Arlington Arts Center

3550 Wilson Boulevard
703-248-6800

The AAC was founded in 1976 and is housed in the historic Maury School. We are one of the largest venues for emerging and contemporary artists in the greater Washington DC area, and have taken a leadership role in supporing visual arts throughout the region. The AAC has become a launching pad for many emerging artistic careers and has become a significant contributor to the cultural life of the greater metropolitan area.

The Arlington Arts Center (AAC) is a private, nonprofit contemporary visual arts center dedicated to presenting and supporting new work of regional artists from the Mid-Atlantic States. Through exhibitions, educational programs, and subsidized studio spaces, the AAC serves as a bridge between artists and the public. The goal is to increase awareness, appreciation, perception, and involvement in the visual arts for the public in Arlington County, VA and the region.


Upcoming Events at Arlington Arts Center

Adult Class: Sketchbook DC

Saturday, Oct 20, 2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Arlington, VA
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My 1st Portfolio

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018 from 10:00am to 11:00am
Arlington, VA
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Art Journals

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Arlington, VA
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Recycle, Reuse, Create

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Arlington, VA
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My 1st Portfolio

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018 from 10:00am to 11:00am
Arlington, VA
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Art Journals

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Arlington, VA
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Recycle, Reuse, Create

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Arlington, VA
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15th Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration

Saturday, Nov 3, 2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Arlington, VA
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My 1st Portfolio

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 from 10:00am to 11:00am
Arlington, VA
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School Holiday Workshop: Election Day

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Arlington, VA
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Art Journals

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Arlington, VA
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Recycle, Reuse, Create

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Arlington, VA
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My 1st Portfolio

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018 from 10:00am to 11:00am
Arlington, VA
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Art Journals

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Arlington, VA
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Recycle, Reuse, Create

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Arlington, VA
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My 1st Portfolio

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018 from 10:00am to 11:00am
Arlington, VA
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Art Journals

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Arlington, VA
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Recycle, Reuse, Create

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2018 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Arlington, VA
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My 1st Portfolio

Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018 from 10:00am to 11:00am
Arlington, VA
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Art Journals

Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Arlington, VA
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Recycle, Reuse, Create

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2018 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Arlington, VA
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My 1st Portfolio

Tuesday, Dec 4, 2018 from 10:00am to 11:00am
Arlington, VA
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Art Journals

Tuesday, Dec 4, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Arlington, VA
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Recycle, Reuse, Create

Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Arlington, VA
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My 1st Portfolio

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018 from 10:00am to 11:00am
Arlington, VA
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Art Journals

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Arlington, VA
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Recycle, Reuse, Create

Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Arlington, VA
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My 1st Portfolio

Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018 from 10:00am to 11:00am
Arlington, VA
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Art Journals

Tuesday, Dec 18, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Arlington, VA
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Recycle, Reuse, Create

Wednesday, Dec 19, 2018 from 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Arlington, VA
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Recent News

Registration is Now Open for Fall Classes: October 16 - December 19, 2018

Fall is just around the corner and we are looking forward to welcoming new and returning students to AAC for our exciting lineup of classes starting October 16! CLASSES & WORKSHOPS FOR KIDS & TEENSMY 1ST PORTFOLIO (AGES 2-3)TUE / OCT 16 - DEC…

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Arlington Arts Center News - Be a Matchmaker!

Arlington Arts Center provides a platform for creativity. Young children create their first-ever art portfolios with expert instruction. Early career artists get their first solo exhibitions in stunning gallery spaces. Resident artists work side-by-s…

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Arlington Arts Center News - Meet Jen and Olivia

Be a Matchmaker! Recently, AAC accepted two new artists into its studio residency program: Jen Noone and Olivia Tripp Morrow. They were selected, after a rigorous application process, on the basis of quality, suitability, and community outreach.Like…

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Arlington Arts Center News - Be a Matchmaker!

Arlington Arts Center is thrilled to announce that we have received a matching grant from The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation in the amount of $10,000! Sweetening the pot, AAC's dedicated board of directors has committed an additional $8,000.…

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Summer Camps Begin on June 25!

Join AAC For Summer Art CampsCalling all artists! Roll up your sleeves and put on a smock because we have awesome summer camps planned this year! Our thematic and technique-focused camps return for children and teens, ages 4-18.Line, color, shape, te…

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Spring Classes Begin Next Week

Spring Classes Begin Next Week!Spring classes begin as early as next Monday, and we hope you will join us!Check out a selection of AAC’s spring classes below or click HERE to see the complete schedule. Register today to guarantee your spot!The …

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Arlington Arts Center News - Rated Art 2018: VIP Raffle

Unique Raffle Prize For VIP Ticket Holders! In addition to enjoying an exclusive preview of cocktail pairings, art happenings, and full access to AAC's resident artist studios, Rated Art VIPs are eligible to win a very special prize.  AAC Board…

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Arlington Arts Center Has a New Look!

A year and a half ago we received a grant from the Philip L. Graham Fund to build a new website. Over the past year we have worked closely with the design team at openbox9 to create the website and update the branding for AAC. We are delighted to lau…

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Registration Is Open For Summer Camps at Arlington Arts Center

Calling all artists! Roll up your sleeves and put on a smock because we have creative summer camps for you! Thematic and technique-focused camps return this summer for children and teens, ages 4-18.Campers explore the fundamentals of visual arts thro…

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Registration Open for Fall Class 2017

KIDS & TEEN CLASSESMY FIRST PORTFOLIO (AGES 2-3)Wednesdays, Oct 18 to Dec 20, 10 to 11amThis is a special offering for young children and their caregivers. Moms, dads, grandparents, and nannies are invited to join for a creative experience with t…

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Arlington Arts Center Summer Camps and Adult Classes

WEEK 3: JULY 17 - 21Ages 7 to 10Art Trekkers10:00am to 12:30pmThe DC metropolitan area offers so many neat places to view art. This camp will feature varied projects inspired by the artwork currently on view in local galleries, museums, and art cente…

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Registration Continues for Spring and Summer Classes

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AAC's 2017 Spring Solos Opening April 8, 2017

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AAC Announces Spring Art Classes For All Ages!

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Call for Artists - Apply for Solos

Have your work exhibited in one of the largest non-federal arts venues in the DC area! Work with talented artists from across the mid-Atlantic. Exhibitions will occur Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. Seven artists will be selected for each iteration (14 in…

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Summer Camps at AAC are Open for Registration

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Open Studio: Call for Artists

Long-term studio residency - Deadline: January 9, 2017Available early-mid March 2017 - 280 sq ft in shared studio space offering 365/24/7 access and exhibition opportunities in the Wyatt Resident Artists Gallery. Rent is $315 per month (includes util…

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AAC Winter Classes Registration Open

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Dia de los Muertos Celebration and Exhibition at Arlington Arts Center

Arlington Arts Center is pleased to present its free annual Dia de los Muertos event featuring an exhibition, dance, live music, arts and crafts, and more! This event is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Corporate Apartment Specialists.Sch…

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AAC announces the 2016-17 SOLOS artists

ARLINGTON, VA - Bridging the community with contemporary art is key to Arlington Arts Center's (AAC) mission. To achieve this, AAC brings 14 regional contemporary artists to Arlington each year through its SOLOS series alone. Earlier this year more …

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Open Call for Artists: Dia de los Muertos

Announcing an open call for artists for our annual Dia de los Muertos exhibition! If you want to be part of this exciting exhibition and celebration event, submit work that responds to the concepts, themes, and imagery of this beloved holiday!DEADLIN…

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Building a Creative Community - A letter from the Director

When I joined the staff of Arlington Arts Center three weeks ago, I arrived with high expectations grounded in the AAC's reputation for excellence - a reputation based on groundbreaking exhibitions, creative educational programs, and accomplished res…

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AAC News: Welcoming Holly Koons McCullough

Holly Koons McCullough is the New Executive Director of AAC!Holly comes to AAC from the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) where she was curator and executive director. She's bringing 20 years of visual arts curatorial and administrative experience t…

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McCullough Named Executive Director of Arlington Arts Center

20 years of visual arts experience comes to ArlingtonArlington, VA -- Arlington Arts Center (AAC), acclaimed contemporary arts center, announced today Holly Koons McCullough as the selection for the Executive Director position. Bringing more than 20…

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AAC Summer Camp Schedule: First Four Weeks

WEEK ONE: JUNE 27 - JULY 1Ages 4 - 6 Hilarious Animals 10 AM - 12:30 PMTreasure Trove 1:30 - 4 PM (waitlisted)Ages 7 - 10 Mystical Creatures  10 AM - 12:30 PMPainting from Pictures  1:30 - 4 PMWEEK TWO: JULY 11 - 15Ages 4 - 6Look, Learn, Draw 10 AM…

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Call for Curators

Curators Spotlight - Deadline: May 2, 5 pmBe part of our Curators Spotlight Initiative, which supports the development of exhibitions from conception to realization while providing critical professional development over a nine-month period. Curators…

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Arlington Arts Center News - March 16, 2016

EXHIBITIONS | Panel Discussion| Saturday, Apr 2, 1 - 4 PMKing of the Forest: Adventures in Bioperversity (Main and Lower Level) Join us for a panel discussion and closing reception for King of the Forest: Adventures in Bioperversity. Dig deeper into…

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New Exhibitions at AAC: Spring 2016

Arlington Arts Center announces the line-up for the Spring SOLOS 2016 exhibitionfeaturing new work by contemporary Mid-Atlantic artistsOn View: April 16 - June 12, 2016 | Opening Reception: April 16, 6-9 pmARLINGTON, VA -- Arlington Arts Center (AAC)…

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Call for Artists - Apply Now for SOLOS!

Announcing an open call for artists for our semi-annual SOLOS series: 2016-17 SOLOS - Deadline: Monday, March 7, midnightHave your work exhibited in one of the largest non-federal arts venues in the DC area! Work with talented artists from across the…

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Award to fund 2016 exhibition: Strange Landscapes and related programming

Arlington Arts Center receives National Endowment for the Arts award for $15,000, part of more than $27.6 million awarded across the nation Award to fund 2016 exhibition: Strange Landscapes and related programming ARLINGTON, VA -- Arlington Arts Cent…

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Arlington Arts Center's Winter Classes, Workshops and Spring Break Escape!

Another season of creative and educational art classes at AAC is just around the corner! 2016 Winter Classes are here. Get some of the details below and follow the links for more information and to register. Our annual Spring Break Escape! is also op…

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Call for Artists - Apply Now for Short and Long Term Residencies

Studio space is available! Apply November 25, 2015! Long-term studio residency - Deadline: December 21 Short-term studio residency - Deadline: Rolling - send proposals toinformation@arlingtonartscenter.org Open Studio Long-term studio residency …

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Arlington Arts Center News - November 18, 2015

EXHIBITIONS - ON VIEW2015 Fall SOLOS (Main and Lower Level)Michele Colburn: Wired (Upper Level)Cause and Effect (Upper Level)Dia de los Muertos: Eternal Love (Lower Level)We have four exhibitions on view until Dec 20. Stop by and visit all three leve…

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Arlington Arts Center News - November 4, 2015

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AAC Announces The Selections For The 2015-16 Solos Series

ARLINGTON, VA---Arlington Arts Center announces its Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 SOLOS artists. Following a call in early 2015, jurors Melissa Ho, Assistant Curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, and Chicago-based artist…

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Arlington Arts Center News - August 19, 2015

EXHIBITIONS: Metropolis: Perspectives in Two Cities ON VIEW: AUG 22 - OCT 25In partnership with CHAW (Capitol Hill Arts Workshop), AAC presents Metropolis: Perspectives in Two Cities - a photo exhibition featuring work by teen students. These young p…

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Arlington Arts Center News - July 22, 2015

EXHIBITIONS:  PLAY: Tinker, Tech, & Toy ON VIEW: JUL 11 - OCT 11 PLAY examines games and play through the lens of contemporary art. JOHN JAMES ANDERSON | JASON CORACE | ANNETTE ISHAM | STEVEN JONES | BECCA KALLEM | RANDALL LEAR | CAROLINA M…

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Arlington Arts Center News - June 24, 2015

Craig Kraft Sculpture moving to Anacostia Arts CenterArlington Arts Center is saying good-bye to our well-loved neon sculpture by artist Craig Kraft. The untitled 2005 sculpture has graced our building for the past ten years. Kraft's artwork has lite…

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AAC Presents PLAY and Roxana Alger Geffen

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Arlington Arts Center News - May 28, 2015

EXHIBITIONS:   2015 SPRING SOLOS ON VIEW UNTIL JUNE 28 In keeping with AAC's mission of promoting rising regional artists, the semiannual SOLOS exhibition features seven artists hailing from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. Ea…

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AAC's Spring Gala Brings Together Local Artists and Restaurants

Rated ART event set to raise funds for Arlington Arts CenterArlington, VA - Gala season is here, and in honor of their 40th anniversary, Arlington Arts Center (AAC) is highlighting creative (and edible) combinations. On Saturday, May 16, AAC will hos…

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Arlington Arts Center Announces the 2015 Spring SOLOS Lineup

Suite of 7 solos shows feature new contemporary art from the mid-AtlanticArlington, VA - Arlington Arts Center announces its selection for the 2015 Spring SOLOS. Following a call in early 2014, artists were recommended for inclusion in AAC's long-tim…

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Arlington Arts Center News - March 11, 2015

Arlington Arts Center Exhibitions, Events, and ClassesInstigate. Activate. | new curators, new ideasOn view: JAN 24 - APR 4There's still time to see Instigate. Activate! This never-before-presented exhibition features four up-and-coming independent c…

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Arlington Arts Center Awarded Warhol Grant for Next 2 Years

Emerging artists and original exhibitions funded Arlington, VA - Arlington Arts Center (AAC), a prominent cultural anchor in the mid-Atlantic region, based in Arlington, VA has been awarded a $70,000 grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the V…

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AAC's Latest Initiative Features New Curators, New Ideas

Emerging Curators Spotlight debuts four up-and-coming regional curators Arlington, VA -- With a call for proposals sent, and selected, last year Arlington Arts Center (AAC) launched a new initiative to provide a unique platform for rising curators in…

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Seasons Greetings from Arlington Arts Center!

Come see us in the New Year!AAC Offices are closed Dec. 24 - Jan. 4, 2015AAC Offices re-open Jan. 5, 2015AAC Galleries re-open Jan. 24, 2015Join us for the opening reception for Activate. Instigate | new curators, new ideas!AAC Classrooms re-open Feb…

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Arlington Arts Center News - October 15, 2014

Arlington Arts Center Programs, Exhibitions, and EventsSATURDAY OCT 18, 6 - 9 pm 2014 FALL SOLOS Opening Reception Help us welcome the artists of the 2014 Fall SOLOS during our opening reception. Meet and mingle with the artists of the show, then en…

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Arlington Arts Center Presents Fall SOLOS

Featuring New Work by Contemporary Artists in the Mid-Atlantic RegionARLINGTON, VA - Arlington Arts Center is pleased to present Fall SOLOS 2014 showcasing new work by seven area contemporary artists. Following a call in early 2014, jurors Andrea Pol…

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AAC Announces: 2014-15 Soloists Selected

Featuring New Contemporary Art from the Mid-Atlantic Region AAC selects 14 artists for the 2014-15 SOLOS season ARLINGTON, VA - Arlington Arts Center is pleased to announce the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 SOLOS artists. Following a call in early 2014,…

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Arlington Arts Center News - July 29, 2014

ExhibitionsReprise: 40 to the Foreview: JUL 12 - OCT 5 Because this exhibition is so special and so important to our 40th anniversary, we've scheduled two gallery talks.  Discussion begins at 1 pm, followed by refreshments at 3.AUG 23: Interactivis…

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Arlington Arts Center News - May 27, 2014

exhibitions...2014 Spring SOLOSCheck out what the Washington Post had to say about this round of SOLOS (on view April 26 - June 29.) Soloist Phillip Adams shared with us an awesome short time-lapse video made during the installation of his exhibition…

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Spring Classes Underway and Spring SOLOS Opening Soon!

Exhibitions...2014 Spring SOLOS...Education...2014 Summer Camps ...StudiosAAC Resident Artist showP.S. Join us May 10 from 1 pm - 4 pm for a gallery talk with the artists of the 2014 Spring SOLOSFeaturing seven of the brightest emerging artists of th…

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AAC Announces 2014 Spring SOLOS

Arlington, VA -- In keeping with Arlington Arts Center's mission of promoting rising regional artists, the semiannual SOLOS exhibitions return this April.This juried show, an AAC tradition, supports the work of contemporary artists living in the Mid-…

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Registration Now Open for Winter and Spring Break Classes

Whether you're a seasoned artist or just beginning to pick up a paintbrush you'll find a variety of original art classes year round at AAC. We offer classes for all ages that are small and scheduled to fit easily in the school or work day. Our instru…

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AAC Announces CSA: Forty Years of Community Sourced Art

Arlington, VA - To kick off a year-long 40th anniversary celebration, Arlington Arts Center will unveil CSA: Forty Years of Community-Sourced Art on January 22. Curated by Laura Roulet, the exhibition celebrates 40 years of AAC's role as incubator of…

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With Your Help Arlington Arts Center Will Celebrate 40 More Years!

Happy Anniversary!Next year marks Arlington Arts Center's 40th anniversary and we're inviting you to help us celebrate four decades of relevant contemporary art produced and presented at AAC. We also need your help envisioning another 40 years of con…

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AAC Announces New Director of Exhibitions

Arlington VA---Arlington Arts Center announced today that Karyn Miller has joined the organization as the new director of exhibitions. In this role Miller will be responsible for conceiving and delivering a year-round exhibition schedule including pu…

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Fall Solos - Supporting Rising Artists from the Mid-Atlantic Region

Arlington, VA - In keeping with Arlington Arts Center's mission of promoting rising regional artists, the semiannual SOLOS exhibition returns this fall for an eight week run starting Nov. 1. The juried show plays a key role in AAC's endeavor to suppo…

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Summer Exhibitions Growing at the Arlington Arts Center

Arlington, VA - Several exhibitions focused on art and urban agriculture as well as outdoor installations will be growing at the Arlington Arts Center (AAC) this summer. GREEN ACRES: Artists Farming Fields, Greenhouses, and Abandoned Lots is a m…

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Rulemaker: Becca Kallem and Matthew Smith

In their recent artistic practice, both Kallem and Smith explore variations on a theme by setting idiosyncratic rules for their respective work. Within these personal parameters, abstracted compositions of form and color emerge.  Matthew Smith c…

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Connections by Barbara Bernstein

Barbara BernsteinBarbara Bernstein has exhibited her work nationally and internationally--at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh PA, the Knesset in Jerusalem, Israel, and the UN Conference for Women in Beijing, China. Bernstein's public art projects in…

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