Since 1989, thousands of artists have participated in 1460 Wallmountables, DCAC’s annual summer open 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- 1460 Wallmountables is not to be missed!

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.  At 1460 Wallmountables, we present over three hundred artworks by at least one hundred artists on practically every inch of our gallery.

This DCAC tradition reflects our core commitment to supporting and showing under-represented artists. We receive calls and emails about the exhibition all year, and many people make work just to fit in the show. There will be work by children, students, self-taught artists, emerging, mid, and late career artists alike. Artists who have participated include 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 $20 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.


Each 2′ x 2′ space is $20 for non-members
DCAC members receive one free space, and can purchase up to four additional spaces for $10 each
Become a first-time DCAC member between now and July 8 for $30 and receive a total of 4 spaces!

Each artist can purchase up to 5 spaces

Online registration required before you show up on a hang-your-work day with your art and hanging tools.

Unsurprisingly, all work must be wall-mountable. Artwork can protrude off the wall, but it must fit within the 2’ x 2’ square. You can use screws or nails, but not adhesives.



What are the dates for 1460 Wallmountables?

Exhibition: July 9th – August 22nd 2021.

Installation Dates (Wednesday-Sunday from 1-8pm by appointment only):

  • Renewing & Existing Members | June 16th – 23rd.
  • New Members & Non Members (as well as Renewing and Existing Members) | June 23rd – July 8th.

Deinstallation Dates: August 22nd – September 5th

Will there be an opening reception for 1460 Wallmountables?

 We will host an in-person opening reception on Friday, July 9th dependent on up to date regulation on social gatherings. In the event of stricter guideline enforcement, a virtual reception will be hosted in its place (time and platform to be determined). We will announce the prize winners during this time.

I heard there is a prize?

Yes, there are 3 $100 prizes for best use of space. 3 individual squares will be selected by virtue of the creativity of how the artists use the space.

How do to reserve my space?
To make an appointment to claim your space

  1. Fill out the General Application Form at the bottom of this page.
  1. Schedule an appointment at this link: https://dcartscenter.org/about-us/plan-your-visit/
  1. Pay via our PayPal, Cashapp ( $DCArtsCenter ) , or Check.

Pay through our Paypal here: https://dcartscenter.org/membership-2/donate/



How soon can I reserve a space?

Current members & renewing members can start signing up on June 16th.
New members & nonmembers can start signing up on June 23rd.

We encourage all new & renewing members to process payments online at https://dcartscenter.org/get-involved/membership/

Can I hang a piece larger than 2′ x 2′  if I have adjoining squares?

No, all art pieces must fit into the 2’ x 2’ squares.  There can be multiple pieces within the one square. Art can be related over the span of multiple spaces, even cut up, but must not overlap the 2’ x 2’ string partitions.

How much does a square cost?

Current DCAC members each get one square for no cost. They may also buy additional squares for $10 each.

Non-members may purchase squares for $20 each.

A person becoming a member of DCAC for the very first time gets up to 3 squares for the minimum membership level of $30.

How many squares can I buy?

The limit is 5 squares per artist

If I am a renewing member, do I get three free spaces?

No. You get one free member space and can buy up to 4 more at the discounted member price of $10 each. You are considered a new member if you have not had a membership for over 3 years.

What is the advantage of becoming a new member during 1460 Wallmountables?

Becoming a new member during 1460 Wallmountables gets you 4 spaces. Membership lasts one year and benefits include: You also get discounts on performances at DCAC, mailings for upcoming events, our bi-monthly calendar of events, a link to your web site from ours, and a subscription to our weekly email newsletter and access to fundraisers.

Do I have to bring my own tools and materials for hanging my art?

YES. Bring your own hammer, drill, nails, screws, level, etc.
NO ADHESIVES including tape, glue, or gallery stick.