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In the gallery

In the Gallery: 


Focus on Climate Change and Sustainability
September 23 — October 31, 2021

Meet the Artists, Saturday, October 23, 1 - 3pm

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201 Prince Street

Alexandria, VA 22314


The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday, from noon to four each day.

The Athenaeum will be participating in the ALX Promise following the health and safety guidelines outlined by the Alexandria Health Department, Commonwealth of Virginia and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More information on the ALX Promise can be found here.



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The Athenaeum Gallery invites DC, Virginia, and Maryland artists to explore concepts related to climate change. We are looking for a wide variety of topics and perspectives, but all work accepted into the exhibition will have a common leitmotif: optimism for improving our footprint on the planet. Works will inspire rather than threaten, celebrate solutions rather than scare, and explore new materials and techniques that help present a proactive message about climate change and productive ways we can meet the associated challenges.


$3,750 will be given in prizes, through four awards: Best in Show, Honorable Mention, Art Optimism, and Popular Choice.

Viewer's Choice Award

Vote for your Favorite!


Please let us know which piece best reflects ART OPTIMISM …..or just pick your favorite! The winning piece will be eligible for our Viewer's Choice award and a $500 prize.