This year, GRACE updated the concept of the biannual Mary B. Howard Artist Member Exhibition–named in honor of our former Board Member and Reston artist Mary Howard in recognition of her unprecedented $100,000 bequest to GRACE to support local artists–with STRETCH. Five local artists were selected by Guest Curator Don Russell and GRACE Associate Curator and Festival Director Erica Harrison to create new work based on their proposals responding to the prompt, “If you could do anything, what would that be?” The participating artists are:

James Huckenpahler
Monroe Isenberg
Katie Kehoe
Melanie Kehoss
Harry Mayer

About Guest Curator Don Russell

Don Russell has been an active contemporary art curator and arts administrator since 1979. His research focuses on the exploration and development of new social contexts for art. He is currently George Mason University’s University Curator, responsible for programming exhibitions and public art on the Fairfax, Manassas, and Arlington campuses. Additionally, he directs Provisions Research Center for Art & Social Change, providing creative resources for community-engaged public art projects. He is co-founder with Edgar Endress of Floating Lab Collective.

Russell has extensive experience managing and directing contemporary arts, philanthropic, and publishing ventures. He is President of Art Resources International and previously served as Executive Director of Washington Project for the Arts and had various leadership roles at Visual Studies Workshop.