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The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is home to the best kept secret in the nation’s capital — “Art at the Center,” free curator-led public art tours. The diverse $4 million art collection is the largest in any convention center and one of the largest public art collections in the District outside of a museum with more than 130 works of art. With works of art by both local and international artists, the collection of site-specific sculpture, painting and photography brings a sense of human scale to the Convention Center.

Art at the Center - Free Public Art Tours


Thank you for your continued interest in our curator-led tours of the permanent art collection installed throughout the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the July 1 and December 1, 2020, tours have been cancelled.
For a peek at the collection, visit our YouTube channel to see Behind the Canvas, a virtual discussion featuring the curators and artists behind the $4 million art collection at the Convention Center.

Be sure to also explore GATHER, Events DC’s newest virtual venue launched in September 2020. GATHER brings the best of on-demand and live DC entertainment, culture, music, food, sports, and community experiences.

We hope that you enjoy these virtual platforms and look forward to welcoming you back to a guided tour of the Convention Center art collection in 2021.

Be safe and stay well!
 Art Highlights Include:

Carrie Mae Weems West Coast political artist and photographer, Carrie Mae Weems – “The Armstrong Triptych with Bugle Boys” (2002)

Jim Sanborn Washington, DC’s sculptor Jim Sanborn – Lingua “Spoken Word” (2003)

Internationally acclaimed artist, Sol LeWitt – “Wall Drawing #1103” (2003)

And don’t miss the “Shaw Wall” which celebrates the historic Shaw community, one of the District’s oldest African American neighborhoods and home to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.Sol LeWitt