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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.

August 1, 2015 to August 31, 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, August 8, from 6-9 pm.

Our campus, galleries and studios are open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 11am-6pm, and on Sundays from 12-5pm, with the exception of the 2nd Saturday Art Walk where we remain open until 9pm. For more information on the exhibitions in our main galleries, please click here. For more information on upcoming performances at the Workhouse, please click here.

April 11, 2015 through May 9, 2015 through June 13, 2015 through July 11, 2015 through August 8, 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 in 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 26, 2015 to September 27, 2015


Sat. September 26, 10am-6pm & Sun. September 27, 10am-5pm

More than 100 of the nation’s best artists, will exhibit original, contemporary fine art and fine craft for two days only at the Workhouse Arts Center in the heart of Northern Virginia – 20 minutes south of Washington D.C.