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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

July 12, 2014 to September 7, 2014

Public Opening Reception: July 12, 6-9pm
Artist Panel Discussion: September 6, 4-5pm

Three artists from Virginia and Maryland use glass as a means to dig into the conceptual nature of discovery, time, fiction and experiment. All expert glass workers, these artists dive into theoretical ideas and challenge the viewer’s notion of craftsmanship, media, narrative and beauty. 

August 2, 2014 to September 7, 2014

Public Opening Reception: Saturday, August 9, 6-9pm
This exhibition represents the depth and breadth of contemporary functional and sculptural ceramic artworks being created throughout the country.

September 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014

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 13, from 6-9pm.

September 6, 2014

Jamie B. Gregory, Underwriter, Fine Art and Museums Markel Insurance Company

September 6, 2014

Join glass blowing artist Ian Kessler-Gowell and Workhouse Glass Program Resident Artists Sandi Martina as they lead a discussion on the exhibit Glass Unpolished with exhibiting artists Charlotte Potter, the Glass Studio Manager and Programing Director at Chrysler Museum of Art, Bohyun Yoon Professor of Glass at VCU School of Art and David D’Orio, a Co-Founder of DC GlassWorks located in Maryland.

September 12, 2014 to October 19, 2014

Public Opening Reception: October 9, 6-8pm
An exhibition featuring the works of 35 leading ceramic artists from the nine nations: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar. 

September 13, 2014 to October 25, 2014

Public Opening Reception: September 13, 7-9pm
The Potomac Valley Watercolorists (PVW) celebrates 40 years as a juried group of Watercolorists in the Greater Metropolitan DC region with an exhibit of 100 paintings from its members. 

July 12, 2014 through August 9, 2014 through September 13, 2014

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 18, 2014

Kerry Lucinda Brown: Art History PhD Candidate at VCU

September 20, 2014

Virginia artists are firing up their torches! 

October 10, 2014 through October 11, 2014 through October 12, 2014

The Workhouse Arts Center, located in Lorton, VA has the privilege and honor to host "Earth and Fire" the 3rd Southeast Asian Ceramics Symposium (formerly Festival) in October 2014. 

October 16, 2014

Chris Irving: Comic Book and Popular Culture Historian

October 25, 2014

Join the us for our monthly Ballroom Social Dance with a haunted twist! Wear your Halloween costume for this chilling occasion and join the ghosts and ghouls on the dancefloor! 

November 20, 2014

Anne Kenny-Urban: Budget Services Manager at VMFA

December 18, 2014

Jeffrey Allison: Paul Mellon Collection Educator and Statewide Manager at VMFA

January 7, 2015 to February 2, 2015

Drink This! will showcase ceramic drinking vessels by contemporary artists around the globe. The focus of the exhibit is on the variety of ways artists explore the cup, in functional, sculptural, traditional and non-traditional forms.

January 15, 2015

Margaret Hancock: Art and Design Educator

February 19, 2015

Evie Terrono: Professor of Art History at Randolph-Macon College