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Alper Initiative for Washington Art

A home for Washington art at the American University Museum, established 2016.

The Alper Initiative for Washington Art is dedicated to preserving, presenting, and creating the art history of Washington through our exhibitions, events, book collection, and database. The Alper Initiative includes:

  • Up to five new exhibitions submitted by Washington-area artists each year
  • 2,000 square feet of gallery space in the AU Museum
  • 200+ books on DC's unique art history

The Alper Initiative for Washington Art is made possible through a generous grant by American University alumna and art advocate Carolyn Small Alper (1927-2020).

It provides the space and resources to fulfill one of the American University Museum's primary objectives and meet one of the region's greatest needs: to promote an understanding and appreciation of our region's art and artists from our past, present, and future. It is an exhibition space and a place for study and research. But it is first of all a meeting place for people and ideas. Its most important contribution to the Washington region may well be the opportunities it provides for us to exchange perceptions and, perhaps, rewrite the history of Washington art.

Allan Gerson, Border wall number 8, 2019

Presenting this season's virtual Alper exhibition: Border Wall | Allan Gerson.

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We review submissions from Washington-area artists for Alper exhibitions on a rolling basis. Learn more about the Alper Initiative and make a submission.