Arlington Arts Center
Arlington Arts Center (AAC), the county’s premiere visual arts organization, is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the region through contemporary art exhibitions, educational programs and artist residencies. Established in 1974, the non-profit organization has been housed in the historic Maury School since 1976. After an extensive renovation in 2005, the building boasts nine galleries, ten artist studios and three classrooms, as well as three exquisite Tiffany stained glass windows, salvaged from Arlington’s demolished Abbey Mausoleum.
“AAC is truly an Arlington treasure,” says Executive Director Holly Koons. “Our exhibitions and programs engage, enrich and enlighten audiences, lending vitality to the area’s cultural landscape.”
One of the largest non-federal venues for contemporary art in the region, AAC presents exhibitions of work by emerging and established professional artists, ranging from painting and sculpture to installation, video and performance art. Select galleries are reserved for projects of special relevance to the Arlington community and for AAC’s resident artists. Exhibitions are free to the public and accompanied by lectures, workshops and gallery talks. The facility’s expansive front lawn regularly hosts large-scale installations and sculptures.
In addition to exhibitions, AAC offers an exciting schedule of art classes and workshops taught by professional artists. Classes are offered year-round for all ages and skill levels, and they range from drawing and painting to meditative art and fabric dyeing. AAC also runs a resident artist program, which provides subsidized, private studio space for up to twelve artists in a supportive environment that encourages interaction, dialogue and exploration.
“At AAC, we believe in the power of art to enrich our daily lives and to enhance our community,” says Koons.