Audio recordings of public talks are available here.

Artist Talk (4pm) and Opening Reception (5–7pm): Nate Larson
September 28
Join artist Nate Larson and GRACE’s Executive Director and Curator Lily Siegel for a conversation about Larson’s exhibition. Followed by an open Q&A. All ages. Sponsored by Reston Community Center. Free and open to the public.

Join us for this special event: Waterford Fair with artist Allison Smith
October 5, 2pm
In conjunction with GRACE’s exhibition Centroid Towns: Like a Passing Shadow, join artist Allison Smith for a personal intergenerational reflection on the Waterford Fair, this year celebrating its 75th anniversary. Smith will share her memories of attending the Fair as a kid and share insights and favorites from this year’s Fair through a critical and loving lens. She will be joined by her mother, Kitty Smith, and aunt, Kimberly Dickerson, who attended the Fair as kids with their mother Edith Barton. These women have made visits to the Waterford Fair an almost annual pilgrimage for multiple decades and their homes are filled with handcrafted objects made by Waterford Fair artisans.

Nate Larson, Colonial Camp, Waterford, Virginia, 2019

(includes ticket to the fair and artist presentation)

Private reception at historic Waterford property
October 5, 5pm
After the fair, join GRACE for an intimate private reception at an historic Waterford property. Wine and light refreshments will be provided. RSVP is essential and directions and further details will be provided after registration. Reception tickets are discounted for GRACE members. Become a member
$45 Non-members: REGISTER HERE
$30 Members: REGISTER HERE
(includes ticket to the fair, artist presentation, and private reception)

About Allison Smith

Allison Smith is Dean of Fine Arts at California College of Arts. She received a BA in psychology from The New School for Social Research, a BFA in fine arts from Parsons School of Design, and an MFA in sculpture from the Yale University School of Art. Smith has produced over twenty-five solo exhibitions, installations, performances, and artist-led participatory projects for venues such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Public Art Fund, New York; and Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University. She has lectured extensively and participated in a number of group exhibitions and residencies in the United States and abroad. She was born in Manassas, Virginia, in 1972.

So you Want to go to Art School…?
October 12, 5–7pm
Wondering how to navigate the application process to a college art program? Want to know how to make your college art portfolio stand out from the rest? A panel of professionals will answer your questions about the art school application process and give you tips, information, and feedback on preparing your portfolio to strengthen your application to art school and help you take your art studies to the next level. After the discussion, the panelist will be available to provide important feedback on your portfolio. Panel members will include art educators from George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College, and Fairfax County Public Schools. All ages. Sponsored by Reston Community Center. Free and open to the public.

Meditation Workshop: Contemplating Creativity
October 17, 7–8:30pm
Join Greater Reston Arts Center and Jean McTigue from Beloved Yoga for a meditation workshop contemplating the Nate Larson exhibition, currently on view at the gallery. Free for members of the Greater Reston Arts Center. $5 for non-members. To register, please email

Family Day
October 26, 12
Greater Reston Arts Center opens its doors for a free day of SPOOKY family art making and exploration in the gallery and park celebrating the exhibition featuring artist Nate Larson! Come celebrate Halloween and see all that GRACE has to offer and have a fun, free outing with the family including face-painting, story-telling, and hands-on art making. Parking on Saturday is free in Reston Town Center garages.

Creative Response
October 30, 7pm: Vanessa Meikle Schulman
Join the Greater Reston Arts Center to hear an expert in their field respond to the work on view in the gallery. The short presentation will be followed by open conversation. Presenters may include poets, dancers, writers, musicians, visual artists, and more. All ages. Sponsored by Reston Community Center. Free and open to the public.

Vanessa Schulman is Assistant Professor of Art History at George Mason University, where she teaches courses on American art, visual culture, and history of photography. Her book Work Sights (2015) examines the representation of industrial spaces in 19th-century American paintings and illustrations. She is currently working on a book manuscript on the art and culture of the American Civil War, including photography. Her work has been published in the scholarly publications American Art, American Periodicals, Invisible Culture, and Early Popular Visual Culture, among others. Her research interests center around science, technology, vision, and modernity in American artworks of the 19th through 20th centuries.

Artist-led workshop: Cyanotypes
November 2, 1–3pm
Join photographer Nate Larson who will lead participants through the process of turning simple smartphone snapshots into cyanotype photographs using the power of the sun. All materials included. Ages 6 and up. Residents $10; non-residents $20. Sponsored by Reston Community Center. REGISTER HERE

Insights: Speaker TBA
November 16, 3pm
Greater Reston Arts Center presents Insights, a program bringing curators and academics of major art institutions to Reston to discuss the work on view at GRACE. All ages. Sponsored by Reston Community Center. Free and open to the public.