With nine gallery spaces and a large lawn suitable for public art, AAC is one of the largest non-federal venues for contemporary art in the area. Through quarterly changing exhibitions, AAC serves as a launching pad for emerging artists, provides established artists with the opportunity to experiment, and offers the public a snapshot of the region’s most compelling contemporary art.

Once a year, AAC announces a call for proposals for its SOLOS exhibitions. The submissions are reviewed by our rotating exhibitions committee, which includes notable artists, critics, curators, and collectors. Each of the selected artists, hailing from around the Mid-Atlantic region, mounts a self-contained show in one of seven separate gallery spaces, resulting in a cross-section of innovative art across a variety of media.

AAC also presents themed group exhibitions organized either by our Director of Exhibitions or by prominent guest curators. These shows typically explore challenging and timely topics, and bring a diverse range of accomplished artists from the regional, national, and even international arena to Arlington.

AAC’s exhibitions and attendant lectures, workshops, and panel discussions offer opportunities for dialogue, and ultimately serve to illustrate the value of contemporary art – specifically, what it is and why it matters in our daily lives.


Call for Artists

Submit your work for a chance to be exhibited

In Spite of Modernism

January 29 - March 19

Main Level Galleries
In Spite of Modernism: Contemporary Art, Abstract Legacies, and Identity features five contemporary artists who challenge abstract styles narrowly associated with Modernism.

Body and Place

January 29 - March 19

Jenkins Community Gallery
Body and Place, Marymount University Student and Alumni Exhibition brings together the work of three current Marymount art students and two recent Marymount alumni, bridging the gap between art student and artist.

Summer Camps at AAC!

June 27 through August 26

Registration is now open for AAC’s 2022 Summer Camps Season! We are looking forward to a safe, fun, and creative summer at Arlington Arts Center! Camps are offered from June 27 through August 26, for ages 5-7, 8-10, 11-14, and 14-18. Sign up to secure your spot today!


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