Formerly Was

The gallery first opened its doors in February 2017 in an old, Brutalist shopping center off River Road just outside Washington, DC’s border with Bethesda, MD. Formerly known as “WAS gallery”, it mounted 14 well-received shows in two years. In September 2019, it closed its doors in Bethesda and moved to Tenleytown in Washington, DC, re-branding as “Formerly Was”. It is conveniently located on a pedestrian-friendly street between two metro stops, Tenleytown and Friendship Heights. 


Joumana Moukarim is the founding director of Formerly Was. Besides running the gallery and curating art shows, Moukarim provides art consulting services to collectors, interior decorators, and business entities. Moukarim, a native of Lebanon, holds an MFA in Studio Art from American University in Washington, DC and a BA in Business Administration from Richmond College in Surrey, England. She lives with her family in Washington, DC. 


Image: Moukarim in her office

Image on home page: Vase of Flowers, 2020, photo printed on paper and cut out, 4x4 inches

Formerly Was 


4936 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest, Suite 1

Washington, DC 20016

Phone: 202-361-5223


Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 5pm and by appointment

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