Who We Are and What We Do

Capitol Hill Art League (CHAL), a visual arts program of Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW), produces and promotes juried and non-juried exhibits throughout the year. Artists/members from the DC-metro area exhibit and sell their work at CHAW and various venues in the DC region. Member-artists may exhibit in any 2D or 3D they choose.


  • Supports artistic growth, especially through juror talks and feedback
  • Brings members and the community together for opening receptions where artists can meet each other and talk about art
  • Promotes growth and appreciation of the arts in the community at large
  • Arranges and promotes exhibits by members in local venues outside the CHAW gallery
  • Communicates to our members many opportunities for exhibiting work in other venues
  • Promotes public art projects
  • Offers members workshops, museum tours, and other services, such as photographing their work

2017 CHAL Steering Committee

Composed of volunteers from CHAL membership, the Steering Committee meets monthly. Responsibilities include selecting jurors, managing monthly exhibits, undertaking publicity and press relations, managing the finances of the Capitol Hill Art League in conjunction with CHAW, and organizing special events and classes/seminars.

  • Kay Fuller, Chairperson
  • Karen Cohen, Web Master,Social Media Manager, in-coming Chairperson
  • Marie B. DeAmicis: Solicits donations/award prizes
  • Kim Bursic: Venue scout
  • Carolyn Rondthaler: Labels, lists, certificates and critique groups.
  • Rindy O’Brien: Historian and Co-Chair

    •Tara Hamilton: PR releases/ Mind of the Artist CHAW blog

    •Robin Harris: Name tags

    •Eric Johnson: Membership roster/distributes MailChimp

    •Hamid Lagder: Digital Entry

    •Sarah Porter: Volunteer Coordinator,  Historian

    •Kasse Andrews-Weller: Reception set up chairperson

    •Karen Zens: Fill in on reception set ups/Installation coordinator

Since 1972, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) has provided arts education to thousands of children and adults in the Washington region, especially from the greater Capitol Hill area. Through classes, performances, and exhibitions in visual and performing arts, CHAW brings together diverse segments of the population to connect through the transforming power of creativity.  CHAW offers a tuition assistance program and flexible payment plans.  CHAW is funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. CHAW was a featured charity in the 2010-2011 Catalogue for Philanthropy, the winner of 2012 Best in the City awards for “arts classes for kids” and “arts classes” in The Washington Post Express, and the 2013 Hilly Award winner for Best Nonprofit.  For more information about CHAW, visit www.chaw.org or call (202) 547-6839.

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