The Lee Arts Center is a fully equipped professional open studio for artists, in ceramics & printmaking. It houses a mini-gallery with regular exhibitions of visiting and resident artists. Master workshops are offered throughout the year.
5722 Lee Highway Arlington, VA 22207
Monday & Friday: 9:30 am – 6 pm
Tuesday – Thursday: 9:30 am – 9 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am – 5 pm
Some of our regions finest artists work out of Arlington’s Lee Arts Center and they will hold their Annual Fine Crafts Show and Sale in November 2020. Dates to be announced.
Ceramic Basket by Scott Kaye
The Master Workshop program provides opportunities to interact with visiting master artists in one, two and three-day workshops covering a wide variety of media. Lectures, advanced skills classes and professional development seminars for independent visual artists are also presented.
Register for workshops by calling 703.228.0560 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shape clay in new ways! In this two-day workshop we will explore and make bisque fired clay molds for shaping slabs, create templates and construct functional vessels from multiple parts. Demonstrations will offer techniques using altered, wheel-thrown and slab-built sections which both the wheel thrower and hand builder will value. Embrace curiosity and play while joining in idea building exercises. We will discuss how expressive shapes spring from sketches, patterns, our environment, and the process of making itself. Dialogue on surface treatments, cracking issues, and sourcing designs will enrich your clay experience. Ignite your studio practice by joining this hands-on intensive workshop. Pre-requisite: clay experience in hand building and/or wheel throwing.
After receiving an MFA from Penn State in 2005, Deb Schwartzkopf taught at OU, Mass. College of Art & Design, UW, as well as for the University of Georgia’s study abroad program in Cortona, Italy. Deb has participated in residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation (MT), Mudflat Studios (MA), the Clay Studio (PA), Watershed (ME), the Ceramics Workcenter in Berlin, Germany, and San Boa in Jingdezhen China. She teaches and exhibits nationally and internationally and was named 2019 Ceramic Artist of the year by Ceramics Arts Yearbook. Deb established Rat City Studios in Seattle, WA, where her mission is to engage and build community through clay – one person, one neighborhood, and one experience at a time. In service to this pursuit, she offers studio assistant positions, hosts social events, teaches, and maintains a lively career in the ceramic arts. More about the artist.
See past workshops.
The Open Studio program is designed specifically for self-directed individuals working at advanced levels in ceramics or print media. The equipment and facility are made available for those who are without a studio of their own. No ongoing instruction is given. Participants are expected to be able to function independently with regards to their own work, as well as to perform technical tasks essential to the operation of the studio as a whole and to use and maintain studio equipment responsibly. Learn more about open studios here.
The Mini Gallery is a small exhibition space within the Lee Arts Center which provides an opportunity for local and national artists to show their work in approximately 12 solo and group shows per year. The Mini Gallery consists of a 25 foot hallway within the center illuminated by gallery track lighting which can accommodate both two dimensional and three dimensional work.
See past exhibitions.
Artists in Residence
Lee Arts Center hosts several well-known and well-respected artists who share their knowledge and experience with the members of the Lee Arts Center Open Studios in exchange for use of the facility. In addition to mentoring the members, they offer workshops, hold artist talks, and give hands-on technical assistance. See our current Artists in Residence here.
Need images of your work for a portfolio, to enter a show or to have post cards made? The Lee Art Center provides a photo service to all area artists interested in having photographic images made of their work. Greg Staley, a professional photographer, will be available once a month, usually the third Friday of each month, to take digital images of your work. Two- and three-dimensional works are eligible.
The cost is $15 per shot and in return you will receive two (2) digital files one (1) tiff file, and a 300 dpi jpeg (suitable for print) file. See the sign up form for further information. Work must be dropped off between 9.30 and 10 am on the day of the shoot and picked up between 2 and 6 pm on the same day. Artists must fill out the sign up form and provide a check made out to Greg Staley for the full amount in order for works to be photographed.
*Please contact Steven Munoz at 703-228-0560 or email@example.com to register for an upcoming session. Please register at least 24 hours prior to the Photo Service date. The photographer has a maximum number of pieces he can comfortably photograph during a session.
Fridays: December 20, 2019; January 17, 2020; February 21, 2020; March 20, 2020; April 17, 2020; May 15, 2020; June 19, 2020