Who We Are and What We Do

The Capitol Hill Art League (CHAL) is a visual arts program of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) with members drawn from our neighborhood, the city and the region. We promote the visual arts in the Capitol Hill community and beyond. Our principal effort is to produce six juried exhibits and one non-juried holiday sale from September to May through which members can exhibit and sell their work. The juried exhibits are displayed at both the Gallery in CHAW as well as at external venues throughout the DC region.


  • 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; and
  • Promotes growth and appreciation of the arts in the community at large.

CHAL also

  • produces a quarterly e-newsletter;
  • arranges and encourages 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

2016-2017 CHAL Steering Committee

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

  • Kay Fuller, Chair
  • Kathy Clowery, Volunteer Coordinator
  • Karen Cohen, Web Master
  • Kim Bursic, Social Media Manager
  • Carolyn Rondthaler
  • Rindy O’Brien
  • Brian Filipowich
  • Jill Finsen
  • Tara Hamilton
  • Eric Johnson
  • Hamid Lagder
  • Sarah Porter
  • Kasse Andrews-Weller
  • Karen Zens

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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