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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 13, 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

Chris Brandell 

Azadeh Sahraeian 

January 2 - February 9, 2020
Opening Reception - Sunday, January 5, 4 - 6 pm

Chris Brandell


"Inspiration for my practice comes from studying the rhythmic rise and fall of human relationships. Realizing that everything shifts under our feet just as we gain balance, we must come to terms with the truth of impermanence as we seek equilibrium.  My paintings reflect the often chaotic emotions we experience in these moments.  Through the asymmetric balance of abstract elements; words hidden and revealed; and the oil, acrylic, gesso and graphite I use to make marks, I hope to create a lasting and stable foundation on which to rest.  If I can compel a moment of observation and surrender, then my work is complete."

Above: Caught Up, by Chris Brandell, 48” x 48”, mixed media, 2019

Azadeh Sahraeian


"I draw in such a manner as if a plant is growing from its seed; I put an abstract entity, or as I would like to call it, a "Center" on the paper and grow it. Therefore my drawings are the result of duplication and proliferation of these centers based on patterns and images that have been stored in my subconscious mind through life. Resembling the process of growth, my meticulous drawings come to life with a gradual formation in level of details; they are harmonious whole yet developed step-by-step; organic yet abstract; unpredictable yet mathematical; ordered yet chaotic; still yet fluxing. There is a continuous transformation in the process of emerging; an ongoing dialogue between formation and deformation in which my drawings unfold only a spectrum of it."


Below: Magnetic Growth No. 02, by Azadeh Sahraeian, pen on paper, 14” x 11”, 2018