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Arlington Arts Center

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.


Recent News

Arlington Arts Center Weekly Newsletter - August 20, 2021

Can you believe we're already halfway through August? Next week is the last week of AAC's summer camps and there are still a few spots left in our camps. Take a look below to learn about Art Around the World, Creative Inspirations, and Book…

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Arlington Arts Center Weekly Newsletter - August 5, 2021

Are you looking for a way for you or your children to get creative this summer? We have a few more weeks of summer camp and there is still space in a few sections. We are also offering a new section of Drawing Happy Hour for the adults starting next…

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Arlington Arts Center Weekly Newsletter - July 22, 2021

Have you signed up for Drawing Happy Hour yet? This virtual class is the perfect way to break up the week and hone your drawing skills in a supporting and relaxed environment, and it starts in just a few weeks. Get creative wherever you are and sign…

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Artist Adorns Arts Center Lawn with New Sculpture Built from aDismantled 19th-Century Barn

ARTIST ADORNS LOCAL ARTS CENTER LAWN WITH NEW SCULPTURE BUILT FROM THE MATERIALS OF A DISMANTLED 19TH-CENTURY BARN The site-specific sculpture was created for Arlington Arts Center’s lawn, where Timepiece Mythos is on view through August…

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Local Artist Pays Homage to Unsung Heroes of Arlington County

Portrait of a County by a Youngish Man celebrates the labor of municipal workers. Arlington, VA - Through the project Portrait of a County by a Youngish Man, artist Patrick McDonough pays homage to the unsung workers of Arlington County, the…

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Artist Pays Homage to Unsung Heroes of Arlington County

LOCAL ARTIST PAYS HOMAGE TO UNSUNG HEROES OF ARLINGTON COUNTY Portrait of a County by a Youngish Man celebrates the labor of municipal workers. Through the project Portrait of a County by a Youngish Man, artist Patrick McDonough pays homage to…

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Local Artist's Experience With Brittle Bone Disease Informs New Paper Sculpture Formed In Natural Asphalt Cracks

Even a Parking Lot is Beautiful at Dawn features AAC resident artist Emily Fussner’s work Arlington, VA - On view through Aug. 28 in Arlington Arts Center’s Wyatt Resident Artists Gallery, Even a Parking Lot is Beautiful at Dawn…

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Arlington Arts Center News June 29, 2021

Your gift x 2 DONATE NOW Think about the future… think about the impact you can make... … on art… on artists… on community. Now double it. Your gift today counts twice. Thanks to you, the future is bright.…

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Share Your #AAC Love!

#AACLove Your support for art, artists, and community is what makes AAC what it is. This last year has taught us what it means to be a community. You’ve supported us when we needed you most. And we are deeply grateful. Now…

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Double Your Impact for Artists!

DAY 3 of the 3x3 challenge: We set out on Monday to raise $3000 in 3 days. And we’re so close! But we need your help to reach that goal. Have you ever had a chance to visit the artist studios at AAC? We can’t wait to welcome…

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Arts Education is Fundamental!

DAY 1 of the 3x3 challenge: Today, we launch our 3x3 challenge. Our goal is to raise $3,000 in 3 days to support our mission of connecting you with contemporary art and artists through education programs, exhibitions, and artist residencies. Over…

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AAC Presents Exceptional Exhibitions!

DAY 2 of the 3x3 challenge: Yesterday, we launched our 3x3 challenge. Our goal is to raise $3,000 in 3 days to fulfill our mission of connecting you with contemporary art and artists through education programs, exhibitions, and artist residencies.…

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Registration Now Open for 2021 Summer Adult Classes at AAC

EDUCATION: AAC is excited to announce our summer class season for adults. We will be offering classes online as well as in-person at AAC and classes start as soon as July 6! CLASSES FOR ADULTS Learn to make your drawings pop off the page using…

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Arlington Arts Center's Summer Camps Start from June 21, 2021

We can’t believe summer break starts in just a few weeks either! Do you have your creative kiddo’s summer plans all squared away? AAC has the perfect program for children, tweens and teens who love to create, with in-person and virtual…

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Arlington Arts Center Weekly Newsletter June 9, 2021

We really appreciate your support! MAKE A GIFT TODAY We’re excited to see new and familiar faces (masks and all) at AAC again. We welcome campers and students back in-person starting June 21—and we can’t wait! Our on-site…

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Arlington Arts Center - Your Help Encourages Artists' Creativity!

Support art and artists in our community The studio visits, critiques, and conversations with other artists at AAC have pushed me and challenged me and allowed my work to evolve. It’s really about the community and not being in a silo, which…

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A Very Special Message from Our New Executive Director

I’m so excited to serve as the next executive director of the Arlington Arts Center! As a resident of Arlington, I have long admired AAC’s commitment to artists and audiences through its exhibitions, artist residency program, and…

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A Very Special Message from our New Executive Director

I’m so excited to serve as the next executive director of the Arlington Arts Center! As a resident of Arlington, I have long admired AAC’s commitment to artists and audiences through its exhibitions, artist residency program, and…

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Arlington Arts Center News - April 28, 2021

Join AAC this Thursday,April 29th, at 6pm on Zoom for artist talks with Amna Asghar, Saskia Fleishman, and Rives Wiley, three artists whose work is on view at AAC as part of Stretched. Register here to attend! After attending the talk, come by AAC's…

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Arlington Arts Center - Summer Camp Registration is Now Open!

We are looking forward to a safe, fun, and creative summer at Arlington Arts Center, with both virtual and in-person summer camp and class options running from June 21st - August 27th for ages 5-7, 8-10, 11-14, and 14-18! Offering both on and…

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Arlington Arts Center Announces 'Catherine Anchin' as its New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Arlington Arts Center (AAC) is pleased to announce the selection of "Catherine Anchin" as its next Executive Director. She begins her new role in early May 2021. “I am delighted to welcome Catherine to AAC,”…

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Arlington Arts Center Announces New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Arlington Arts Center (AAC) is pleased to announce the selection of Catherine Anchin as its next Executive Director. She begins her new role in early May 2021. “I am delighted to welcome Catherine to AAC,”…

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Arlington Arts Center News - April 13, 2021

Last Call! AAC's spring classes begin next week and there is still time to sign up for an art class that will inspire you or your creative child! We are excited to bring back Artists at Home for Ages 5-7 led by Molly McCracken on Tuesday…

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Arlington Arts Center's Spring 2021 Exhibitions

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Registration Now Open for Spring 2021 Art Classes at AAC

Education AAC is excited to announce our spring class season! We have some of your favorite classes coming back as well as new and unique classes for you and your creative kiddos! Classes begin in one month so make sure to register now to secure…

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Arlington Arts Center News - March 2020

We're busy at AAC getting ready for spring! We're looking forward to reopening our galleries to the public on March 27, 2021. Two new exhibitions, Stretched and Ryan McCoy: From an Abyss will run through June 5, with gallery hours Wednesday through…

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Engaging Arlington History and Painting and Photography Exploration

Join AAC online on Thursday, February 18 at 6pm for a conversation with visual artist Lynda Andrews-Barry, Madaline Langston, from Encore Stage & Studio, and Taylor Welch and Yahney-Marie Sangare, student participants in Encore Stage’s…

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Valentine's Day Card-Making Workshop And Solos Artist Talks

AAC is offering a Valentine's Day Card-Making Workshop for ages 5-7 next month! Join art instructor Molly McCracken to create fun and whimsical greeting cards for Valentine's Day. Details below. Thinking about summer camps for your kiddos already?…

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Update Regarding AAC's Executive Director Search

The Board of Directors is pleased to share that Arlington Arts Center has embarked on a national search for its next Executive Director. AAC has retained Good Insight, an executive search firm headquartered in Washington, DC, to partner with us on…

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Arlington Arts Center News - January 12, 2021

In the wake of the violence at the Capitol last week, AAC's thoughts are with our community. We know there are many people in Arlington who work at the Capitol complex on a daily basis and we hope that anyone directly affected by the violence is…

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Arlington Arts Center News: Sign up for Winter Art Classes!

In the wake of the violence at the Capitol last week, AAC's thoughts are with our community. We know there are many people in Arlington who work at the Capitol complex on a daily basis and we hope that anyone directly affected by the violence is…

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Can You Imagine A World Without Art?

Your support for art—and AAC—matters. DONATE NOW In a year riddled with grief and ambiguity, we value art more than ever. Art gives us voice. Art challenges us to confront our history and encourages us to embrace our feelings. At…

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Arlington Arts Center News - December 23 ,2020

Happy holidays to all of you from the team at AAC! 2020 was a challenging year, but our community kept us going though it all. Thanks for joining us for online art classes, Zoom performances, outdoor artist talks, and socially distanced gallery…

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You can make a difference in an artist’s life.

Without a studio, I can't make art. My work is so involved, it's messy; I make sculptures and create installations. AAC gives me a place to create, to experiment, to improvise. But AAC is about more than just the space. I imagine Arlington Arts…

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Arlington Arts Center News - What Inspires You?

Art inspires us. And your support makes all the difference. Presenting compelling contemporary art is paramount to what we do. Your support encourages artists to present new, ambitious work through our exhibitions program. And, thanks to you, this…

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Arlington Arts Center News - Dec 15, 2020

Art gives kids the power to shine. “Our youth in shelter have been weighed down this year. But Arlington Arts Center has given them a creative outlet to shine through.” — Alexandra Gavin MAKE A GIFT…

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Arlington Arts Center news- December 10, 2020

Join Stephanie Lane for her always popular, Experimental Painting or Painting & Photography Exploration classes. Jennifer Wilkins Penick is offering her new mixed-media class, Make Time for Art and Melanie Kehoss is bringing back Drawing Happy…

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Is Art 2x As Important To You This Year?

There’s no sugarcoating 2020. This year left us grappling with grief, anxiety, and uncertainty. And we know many artists and members of our community have suffered. Yet, through it all, our community has come together. Arlington Arts Center…

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Arlington Arts Center News - December 7, 2020

This season our gratitude runs deep. MAKE A GIFT TODAY There’s no sugarcoating 2020. This year left us grappling with grief, anxiety, and uncertainty. And we know many artists and members of our community have suffered. Yet, through it…

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Arlington Arts Center News - We Did It: Thanks To You!

Art Matters - Now More Than Ever THANK YOU! We’re blown away by all the #AACLove you showed yesterday. Thank you! Thanks to you, we exceeded our Giving Tuesday target and we're well on our way to reaching our $60,000 year-end fundraising…

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Registration Is Now Open For AAC's Holiday Workshops!

Holiday Workshops This year the holidays are going to look a little different, but AAC will still be offering our annual handmade holiday workshops for kids and adults in December online. Our instructors have some wonderful and creative projects…

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Arlington Arts Center News - November 11, 2020

Arlington Arts Center is pleased to welcome Amanda Jirón-Murphy, who recently joined the AAC team as interim exhibitions director. Amanda will manage AAC’s exhibitions program while curator Blair Murphy serves as acting executive…

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AAC News: New Fall Classes and SOLOS 2020 Artist Talks

AAC Has Reopened! On September 26th, AAC reopened our galleries and hosted an outdoor talk with artist Lynda Andrews-Barry, whose public art installation, Passage, is currently installed on our lawn. Exhibitions on view in the galleries include…

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Arlington Arts Center News - October 20, 2020

AAC Has Reopened! On September 26th, AAC reopened our galleries and hosted an outdoor talk with artist Lynda Andrews-Barry, whose public art installation, Passage, is currently installed on our lawn. Exhibitions on view in the galleries…

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Arlington Arts Center's Fall 2020 Exhibitions

Arlington, VA – Arlington Arts Center is pleased to announce its fall exhibitions, including SOLOS 2020 in the galleries, Lynda Andrews-Barry: Passage on AAC’s lawn, and a screening room of work originally included in By Proxy,…

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Registration is Now Open for AAC's Fall 2020 Art Classes!

FALL 2020 CLASSES AT ARLINGTON ARTS CENTER As we jump back into the school year, AAC is offering art classes for novice and seasoned artists of all ages, from children to adults. AAC's classes will be held primarily online this fall, but we will be…

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Public Art Installation Explores History Buried Beneath a Name in Arlington, Virginia Presenting the Work of Lynda Andrews-Barry

Arlington, VA -- Arlington Arts Center (AAC) and the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia are pleased to present Passage, a site-specific public artwork by artist Lynda Andrews-Barry. The work will be featured on AAC’s lawn at 3550…

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Arlington Arts Center News - July 29, 2020

The second session of our online summer adult classes starts next week! Join Stephanie Lane in her Painting Muse class to unlock your creativity! Online summer camps are in full swing and you still have time to register for Weeks 9 and 10! Scroll…

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AAC News: Thank You to Our Supporters and Gal Cohen's Artist Talk

News Do stay-at-home orders have you fantasizing about your dream home? Artist Gal Cohen can sympathize. Through her project Quarantine Dream House Machine, Cohen depicts the quarantine dream homes of friends, acquaintances, and strangers. Join…

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AAC News: By Proxy Artist Talks and Stretch Your Imagination Camps

We have two notable By Proxy artist talks coming up in the next two weeks. Blair Murphy will be joined live via Zoom by Mariah Anne Johnson this Thursday and Gal Cohen next Thursday at 5pm. Both artists will discuss the impact of the COVID-19…

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By Proxy: Arlington Arts Center's First Online Exhibition

BY PROXY On view: July 9 – September 7, 2020 Exhibition Launch: Thursday / July 9 / 6-6:30pm EXHIBITION WEBSITE arlingtonartscenter.org/exhibitions/current/ BY PROXY ARTISTS Gal Cohen, Maps Glover, Jeremy Hutchison, Mariah…

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Arlington Arts Center News - July 7, 2020

By Proxy launches on Thursday! Join us live on Zoom at 6pm for the launch of our first online exhibition. AAC's Curator of Exhibitions, Blair Murphy, will be joined by the exhibiting artists for a short overview of the exhibition and an introduction…

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The By Proxy Online Exhibition Launches This Week!

We are launching our first online exhibition next week! Join us on Thursday, July 9 from 6-6:30pm for the launch event featuring AAC's Curator of Exhibitions, Blair Murphy, highlighting the work of exhibiting artists Gal Cohen, Maps Glover, Jeremy…

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Help Us Finish Strong!

The final day of Arlington Arts Center’s spring campaign. THANK YOU to those of you who have already contributed to the cause! Your support ensures that AAC can continue to offer the thoughtful exhibitions, engaging educational programs, and…

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Art and Social Transformation

This August, AAC will be installing a very timely work of public art on our front lawn. Lynda Andrews-Barry's Passages will feature approximately 25 sculptures representing slave ships, and by extension, the perilous Middle Passage journey suffered…

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Jennifer Penick's Mixed-Media Exploration and Reflection Class

Mixed-Media: Exploration & Reflection (Ages 18+) Thursdays / July 9 - 30 / 6:30-8:30pm In this month-long weekly class, instructor Jennifer Penick will lead you through four mixed-media projects. This class will encourage you to explore new…

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Arlington Arts Center News - We Are So Close!

We are less than one week from the end of our financial year—and within sight of gaining $10,000 in matching funds offered by our dedicated Board of Directors! During the shutdown, AAC quickly pivoted to online programming, offering…

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Arlington Arts Center News - June 24, 2020

AAC's online summer camps begin next week and we can't wait to welcome our first week of at-home campers! We are offering 9 weeks of online camps and you can view all of the awesome options we have for kids ages 5-14 HERE. We will also be offering…

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Arlington Arts Center News - June 23, 2020

Paper is a resilient material: the base fibers withstand breaking, being beaten to a pulp, and pressing down to be transformed into something we use. I use it to fill and cast cracks in parking lots, highlighting these mundane paths made by wear and…

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Arlington Arts Center News - June 19, 2020

At a time of so much strife, we wanted to share an inspirational story that begins with an art installation at the Arlington Arts Center—but it doesn’t end there. Last summer, AAC mounted City of Threads, a large-scale fabric art…

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AAC's 2020 Summer Camps are Moving Online!

Summer camps at Arlington Arts Center are going to look a little bit different this year. We are still offering our fun and engaging classes like Magnificent Murals, Jungle Journeys, and Comic Book Composition, but this year they will all be online!…

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Art is Essential for the Whole Community

As the COVID-19 crisis has unfolded, Arlington Arts Center has continued doing what we do best: providing high-quality opportunities to explore, create, and be inspired by contemporary art and artists. A diverse array of online projects, classes,…

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Art is Essential: Support AAC's Spring Campaign!

At Arlington Arts Center, our work lives at the intersection of art and community. And right now, we miss seeing you! The current crisis has revealed that art is not a luxury—it is a fundamental and universal means of expression that helps…

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Arlington Arts Center News - May 13, 2020

Art In Context In this episode of Off the Wall, AAC’s Curator of Exhibitions Blair Murphy talks with AAC resident artist Jen Noone about her latest work. Although Jen has worked primarily in sculpture in the past, this new body of work…

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Arlington Arts Center News - April 29, 2020

Join Blair Murphy online with Rose Nestler this Friday, May 1st at 1pm for a live conversation about Rose's video and sculptural work and the overlap between the two. We also have another virtual studio visit up on our website as part of our ongoing…

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Arlington Arts Center News - At-Home Art Projects Now Available On AAC’s Website!

At a time when many of us are isolated in our homes and disconnected from work, community, and even family, art is a force that can unite us. Art keeps us connected to our own humanity, encourages empathy for our fellow human beings, and generates…

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Registration is Now Open for AAC's 2020 Summer Camps!

AAC is Now Offering TEN Weeks of Summer Camps! Students at APS will not be going back to school until Monday, August 31, so we have added an extra week of summer camps! We are now offering camps from June 22 to August 28, 2020. AAC's campers will…

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Registration Is Now Open For Our Winter 2020 Class

January is right around the corner and registration is now open for our winter 2020 classes. Visit our WEBSITE for more details about the fantastic classes and workshops we have planned for you next year. Click Here For More Information At…

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Call for Artists: Solos 2020

Arlington Arts Center is currently accepting proposals for SOLOS 2020, to take place April 11 – June 6, 2020. Contemporary artists living or working in the Mid-Atlantic region are invited to propose solo-style exhibitions or projects to take…

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Call for Artists: AAC's Short-Term Studio is Available Starting in November 2019

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: October 21, 2019, 11:59pm Notification Date: By November 1, 2019 Application Fee: $35 Residency Term: November 2019 through May 2020 One or Two Person Studio (Available November 2019) - Approximately 600 square feet. - Total…

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Fall Classes Begin Next Week!

We have four exciting class options for our 5-7 and 8-10 year-old students this fall. Our 5-7 year-old students will have the chance to learn about all of the different environments that exist on this big planet of ours in Exploring our…

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Call for Artists: Submit a Proposal for AAC's Public ArtInstallation

The Arlington Arts Center (AAC), in partnership with the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia (CFNOVA), invites artists based in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC, to submit a proposal for a temporary public art project to be installed on…

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Call For Artists - Arlington Arts Center’S Studio Residency Program

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: September 23, 2019 Notification Date: November 1, 2019 Application Fee: $35 Arlington Arts Center’s resident artist program provides subsidized studio space in a supportive environment that encourages interaction,…

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Registration is Now Open for Fall Classes!

REGISTER NOW FOR OUR FALL CLASSES! Fall has arrived and we have an outstanding selection of classes for you this season. In addition to our traditional Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon classes, we are now offering classes for 5 to 7 year olds on…

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Application Deadline Extended For Aac'S Studio Residency Program

Arlington Arts Center’s resident artist program provides subsidized studio space in a supportive environment that encourages interaction, dialogue, and exploration. The program gives artists the opportunity to develop their practice in a…

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Rated Art Silent Auction: Available Artwork

Did you miss the chance to bid on your favorite piece in our silent auction? You're in luck because we still have some incredible works for sale from the Rated Art silent auction. Click the button below to check out the available artwork by our…

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Inside/Out: Thank You For Your Support!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Inside/Out campaign. Because of your support we reached our $10,000 goal! We hope you enjoyed learning about some of our exciting programming both inside and outside our building. Your generous…

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Inside/Out: Our Spring Campaign Ends On Sunday

Our Inside/Out campaign ends this Sunday with the closing of our fiscal year. We are so close to reaching our goal. Please help us make it to $10,000 by contributing to our campaign by June 30! Your support will help Arlington Arts Center continue…

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Inside/Out: AAC In The Schools

In 2014 Arlington Arts Center began offering after-school art classes at Long Branch Elementary School. Long Branch wanted to expand their after-school enrichment program and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to extend our classes beyond the…

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Inside/Out: Inside AAC's Education Program

During our Inside/Out campaign, we want to inspire you to contribute to Arlington Arts Center by letting you know how our programs impact the community. In addition to exhibitions and our resident artist program, AAC offers art students of all…

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Sewing Volunteers Needed

Community sewing days at Arlington Arts Center. Sewers of all skill levels welcome! Any volunteers with sewing machines are welcome and encouraged to bring them. Thursday, June 6: 2pm-6pm Monday, June 10: 12pm-6pm Tuesday, June 11: 12pm-6pm…

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Inside/Out: AAC'S Spring Campaign

Arlington Arts Center is proud to serve as an epicenter for creativity in Arlington. We love bringing the community into our building to experience our critically noted exhibitions, featuring some of the most innovative artists in the region and…

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Deadline Extension: Three More Weeks to Apply for AAC's Regional Biennial!

AAC's Regional Biennial submission deadline extended until APRIL 15! The deadline for submissions for AAC's Regional Biennial has been extended until Monday, April 15 at 11:59pm. Please visit our WEBSITE for more details about the application…

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Summer Camp Registration is Now Open!

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 5-18. Campers explore the fundamentals of the visual…

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Arlington Arts Center News: January 7, 2019

Winter Art Classes Begin this Month! Join AAC for a creative 2019! Registration continues for winter art classes, School Holiday Workshops, and Spring Break Escape. If you resolved to make more time for creative pursuits in the new year, here's…

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Arlington Arts Center News - December 21, 2018

Culturally vibrant communities make room for artists. At AAC, in addition to offering exceptional contemporary art exhibitions and a diverse array of classes and workshops, we provide subsidized, private studio space for twelve resident artists from…

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AAC Connects You to Your World

At AAC, we believe that engaging with art can be a transformative experience. It can encourage empathy, inspire curiosity, facilitate dialogue, and provoke a wide range of emotions and responses. It can connect us to people, places, and ideas that…

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Call for Artists: AAC's 2019 Regional Biennial

Arlington arts center’s 2019 regional biennial Now accepting applications Arlington Arts Center is pleased to announce a call for submissions for a new regional biennial, which will take place for the first time in the fall of 2019. Featuring…

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Arlington Arts Center News - December 5, 2018

Did you know that AAC is an independent non-profit organization, funded primarily through donations from individual supporters? While we are fortunate to operate in a historic and unique Arlington County building, AAC is not funded by the County.…

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Arlington Arts Center : Rachel Schmidt / Distort Displace - November 10, 2018 - Mar 30, 2019

Lawn Installation Rachel Schmidt / Distort Displace November 10, 2018 - March 30, 2019 Distort Displace reflects Rachel Schmidt’s ongoing exploration of future landscapes, climate change, and artificial habitats, as well as her interest in…

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AAC Adds Value to Our Community

Why should you support the Arlington Art Center’s year-end campaign? Because AAC adds value to our community, and contributes to our quality of life. As the flagship visual arts organization in Arlington County, AAC provides direct and FREE…

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Art Connects Us!

Help Us Reach Our Year-End Goal! At AAC, we believe in the power of art to connect us—to our world, to our time, and to our own creativity. In an era marked by political, cultural, and economic disparities, art provides us with a common…

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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 & TEENS MY 1ST PORTFOLIO (AGES 2-3) TUE / OCT 16…

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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…

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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. …

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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…

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Summer Camps Begin on June 25!

Join AAC For Summer Art Camps Calling 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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Registration Open for Fall Class 2017

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

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Arlington Arts Center Summer Camps and Adult Classes

WEEK 3: JULY 17 - 21 Ages 7 to 10 Art Trekkers 10:00am to 12:30pm The 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…

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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!

Click Here to vew the 2017 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…

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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, 2017 Available 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…

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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. …

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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…

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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! …

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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…

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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…

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McCullough Named Executive Director of Arlington Arts Center

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

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AAC Summer Camp Schedule: First Four Weeks

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

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Call for Curators

Curators Spotlight - Deadline: May 2, 5 pm Be 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.  …

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Arlington Arts Center News - March 16, 2016

EXHIBITIONS | Panel Discussion| Saturday, Apr 2, 1 - 4 PM King 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…

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New Exhibitions at AAC: Spring 2016

Arlington Arts Center announces the line-up for the Spring SOLOS 2016 exhibition featuring new work by contemporary Mid-Atlantic artists On View: April 16 - June 12, 2016 | Opening Reception: April 16, 6-9 pm ARLINGTON, VA -- Arlington Arts…

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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, midnight Have your work exhibited in one of the largest non-federal arts venues in the DC area! Work with talented artists from across…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Arlington Arts Center News - November 18, 2015

EXHIBITIONS - ON VIEW 2015 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…

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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…

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Arlington Arts Center News - August 19, 2015

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

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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…

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Arlington Arts Center News - June 24, 2015

Craig Kraft Sculpture moving to Anacostia Arts Center Arlington 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…

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AAC Presents PLAY and Roxana Alger Geffen

Click here to view the 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.…

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AAC's Spring Gala Brings Together Local Artists and Restaurants

Rated ART event set to raise funds for Arlington Arts Center Arlington, 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…

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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-Atlantic Arlington, 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…

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Arlington Arts Center News - March 11, 2015

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

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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…

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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…

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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, 2015 AAC Offices re-open Jan. 5, 2015 AAC Galleries re-open Jan. 24, 2015 Join us for the opening reception for Activate. Instigate | new curators, new ideas! AAC Classrooms…

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Arlington Arts Center News - October 15, 2014

Arlington Arts Center Programs, Exhibitions, and Events SATURDAY 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,…

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Arlington Arts Center Presents Fall SOLOS

Featuring New Work by Contemporary Artists in the Mid-Atlantic Region ARLINGTON, 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…

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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…

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Arlington Arts Center News - July 29, 2014

Exhibitions Reprise: 40 to the Fore view: 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:…

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Arlington Arts Center News - May 27, 2014

exhibitions... 2014 Spring SOLOS Check 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…

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Spring Classes Underway and Spring SOLOS Opening Soon!

Exhibitions... 2014 Spring SOLOS ...Education... 2014 Summer Camps ...Studios AAC Resident Artist show P.S. Join us May 10 from 1 pm - 4 pm for a gallery talk with the artists of the 2014 Spring SOLOS Featuring seven of the brightest…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Connections by Barbara Bernstein

Barbara Bernstein Barbara 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…

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