Add art to your life…visit McLean Project for the Arts

McLean Project for the Arts (MPA), one of the region’s most highly respected visual arts centers, was founded in 1962 as the “Emerson Gallery” by a dedicated group of visionary artists who understood the importance of contemporary art as a way to engage and enlighten people.

McLean Project for the Arts  exhibits the work of emerging and established artists from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, promotes public awareness and understanding of the concepts of contemporary art, and offers instruction and education in the visual arts. Read a review of the current exhibition in The Washington Post.

Beginning to explore your creative side?

MPA offers more than 150 art classes throughout the year for beginners and experienced artists. Discover your inner artist.

Looking for a way to make a positive impact on the lives of young people?

Support MPA’s ArtReach today and help bring 50 students to the galleries for an art lesson that merges art with science, technology, engineering and math learning.

Want to create a special occasion?

A private, docent-lead tour of one of MPA’s 15 outstanding contemporary arts exhibits makes any event more memorable. Make a reservation now to celebrate and enjoy an impressive art exhibit! (Limited to groups of 6 or more.) Email

On Exhibit: Strictly Painting 10 (through August 1)


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