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Coming This Fall: Sculpture NOW 2024
Washington Sculptors Group Juried Exhibition

September 12 – October 26, 2024 
Opening Reception: Thursday, Sept. 12, 7-9pm 

MPA’s Fall 2024 exhibition will be a juried exhibit with the Washington Sculptors Group, juried by MPA Curator and Artistic Director Nancy Sausser.

McLean Project for the Arts exhibitions are regularly reviewed by The Washington Post  and our gallery spaces are highly regarded in the DC area arts community. Click here to read an excerpt from the Post’s review of the 2020 Sculpture NOW exhibition (pictured above).

Visiting Our Galleries

The MPA Atrium Gallery is available for viewing during McLean Community Center operating hours. The Emerson Gallery is open for visitors Mondays through Saturdays from 10am – 4pm.


Abol Bahadori, "Undercurrent"
Abol Bahadori, "Undercurrent"
Laura Grothaus, "Magic Book - Reciprocity"
Laura Grothaus, "Magic Book - Reciprocity"
Osvaldo Mesa, "Another Vision"

Now Open!
Winter Exhibitions

Emerson Gallery: Moving Beyond Beauty: Reverence and Reclamation
Atrium Gallery: To March is to Love: Weavings by Janel Leppin
December 7, 2023 – February 17, 2024

February 8 Tea & Talk

Please join MPA on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 11am as MPA Curator and Artistic Director Nancy Sausser hosts a Tea & Talk. Guests are invited to enjoy a cup of tea and discuss the Winter Exhibitions with the MPA team.

February 9 Winter Exhibition Reception and Musical Performance 

MPA will host a Winter Exhibitions Reception and musical performance on Friday, February 9, 2024 from 7-9pm. Following the reception, Atrium Gallery artist Janel Leppin will perform several solo pieces on her cello. The event will then conclude with a performance by Ensemble Volcanic Ash, comprised of Janel Leppin (cello), Sarah Hughes (alto saxophone), Brian Settles (tenor saxophone), Anthony Pirog (guitar), and Larry Ferguson (drums).

Moving Beyond Beauty
This exhibit brings together five artists—Adjoa Jackson Burrowes, Jacqui Crocetta, Maggie Gourlay, June Linowitz, and Elzbieta Sikorska—who make work that is at once aesthetically pleasing and philosophically compelling. Visual attractiveness and the expression of deep and sometimes unsettling ideas live together, as each artist feels an urgency to address love, concern and reverence for the natural world. Beauty, created through skillful and inventive use of materials, becomes the doorway through which the viewer enters into a sincere dialogue about our fundamental need to experience and learn from nature and our ever more pressing responsibility to honor and care for it.

To March is to Love
Leppin’s whimsical and moving fiber art represents the dichotomy of a wondrous and fragile world, weaving textiles and used clothing to create unexpected textures and patterns. Her work mirrors the struggle between action and complacency, inviting us to engage with and contemplate our humanity.

MPA’s Winter Exhibitions sponsored in part by the Young Family.
MPA ArtReach materials sponsored by the O’Shaughnessy-Hurst Foundation

Elsbieta Sikorska, "Labyrinth," Mixed media

(Not) Strictly Painting Juried Show
September 14– November 11, 2023
Opening Reception: September 14, 7 – 9pm
In-Person Artist Talk: Thursday, October 19, 2023 from 7-9pm

(Not) Strictly Painting is a juried biennial exhibition celebrating the depth and breadth of paintings–or works related in some way to painting–from artists throughout the mid-Atlantic area. Now in its 14th iteration, Strictly Painting is one of the region’s most important painting exhibitions. (Not) Strictly Painting will be juried by Tim Brown, Director of IA&A at Hillyer.

(Not) Strictly Painting 14 featured artists include:

  • Maremi Andreozzi
  • Sondra Arkin
  • MK Bailey
  • Julia Bloom
  • Maria Brito
  • Nikki Brugnoli
  • Tory Cowles
  • Pamela Crockett
  • Delna Dastur
  • Anna U Davis
  • Thomas Drymon
  • Gayle Friedman
  • Genie Ghim
  • Jane Godfrey
  • Pat Goslee
  • Reni Gower
  • Freya Grand
  • Lou Haney
  • Amelia Hankin
  • Tom Hill
  • Andrew Hladky
  • Leslie Holt
  • Sabiha Iqbal
  • Barbara Januszkiewicz
  • Wayson Jones
  • Joanne Kent
  • Pamela Keravuori
  • Chee Keong Kung
  • Ruth Lozner
  • Matthew Malone
  • Nicole Maloof
  • Nipun Manda
  • Sasha-Loriene McClain
  • Begona Morton
  • Olivia Niuman
  • Cory Oberndorfer
  • Sookkyung Park
  • Judith Pratt
  • Sharon Robinson
  • Violet Simulation
  • Kanika Sircar
  • Marsha Staiger
  • Ann Stoddard
  • Monica Stroik
  • Terry Thompson
  • Roderick Turner
  • Jessica van Brakle
  • Ashley Joi Whitley
  • Sharon Wolpoff
  • Debra Wright
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