First Friday has transitioned to Third Thursday

Come explore fine art in Dupont Circle’s art galleries, embassies, and cultural centers during the Dupont Circle Third Thursday Art Walk, this Thursday, March 16th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Visit:

The Embassy of Argentina will present two shows from artist Paloma Marquez from La Rioja, curated by Lorena Mercado. “Distances and Proximities,” is a selection of acrylic paintings on canvas about a character that singularly represents the being we all carry inside us.  And the other show is an interactive electronic art installation named “Petrolumen” based on the concept that riverbeds are prehistoric and a constant source of movement.  The Embassy of Argentina is located at 1600 New Hampshire Avenue NW.


IA&A at Hillyer will be showing artists Josh Berer (6:15) and Patricia Daher (6:45), who will lead gallery talks about their respective works on view at Hillyer during the month of March 2023. Both artists are IMPART grantees from the Qatar America Institute of Culture (QAIC), a partner organization designed to cultivate expression and cultural dialogue throughout the United States, Qatar and the larger Arab and Islamic worlds.  IA&A at Hillyer is Dupont Circle’s largest art gallery located in a former carriage house, located at 9 Hillyer Court, NW.  To learn more about IA&A at Hillyer, visit


Laiik and the Slow Down Market are showing American-Iranian artist & jewelry designer Nasim Maleki.  Discover her works depicting the metamorphosis of women in the culture, history, and art of Iran.  Born in Iran and residing in Washington, DC, Nasim’s art is deeply rooted in her homeland and particularly in its women. Her work delves into the complexity, courage, and strength of Iranian women throughout history and her dreams for their future – one of hope, freedom, equality, and empowerment.  Drinks and Persian sweets will be served.  Laiik and the Slow Down Market are located at 1710 Connecticut Avenue NW.


The Middle East Institute (MEI) Arts and Culture Center and Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) are pleased to host the exhibition Perceptible Rhythms/Alternative Temporalities exploring the impact of conflict, urbanization and the climate crisis on environments in the Middle East. Curated by Maya El Khalil, the exhibit features twelve artists from the Middle East and South Asia who use multimedia, installation, photography, drawing and painting to explore ways to live in harmony with the planet by reconnecting with past cultural histories, remembering extinct plant species, and imagining alternative ways for humankind to attune to nature. MEI Art Gallery is located at 1763 N Street NW. Visit for more.

The Museum of the Palestinian People is showing The Art of Weeping, a collection of 50 original drawings by Mary Hazboun.  The show interprets the process of grief and somatic healing of bodies through drawing.  The museum will also be exhibiting a special collection of Palestinian Embroidery beginning from the 1970s and onwards, curated by Wafa Ghnaim.  There will be tours starting at the beginning of each hour. Refreshments will be provided.

The Museum of the Palestinian People is located at 1900 18thStreet NW.  To learn more, visit

The Pen Arts Gallery will be featuring art works that are a part of the permanent collection of the National League of American Pen Women, a non-profit organization that has been supporting professional women in the arts for 126 years. These works are being exhibited on the first floor of the Pen Arts building, located at 1300 17th Street NW. The show is eclectic in subject matter and mediums. Artist and Pen Arts Gallery curator, Timoteo Murphy, will be in attendance to welcome guests and respond to questions.  Artwork in the Pen Arts Gallery will be for sale.  To become a member, visit


The Phillips Collection was founded by art collector and philanthropist Duncan Phillips in 1921.  And since that time, the Phillips Collection has been amazing modern and contemporary art with a growing collection of over 5,000 works.  In addition to presenting selections from the permanent collection and special exhibitions, The Phillips Collection also offers award-winning education and community programs for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.  The Phillips Collection is located at 1600 21st Street NW or visit


Join the Qatar America Institute for Culture (QAIC) from 6:00-8:00 pm as we celebrate the opening of the Research Labs exhibition, and Women’s History Month with the exclusive premiere of short films by Shorts by Shorties from The Short Film Lab in Qatar.  Research Labs is part of an annual exchange between VCUarts Richmond and VCUarts Qatar, featuring groundbreaking projects from eleven teams of faculty, students, and alumni. The Short Film Lab is a community service organization based in Qatar whose mission is to train young women in professional filmmaking. Thus far they have minted 15 new filmmakers whose films have screened in Qatar and internationally. QAIC is located at 1319 18th Street NW.  To learn more, visit their website at

Studio Gallery presents two exciting exhibits: Ink on a Coffee Stirrer: Female figures in ink and charcoal by solo artist Elizabeth McNeil Harris is on view in our upper gallery. This show features works created either with charcoal or a wooden coffee stirrer dipped in Japanese sumi ink. In the lower gallery, our Premier Associate artists present ELEMENTS, a group show featuring William Bowser, Bob Burgess, Kim Bursic, Jennifer Duncan, Pam Frederick, Al Lipton, and Joan Mayfield. Four natural ELEMENTS: earth, fire, air, water – were thought by the ancient Greeks to be the building blocks of all matter on earth. In this exhibit, our seven Premier Associate artists offer their individual creative celebrations of and reflections on ELEMENTS of various sorts and in various forms.  Studio Gallery is a cooperative gallery and is located at 2108 R Street NW.


Join the Ven Hotel for a for a complimentary taste of our Peregrines Punch and the abstract work of painter Thomas Francis for the month of March.  Thomas is an Argentine painter, born in India and now residing in DC, and through his work, he meticulously paints his unique journey through life in abstract form.  Using the interplay between straight lines and riotous color, his paintings simultaneously evoke order and celebration, harmony and contrast, and tell the story of his imagination in this striking exhibition for th Festival of Colors and the Advent of Spring.  The Ven hotel is located at 2015 Massachusetts Avenue NW.


Washington Center of ADA University, ADA Art Gallery is an extension of ADA University’s Art Program. The exhibition features Azerbaijani-American artist, Shahin Talishkhan, Light Studies.  The artist’s distinct visual language reflects a confluence of wide-ranging interests in art, philosophy, and science. Shahin’s paintings are meditations on the nature of visual perception and its connection to our most intimate emotional experiences.  These meditations result in imagery that seems representational and abstract, as well as a pictorial field that exudes a sense of tactile presence, movement, and transformation.  ADA Art Gallery aims to promote cultural awareness and advance cultural ties between the United States and Azerbaijan. Find it on the corner of R & 21st Street NW.


The Washington Studio School will be featuring the work of Baltimore-based artist Katie Pumphrey and her show “Monsters Below.”  The Washington Studio School is located at 2129 S Street NW.  It is free and open to the public, but a mask is required.  To learn more about the Washington Studio School and their extensive art classes, visit