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Alexandria, VA  22314   703-548-0035

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The Athenaeum Gallery is dedicated to showcasing the wide variety of excellent work being created by artists in the DC/MD/VA region.


We endeavor to increase exposure for the region's many excellent artists in our light-filled gallery space.  Our goal is to represent the widest range of media, style, and perspective.

An average of eight shows are mounted per year. Each one with an opening reception and many with ancillary programs such as gallery talks, demonstrations, children's workshops, or even modern dance performances choreographed specially for the space and the art.

Calls for Entry

Human Condition

exploring the body as subject

February 13 - March 22, 2020

Entry Deadline: January 3, 2020


This exhibition will be a visual exploration of the human condition, asking artists to capture what is it that makes a person. From the classic nude, to abstract and impressionist treatments, to pieces that touch on the basic concept of humanity— a wide variety of interpretations will be included.  Beside exploring the physical form, artists are asked to consider how a person’s personality, emotions, challenges, preferences, prejudices, and experiences can be visually represented.

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Apply to have an exhibit in the Athenaeum Gallery

Rolling Review


Click the link below to be considered for a solo or group show. You can apply as a single artist, with several other artists if you have an idea for a small group show, or as a curator for a larger group show.

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Now in the gallery

The 2019 Athenaeum Invitational | Board: out of our minds!

September 12 – November 10, 2019
Opening Reception - Sunday, September 14th, 4 - 6 pm

The Athenaeum Invitational celebrates the visual arts of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia in the Athenaeum Gallery in Alexandria. It is a theme-based event featuring the works of both specially-invited artists who have previously exhibited in the Athenaeum Gallery, as well as works selected through a call for submissions open to anyone living or working in VA/DC/MD.


This year's Invitational theme is: Board: out of our minds! Come see this amazing show relating to the games we play. The included works exhibit the creative means in which people developed board games to reflect their thoughts and reflections on the role of chance in life.

A $1500 prize for the best work will be awarded to an invited artist, a $1000 prize will be

awarded to an artist from the open call, a $500 prize will be awarded based on core concept and game design, and a viewers' choice award of $500 will be determined by popular vote.


Voting for the viewers' choice award starts on Sunday at the Athenaeum and will be completed at the end of the show. Stop by the Athenaeum and cast you vote!

Invited Artists:


Robert Cwiok, Richard Dana, Sally Kauffman, Pamela Keravouri, Carol Lukitsch, Alexandra N. Sherman, Sherry Trachtman, Steve Wanna


Artists Selected from the Open Call:


Anne Barnes, Larry Bowring,  Elizabeth Casqueiro, Leslie Chekin, Irene Clouthier, Kawanna Collins Jacqui Crocetta, DelnaDastur, Betsy DiJulio, Erica Ell, CinCin Fang, Jayne Gaskins,Aziza Gibson-Hunter, Marisa Girard, Tom Greaves, Courtney Hengerer, Erik Holden, J Ford Huffman, Sanzi Kermes, Pauline Siple, Benjamin Stein, Unnamed artist, Richard Weiblinger, David Whitmore

The prize for most creative game design is underwritten by Margaret and David Gardner.