Founded in 2008, the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, is a nonprofit arts space in Washington, DC dedicated to exhibiting fine art that explores the innate connection between healing and creativity. Art has the rare ability to mend social, psychological, and physical ills by building community, inspiring change, and celebrating life. A rotating exhibition schedule features contemporary, international and national artists addressing a diversity of significant themes, such as spirituality, social change, multiculturalism, health, environmentalism, and community.

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Joan Hisaoka

The gallery is honored to carry the name of Joan Hisaoka and to continue her commitment to fostering community through the creative arts. Joan Hisaoka, founder of Hisaoka Public Relations, was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, and friend who lost her battle to cancer on May 14, 2008. Her generosity of spirit, strength of mind and selfless attitude were characteristic of her life. Joan will be forever remembered for her unending commitment and passion to help make the world a better place for others.

The Artists and Their Work

Located in the heart of Washington DC's culturally vibrant U Street corridor, we feature artwork that speaks to our larger community; selecting art that serves to educate, enlighten, empower, and cultivate greater healing, beyond the physical.

Invited curators bring award-winning national and international artists.  Past curators have included:

  • Kwan Jeff Baysa, international art critic and clinical allergist
  • Mia Choumenkovitch, founder of The Lorton Art Program and a 2007 recipient of the Mayor's Arts Award
  • Lillian Fitzgerald, curator of the galleries of the National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Helen Frederick, founder of Pyramid Atlantic and Director of Printmaking at George Mason University

New shows are mounted every other month and feature a diversity of mediums, from traditional painting to interactive, new media installations.  For a full list of prior exhibitions and to learn more about artist portfolio submissions, please visit the Exhibitions page.

We are grateful to our dedicated interns and volunteers that generously support the Joan Hisaoka Gallery.

If you are an artist who would like to submit a portfolio for review, please see the Exhibition Guidelines.

If you are interested in submitting a curatorial proposal for review, please review the Curatorial Open Call.


Special Thanks to our Gallery Sponsors

The Share Fund, The Larry Paul Fleschner Charitable Foundation, American Airlines, 
City First Bank, Gallery O on H

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Gallery Information

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery

@Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
1632 U Street NW, Washington DC 20009

Wednesday - Friday: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
By Appointment with 48-Hours Notice

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