The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival is a highly selective fine art and fine craft outdoor exhibition produced by Greater Reston Arts Center. Each year, we invite three highly qualified professionals to select the most accomplished fine art and fine craft artists in 16 categories from around the nation to present their works at the Festival.
Spencer Dormitzer attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has been a working artist for over 25 years. He has also worked as a studio manager for the New York abstractionist David Reed and as an Executive Producer for the New York Cosmos soccer club. Spencer has participated in over 50 solo and group shows internationally including exhibitions in Chicago, Antwerp, Santa Fe, and New York City. He has work in over 100 private and museum collections. Spencer’s work has been featured in the New Art Examiner, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Enquirer, Chicago Reader and New City Chicago Magazine. Currently, Spencer Dormitzer is Director of Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery and lives in Washington D.C.
Isabel Manalo is an interdisciplinary visual artist whose work personally addresses ideas of power and identity as defined by race, ethnicity, geography, and class. Isabel received her MFA in Painting from Yale University, a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has been showing her work internationally since 1999 and her work is included in a number of public and private collections such as the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, and the permanent collections of the US Embassies in Bulgaria, Philippines, Kazakhstan and Nepal. Her work has been shown at the Orlando Museum of Art, Stony Brook University’s Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, the McLean Project for the Arts, Arlington Arts Center, Maryland Art Place, the Katzen Arts Center, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art and has been the subject of group and solo shows in Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Philadelphia, Orlando, New York, and Berlin. She is the Founding Manager of The Studio Visit (TSV), a collaborative art blog featuring artist interviews in their studios. Isabel currently lives and works in Bethesda, Maryland, and teaches at both American University’s Department of Art and George Mason University. Her work is represented by Addison Ripley Fine Art, Washington, DC.
Francis Thompson is the Art Program Project Manager at JLL, commercial real estate. Over the past decade, he has managed a team responsible for maintaining and expanding a contemporary corporate art collection installed within office buildings throughout North America. During the early part of his role with the collection, he lead the curatorial development of its rotating exhibition program which has grown to between seventy and eighty shows a year. On display within the corporate offices, these exhibitions brought in artwork from non-profit art organizations, local museums, university art departments, and corporate employees. Francis has worked as Assistant Gallery Director for the Ellipse Art Center in Arlington, Virginia, Assistant Coordinator for the Mountain Lake Workshops with Director/Producer Ray Kass, and as Gallery Coordinator for the Virginia Tech Armory Gallery. A native of Virginia, he holds a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art with concentration in painting and drawing from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg.