September 12, 2013

...8 must visit DC galleries

In i simply love's continuing series, the art scene, I promised I would have the top galleries in the area to visit! Briton went beyond the obvious here to share some really great off the beaten path galleries. Now let's plan a gallery visiting day!

1. A bright pink door welcomes you at Hiner Contemporary, sitting at the top of Georgetown, adjacent to Book Hill. This contemporary gallery exhibits a range of media created by emerging and mid-career artists. The inviting space offers a creative environment for artists, collectors and observers to explore and engage with innovative art.

2. G Fine Art exhibits international artists from the 1960’s to the present who explore social, cultural and artistic issues in their environment. The space offers a blank canvas for emerging and established artists alike to explore their concepts through cutting edge media and is located in the H Street corridor of NE Washington DC.

3. You do not need to travel NYC to go to an innovative, relevant contemporary gallery. Hemphill offers a high caliber space, exhibiting established, significant artists working in all contemporary media. The range of exhibitions not only sparks a wide range of interest, but also challenges the viewer to consider many aspects of contemporary art and culture. Hemphill offers art advisory services so if you are a first time buyer or looking to expand your collection, their experts can help you find the perfect piece.

4. Located in the ever growing Shaw area, Longview is a huge space that exhibits local and regional artists. They also have a master, in-house framing service for any piece you need! Longview not only offers a great space to exhibit, but hosts awesome special events.

5. The Textile Museum is truly one of the most beautiful settings in the City. Tucked back on S Street NW, the the textile collection is one of the most important, specialized in the world. The Textiles will soon call the George Washington University campus its new home, moving to a brand new, state of the art museum which will bring more room and innovative exhibition venues for the collection.

6. Call me biased, but the Corcoran is one of Washington D.C.’s best galleries. Reigning as the oldest private collection in the country, the Corcoran offers a wide variety of exhibits ranging from its renowned private American Art collection to innovative contemporary installations. This Gallery is not to be missed! Interested in taking art classes? Check out the Corcoran College of Art + Design too to sign up for Continuing Ed classes. Also, if you know DC, Sunday brunches are a must and the Corcoran hosts one of the best in its atrium with Todd’ Greys vegan brunches! Come check it out! 

7. One of the most popular private venues in the city, The Phillips Collection houses priceless modern and contemporary art right off of Dupont Circle. Meditate in front of Mark Rothko color plains in the Rothko room or find a fun way to socialize with your peers at Phillips After Five, every first Thursday of the month. Not to be missed.

8. Serving as an “incubator” for promising young artists, the Hamiltonian not only offers a large gallery space on U Street, but also offers a career mentorship through the Hamiltonian Fellowship program. Here, young budding, new artists have the opportunity to develop invaluable entrepreneurial skills to help foster their successful business as a visual artist. Come see budding new artists in the DC area at this contemporary gallery.

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