Spaces that showcase beauty and creativity

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.
Check back with us soon for details about upcoming virtual art events on Events DC's GATHER platform, our virtual venue, launching in July 2020.
We 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