Opening Reception: Notes of Color

Jun 9, 2019 – Jun 9, 2019

Please enjoy the opening of our newest exhibition, Notes of Color / Washington Sculptors Group, on Sunday, June 9th, from 4-6 PM!

This event is open to the public with free admission.

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Notes of Color / Washington Sculptors Group Exhibition

Jun 6, 2019 – Jul 21, 2019

This show, exploring the materials of both the painter and the sculptor, is inspired by the unique multi-media practice of Hilda Shapiro Thorpe, Color Field painter turned sculptor. Works by members of the Washington Sculptors Group were selected by Mollie Berger Salah, Curatorial Assistant: Prin...

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Light Exists | Small Creatures Dance Project Performance

Jun 2, 2019 – Jun 2, 2019

An interpretive dance performance by Small Creatures Dance Project in collaboration with visual artist Barbara Januszkiewicz.

In response to our exhibition Lyrical Flight by Barbara Januszkiewicz, Small Creatures Dance Project will debut some original choreography alongside improvised pieces, al...

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Artist Talk: Lyrical Flight by Barbara Januszkiewicz

Jun 2, 2019 – Jun 2, 2019

Hear vivacious and local visual artist Barbara Januszkiewicz speak about our colorful and current exhibition, Lyrical Flight | Barbara Januszkiewicz. Ms. Januszkiewicz's luminous and elegant paintings evolved out of her early work in watercolor, a progression evident in the almost liquid flow of ...

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2019 Poem in Your Pocket Poetry Program

Apr 12, 2019 – Apr 12, 2019

Join us at the Athenaeum in celebration of National Poetry Month and Poem in Your Pocket Day! Please bring poetry and stories that spark your creative spirit! All are welcome. This event will be hosted by Alexandria Poet Laureate KaNikki Jakarta and the Office of the Arts, City of Alexandria.


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The Necessity of Speaking Up: Overcoming the Legacies

Apr 18, 2019 – Apr 18, 2019

In "The Necessity of Speaking Up: Overcoming the Legacies of Silence to Create Community," join us with Wendi R. Kaplan, past Alexandria Poet Laureate, shares poetry that speaks to building bridges from our own community to our global community and Urs Urech, the co-author of Persecuted and Expel...

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Lyrical Flight | Barbara Januszkiewicz Exhibition

Apr 18, 2019 – Jun 2, 2019

Barbara Januszkiewicz luminous and elegant paintings evolved out of her early work in
watercolor, a progression evident in the almost liquid flow of colors across her large
compositions. In these acrylic works, tones melt together and "veils of pigment appear to
fold over one another, creating il...

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Remember "CONFLUENCE: Two Rivers One City," with East City Art and Phil Hutinet, guest speaker and publisher, is *this* Thursday, March 21st at 7 pm!

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New Exhibition: "Checks & Balances"

Feb 28, 2019 – Apr 14, 2019

"Checks & Balances" features artworks by artist Alexandra N. Sherman.

February 28th-April 14th

Gallery Hours: Thurs. - Sun., from 12 to 4 pm, Free Admission

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    The Athenaeum is a dramatic and memorable site for wedding ceremonies, receptions, parties, seminars, and performances. This historic building is a beautiful setting for any event. You and your guests can enjoy a special art exhibit amidst one of the few remaining examples of neo-classical Greek Revival architecture in Alexandria. Please visit our rentals website at : http://nvfaa.org/rental for more information or e-mail us directly at rentals@nvfaa.org. Thank you!


8 months ago
All of the Athenaeum staff was excellent to work with. During the initial planning stages, Veronica and Richard were my main points of contact, both of whom were very helpful answering questions. They were happy to entertain our questions both via email and during the various trips to check out the space. The contract process was fairly straight forward and fortunately renting out the space includes both the art gallery and the outside garden (it rained on our wedding day and the ceremony was initially going to take place in the garden). A few days before the wedding, we were informed that Amanda would be the staffer on hand on the actual wedding day. I sent Amanda my proposed timeline and we reviewed it over the phone. She was willing to assist with flow of show and confirming chair and floral deliveries/set up. She advised us of some renovations that were taking place in the alley behind the garden, which is where the ceremony was originally going to take place. While the staff ...
- Ashley O
8 months ago
Amazing little gallery. The collection changes very frequently and it's a good idea to stop by whenever you can to see if there's anything new. It's a small building, so it's a nice quick stop if you're just strolling the historic district. Also, they're available for rentals for small gatherings of up to ~100 people. I've seen several wedding there- it's really a great space.
- Chris B
7 months ago
The museum hosts and featured artist were quite welcoming. The artist, Elizabeth Casqueiro displayed inspiring, creative pieces!

Art Gallery & Event Venue

The Athenaeum is a historic building on the National Register of Historic Places. Since 1964, it is owned and operated by the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association (NVFAA) as an arts center. The artwork, all from local artists, provides a stunning and unique space to visit or hold your event.  The Athenaeum provides a beautiful location for wedding ceremonies, receptions, private and corporate rentals, workshop seminars and even live performances. You and your guests can not only enjoy a special art exhibit, but also amidst one of the few remaining examples of neo-classical Greek Revival architecture in Alexandria.  Whether for business or pleasure, hosting your event at this historic landmark will create the memories of a lifetime!

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