DCAC 30th Anniversary Party

OCTOBER 12, 2019

6:00 pm – 12:00 am

Since 1989, D.C. Arts Center has cultivated a creative ecosystem that develops and supports a spectrum of performance and traditional artists who challenge the definitions of experimental work. Anchored in Adams Morgan, DCAC’s cultural infrastructure has withstood waves of gentrification and erasure, and through that process, has become a dojo where artists hone their creative practice. Without imposing a vision that encumbers creative freedom, decades of radical work calling into question the human condition and societal constructs have amplified the creative spirit that permeates throughout the Arts Center and Washington, D.C. writ large. On Saturday, October 12 in collaboration with Uptown Art House and Pakke Social, DCAC will celebrate the thousands of curators, directors, painters, sculptors, actors, poets, patrons and all around creatives who have informed this fringe community for 30 years.

The 30th anniversary party is as much about honoring DCAC’s history as it is about laying the foundation for its future. DCAC has partnered with creative agency Uptown Art House and Pakke Social’s new DIY art space located in the alleyway of 18th Street, The Cheshire, to showcase a modern day look at D.C.’s like-minded art communities. During the evening, guests will be able to interact with archival images of past DCAC gallery shows and performances through visual projections created by artists Anti Hero‘s projected recontextualization, along with a special video presentation of Holly Bass’ retrospective performances of Sherman Fleming’s ‘Pretending to be Rock’ and ‘Rod Force’. Featured works from DCAC alummnae including: Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter, Jung Min Park, Joanne Kent, Pat Goslee, and Chris Combs will accentuate the wall space along with painter Esteban Whiteside while printmakers Nomu.Nomu and Absurdlywell offer unique memorabilia. Sonics from bands Park Snakes and Cigarette along with DJs No Intimate and Jessicunt will present a swatch of the city’s burgeoning music scene. Performance artists Ashley Shey will transmute the vibrations of the gathering into a movement piece. Part fundraiser, part exhibition, part concert, part testimonial, the soiree aims to be an immersive experience for all ages.

VIP tickets will be available before the event for an intimate viewing of the exhibition and performance piece (6-7pm).

$20 General admission tickets will be sold online and at the door. Tickets are available here.

The Cheshire

2412 Rear, 18th St NW

Washington, DC 20009

The New Art Examiner

Every third (or fourth) Wednesday 7:30PM

SEPTEMBER 25, 2019, OCTOBER 23, 2019, NOVEMBER 20, 2019, DECEMBER 18, 2019, JANUARY 15, 2020, & FEBRUARY 19, 2020

What does it mean to be an artist in Washington, DC?

The New Art Examiner will present an ongoing forum at DC Arts Center main gallery every third Wednesday of the month (except the first talk will be Sept. 25).

The next speaker is Don Kimes, he is a painter and the chairman of American University Art Department.

The first speaker was Derek Guthrie, the founder and publisher of the New Art Examiner in 1973; he presented a short history of this international magazine and how it has continued to thrive since the mid 70’s.

We look forward to special speakers every month to help advance and support the artists of Washington DC and the surrounding area and welcome all to come, listen and participate…. And talk with our fellow artists.

FREE Event

DCAC Wallmountable Happy Hour

AUGUST 14, 2019

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us in the closing our 30th anniversary of 1460 Wallmountables exhibition! Every year we celebrate the diversity of artists working in the D.C. area in this unjuried, non-curated, hang-it-yourself show. Artists of any experience, background, age, or discipline are welcome! This DCAC tradition reflects our core commitment to supporting and showing under-represented artists.Celebrate with us as we toast to DCAC’s 30th Anniversary!

This event is open to members and non-members.

Join us on Wednesday, August 14 between 6:30-8:30pm for a happy hour reception and complimentary refreshments with your purchase of any available artwork!

Exhibition closes on August 16, 2019.

Five-Part Illustration Workshop – Did/Saw/Felt: A Process for Narrative Drawing

JULY 9-AUGUST 6th, 2019

Join illustrator and cartoonist Lenora Yerkes for a five-part drawing workshop focused on stimulating creativity.

You’ll learn techniques for quieting your internal editor, working through creative blocks, and organizing your thoughts into compelling narratives.

In the first class, you’ll learn how to develop a daily practice, break out of an artistic rut, and learn inhibition-free techniques for drawing and creating. The remaining five class will help you put these teachings into practice.

Our goal is to start you writing or drawing—and then to help you keep creating, no matter where you are or what you do. If you’ve ever wanted to draw or write but think you “can’t,” or if you struggle to create a steady flow of art, this workshop is for you!

About Lenora: Lenora is an artist and writer whose work often eddies around urban scenes, buildings and flood imagery. Lenora studied printmaking at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California and was the 2019 Gallery Resident at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop in Washington DC. Her work is included in the forthcoming anthology, Drawing Power, published by Abrams ComicsArts (Fall 2019), and edited by Diane Noomin. She is currently at work on a long form visual narrative about the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Please note:This workshop takes place every Tuesday for five weeks. We will meet at 6:30 pm. The first class is 2 hours. The remaining classes are 1 hour each.


Class 1: Tuesday, July 9th 6:30-8:30pm–2 hour class
Class 2: Tuesday, July 16th, 6:30-7:30pm
Class 3: Tuesday, July 23rd, 6:30-7:30 pm
Class 4: Tuesday, July 30th, 6:30-7:30 pm
Class 5: Tuesday, August 6th, 6:30-7:30 pm

Tickets are available here.


Is this workshop right for me? This workshop is for people who want to draw but are stuck or doubt themselves.

Can I attend just one of the sessions? Unfortunately, no. We think attendees will get the most out of the workshop by committing to six classes.

What should I bring? We will provide pen, pencils, and paper, but if you have preferred tools (notebook, journal, pen, pencil, etc.) please bring them.

What if I can’t afford to attend? We’re offering one scholarship for this class. Please get in touch for more information.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions? DCACworkshops @gmail.com

How do I become a member of the District of Columbia Arts Center (DCAC)? DCAC members get discounts on all programming. You can sign up here.

What’s the refund policy? Attendees can receive refunds up to 7 days before the start date (July 2).

DCAC Member Happy Hour

MAY 1, 2019
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Enjoy the first sunny day of May with a cocktail on the rooftop of Perry’s Restaurant overlooking beautiful Adams Morgan. Celebrate with us as we toast to DCAC’s 30th Anniversary!

Happy hour prices will be in effect but all DCAC Members will receive one FREE drink and light hors d’oeuvres. Not a member? No problem! We will be selling memberships for as low as $30 a year. Come meet and mingle with DCAC staff, members, artists, and art enthusiasts.

This event is open to members and non-members.

Perry’s Resaurant is located at:
1811 Columbia Rd NW
Washington DC, 20009

DCAC at 30: History of Visual Arts Programming at DCAC

APRIL 17, 2019
7 pm – 8:30 pm

As part of DCAC’s ongoing thirtieth anniversary celebrations, please join us for a conversation about the history of Visual Arts Programming at DCAC! Participants will include Philip Barlow, Carolyn Law, Michael Matason, B. Stanley, Sarah Tanguy, and Karen Joan Topping.

This talk takes place in DCAC’s Main Gallery in conjunction with Then/Again: A Gallery Exhibition 30 Years Later, curated by Philip Barlow & Pat Goslee, on view through April 28.

Support DCAC at Slash/Run!

JUNE 7, 2017
5 pm – 9 pm

Have a burger and a beer at Slash/Run, DC’s best hair metal-inspired bar, and support DCAC, DC’s best hair metal-friendly non-profit gallery and theater! 10% of the bar’s proceeds from 5-9 will go to DCAC. Extra DC love to the attendee who can spot the iconic Adams Morgan paraphernalia on the wall!

Slash/Run is located at:
201 Upshur St. NW
Washington DC, 20011

DCAC and Client Raiser present:
The SMART Artist: A Strategic Planning Workshop

JANUARY 29, 2017
10 am – 1 pm

There is a difference between making art and making a living from art. Becoming an established artist requires an understanding of basic business principles that can help you to define strategic goals and establish plans to achieve them. Join us for a hands-on session where we’ll identify goals, resources, scheduling tools and more. At the end of the session, you’ll walk away with action items and a tangible plan to reach your goals.

This workshop is presented by Danielle Glosser of Client Raiser. Client Raiser partners with artists to achieve their business goals by creating strategies with specific action items tied to a schedule.

Registration for this wokshop is a must! Please register by emailing info@dcartscenter.org.

$30 DCAC Members
$35 Non-Members

Payment instructions will be given via email upon registration. Pre-payment is required and payments are non-refundable.

25 HOURS for 25 YEARS of DCAC
25 hours: the exhibition

JULY 18, 2014

In homage to The First 24 Hours, the all-night performance and art opening event for DCAC in 1989, DCAC again createed a festival of creativity and endurance with 25 Hours for 25 Years.

On Friday, July 18th, 2014 at 7:00 DCAC opened it’s gallery for 25 consecutive hours to artists in celebration of all artists of all types in our community. Any artist was able to hang any artwork anywhere in the gallery and that work could hang as long as the artist stays at DCAC. If the artist goes, the work must go also. Works could be for sale and the artists could replace work that sells and is taken down at the event.

25 consecutive hours of an un-curated art happening tested the endurance limits of artists and patrons alike. To make sure the energy didn’t flag, attendees could alternate time in the gallery with time in the theater, which was also brimming with activity.

25 hours: the archive & performance

25 consecutive hours of performance to celebrate 25 years of DCAC. An endurance event of performances as varied as DCAC’s past, simultaneously reflecting on that history and pushing forward into new territory. Over the preceding months and at the event itself, memories were collected and shared online to touch on the organization’s wide impact locally and far beyond. This accumulation of recollections formed a new archive, a materialization of personal stories, a growing portrait of DCAC.

Artists from DCAC’s past performed along with current artists and new artists, mixing up lineage and forging new connections. Readings and re-performances from the archive were also interspersed throughout the 25 hours.

The first of the 25 hours were high-energy, rapidly changing, and erratically diverse. As the night continued the pace slowed and performances became more quiet. There were collaborative works through the late night and early morning. With the sunrise, a new day, nourishment, endless possibilities. Several longer pieces passed through noon and into the afternoon. The final hours picked up the energy of the night before, with a succession of quick, challenging, ecstatic performances. Ending, right in time, for DCAC’s anniversary party.

The DCAC 25th Anniversary Party

As the 25 Hours for 25 Years came to a close at 8:00 pm on Saturday, July 19, DCAC moved into full celebration mode with an open house party. DJ’s, videos, and libation filled the space and opened it’s arms to the public. Artists from the previous day-long event were on hand and all art left hanging in the gallery could stay up through the party. This was a not to be missed night of reminiscing and scheming for the next 25 years!

Giving Tuesday

DECEMBER 2, 2014

25 Years and Looking Forward

Wrapping up DCAC’s year-long celebration of its 25 year anniversary this panel examined the changes in the Washington D.C. arts scene over that same period.

Topics of the discussion included:
The artistic environment: funding, galleries, collectors, opportunities
Art making itself: technological advances, styles, ideas, prolificacy
The artistic community how artists interact, connectivity through technology, collectives, social interaction

George Hemphill, Hemphill Fine Arts
Michael O’Sullivan, Critic for the Washington Post
E. Ethelbert Miller, Poet, founder of the Humanities Council of Washington DC
Margaret Boozer, Artist, founder of Red Dirt Studios
Lou Stovall, Artist, director of Workshop, Inc.

James Mahoney: Critic, artist, writer and Professor at University of Maryland, Baltimore

DCAC’s history spans protests at the Corcoran over the Mapplethorpe exhibition in 1989, to its current exhibition showcasing the work of four artists all born after DCAC came into existence. The panelists bring with them their own experiences and history woven through that same time period and before; giving a unique perspective on the evolution of arts in our community and the artist’s role within it.

This event is a part of DCAC’s contribution to #GivingTuesday admission to the event is “pay what you will”. In addition there will be Happy Hour starting at 6:30 and a silent auction of art from some of our previous exhibitions and items from our storage vault. In the spirit of #GivingTuesday, DCAC is encouraging renewing members to make their annual contribution at this event as well as individuals who wish to mark the occasion of DCAC’s 25 years of service to our arts community with a contribution.