Work In Progress at the Hermitage Documents the Work We Still Have To Do

by | Jun 9, 2021

If you’ve been in the daze of post-quarantine jubilation and enjoying the rose-tinted shades of the return to normalcy, you might need to stop by the Hermitage this month. 


On Friday, the Hermitage Museum and Gardens unveils their 13 installation exhibit titled Work in Progress: 13 Murals for Right Now. The exhibit focuses on the critical movements and issues of our time like Black Lives Matter, women’s equality, homelessness, and mental health. These breathtaking pieces are the splash of cold water we all need as we emerge from the pandemic. Covid-19 might be in the rearview mirror, but there are still pervasive problems facing our communities. Immerse yourself in the mind-bending murals that force perspective change and reconsideration both inside and outside the Hermitage. 

The works on display feature notable local artists like Dathan Kane, Aimee Bruce, and Clayton Singleton. Also in attendance will be artists from the broader regions of Virginia, Washington D.C, and Maryland.


The exhibit kicks off this Friday, June 11th, with an outdoor event featuring live music by Fusion Groove and Ladada, Nomarama curated food trucks, and more. Grab beer or wine from the bar, enjoy the tunes, and take the opportunity to chat with the artists that have brought this eye-opening exhibit to life. 

Exhibiting Artists:

Aimee Bruce

Jowarnise Caston


Hamilton Glass

Emily Herr

Dathan Kane

Naomi McCavitt


Austin ‘Auz’ Miles

Nils Westergard

Navid Rahman

Clayton Singleton

Shani Shih

Paul Stetson Rice

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