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Never Fear! Cure Your FOMA in December

F.O.M.A. (noun): “fear of missing art”; the nagging feeling that cool art events are passing you by. 

This is the time of year where it can feel like fun is mandatory. Why not take a break from shopping and spend a quiet day enjoying some art exhibits and events?

Here are our picks for your December art events around DC — so you can be sure you’re in the know.

Frances Glessner Lee, Red Bedroom, about 1944-48.

Murder is Her Hobby

Through January 28: If you don’t mind some minor gruesomeness around the holidays, check out the Renwick’s latest exhibit. Frances Glessner Lee’s nutshell studies of crime scenes were — and are — used to train investigators’ observational skills.

If the crowds for “Murder is Her Hobby” are a little much, head upstairs for some gems from the Renwick’s collection. We’re particular fans of Wendell Castle’s Ghost Clock and Sabrina Gschwandtner’s Fibers and Civilization (1959).

Matthias Mansen: Configurations

Through December 13: This exhibit of experimental woodblock prints is on its way out, so swing by the National Gallery of Art while it’s still up.

Mark Bradford: Pickett’s Charge

Through November 2018: There’s plenty of time left to see this massive installation artwork by Mark Bradford, but why not be the first? This commission by the Hirshhorn is inspired by an 1883 narrative Civil War cyclorama.

Chloe Irla: Year One

Through December 31: At Montpelier Arts Center, artist Chloe Irla uses data from her daughter’s first year of life to create artistic visualizations.

Trying out silk screen printing at Artfête.


December 8–10 only: It wouldn’t be December without Artfête, The Art League’s open house, holiday party, and ceramics and jewelry sales. Here are all the details.

First Night Alexandria

December 31: A family-friendly way to celebrate the new year — plus performing arts everywhere you look — First Night Alexandria is an all-day event. The Art League is getting in on the fun, too! Find artist instructor Patrick Kirwin in our gallery from 1:30 to 4:30 pm for a hands-on art activity.

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