The Athenaeum Gallery exhibits work created solely by artists living or working in the region and strives to present visitors with a wide variety of excellent art and unique experiences. We have solo, group, and theme-based shows and display all visual arts media.

Click here to propose a solo, group, or curated show.

Presenting The 2017 Athenaeum Invitational: GLOW

Art selected for this show will convey a sense of lightness or hope emanating from something dark. Entries may be literal, figurative, allegorical, or abstract. Works will be selected based on artistic excellence, innovation, creativity, mastery of craft, and a demonstrated relevance to the theme as revealed in a brief artist statement.

Underwritten by TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, The Athenaeum Invitational celebrates the visual arts of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. It is a theme-based event featuring the works of both specially-invited artists who have exhibited in the Athenaeum Gallery in the past, as well as works selected through an open call for submissions. A $1500 prize for the best work will be awarded to an invited artist, and $1000 to an artist from the open call.

Click here to learn more about and respond to the Athenaeum Invitational Open Call.

The Athenaeum does not accept hard copy proposals, all entries and proposals must be done via the website. Please call 703-548-0035 if you have any questions.