Discover the complex social, political, and emotional histories that shaped the Workhouse’s nearly 100-year life as the former DC Correctional Complex at Lorton. Docents (available during limited hours) will guide you through stories of prisoners’ daily lives, the role of the Workhouse in the region, and its connection to the Women’s Suffrage Movement of the early 1900s.
Buildings W-5, W-6, and W-10 are home to studios for some of our Resident Artists who create and exhibit art at the Workhouse. At the front of each building is a gallery to display works of artists from that particular building, which are also available to purchase. Additionally, each building features classroom space for some of the more than 800 arts, culinary, and other classes offered at the Workhouse each year.
The Glass Program’s studio facility is home to a number of glass resident and emerging artists who occupy our private and shared studio spaces, and whose works range from the functional to the sculptural. A retail glass gallery at the front of the building exhibits and sells works of art by the program’s artists.
The Ceramics Program’s facility on the Workhouse campus provides studio space for resident ceramics artists in private or shared studio spaces, creating works of ceramic art across a broad spectrum of styles and techniques and range from the functional to the sculptural. A retail gallery at the front of the building provides space for the exhibition and sale of works of art by the program’s artists.
In addition to our Resident Artists program, the Workhouse maintains the Arches Gallery for local artists who don’t require dedicated studio space but still want to be part of the collaborative, creative, and exciting atmosphere on campus. A gallery in Building W-9 is reserved for and curated by Arches Gallery artists to showcase their work.