U Street windows of the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery
Michael K. Wilkinson, Photographs
Founded in 2008, the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, is a nonprofit arts space in Washington, DC dedicated to exhibiting fine art that explores the innate connection between healing and creativity. Art has the rare ability to mend social, psychological, and physical ills by building community, inspiring change, and celebrating life. A rotating exhibition schedule features contemporary, international and national artists addressing a diversity of significant themes, such as spirituality, social change, multiculturalism, health, environmentalism, and community.
The Artists and Their Work
Located in the heart of Washington DC’s culturally vibrant U Street corridor, we feature artwork that speaks to our larger community; selecting art that serves to educate, enlighten, empower, and cultivate greater healing, beyond the physical.
Invited curators bring award-winning national and international artists. Past curators have included:
- Kóan Jeff Baysa, international art critic and clinical allergist
- Mia Choumenkovitch, founder of The Lorton Art Program and a 2007 recipient of the Mayor’s Arts Award
- Lillian Fitzgerald, curator of the galleries at the National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Health and Human Services
- Helen Frederick, Founder of Pyramid Atlantic and Director of Printmaking at George Mason University
New shows are mounted every other month and feature a diversity of mediums, from traditional painting to interactive, new media installations. For a full list of prior exhibitions and to learn more about artist portfolio submissions please visit the exhibitions page.
We are grateful to our dedicated interns and volunteers that generously support the Joan Hisaoka Gallery.
The Gallery is a proud participant of CultureCapital - Your Link to the Arts in Metro DC.
Special Thanks to our Gallery Sponsors: D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Monument Fine Wines, Jackson Family Wines, City First Bank, The Larry Paul Foundation, & American Airlines.
Opening reception for Alchemical Vessels benefit exhibition, April 26, 2013.