Lee Arts Center

In consultation with the Arlington County Manager’s Office (CMO), Arlington Public Schools (APS), the County’s Health and Human Services professionals and the Arlington Commission for the Arts (ACA), we have determined County-run arts facilities (3700 Four Mile Run, Lee Arts Center and shared facilities with APS) will remain closed. This includes theatres, rehearsal spaces, art galleries, art studios, scenery shop, costume shop, offices and storage spaces. We will reassess the feasibility of reopening of these facilities for adult arts activity for Summer 2021 in April and May.
The Arlington Cultural Affairs Division is committed to persevering during this challenging time by focusing on innovation and alternative means of distributing content. We are in constant touch with national and regional arts leadership to keep abreast of trends and funding, and we will continue to connect you with relevant resources.

Lee Arts Center Ceramics

Ceramics by Lee Arts Center Artists: Left to Right: Klaudia Levin, Becky Zweibel, Klaudia Levin

The Lee Arts Center is a fully equipped professional studio for artists working in ceramics & printmaking. The Center houses a mini-gallery with rotating exhibitions of visiting and resident artists. Master workshops are offered throughout the year.

Artists on the Web

SculpturesASculpturesre you looking for handmade gifts? Some of our artists have webshops or are offering one-on-one shopping appointments at their home studios during the holiday season.

You can find links to these webshops and contact individual artists Here



5722 Lee Highway Arlington, VA 22207
Phone: 703-228-0560
Fax: 703-228-0559


We are closed until further notice.

Monday & Friday: Closed
Tuesday – Thursday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Upcoming Events

Lee Arts Center’s 2020 Annual Show and Sale

Ceramic basket by Scott Kaye

Ceramic Basket by Scott Kaye

Unfortunately we have been closed due to the pandemic and will not be hosting our Annual Fine Crafts Show and Sale this year. Our members are participating at other regional shows and sales events and you can find more information about those opportunities by visiting our Artists on the Web. We hope to see you again in 2021!


The Master Workshop program provides opportunities to interact with visiting master artists in one, two and three-day workshops covering a wide variety of media. Lectures, advanced skills classes and professional development seminars for independent visual artists are also presented.

Register for workshops by calling 703.228.0560 or email: smunoz@arlingtonva.us

Pitcher by Deborah Schwartzkopf

POSTPONED: Ceramic Workshop with Deborah Schwartzkopf
Saturday & Sunday, May 16 & 17, 2020 10 am – 4 pm: Stay tuned for new date in the Fall.
Non-Members: $220.00 | LAC Members: $200.00

Shape clay in new ways! In this two-day workshop we will explore and make bisque fired clay molds for shaping slabs, create templates and construct functional vessels from multiple parts.  Demonstrations will offer techniques using altered, wheel-thrown and slab-built sections which both the wheel thrower and hand builder will value. Embrace curiosity and play while joining in idea building exercises. We will discuss how expressive shapes spring from sketches, patterns, our environment, and the process of making itself. Dialogue on surface treatments, cracking issues, and sourcing designs will enrich your clay experience.  Ignite your studio practice by joining this hands-on intensive workshop. Pre-requisite: clay experience in hand building and/or wheel throwing.

After receiving an MFA from Penn State in 2005, Deb Schwartzkopf taught at OU, Mass. College of Art & Design, UW, as well as for the University of Georgia’s study abroad program in Cortona, Italy.  Deb has participated in residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation (MT), Mudflat Studios (MA), the Clay Studio (PA), Watershed (ME), the Ceramics Workcenter in Berlin, Germany, and San Boa in Jingdezhen China. She teaches and exhibits nationally and internationally and was named 2019 Ceramic Artist of the year by Ceramics Arts Yearbook. Deb established Rat City Studios in Seattle, WA, where her mission is to engage and build community through clay – one person, one neighborhood, and one experience at a time. In service to this pursuit, she offers studio assistant positions, hosts social events, teaches, and maintains a lively career in the ceramic arts. More about the artist.

See past workshops.

The Studios

The Studio program is designed specifically for self-directed individuals working at advanced levels in ceramics or print media. The equipment and facility are made available for those who are without a studio of their own. No ongoing instruction is given. Participants are expected to be able to function independently with regards to their own work, as well as to perform technical tasks essential to the operation of the studio as a whole and to use and maintain studio equipment responsibly. Learn more about the studios here.


The Mini Gallery is a small exhibition space within the Lee Arts Center which provides an opportunity for local and national artists to show their work in approximately 12 solo and group shows per year. The Mini Gallery consists of a 25 foot hallway within the center illuminated by gallery track lighting which can accommodate both two dimensional and three dimensional work.

See past exhibitions.

Artists in Residence

Lee Arts Center hosts several well-known and well-respected artists who share their knowledge and experience with the members of the Lee Arts Center Open Studios in exchange for use of the facility. In addition to mentoring the members, they offer workshops, hold artist talks, and give hands-on technical assistance. See our current Artists in Residence here.

Photo Service

Need images of your work for a portfolio, to enter a show or to have post cards made? The Lee Art Center provides a photo service to all area artists interested in having photographic images made of their work. Greg Staley, a professional photographer, will be available once a month, usually the third Friday of each month, to take digital images of your work. Two- and three-dimensional works are eligible.

The cost is $15 per shot and in return you will receive two (2) digital files one (1) tiff file, and a 300 dpi jpeg (suitable for print) file. See the sign up form for further information. Work must be dropped off between 9.30 and 10 am on the day of the shoot and picked up between 2 and 6 pm on the same day. Artists must fill out the sign up form and provide a check made out to Greg Staley for the full amount in order for works to be photographed.

*Please contact Steven Munoz at 703-228-0560 or smunoz@arlingtonva.us to register for an upcoming session. Please register at least 24 hours prior to the Photo Service date. The photographer has a maximum number of pieces he can comfortably photograph during a session.

Upcoming dates:
Fridays: Photo Sessions are cancelled until further notice.  

Download Photo Service Form