Washington, D.C. is home to many great galleries and museums full of fine artwork. With numerous mediums and styles, art encompasses several diverse forms to explore. While various venues in the city host plenty of permanent collections, there are also a number of traveling exhibits that arrive in D.C. to be displayed for selected intervals of time. The 2016 season will see a myriad of exhibitions arriving in town. If you would like to know what you can expect to see, then here are a few examples.
Three Centuries Of American Prints
The National Gallery of Art
Constitution Ave. N.W. and 6th St.
Washington, DC 20565
(202) 737-4215

Through July 24, 2016

In conjunction with the National Gallery’s 75th anniversary “Three Centuries of American Prints” is a unique portrayal of American history. Made possible by the Altria Group, this exhibit comprises of 160 works from the Gallery’s own collection, illustrating American history prints from three centuries. Pieces in the exhibit range from the 1700s all the way through 2010. The collection will be on display through the end of July 2016.

The Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Ave. S.W.
Washington, DC 20013
(202) 633-1000

July 9, 2016 – January 2, 2017

The Sackler Gallery is one of two Smithsonian Museums famous for Asian art collections. Comprising of wide range of permanent and traveling exhibits, the Sackler presents many diverse unique artistic gems. One such exhibit coming to the Sackler this July is “Chinamania,” which offers a look into the historical and contemporary popularity of Chinese blue and white ceramics as they became pieces of interest in other nations. The exhibit includes different porcelain pieces, including Kangxi porcelains like those originally displayed in the Gallery’s Peacock Room, as well as two ceramic stupas. This exhibition is part of the 18-month “Peacock Room REMIX” series.

Renwick Invitational
Renwick Gallery
1661 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 633-1000

September 9, 2016 – January 8, 2017

The Renwick Gallery, which celebrates American arts and crafts from the 19th century through present day, is now open after a two-year renovation. Among one of the Gallery’s upcoming exhibits is the “Renwick Invitational,” premiering this September. It is part of Renwick’s biennial series celebrating artists who deserve national recognition. This year’s installment includes contributions from four talented artists with their personal approaches to selected mediums that reflect contemporary and timeless American motivational themes.

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Lincoln’s Contemporaries
National Portrait Gallery
8th St. N.W. and F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 633-8300

May 13, 2016

“Lincoln’s Contemporaries” is an exhibition coming to the National Portrait Gallery on May 13. The collaborative works featured in this exhibit come from Matthew Brady’s collection of 20 portraits of “celebrities” who lived during the era of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. These celebrities aren’t all political figures; some of the portraits you will find include such diverse characters as P.T. Barnum, Henry Ward Beecher, Samuel Morse and Teresa Carreño. This exhibit shows the originality and spirit of many different personalities and celebrates American heritage, culture, unique intellect and contributions from gifted minds.

Unbound: Narrative Art Of The Plains
National Museum of the American Indian
4th St. and Independence Ave. S.W.
Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-5285

Through December 4, 2016

On display at the National Museum of the American Indian through December, this exhibit chronicles the overall history and narrative art tradition found in Native American culture from the Great Plains. Featured pieces in this exhibition come from the museum’s own collection of masterworks by 14 artists of many diverse Native nations. Works on display include a wide range of mediums, from muslins, ledger books, historic hides and over 50 contemporary works commissioned by the museum. The displayed pieces feature all aspects of Great Plains heritage, including ceremonial displays, war and other cultural heritage stories depicted through art.

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Laura Catherine Hermoza has a lifelong love for writing. In addition to serving as a contributor to various media publications, she is also a published novelist of several books and works as a proofreader/editor. LC resides in Baltimore County.