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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 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.

 

 

Anonymous North Korean painter, North-South Declaration of Partnership: Standing before the Unification Flag, 2019. “We, people(s) must stand in our confirmed stance with respect and sincerity towards declaring partnership.” Fall Exhibition: Haunted Koreas

View our current Alper exhibition:
Haunted Koreas featuring Mina Cheon with Kim Il Soon
through December 11.

Please join us for
Gallery Talk:
Artist Mina Cheon & critical theorist Avital Ronell

In-person, Saturday, November 12, 2-4 p.m.

Image: Anonymous North Korean painter, North-South Declaration of Partnership: Standing before the Unification Flag, 2019. Image text translation: “We, people(s), must stand in our confirmed stance with respect and sincerity towards declaring partnership.”
 

 


Submit Your 
Art Project

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