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An innovative collaboration of visual and performing arts and education in the unique historic setting of the former DC prison.

Exhibitions and Events

August 1, 2015 to October 4, 2015

Public Opening Reception: Saturday, August 8, 6-9pm (during the 2nd Saturday Art Walk)

The Workhouse Arts Center is proud to host the best nature photography from around the world – Nature’s Best Photography. After being invented just over 100 years ago, almost all Americans carry a camera in their pocket and people today see more images in a day than most humans in history saw in a lifetime. So sometimes it is easy to forget the awe inspiring wonder of nature and what it truly means to see the best photography capturing the world around us.

August 1, 2015 to September 13, 2015

Public Opening Reception: Saturday, August 8, 6-9pm

The 5th Annual Workhouse Clay National Ceramics Exhibition represents the depth and breadth of contemporary functional and sculptural ceramic artworks being created throughout the country. Ceramic Artist and Educator, Anne Currier, juried nearly 500 images to select 54 pieces of art which incorporate a contemporary spirit as well as a technical mastery of the material. The show is a rare opportunity to see a variety of styles and techniques which encompass the field of contemporary ceramic arts.

September 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015

The Workhouse Arts Center is proud to present our Featured Artists and Studio Exhibitions for the month of August.  An opening reception for all studio shows and featured artists listed below will be held campus-wide during our 2nd Saturday Art Walk, September 12, from 6-9 pm.

September 12, 2015 through October 10, 2015 through November 14, 2015 through December 12, 2015

The 2nd Saturday Art Walk at the Workhouse showcases the diverse work of more than 100 visual artists in a unique historic venue, creating an atmosphere that encourages visitors to immerse themselves in the richness of this creative community.

September 19, 2015

Celebrate National Bead Challenge Day at the Workhouse Arts Center on Saturday, September 19 from 10am-4pm in Building W-7. The Workhouse Glass Program and Virginia Firebirds are honored to host the 2015 Bead Challenge Event again this year and support the Beads of Challenge mission – providing innovative Arts-in-Medicine programs for children and teens coping with serious illness, their families and healthcare providers who care for them.

September 19, 2015 through October 17, 2015 through November 21, 2015 through December 19, 2015

Get on your dancing shoes and come out to the Workhouse for an evening of social ballroom dance led by one of our instructors. Bring a friend, a date or a group and enjoy a casual, fun night out.

September 26, 2015 to September 27, 2015


Saturday, September 26, 10am - 6pm
& Sunday, September 27, 10am - 5pm

Over 100 of the nation's best artists will exhibit their original fine art and unique fine crafts at the Workhouse Arts Center new "Fall Arts Festival," located just 20 minutes south of Washington, D.C.

September 26, 2015 to November 1, 2015

Public Opening Reception: Friday, October 23, 7-9pm 
The Emotive Portrait will feature large-scale, figurative ceramic sculpture and recent works by Andrea Keys Connell.

September 29, 2015

In 1973, at age 21, Jimmy Santiago Baca was sentenced to five years in a maximum security prison. Growing up a runaway and orphan, Baca had not learned to read or write. After a fateful conflict with another inmate, Baca decided he would change his life around by learning to read and write. What emerged from prison was a poet.

October 10, 2015 to November 7, 2015

Public Opening Reception: Saturday, October 10, 7-9pm. As part of the Workhouse 2nd Saturday Art Walk, join the PVW artists for an exhibit reception.
The Potomac Valley Watercolorists (PVW) are proud to present their 2nd annual exhibition at the Workhouse Arts Center.  With an exhibition of nearly 100 paintings from its juried membership, the exhibition will delight and inspire.

November 14, 2015 to December 6, 2015

Public Opening Reception: Saturday, November 14, 6-9pm 
Join teachers, artists and friends for a free reception during 2nd Saturday Art Walk at the Workhouse.