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Hillyer Art Space’s Open Call for Artists

Hillyer is currently looking for artists to submit work for solo shows for the 2013-2014 exhibition year. Proposals must include the following materials:

  • Minimum of 5 images with a Maximum of 10 submitted on a disc or by email as a high resolution JPEG* (please save each of the images with their corresponding title—minimum resolution accepted is 1920x1080 pixels)
  • A complete checklist of works containing the title, year, medium, and dimension of each work
  • Resume including address, email, phone number, education, and any previous exhibitions (with clear indications whether it was solo or group)
  • Artist statement or exhibition narrative not to exceed one page
  • *Minimum accepted resolution on images is 1920x 1080 pixels.

Submissions Due August 31, 2012 by 6:00pm


  • DC Metro area artists cannot have had a solo show within the past three years
  • International artists have no restrictions on exhibition history but must be currently living abroad

Artists may deliver proposal materials via mail or email. If mailed, please provide a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like your materials returned.

Mail Submissions to:
Hillyer Art Space
attn: Samantha May
9 Hillyer Court NW
Washington DC 2008

Or Email them to:

*Incomplete Submissions Will NOT Be Considered*

With the large amount of submissions that we receive we are not able to confirm status of applications during the selection process. Artists will be notified by the end of October as to their status.

Saturday Art Openings Gonna Make You Sweat

Sculpting Outside the Lines - 15 nationally-recognized artists, 13 works, and an audio cell phone tour courtesy of pirates. Don’t let the Foggy Bottom locale fool you about the potential greatness of this, especially with Barbara Liotta, Joseph & John Dumbacher, Dan Steinhilber and Jefferson Pinder all participating. Opening reception from 5:30-7:30pm at Watergate Gallery, 2552 Virginia Ave., NW, this Saturday, April 21 with other events throughout the day.

Making Sausage (Man Becoming Machine Chews to the Future) - This is not an Onion headline, but rather a performance art piece by Bradley Chriss as part of Transformer’s Bread & Butter series. Chriss did a recent Hillyer Soapbox stint involving a vegan hotdog, so natch, sausage couldn’t be far. Intrigued? Show is this Saturday, April 21 from 2-3:30pm.

Tropical Obstructions - What happens after eating a vegan hotdog…kidding! Seriously, Hamiltonian presents new work by Jessica Van Brakle and Joshua Wade Smith. I love me some Brakle; it’s like looking into an I Am Legend future of DC’s cranescape but with a whitewash over the whole thing. As for Smith, sounds like vanity, athleticism and the natural world just can’t get along. Opening Reception this Saturday, April 21 from 7-9pm.

Field Notes - Seems like everyone is painting on Mylar, Dura Lar or some kind of lar these days. Addison/Ripley shows the work of Jackie Battenfield which is careful, silent, pretty foliage against the aforementioned opaque. Opening reception Saturday, April 21 from 5-7pm.

Get Sketchy at Transformer and Hillyer

Transformer’s exhibit features sketchbooks by 16 DC-area emerging artists, which will be displayed on shelves and available for audiences to flip through or spend more leisured time with in the gallery. Artists featured: Erin Boland, Yelena Bryksenkova, Mei Mei Chang, Bradley Chriss, Oreen Cohen, John Deamond, Stephen Gibson, Elizabeth Graeber, Felipe Goncalves, Khanh Le, Emilia Olsen, Chul Beom Park, Adrian Parsons, Ben Tolman, Jenny Walton, and Stephanie Williams.

See my previous post on the Sketchbook Project by Art House Co-Op which contains almost 10,000 Moleskine cahiers from sketchers all around the world. The collection which will show at Hillyer Art Space here in DC will eventually become a part of the Brooklyn Art Library collection.

Sketch at Transformer: April 2 - May 2

The Sketchbook Project at Hillyer: April 15 & 16