past exhibitions

2014 Fall SOLOS

Oct. 18 - Dec. 21, 2014

Artists: Thomas Burkett, Heloisa Escudero, Khanh H. Le, Joyce Yu-Jean Lee, Matthew Moore, Matthew Shelley, and Ann Tarantino

REPRISE: 40 to the Fore

July 12 - Oct. 5

REPRISE: 40 to the Fore rethinks, remixes, and re-presents exhibitions that emerged from Arlington Arts Center over the past 40 years through its innovative programming.

2014 Spring SOLOS

April 26 - June 29

Artists: Phillip Adams, Benjamin Andrews, Alex Arzt, Kyle Bauer, Elizabeth Kauffman, Colleen McCubbin Stepanic, Salvatore Pirrone.

CSA: Forty Years of Community-Sourced Art

January 23 - April 13

Curated by Laura Roulet, CSA celebrates 40 years of AAC’s role as incubator of regional talent, both artistic and curatorial. Featuring artists whose careers were launched at AAC, either through the residency program or exhibitions, CSA highlights veterans Ken Ashton, Martha Jackson-Jarvis, Soledad Salamé, Erik Thor Sandberg, and Foon Sham, alongside the more recent arrivals Tariq Tucker, J.J. McCracken, Nikki Painter, Alex Podesta, and Dane Winkler. This exhibition included site-specific outdoor public art works designed to expose the inner workings of AAC while highlighting past and future talent supported by the arts center.



Artists: Kristina Bilonick, Amy Chan, Matthew Fishel, Ping Shen, Paul Thulin, Jennie Thwing, Stephanie Williams.


June 29 - October 13

GREEN ACRES at AAC was a multi-seasonal, multi-faceted, interactive art venture focused on art and agriculture that was comprised of several elements: the Gourd Palace Spirit House; the GREEN ACRES exhibition, with Arlington Site Projects; and a series of public programs. The goal of the venture was to visually and spatially engage the public in a discussion around topics related to food, agriculture, urban farming and livability, and to expose the investigations artists are making in these areas.

GREEN ACRES: Artists Farming Fields, Greenhouses and
Abandoned Lots

Gourd Palace Spirit House

{Agri Interior}

Anita Walsh: Dupont Market

Gourds: Origins and Originals


APRIL 10 - JUNE 9, 2013 Presented by Washington Project for the Arts, Gerald Ross, curator.



APRIL 10 - JUNE 9, 2013 Blair Murphy, curator. Artists Si Jae Byun, Lee Gainer, Hedieh Ilchi, Becca Kallem, Bridget Sue Lambert, Megan Mueller, Pam Rogers, Rachel Schmidt, Matthew Smith, Katie Lynch Thiebault, Jessica van Brakle, Alice Whealin.

INTERWOVEN: Art.Craft.Design


JAN 18 - MAR 24, 2013 JURORS: Melissa Messina, Senior Curator of SCAD Exhibitions, and Kathryn Wat, Chief Curator, National Museum of Women in the Arts.  ARTISTS: Jehanne Arslan, Gertrude Berg, Allison Bianco, Ryan Brennan, Caroline Chandler, RL Croft, Matthew De Leon, Nikki Farrand, Samantha Fields, Joe Fish, Maggie Gourlay, Clarissa Gregory, Melanie Kehoss, Lily Kuonen, Heidi Leitzke, Shawne Major, Susannah Mira, Rebecca Mushtare, Marc Robarge, Katie Shaw, Kristin Skees, Jessica Smith, Erwin Timmers, Olivia Valentine, Saya Woolfalk, Martine Workman.

Megan Mueller: space+craft

PHOTO GALLERY JAN 18 - MAR 24, 2013 Resident Artist Mueller's site-specific installation.


PHOTO GALLERY OCT 3 - DEC 23 Jurors JJ McCracken, Karen Milbourne, and Klaus Ottman selected the 2012 solo artists. Five artists exhibited in the spring, and seven in the fall: Barbara Bernstein, Warren Craghead, Nancy Daly, Naomi J. Falk, Laura Hudson, Timothy Thompson, and Richard Vosseller.

RULEMAKER: Becca Kallem and Matthew Smith

PHOTO GALLERY OCT 3 - DEC 23 Resident Artists Kallem and Smith share a studio, and their artwork in this show employs similar geometric shapes and abstract forms. Facing each other on opposite walls of the Wyatt Gallery, they set up an interesting dialogue about the nature of painting and its materiality.

CTRL+P: New Directions in Printmaking

PHOTO GALLERY JUNE 22 - SEPT 16, 2012   Curators: Kristina Bilonick and Julie Chae   Artists: Anne Albagli, Jordan Bernier, Melissa Brown, Paul Chan, Kris Chatterson, Brian Chippendale, Billy Colbert, Vince Contarino, Christopher Davison, E.V. Day, Anthony Dihle, Kyle Durrie, Jeremy Flick, Tim Gibbon, Jungil Hong, Gary Kachadourian, Byron Kim, Steve Lambert, Hugh Leeman, Glenn Ligon, Marie Lorenz, Esperanza Mayobre, Serena Perrone, Gretchen Schermerhorn & Franc Rosario, Kelly Sherman, Rob Swainston, and Barbara Takenaga.


PHOTO GALLERY JUNE 22 - SEPT 16, 2012 Using manipulated snapshots of Fourth of July parades and beach resorts, Lee Gainer explores how memories are constructed with four new paintings in her exhibition, The Pursuit of Happiness.


PHOTO GALLERY APRIL 4 - JUNE 10, 2012 Emily Biondo, Michael Borek, Leah Cooper, Travis Head, and Emily Hermant.


PHOTO GALLERY APRIL 4 - JUNE 10, 2012 Jenny Sidhu Mullins, curator. Featuring the work of AAC Resident Artists Matthew M. Smith, Megan Mueller, Hedieh Ilchi, and Jenny Mullins, and Visiting artist Si Jae Byun.


APRIL 4 - JUNE 10, 2012  A photography program for youth around the world, provides students with a unique opportunity to learn photography fundamentals while exploring their own communities and to have their best works exhibited at AAC.


PHOTO GALLERY JAN 13 - MARCH 18, 2012  Curator Jeffry Cudlin brought together 11 artists who explore shifting contemporary perceptions of women’s bodies, gender roles, and identities through the lens of sports spectacle: Holly Bass, Martin Schoeller, Amber Hawk Swanson, Tara Mateik, Cory Oberndorfer, Nancy Floyd, Sarada Conaway, Jenny Drumgoole, Kristina Bilonick, Dewey Nicks, and Moira Lovell.

Gillian Schroeder: herd

JAN 13 - MARCH 18  An interactive community of t-bone steak cushions that allow viewers to engage with meat in new contexts.


PHOTO GALLERY OCT 6 - DEC 30, 2011  Arden Bendler Browning, David D'Orio, Matt Dunn, Jason Irla, Stephanie Elaine Robbins, Rachel Sitkin, and Chloe Watson.


PHOTO GALLERY OCT 6 - DEC 30, 2011  Curated by Executive Director Stefanie Fedor and Resident Artist Rachel Schmidt: Lee Gainer, Bridget Sue Lambert, Megan Mueller, Jenny Sidhu Mullins, Danielle Mysliwiec, Pam Rogers, Gillian Schroeder, Matthew M. Smith, Kathryn Lynch Thibault, Jessica Van Brakle, and Alice Whealin.


JUNE 22- SEPTEMBER 25, 2011  Juror Helen Allen—planner of (e)merge art fair—selected 12 artists from across the mid-Atlantic region who were willing to reveal the ways they think and problem-solve in the studio: Andrew Wodzianski, John James Anderson, F. Lennox Campello, R. L. Croft, Craig Kraft, Magnolia Laurie, Jessie Lehson, Ephraim Russell, Samuel Scharf, Dan Tulk, Jessica Van Brakle, and Tom Wagner.

DAMSELS & DAEMONS: Rachel Schmidt

JUNE 22- SEPTEMBER 25, 2011  Opening: Thursday, June 23, 6-9 PM 
DC-based artist Rachel Schmidt mashes up Victorian aesthetics and the modern world in a multimedia tableau. Through interconnected photos, drawings and sculpture, Schmidt creates a world of double identities and make-believe friends. Damsels and Demons focuses on two women and their monsters—and explores how relationships formed in psychological space can alter our physical realities.


APRIL 15- JUNE 5, 2011 For AAC SOLOS 2011, DC collector and curator Michael Pollack and independent international curator Melissa Keys, formerly of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), Australia, selected this year’s crop of promising emerging contemporary artists from across the Mid-Atlantic region: Jennifer Coster; Leigh Davis, Mindy Hirt, Mariah Anne Johnson, Joshua Wade Smith, and Ailsa Staub.


FEB 2 - APR 3, 2011 ON THE ROAD features artists who work in the world, away from gallery or studio environments, inviting unexpected encounters. Many of their projects are created in temporary residencies, and explore tourism, informal public spaces, and nomadic peoples: Andrea Chung, Gregory Thielker, Mary Mattingly, Anne Percoco, Jess Perlitz, Michael Ruglio-Misurel, Graham Coreil-Allen, Tim Ivison, Nick Lucking and Ellie Lee.


Comic Book Culture Invades the Art World
NOV 19, 2010 - JAN 16, 2011   Cataog designed by Blaise Larmee with a foreword by AAC Executive Director Claire Huschle and essays by Andrei Molotiu, Jeffry Cudlin, and Cynthia Connolly. Download a pdf of the catalog here. PARTY CRASHERS mashes up comic art and contemporary gallery culture, and features artists who pass back and forth between the two worlds. This massive two venue show results from a crosstown collaboration between AAC Director of Exhibitions Jeffry Cudlin and Artisphere Gallery Director Cynthia Connolly.


SEPT 10 - NOV 7, 2010 John Henry Blatter, Matt King, Johanna Mueller, Tim Portlock, Kathleen Shafer, Joanie Turbek: six artists in seven galleries.


June 18 - August 21, 2010 Matt Ravenstahl, Selin Balci, Christian Benefiel, Michael Paul Britto, Kevin Kepple, Michele Kong, Suzi Fox, Madeline Stillwell, Jerry Kaba, Ryan Kelly, Oscar Santillan, Jason Hughes, Jackie Milad, David Page, Dustin Carlson, Nicholas Frank, Michelle Grabner, Brad Killam, Felicity Hogan, James Robert Southard, Elin Lennox, Sally Bozzuto, Laura Jean Kahl, Loren Gold, Elena Volkova, Magali Duzant, John Riepenhoff, Jose Ruiz, Bill Thelen, Austin Thomas, and Rene Trevino.


June 18-August 21, 2010 Sabyna Sterrett presents a series of new works all created with discarded plastic bags. In the Wyatt Resident Artists Gallery.


June 18-August 21, 2010 In the Jenkins Community Gallery: Photographer Kay Chernush holds a mirror up to prejudice and stereotypes experienced by Arlington residents.


April 16 - June 5, 2010 John James Anderson, Mia Feuer, Ana B. Hernandez, Steven Pearson, Rachel Schmidt, and Gregory Thielker.


January 29 – April 3, 2010 Transhuman Conditions features ten artists thinking about the future of the human body. Curated by AAC Director of Exhibitions Jeffry Cudlin. The roster for the show is: Arakawa and Gins, CarianaCarianne, Laure Drogoul, Shane Hope, Jason Horowitz, Ivan Lozano, Shana Moulton, Geoffrey Alan Rhodes, Philip Warnell, and Saya Woolfalk.


November 20, 2009 - January 16, 2010 The roster for the AAC’s national juried show of photo and video work, IMAGE/PROJECT, was chosen by internationally recognized artist Taryn Simon. Simon, a Guggenheim fellow represented by Gagosian gallery in New York, selected 17 different projects by 19 artists for our galleries. The exhibition itself features three black box video spaces and four galleries of photographs.


September 11 - November 7, 2009 ARTISTS: Christian Benefiel, Cynthia Hron, David Page, Roxana Perez-Mendez, and Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum.


June 19 - August 22, 2009 These eight artists short-circuit accepted narratives through historical reenactments, parodies, anachronisms, and other hiccups in the fabric of daily life. CURATOR: Jeffry Cudlin ARTISTS: Josh Azzarella, A. Clarke Bedford, Megan Hildebrandt, Anna Lucas, Ding Ren, E. Brady Robinson, Mark Tribe, and Erin Williams


April 17 - June 6, 2009 The AAC serves as an official collection site for internationally acclaimed artist Mel Chin's FUNDRED DOLLAR BILL PROJECT. This was marked by a lecture at aac by Mel Chin, as well as an exhibition featuring videos, a FUNDRED work station, and thousands of individual FUNDRED artworks created by area K - 12 schoolchildren.

SPRING SOLOS ARTISTS: Steve Frost, Gregory McLellan, Christopher LaVoie, Jason Lee, and Joe Lupo


January 30 - April 4, 2009 This show puts together art about the artist's immediate surroundings, domestic sphere, and personal relationships; and art that exists out in the world, inviting or requiring the public's physical participation. CURATOR: Jeffry Cudlin ARTISTS: Lisa Blas, Chris Barr & Véronique Côté, Mandy Burrow, Ben Kinsley & Robin Hewlett, Anissa Mack, Christian Moeller, Stephanie Robbins, Richard Saxton, Satomi Shirai, and Matthew Sutton.


December 12, 2008 - January 17, 2009 UNLIMITED EDITION is a juried show about the relationship of the artworld to reproduction, marketing, and consumption. JURORS: Kriston Capps, Martin Irvine, and Welmoed Laanstra ARTISTS: Christine Bailey, Krista Birnbaum, Cynthia Connolly, Kathryn Cornelius, Susana Raab, and Joanie Turbeck

WINTER SOLOS ARTISTS (Meyer Gallery): Alexis Granwell and Josh Rodenberg




October 10 - November 29, 2008 ARTISTS: Andrea Chung, Sarada Conaway, Lily Cox-Richard, Robin Dana, Ben Pranger, Judy Stone, and Virginia Warwick



PICTURING POLITICS 2008: Artists Speak to Power



August 15 - September 27, 2008 CURATOR: Rex Weil ARTISTS: Helga Thomson, Renee Stout, Jose Ruiz, Rick Reinhard, The Pinky Show, Jefferson Pinder and Matt Ravenstahl, Randall Packer and John Anderson, Independence Fund's Veterans Art Project and the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, Alberto Gaitán and Victoria F Gaitán, Benjamin Edwards, Mary Coble, Judy Byron, Lisa Blas, Wendy Babcox and Meg Mitchell


SHE’S SO ARTICULATE: Black Women Artists Reclaim the Narrative



June 10th – July 19th, 2008 SHE’S SO ARTICULATE argues for an expanded field for narrative in contemporary art by African-American women. CURATORS: Henry Thaggert and Jeffry Cudlin ARTISTS: Maya Asante, Renee Cox, Stephanie Dinkins, Djakarta, Nekisha Durrett, Torkwase Dyson, Faith Ringgold, Erika Ranee, Nadine Robinson, Renee Stout, and Lauren Woods






April 8 - May 31, 2008 ARTISTS: Jacklyn Brickman, Laure Drogoul, Jeremy Drummond, Jennifer Fleming, Jennifer Mattingly, and Erin Williams






January 29 - March 29, 2008 Six separate exhibitions curated by local art collectors--not showing off their collections, but borrowing works that reflect their interests. CURATORS: Philip Barlow, Julian Fore, Philippa Hughes, Daniel Levinas, Heather and Tony Podesta, and Henry Thaggert ARTISTS: Steve Alterman, Wayne Edson Bryan, William Christenberry, Tim Conlon, Kathryn Cornelius, John Dreyfuss, Leon Ferrari, Sam Gilliam, Janis Goodman, Simon Gouverneur, Michele Kong, Barbara Liotta, Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Terry, Tomas Rivas, and Jeffrey Smith