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.

Apply to have an exhibit in the Athenaeum Gallery

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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

Moments in time .... a very weird time

September 10 - October 28, 2020

The Gallery is open Thursday through Sunday, noon to 4pm 

Leslie Duss, Blue Skies, Mixed media collage,14" x 20

Click here to place a vote for the $500

Online October 1 - December 1, 2020



The Athenaeum believes art has the power to transcend boundaries to elevate diverse voices, artistic expressions, and opportunities for active engagement accessible to all. We continuously celebrate the creativity of our diverse population in the DMV region and plan to launch an online digital gallery, Speak Your Truth | Black Lives Matter, an exhibition that aims to represent the depth and diversity of the DC/MD/VA region and its reflections on the activities associated with BLM. Visual art and poetry are the primary components of this collection, and all works will include text of some sort as an element of the composition


Works will be evaluated based on aesthetic quality as well as effectiveness in communicating a message. Twig Murray, Gallery Director of the Athenaeum Gallery, will select from the visual works and KaNikki Jakarta, Alexandria’s Poet Laureate, will evaluate and curate the works of poetry. Selected works will be featured on our website October 1 through December 1, 2020 and in our social media programs.

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Alexandria, VA  22314   703-548-0035

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