This is a time like no other our generation has faced. It is no exaggeration to say that the pandemic has affected every one of us. It has changed how we navigate the most mundane tasks in our lives; in some cases, it may cause long-term change in our social and economic environments. We invite artists to respond to this particular, unique moment.


Artists are invited to submit works that represent the full gamut of how the global Coronavirus pandemic and its associated ‘social distancing’ has affected them. Fear, uncertainty, anger and doubt are certainly typical responses but we are also interested in evidence of the creative benefits of solitude and reflection and the time to process them. 


We plan to assemble an exhibition that both chronicles this particular moment in time and surprises viewers with unique and unexpected perspectives.


Five $500 prizes will be awarded, selected by an independent arts expert, and awarded at the opening reception on Sunday, September 13, 2020 and a $500 peoples choice prize will be awarded at the end of the exhibition.

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The Athenaeum Gallery will be closed through May as we all do what we can to slow the spread of COVID-19.


Please check our events page for information on program rescheduling and cancellation.


We are staying apprised of the situation and will make adjustments as new information is available. In addition we will be checking our email and voicemail on a regular basis and responding promptly.


The Athenaeum is committed to serving our community with a safe environment for everyone. We appreciate your understanding and please stay safe!

Doodles of These Times Call for Sketches

We invite artists – or anyone – of any age - to email us sketches, doodles, and other graphics that make a visual statement about your experience with or thoughts about the current pandemic, ‘social distancing’, and other ways your life has been touched by it. When something resonates with our jurors we will post it to our website, Instagram and Facebook accounts – for a virtual gallery.


We are looking for true, quick, gestural and doodle-like work – not fully conceived and finished works of art. The works can be in any medium. To submit sketches and doodles, email jpgs or pdfs to Athenaeum Gallery Director, Twig Murray 

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Anne Kelly Athenaeum Garden Fund

In honor of Anne's love of beauty, art and horticulture. Donations will support ongoing maintenance of the Athenaeum's public garden space for the enjoyment of Alexandrians and visitors alike.

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