Nano Gallery: Ants Are Cavemen,
small works by Jarrett Arnold
April 1 – June 26, 2022

DCAC’s Nano Gallery Presents:


Ants Are Cavemen

small works by Jarrett Arnold

April 1 – June 26, 2022

Opening Reception: April 1st, 7-9pm
Closing Reception & Artist Talk: June 26th, 6-7pm

These drawings are influenced byThomYorke and Modest Mouse songs. On the best of days, I start by listening to music and making drawings in my sketchbook. I sketch in pen and ink, sometimes pencil. I use realistic figurative drawing to make sure my hand, eye, and heart are properly aligned.

World Premiere by
Golden Iris Theater Company
June 17 – July 17, 2022

Golden Iris Theater & DCAC Presents:

Niagara: The Musical

Opening Night: Friday, June 17th

Weekends, June 17, 2022 – July 17, 2022
6:30-9:10pm – June 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26; July 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17
2:30-5:10pm – June 26, July 10,17


Tickets: $24 (Members), $30 (Non-Members) click here to purchase


A brand-new original musical about thirteen real-life dare devils who took the plunge and went over Niagara Falls.


Niagara explores the reasoning and results of risking one’s life for a chance of riches, glory, or ironically, self-preservation. We join thirteen real-life dare devils as they recount their tales in the Bridge Street Tavern in ways as wild and varied as the dare devils themselves as they drink, laugh, cry and sing the night away. Niagara dramatizes over 100 years of history and the historical figures that accompany it. Niagara takes these historical figures, the real-life daredevils, and allows them to interact based on their common decision, and ultimate action, to go over NiagaraFalls. With musical compositions as unique and varied as the stories they accompany; Niagara is certain to connect with audiences of any era.

























Sparkplug: Human Nature
Curated by Eric Celarier
February 25 – April 3, 2022

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DCAC’s 2022-2023 Sparkplug Collective Presents:

Human Nature

Curated by Eric Celarier
Members: Adi Segal, Alex L. Porter, Caroline MacKinnon, Gayle Friedman, Kanchan Balsé, Louisa Neill, Maggie Gourlay, Pixie Alexander, Rebecca Perez, Shelley Picot

February 25 – April 3, 2022

Opening Reception: February 25th, 7-9pm
Artist Talk: TBD
Closing Reception: April 3rd, 5pm

The first Sparkplug show of this season, entitled Human Nature brings together disparate practices under the common theme of internal revelation. Human Nature does not deal with the objective, but with the fact that human consciousness understands the world subjectively. Like most fellowships, Sparkplug includes a variety of styles and viewpoints, but, even with these differences, the endeavor to display something internal binds these artists together, which is only heightened by the earnestness in which they approach their practice. Considering perspectives on such disparate subjects as the accumulation of familiar objects, trauma, birth, domestic and natural space, abuse, measurement of time, contemporary mythmaking, cultural identity, and the planet’s biosphere, these artists find the poetry in these issues to make them emotionally relevant.

About Sparkplug- In 2007, Sparkplug was launched as DCAC’s artists collective. The program’s goal is to bring together artists and curators from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences and foster their development as a group. Every two years, a new group of artists is selected to participate. DCAC provides the collective with support, meeting space, and exhibition and networking opportunities. Members of the group meet monthly to discuss their work, discuss exhibitions in the area, and explore common interests and challenges. Each year DCAC features an exhibition of the Sparkplug group.


Rails Comedy Sketch and Improv Show
January 29, 2022

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This was part of NextNOW Fest 2019, the annual music, theatre and arts festival put on by the University of Maryland and The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Rails Comedy Sketch & Improv Show

Saturday, January 29th @7:30pm

Tickets: SOLD OUT!!


The Rails Comedy Sketch & Improv Show is a variety style comedy show featuring digital and live-performed sketch comedy, as well as improv comedy, performed by three teams of the DMV’s best comedians!  Join us at the DC Arts Center Saturday, January 29th at 7:30 PM for a night of sketch, improv, and lots of laughs from all your favorite local comics!  Doors open at 7:00 PM, and tickets are available now at, with discounted rates and advance seating for DCAC members!

Bella Maniera
Trisha Kyner & Osvaldo Mesa
January 14, 2022 – February 20, 2022

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Bella Maniera

Trisha Kyner and Osvaldo Mesa

January 14th – February 20th, 2022

Opening Reception: Friday January 14th, 7 – 9pm
Artist Talk: Sunday February 20th, 6 – 7pm

Maniera or Mannerism is the Art Historical term for a type of art that emerged in the late Renaissance.  Characteristics of Mannerist painting and sculpture include a privileging of style over naturalism and an artistic predilection for complex compositions and figurative invention.

The contemporary painter Osvaldo Mesa and sculptor Trisha Kyner share an interest in exploring art historical styles and have a particular fondness for Mannerism.

Osvaldo Mesa’s paintings combine imagery and abstract pattern in creative juxtapositions.  They often contain African and European elements that reflect the complexity of his Afro-Cuban heritage.  Within one composition, there may be several paintings or visual windows.

Trisha Kyner’s ceramic sculptures frequently borrow poses or color palettes from art history. She combines these with a feminist sensibility as she explores issues of agency, control and vulnerability.  She delights in figurative distortion and expression.

Mesa’s paintings may reference Baroque decorative patterns or the marks of Abstract Expressionism. Kyner’s  may nod to Kamakura era Japanese sculpture or Dutch genre painting.  Whatever the stylistic borrowings, both artists invest their work with sensuality and emotion. Their use of style is not distant or ironic, but rich in color and drama. Maniera is less artifice than authenticity.  Through style, both find a way to express lived contradictions.



Nano Gallery: Intimate Iconography
Lisa K. Rosenstein
January 7, 2022 – March 27, 2022

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DCAC’s Nano Gallery Presents:

Intimate Iconography: A Collection of Introspective Drawings

by Lisa K. Rosenstein

January 7, 2022 – March 27, 2022

Opening Reception: Friday, January 7th @7pm **Postponed**
Closing Reception and Artist Talk: Sunday, March 27th @5pm

Some people meditate, Lisa draws. The Jungians cal this using the Active Imagination. This art technique integrates the conscious and the unconscious, providing a deeper understanding of the self. She draws in small sketchbooks using her favorite fine-line micron pens that require the gentlest of touch, which rewards with sensual and satisfying marks, as they glide over the paper.


Power of PrayHer:
This Light of Mines
photographs by Lisa brown
April 8 – May 15, 2022

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Power of PrayHer: This Light of Mines

photographs by Lisa Brown

April 8 – May 15, 2022

Opening Reception: Friday, April 8th, 7-9pm

Closing Reception and Artist Talk: Sunday, May 15th, 6-7

Power from women of the African diaspora are commonly overlooked, but are the backbones to all communities. They are not given space in the art world for healing through means of an art practice or time with Mother Earth. Brown and black women suffer the most micro-aggressions, being a woman, and having skin tones many shades of brown.  These still photos on film provide a space of healing from the inside of their bodies to the lens of my camera . I stand in protest and with my camera to capture their light. They are the medicine, they are the offering, they are the altar.


About The Artist: Lisa Brown was born and raised between Washington, DC and Compton,California.She had a film camera in her hand at the age of 7. She was inspired by her grandfather, who was a student at Howard Law,but a street photographer in DC in the late 80’s. Photography and  darkroom were the first classes she took at the Washington DC Children’s museum. She attended secondary education at Prince George’s College,where she acquired a degree in arts. After college she dove deep into Africana Studies and now attends MICA for photography. She has been recognized by the Pittsburgh Art Society, Black is Magazine ,Dayton Art Institute and The National museum of Women’s in the Arts.


Curatorial Initiative: The Vanishing Half
December 3, 2021 – January 9, 2022

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DCAC’s 2021 Curatorial Initiative Presents:

The Vanishing Half

Curated by Katie Lee
Mentor Curator: Jayme McLellan

Opening Reception: Friday, December 3rd, 7pm – 9pm
Closing Reception/Artist Talk: Sunday, January 9th, 5pm

Artists: Victoria Jang, Yon Mi Kim, Yuqi Wang, Jiawei Zhao

The Vanishing Half presents photographs and sculptures by four Asian-American artists, Victoria Jang, Yon Mi Kim, Yuqi Wang, and Jiawei Zhao, as they each explore the complexities and multitudes of identity. This group exhibition features four personal responses, one from each participating artist, as they reflect on facets of their identity that are influenced by lived experiences.

The artists included in this exhibition explore how external factors, such as societal structures and beliefs, interpersonal relationships, and corporate influence, can impact the shaping of identity. Throughout the exhibition are implied questions such as: How do we perceive ourselves, and how do others perceive us? Which elements of our external interactions become internalized? How do these perceptions and interactions, in turn, shape our sense of self? The works presented attempt to address these questions, while also highlighting the aspects of our selves that become muted and shelved and exploring notions of societal intersubjective relations and internal reflection.

There is a nexus between ethnic identity, class identity, geographic identity, and national identity that connects this very personal experience of forming and reflecting one’s identity, into a larger, shared experience. In presenting the inner workings of four artists’ lived experiences and highlighting the specific facets of their identities that are impacted, the works included in The Vanishing Half challenge viewers to relate and empathize with the singular experiences of each artist, and allow the receding parts of each artists’ identities to come to the forefront in a defiant reclamation of space.

Jiawei Zhao, “Looks Like a Balanced Space”, 2020



Revisitation: Reflecting on 15 years of DCAC’s Curatorial Initiative
October, 29 2021 – November 28, 2021

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Revisitation: Reflecting on 15 Years of DCAC’s Curatorial Initiative

October 29, 2021 – November 28, 2021

Artists: Jason Tucker, Justin Strom, Jessica Beels, Thomas Drymon, Jerry Truong, Kathryn McDonnell, Suzanne Izzo, Adrienne Gaither, Sondra Arkin, Lisa Hill, Michael Matason

Opening Reception: Friday, October 29th, 7-9pm

Book Release and Talk: Thursday, November 18th, 6:30-8:30pm

DCAC’s Curatorial Initiative program has given aspiring curators the opportunity to work with and be mentored by established and experienced curators since 2006. The resulting exhibitions have brought over 200 artists to our gallery, and in celebration of those shows we have assembled a small sampling of their work.

Join us on November 18 for a reception to celebrate the arrival of a two volume collection of all the catalogs from Curatorial Initiative exhibitions from 2006 to 2016. Several of the artists will be on hand to discuss their work and there will be a brief discussion about the program and its resonance in our community.


Nano Gallery: Aïllament (Isolation) ,
by Elizabeth Ashe ,
September 9, 2021 – January 2, 2022

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Aïllment (Isolation)

Elizabeth Ashe

On view: September 9, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Reception & Artist Talk: October 9th @ 7pm

“The pandemic gave my mother and I time to talk about our traumas. I felt claustrophobic and isolated – a combination previously real, while hiking Montserrat. I began painting the mountain in acrylic on panel and left the sky empty. Mountains take on bruises, to examine domestic violence, bared strength, isolation.” – Elizabeth Ashe

Navigating Through ,
September 10 – October 17, 2021

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Navigating Through

September 10 – October 17, 2021

Featuring Works by
Kibibi Ajanku, Erin Barach, Mehves Lelic & Mojdeh Rezaeipour

Mentor Curator: Jayme McLellan
Mentee Curator: Katie Lee

Beginning the process at the start of the pandemic, this exhibition honors unique identities and the
vision of the individual made stronger by the energies of the group.
Through sculpture, video, installation, photography, drawing and more, these four
community-driven artists demonstrate that creative output is essential to navigating and enduring change.

Volume 1 & 2 of DCAC’s Curatorial Initiative Catalog
Now Available!!

Volume 1 (2006 – 2011)
Volume 2 (2012 – 2018)
These two bound volumes include all the full color catalogs created by the curators of Curatorial Initiative exhibitions between 2006 and 2018, complete with table of contents and index. With images of artwork from over 250 artists, and in depth essays, these volumes show the diversity and dynamism of the exhibitions in this program.

1460 Wallmountables
July 9th – August 22nd 2021

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1460 Wallmountables

Our Annual Summer Open Exhibition & Fundraiser

On View: July 9th – August 22nd 2021
Installation Dates (Wedneday-Sunday from 3-8pm by appointment only)
*See below for Registration Dates
In Person Reception: Friday July 9th, 2021 7-9pm
*In the event of stricter guideline enforcement a virtual reception will be hosted in its place.

Join us for the 32nd Annual 1460 Wallmountables show!

Every summer we open our walls to artists of all ages, backgrounds, experience levels and disciplines to participate in this unique group exhibition. This tradition holds true to our commitment of showcasing a diverse cross section of the DC area’s thriving community of artists & art lovers.

Our gallery walls are divided into two foot by two foot squares, in which  everyone and anyone can hang their on artwork on first-come basis. At 1460 Wallmountables, we present over three hundred artworks by at least one hundred artists on practically every inch of our gallery.

  • Renewing & Existing Members | Opens June 16th
  • New Members & Non Members | Opens June 23rd


Register Here!

For More Info Read Full FAQ Sheet Here!

Concrete Dreams
by Monica Jahan Bose with Robin Bell & Maps Glover
May 20th – May 23rd

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Concrete Dreams

by Monica Jahan Bose

with Robin Bell and Maps Glover

On View: May 20 – 23, 2021 (front exterior of DC Arts Center)
Outdoor Projections: May 20 – 22nd, 2021 Sundown – 10pm
Poetry Slam: May 22nd, 2021 at 7pm

Bangladeshi-American artist and climate activist Monica Jahan Bose has led the CONCRETE
DREAMS project over the last eight months and will present the culminating
installation outside the DC Arts Center from May 20-23, 2021. CONCRETE DREAMS is a
temporary public art project featuring an installation and livestream of communitysourced
poetry on saris, mini movable sculptures, and projections.

In CONCRETE DREAMS, Bose has collaborated with artist and filmmaker Robin Bell, artist Maps
Glover, and residents of DC and Katakhali Village, Bangladesh, Bose’s ancestral village.
Diverse community members in DC and Bangladesh connected during the pandemic
through safe online and outdoor art and poetry workshops on the theme of the
pandemic and the intersection of climate, racial, gender, and economic injustice.
“Concrete poetry” refers to poetry that is drawn or arranged as a design on the page.
CONCRETE DREAMS uses concrete poetry and printmaking to highlight the dreams and
aspirations of residents of DC and Katakhali towards a sustainable and just future. The
poetry is inscribed on saris, on the building through a light installation, and on small
plaster sculptures in the form of “steles.” The project enhances and merges with the
street energy, night life, and restaurants in Adams Morgan, DC, including the Streatery
program moving restaurants into the street.

In honor of AAPI Heritage month, CONCRETE DREAMS links communities in solidarity
from DC to Asia. CONCRETE DREAMS is funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and
Humanities’ Public Art Building Communities Grant Program. It is part of the ongoing
STORYTELLING WITH SARIS climate justice art project.

Learn more about the project Here

RSVP for full event schedule Here


Mourning by Maggie Golightly Haslam ,
March 20 – May 30, 2021

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by Maggie Golightly Haslam

On View: March 20 – May 30, 2021 (click here to schedule a viewing!)

Virtual Artist Talk: April 22nd @ 6pm – Did you not make it to the Artist Talk? Don’t worry we recorded it so that you would not miss out!! Click here to view.


2020 was a year filled with more than words can express. We suffered individually, in our families, as communities and worldwide. We were isolated and confined, broken and infected, judged and criticized. Despite 2020 being a horrific year, human loss is unfortunately not confined to that year alone. Tragically, humans are very familiar with the act of mourning.

Partnering with the DC Arts Center and community members, artist Maggie Golightly Haslam presents a memorial to grief. The artist collected responses to the question “who do you mourn?”. Each response was hand-stamped onto monolith-like plaques made from recycled paper and plastics collected throughout the year 2020. The resulting body of work is a monument to loss and a memory of those we cherish, built with hope and unity.


Nano Gallery: Ace ,
small works by Pat Goslee ,
March 20th – August 29, 2021

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small works by Pat Goslee

On view: March 20 – August 29, 2021 (click here to schedule a viewing!)

Virtual artist talk: May 27th @ 6pm

Ace is a small thing; the dictionary uses “pip” to define it. An Ace in a card game is the smallest, yet most powerful card. In card games, some use a sleight of hand to slip something in without others seeing. In card games, some use a sleight of hand to slip something in without others seeing. These paintings are amalgamations of pips and patterns, examples of environmental interaction both internal and external — micro and macro— that operate as an avenue to the Ace of Hearts.

***From The Archives***
Fetish, curated by Linda Hesh
May 2-25, 1997

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DCAC Presents:  From The Archives

Fetish: Elegant Objects of Seductive Obsession

May 2-25, 1997

Curated by Linda Hesh

Everyday we see the uniform of black suits and white shirts in downtown DC But one wonders what goes on at night for this same city to (be) able to support so many shops of another type of black clothing. Latex, leather, and vinyl make up a different type of power suit.  Fetish consists of 9 artists from the DC-Baltimore area whose work delves into areas of seductive obsession.  They work in sensual materials not always associated with art: leather, feathers, metal chains, rubber, and gemstones.  Their inspiration comes from the dark side of desire. The work is menacing, enticing, elegant, dangerous, haunting and beautiful. The attention to detail and careful craftsmanship demonstrates how serious each artist is about their private compulsions. The exhibit is accompanied by live performances in the theater each Sunday in May at 3pm.



November 14, 2020 – January 10, 2021
***Extended to February 7th***

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November 14, 2020 – February 7th, 2021 ***Due to us closing our doors for a few weeks during the holidays, we will be extending the show until February 7th***

Digital Reception: December 10, 2020 on Zoom
Time: 6pm-8pm

Curated by Fabiola R. Delgado

Sparkplug Collective Artists: Tom Greaves, Sarah J. Hull, Shana Kohnstamm, Alanna Reeves, Azadeh Sahraeian, Elizabeth Sampson, Alexandra Silverthorne, Sarah Stefana Smith, Madeline A. Stratton, Steve Wanna


States of Being presents multidisciplinary artworks, including painting, sculpture, print, photography and site-specific installation, that reinterpret sociological concepts and discuss the nature of unpredictability, our response to ambiguity, and the profound impact of an under-defined and fluid state of life.

Sparkplug is DCAC’s artists collective. Launched in 2007, Sparkplug is a two-year program that offers members a place to meet, helps to organize studio visits, provides opportunities to hone presentation skills, and make connections with arts professionals such as curators, collectors, and established artists. In addition, DCAC organizes two curated Sparkplug exhibitions: one each year.

Fabiola (or just Fa) is a Venezuelan Human Rights Lawyer turned Arts and Culture Strategist. A social justice activist since childhood, she became the youngest Amnesty International Regional Manager, installing the first chapter of the organization in her state of Carabobo at age 19.

Her political activism in Venezuela proved too dangerous, which forced her to seek Political Asylum in the United States, where she dedicates herself to finding justice through artistic and cultural expressions.

Click below to watch the complete online artist talk:




Nano Gallery: A Native Son,
small works by Gary Honig
October 10 – December 10, 2020

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A Native Son
work by Gary Honig

October 10 – December 10, 2020
virtual reception with the artist: TBD


“A Native Son” is a collection of new works highlighting Honig’s delicate sensibilities as a painter.

These active paintings use a deconstructed method, blurring and breaking down imagery on multiple levels. Honig is process-driven and invested in the act of painting. From right to left, the role of the artist steps far back, influenced by the expanding microcosm of activity and color. They then move to cut and shifted works, gaining a new control again of the image at arm’s length. Ultimately, torn and reassembled paintings focus on organic yet geometric color segments, as if the artist were very close and involved.

These small works are deeply emotive and personal. Like society at large, our understanding of events and concepts begins on a global level. As an individual considers events, connections shift and the focus changes to become something to work on. The picture has even, balanced parts. And then, as personal connections begin from small pieces, they are not always weighted the same. These collaged pieces of different sizes become something we work and add to, to create a new whole.

The paintings progress and grab inspiration from Richard Wright’s novel, “Native Son.” He claimed the title as a double comment on what it means to be fully from a place. By using lines from the novel for his titles, Honig found similarities between legal justice of the 1940’s and many points made today with Black Lives Matter.

Honig is a DC native, and his work is deeply inspired by music and the connections between people.


“Vast White Looming Walls” (detail), 2020, acrylic on paper, 8″ x 6″


1460 Wallmountables,
August 8th – October 18th, 2020

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1460 Wallmountables 2020

August 8 – October 18, 2020

Virtual Reception: Thursday, September 3, 7pm
prize winners announced,

Join our director B. Stanley for an online reception, a virtual tour of the gallery and the announcement of three $100 prizes.

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 915 3474 9808
Passcode: 2020

Or Click Here

Appointment to visit gallery: Click here


We’re back and we could not think of a better show to end the summer with than our annual all inclusive group show.

This DCAC tradition reflects our core commitment to supporting and showing under-represented artists. At 1460 Wallmountables, we present over three hundred artworks on practically every inch of our gallery. We divide the gallery walls into two foot by two foot squares, in which everyone and anyone can hang their artwork on a first-come basis. There will be work by children, students, self-taught artists, emerging, mid, and late career artists alike.

Since 1989, thousands of artists have participated in this show, including Richard Seigman, JoAnne Kent, Michael Booker, Chris Combs, Pat Goslee, Megan Maher, Karen Joan Topping, and Charlie Visconage to name just a few. The inclusive nature of 1460 Wallmountables makes it one of the most diverse exhibitions in Washington and it stays up all summer long, so participating artists can enjoy a substantial amount of exposure.

Artists can purchase up to five 2′ x 2′ spaces to hang their artwork. Spaces sell on a first-come, first-served basis for $15 per square. Current DCAC members receive one free space and brand new members receive 3 spaces for their membership fee of $30.

Installation and gallery visits by appointment only. Artists are responsible for hanging their own work. Don’t forget to bring hanging materials! Work is accepted from a wide range of media created by artists at various stages in their careers. There is no curating; if it fits, it shows.

This year gallery attendees will vote for artists who made the most innovative use of the limited space. There will be 3 winners who will each receive a $100 “Best Use of Space” prize which is presented during the online reception.