The Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) enriches community life by promoting involvement and excellence in contemporary visual arts. In pursuit of this mission, GRACE provides a year-round program of contemporary visual art exhibitions, education programs for all ages, and special events.
For over 40 years, GRACE has enriched the regional community with high-quality visual arts exhibitions and excellent educational programing. Founded by artists in 1974 as a source of cultural enrichment for the new town of Reston, GRACE has matured from its early beginnings in the Lake Anne Village Center to its current home in Reston Town Center. Today, GRACE serves 80,000 people annually, providing Northern Virginia’s diverse community with abundant opportunities to experience and explore the visual arts through exhibitions, educational programming, and special events including the annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival. Whether you are a professional artist or a preschooler, a novice art collector or an experienced connoisseur, an avid gallery-goer or a curious passerby, GRACE offers a rewarding experience for you.
GRACE increases understanding of different cultures through art, brings diverse audiences together around a common interest, and ensures access and opportunity for engagement in the arts to all residents, regardless of age, race, ethnicity or income. Admission to the GRACE gallery is always FREE, as are many of our programs.
Exhibitions: GRACE mounts six to eight contemporary art exhibitions each year, typically featuring work by emerging and established artists from the mid-Atlantic region. GRACE mounts solo exhibitions as well as thematic group shows, and presents a diverse exhibition schedule featuring a broad range of contemporary artists working in a wide variety of media. Visit the exhibitions page for a schedule of upcoming exhibitions.
Education: GRACE promotes lifelong learning and access to the visual arts for a broad cross-section of the community, beginning with very young children who visit the center to use Explore More! art buckets; continuing with GRACE Art (which reaches over 20,000 children in 40 area schools) and Summer Art Camps for youths; and carrying on with lectures, workshops, and events for adults and seniors. GRACE serves audiences of all ages by offering compelling programming year-round. Visit the education page for a complete schedule of programs.
Festival: Now in its 27th year, GRACE’s Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival has become one of the region’s most anticipated events, attracting approximately 30,000 people Festival weekend and transforming Reston Town Center every May with this immersive art experience. All parking in the Town Center garages is free on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Festival weekend.
With the coming of Metrorail to Reston, GRACE has positioned itself for growth, and strives to offer opportunities for locals and visitors to the community alike. GRACE is the only 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Reston Town Center, and is the largest organization in the community devoted solely to the visual arts. GRACE sustains its role as a community art space through the support of individual members and donors, state and county grants, corporate sponsors, and fundraisers such as the annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival.
GRACE gratefully acknowledges the generosity of many corporate and individual sponsors in the community who support our exhibitions, educational programs, and special events such as the annual Festival. For more information on supporting GRACE, click here. GRACE is supported in part by the Arts Council of Fairfax County, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Reston Community Center.
Greater Reston Arts Center, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, follows a nondiscriminatory policy in admission, programs, membership, employment, and contracts. Our facility is wheelchair accessible.
2017–2018 BIENNIAL CAMPAIGN DONORS
The Greater Reston Arts Center gratefully acknowledges the generous support received from the following corporations and individuals:
Access National Bank
Fred & Susan Bollerer
Virginia McGehee Friend
Robert & Theresa Goudie
Heeren, Sapna, & Aahna Patel
Reston Community Center
Reston Town Center Association
Jim & Karen Cleveland
Jim & Suzi Jones
Joan & Michael Kelly
Lezley McIlveen & Donald Wright
Maryam Ovissi – Beloved Yoga
Phil & Pam Tobey
Judith & Brian Forst
Holli Ploog & Bert Campbell
Janet & Alan Rems
Joanne & David Bauer – in memory of Mary Howard
Eric & Christina Carr
Bob & Yoonhee Macke – in memory of Mary Howard
Eveleen Severn-Sass & Eric L. Sass
Lina Watson & Jack Byrd