fluid Dynamics: Light and Water Suspended in Motion at the Athenaeum (Saturate) 

January 30, 2015
Washington Post - Michael Gessner and Joanne Kent

December 26, 2014
Washington Post - Preserving Our Heritage: Native and Heirloom Plants

October 9, 2014
Alexandria Gazette - La Zona Rosa: NVFAA benefit held at historic Athenaeum

September 25, 2014
YouTube - Alexandria Banned Books Week READ-OUT

September 6, 2014
Washington Post - Watercolors, silkscreen, portraiture in Alexandria

July 26, 2014
Washington Post - Artist Francie Hester's pieces show allure of the old

July 21, 2014
As You Wish - An intimate wedding in Alexandria, VA

June 2014
Virginia Living - Elegantly Rendered (Francis Hester / Symbolic Spaces)

May 22, 2014
Washington Post - 'Words and Letters' at the Athenaeum

April 26, 2014
Washington Post - 'Louloudi,' 'Sway,' 'Two Architects - Design,' 'Atmostphere'

November 14, 2013
Washington Post - 'Portent' at the Athenaeum in Alexandria

November 5, 2013
The Lovely Find - Old Town Alexandria Wedding by Kristen Gardner Photography

July 23, 2013
Washingtonian Bride & Groom - Real Wedding: Jessica & Fred

May 31, 2013
Washington Post - Hair Apparent Opening Reception

May 13, 2013
Alexandria Gazette - 'My Forever Home'

March 26, 2012
Washingtonian Bride & Groom - Real Wedding: Beth & Robert

Upcoming Events

February 26, 2017 - 4:00pm