Audio recordings of public talks are available here.


Insights: Shannon Thomas Perich, Curator at the National Museum of American History
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.

Shannon Thomas Perich is the Curator in the Photographic History Collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History where she has worked for over twenty years. Most recently, Perich served as a project director for a new floor of  NMAH that explores the history and power of American entertainment. Returning to photographic history she has upcoming publications on photographs and the circus, and photographic process patent from 1840 into the 1870s. She is the author of Changing Face of Portrait Photography: From Daguerreotype to Digital (Smithsonian Books 2012) and Portrait of Family (Harper Collins 2007) about Richard Avedon’s photographs of the John F. Kennedy Family.  Her exhibitions include, Laughing Matters at the National Museum of American History, and Country: Portraits of An American Sound at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles.  Other exhibitions include, Pushing Boundaries: Portraits by Robert WeingartenThe Civil War Experience at the Smithsonian, and Honky-Tonk: Photographs by Henry Horenstein, 1972-1981. She has taught History of Photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Her blogs can be found on the National Museum of American History’s website and NPR’s Picture Show. Perich’s research often explores the dynamic intersections of the art, technology and history of photography, especially where the personal experience and national narratives are at play. 


Creative Response
November 21, 7pm: Michael Ratcliffe 
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.

Michael Ratcliffe is Assistant Division Chief for Geographic Standards, Criteria, Research, and Quality in the Census Bureau’s Geography Division, where he is responsible for geographic area concepts and criteria (for example, how to define urban and rural areas, places, and other geographic areas), address and geospatial data quality, and research activities. For the 2010 Census, he led the team responsible for identifying the center of population and was part of the team that scouted the location to place the 2010 center’s monument in Plato, Missouri. In addition to his work at the Census Bureau, he has been an adjunct instructor in geography at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and George Washington University. He is also a published poet, with work appearing in a variety of print and on-line journals, most recently Gargoyle, Fourth & Sycamore, and Fredericksburg Literary and Arts Review. His work can also be found on his website at michaelratcliffespoetry.wordpress.com.


Curator’s Talk: Lily Siegel
January 18, 4–5pm


Creative Response
February 20 and March 19, 7pm
Join the Greater Reston Arts Center one Thursday of each month 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. Sponsored by Reston Community Center. Free and open to the public.


Handmade Valentine Card Workshop
February 8, 1–2:30 pm
Create one-of-a-kind valentines for someone special!  Sign up the whole family for this fun workshop led by GRACE staff to make some fun, creative ornaments.  (Please note: Parents will need to assist children with the creation of ornaments, and children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Adults may come on their own and do not need to be accompanied by a child, it will be fun for everyone!) Sponsored by Reston Community Center. Registration coming soon.


Family Day
March 14, 12–3 pm
Greater Reston Arts Center opens its doors for a free day of family art making and exploration in the gallery and park celebrating the Moira Dryer exhibition! Come see all that GRACE has to offer and have a fun, free outing with the family! All ages. Sponsored by Reston Community Center. Free and open to the public. Parking on Saturday is free in Reston Town Center garages.