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 Washington’s art history through three annual exhibitions, a salon-style gallery talk series, a library of 200+ Washington art books, and a database of Washington artist proposals made available to guest curators.
The Alper Initiative for Washington Art was made possible through a generous endowment from American University alumna, artist, and art advocate, Carolyn Small Alper (1927-2020). According to her vision, the Alper provides the space and resources to fulfill one of the American University Museum's primary objectives and the region's greatest needs: promote an understanding and appreciation of our region's art and artists from our past, present, and future. The Alper is an exhibition space and a center for study and research, but primarily 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.”
- Jack Rasmussen, Director & Curator
- Reveal: The Art of Reimagining Scientific Discovery
- Raya Bodnarchuk: This is a True Picture of How it Was
- Border Wall | Allan Gerson
- Yuri Schwebler: The Spiritual Plane
- Behind the Scenes: Preparators and their Art
- Communicating Vessels: Ed Bisese, Elyse Harrison, Wayne Paige
- Christine Neill: Observations from the Valley Floor
- Prints & Artists: WD Printmaking Workshop 1970-Present
- Crossing Boundaries & Breaking Borders: DMV Printmaking
- Kenneth Victor Young: Continuum
- Michael B. Platt + Carol A. Beane: Influences and Connections
- Ian Jehle: Dynamical Systems
- D'Arista Legacy
- Latitude: The Washington Women's Arts Center
- Michael Clark: Washington Artist
- Frank DiPerna Retrospective
- The Trawick Prize
- Making a Scene: Jefferson Place
- Performing the Border
- Summerford Legacy
- Joe Cameron: Touching Air
- Melissa Ichiuji: Make You Love Me
- It Takes a Nation: Art for Social Justice
- The Looking Glass: Artist Immigrants of Washington
- Twisted Teenage Plot
- Circle of Friends
Images (left to right):
Claudia Smigrod, Proof Print 1. Silver gelatin photograph with letterpress overprinting, 14 x 11 in. Sleeveless Dress With Lace Trim at Neckline, 20 x 16 in. Unique silver gelatin photograph, photogram toned with light, 20 x 16 in. Both collection of the artist.