Each autumn Hickok Cole joins the Washington Project for the Arts to sponsor Art Night. Held at our offices in Georgetown, local metro-area artists and our staff are invited to show their best work. We invite the arts community, our clients, friends, and families to view the hundreds of pieces and enjoy an evening dedicated to bringing together architecture and the arts. We thank our guests and the 2017 Art Angels for their support and patronage. Now in its 17th year, Art Night has raised over $800,000 in support of the local arts community.

Art Night has become one of the preeminent art events in the region. This year, more than 100 artists will showcase their work and everything is for sale. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of artwork will be shared equally among the artists and Washington Project for the Arts. Your support of Art Night helps WPA further its mission to promote and present experimental exhibitions, programs and performances that benefit local artists and residents.

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is a not-for-profit visual arts organization that supports artists at all stages of their careers and promotes contemporary art by presenting exhibitions, issues, and ideas that stimulate public dialogue on art and culture (wpadc.org).


Meet the Curators


Rachel Schmidt
Ms. Schmidt is an installation artist based in the Washington, DC region. She uses time-based media and installation to explore urbanization and its impact on ecosystems, future landscapes, and the role that myth plays in our understanding of the environment. Rachel received her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore before moving to Warsaw, Poland for a year of artistic research. From 2012-2016 she worked as an Exhibition Coordinator at the Hirshhorn Museum and has been an artist-in-residence at the Arlington Arts Center, Taipei Artist Village, Vermont Studio Center, and the Taller Portobelo Norte in Panama. She has exhibited throughout the US and internationally, and has been reviewed in Sculpture Magazine, The Washington Post, and numerous other print and online publications.

Betsy Johnson
Ms. Johnson is a curatorial assistant at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden where she has worked on Robert Irwin: All the Rules Will Change, Ragnar Kjartansson, Markus Lüpertz: Threads of History, and Ai Weiwei: Trace at Hirshhorn. She earned a Master of Arts in Art History from The Pennsylvania State University in 2004 and is ABD in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland specializing in modern and contemporary art and theory and Japanese art history. She has curated exhibitions for the Arlington Arts Center and The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, and serves on the Arlington County Arts Commission and Public Art Committee.


Meet the Art Angels


Our Art Angels have generously pre-committed $68,200 to the Art Night project. Our 2017 Art Angels include:

Art Cherubs
This year marks the addition of our new Art Cherub program, allowing up-and-coming collectors an opportunity to support WPA by pre-committing $500 to the Art Night project. Thank you to our inaugural group of Art Cherubs, who collectively have donated an additional $4,000 to Art Night.