Artist Talk: Wednesday March 15, 2017, 7 pm

Hamiltonian Gallery is pleased to present "A Place in Place of", a new exhibition of works by Aschely Vaughan Cone and Magali Hébert-Huot. "A Place in Place of" will open with a reception on Saturday, February 25 from 7 - 9 pm; both artists will be in attendance. "A Place in Place of" features large-scale abstract paintings and life-sized sculpture that carry echoes of stories lost to time. Taken together, the vibrant works weave a cryptic yet playful narrative that place the viewer in an interrogative role.

Artist Aschely Vaughan Cone’s monumental, gestural paintings employ a plethora of symbols - archways, shields, dotted lines and woven patterns - that shift in meaning and tone as they repeat throughout her compositions. Cone’s willingness to reveal the rawness of her work’s creation through her paint handling is contrasted with a tendency to suspend definitive meaning, thereby creating a viewing experience in which interpretation and material shift from canvas to canvas. 

Drawing from imagery associated with her French-Canadian heritage, Magali Hébert-Huot’s wax, rubber and stucco casts of axe handles and chopped wood approach the weight of remembering a proud history with a playful hand. Hébert-Huot’s use of unexpected, mass-produced materials and ostentatious colors stand in sharp contrast with the objects, which on their own carry associations with tales of struggle and survival in an unforgiving, brutal wilderness. In this way, Hébert-Huot’s sculptures serve as kitschy contemporary mnemonic devices: reminders of a unique ancestral history whose legacy grows increasingly distant with every passing generation.

Aschely Vaughan Cone (b. San Antonio, TX 1985) holds an MFA in Painting from the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art, an MA in Art History from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA (2012), and BA in Liberal Arts with a focus on philosophy and the classics from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD (2007). Cone was awarded residencies at The Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture, the Chautauqua School of Art and the New York Studio School. She is also the recipient of The Henry Walters Traveling Fellowship, which will allow her to travel to Indonesia to study Indonesian textiles and sacred architecture in 2017.

Originally from Québec City, Magali Hébert-Huot (b.Québec City, Canada, 1987) holds an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art - Rinehart School of Sculpture (2015) and a BFA from Emily Carr University (2012). She has exhibited work in “Fresh Paint / New Construction” at Art Mûr Gallery in Montréal (2012); (e)merge art fair, Washington DC (2014); Open Space in Baltimore, MD (2015) and as well as various exhibitions in Philadelphia and Québec City. She is the 2015 recipient of the International Sculpture Center Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, and received the RBS Bursary from The Royal British Society of Sculptors for the years 2016-2018.

Spitball: Welcome to H-Space

Spitball: Welcome to H-Space

Hamiltonian Artists is pleased to announce the opening of H-Space, a new project from Paul So, founder and executive director of Hamiltonian, a unique gallery space and fellowship program focusing on mentorship, exhibition and professional development for emerging artists in Washington, DC. H-Space provides live/work units for three visual artists with an open-plan multi-use ground floor space.

We are excited to introduce Kristin Hatleberg, Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann, and Erik Moe as the inaugural H-Space artists in Spitball, defined as the act of throwing around ideas and referring to the collaborative conception of the exhibition by three artists working in diverse media, now forming the H-Space community. Each artist will exhibit their work individually and as part of a collaborative presentation connected both visually and via performative interventions occurring throughout the duration of the exhibition.

Spitball will run from March 1 - March 31. We hope you will join us for an opening reception on Wednesday, March 1 from 7-9 pm, with a performance at 7:30 pm.

Gallery hours: Wednesday - Friday, 12-6 pm or by appointment.

spitball: performance schedule

Kristin Hatleberg will perform movements and interventions to further evolve “Neighborhood” and the gallery space on: 
Saturday, March 4 @ 5 pm
Saturday, March 11 @ 5 pm

Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann will continually evolve “Neighborhood” as Kristin responds to its growth and evolution.

Erik Moe will facilitate walks around the U Street neighborhood collecting artifacts and imagining a future utopia on these familiar streets:
Thursday, March 2 @ 5:30 pm
Thursday, March 9 @ 5:30 pm
Saturday, March 11 @ 12 pm
Thursday, March 16 @ 5:30 pm
Saturday, March 25 @ 12 pm
Thursday, March 30 @ 5:30 pm

PDSS: Taxes for Artists

PDSS: Taxes for Artists

Hamiltonian Professional Development Speaker Series presents:
TAXES FOR ARTISTS with Sunlight Tax Founder, Hannah Cole, ENROLLED AGENT
Wednesday, January 25, 6:30pm

Have you ever had these questions when preparing your taxes: What can I deduct? Do I bring receipts to my accountant? Is my art a business or a hobby? What is a Schedule C? How do I deduct my home studio? 
Join us at Hamiltonian Gallery for a tax workshop geared toward artists and creatives lead by visual artist and enrolled agent, Hannah Cole. Hannah will discuss the basic tax equation and tax issues specifically related to artists, followed by a Q&A.

Hannah Cole is a tax expert who specializes in working with creative businesses and artists. A long-time working artist, the financial challenges of freelancers and small creative businesses are both relevant and personal to Hannah. She is the founder of Sunlight Tax.

Nakeya Brown + Christine Neptune

Nakeya Brown + Christine Neptune


January 14 - February 18, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday January 14, 7-8 pm
Artist Talk: Tuesday, February 7, 7 pm

Through arranged still-life photographs and images culled from her family photo archive, Nakeya Brown's "Some Assembly Required" constructs a narrative that finds parallels between the politics of identity, labor and womanhood. In "Some Assembly Required", Brown isolates vintage mass-produced personal effects, meditating on their packaging and the nature of their production,  and contrasts them with family snapshots of her grandmother from the same era. In doing so, Brown displays the way which Black female subjectivity is instilled in activities and productions of labor. In "Some Assembly Required" Brown assembles a timeless and symbolic portrait of a complex Black woman who gracefully defied the societal constraints and limitations that were foisted upon her during her lifetime.

"Ms.______ (Interior)" is a followup to Christie Neptune's "Eye Of The Storm", a 3-part multimedia series that examines how constructs of race, gender and class limit the personal experiences of historically marginalized bodies of color. An Afrosurrealist installation that incorporates both photography and video,"Ms.______ (Interior)" allows viewers to contemplate the inner life of anonymous black females.  Through her slow-moving portraits, Neptune warps time and place, transporting viewers from the real world into a contemplative space that grants fleeting access into her protagonist's inaccessible psychological life.

Nakeya Brown (b. Santa Maria, CA, 1988)  holds an MFA in Photography from The George Washington University (Washington, DC) and a BA in Visual Arts and Journalism & Media Studies from Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ). She has exhibited in solo and two-person exhibitions at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI (2017); Paul Robeson Cultural Center, East Lansing, MI (2016) and Five Myles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2015). Brown has been featured in various online and publications including ARTS.BLACK, New York Mag, Saint Heron, Dazed & Confused, The Fader, NYLON, Hysteria and Elephant.

Christie Neptune (b. Brooklyn, NY, 1986) works primarily with film, photography, and mixed media to create provocative images which challenge the limits of self within the collective world. Neptune holds a BFA from Fordham University (New York, NY). Her films and photography have been included in shows at the Queens Museum of Art, Queens NY (2016); A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2016); Yeelen Gallery, Miami Fl (2015) and UnionDocs, Brooklyn, NY (2015), and she has featured in publications including The Creator's Project and Juxtapoze Magazine. Neptune will be a 2017 Artist In Marketplace (AIM) participant at the Bronx Museum of Arts, and she is a current Hamiltonian Fellow.

Join our team!

Join our team!


Hamiltonian is seeking a passionate and self-driven Development Manager to work in conjunction with the Program Manager to further Hamiltonian's mission to support emerging artists in the Washington, DC region.

The Development Manager will work under the direction and guidance of the Executive Director of Hamiltonian Artists Inc (HA), a 501c3 artist-centric art organization in Washington DC. The Manager will assist the HA board, its Executive Director and other Hamiltonian staff in developing and implementing plans and actions that will:

  • Expand awareness of HA among individuals, foundations, organizations, local governments, with an interest in the mission of the HA;

  • Further develop and promote ways of supporting HA programming and individual artist fellows;

  • Continue to engage potential donors and retain existing supporters via small events in the gallery, targeted mailings, and similar donor cultivation activities;

  • Continue to develop the base necessary for sustained funding to support the organization.

Specific tasks and responsibilities will include but not limited to:

  • Research appropriate funding sources based on local giving patterns and interests.

  • Develop targeted list of potential funding sources (corporate and stand-alone foundations, corporate gifts, wealthy individuals, business sponsors), including proposal due dates, giving history, etc.

  • Write fundraising letters and appeals, maintaining regular correspondence with foundations, donors, and board members, and oversee mailings.

  • Initiate fundraising and/or donor engagement activities and events.

  • Maintain and update in-house database for HA supporters and funders.

  • Prepare drafts of grant proposals and reports.

  • Prepare boilerplate information about the HA for use in proposals.

  • Monitor and update relevant websites (Network for Good, Guidestar).

  • Work with Hamiltonian Gallery to ensure that planned activities of the HA and the Gallery are complementary.

The ideal applicant will have the following qualifications.

  • BA required, MA a plus.

  • Excellent written communication, research, and organizational skills.

  • Ability to develop and manage budgets and prepare financial reports.

  • Interest in contemporary art.

  • Computer literacy, with experience with fundraising databases preferred.

  • 1-2 years of experience working in non-profit development and/or arts administration.

This is an ideal position for a self-driven and motivated individual looking to join a small, dedicated staff to make an impact in the Washington, DC arts community. Please send cover letter, CV, and relevant writing sample to with the subject line: “Development Manager Application.” Interviews will be conducted in mid-late January 2017.

Download Job Description here.