Audio recordings of public talks are available here.


Creative Response
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.

Patricia Favero, associate conservator at The Phillips Collection
February 20, 7pm

Patricia Favero is an Associate Conservator at The Phillips Collection where she specializes in the conservation of paintings. Before joining the Phillips in 2004, Patti earned a Masters of Arts with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation from SUNY Buffalo State and completed post-graduate fellowships at the Cincinnati Art Museum and Tate. Patti is especially interested in studying the variety of materials and techniques used by modern artists, in part to better do her job as a conservator, and in part to understand an artist’s work from a different perspective. She has published about Georges Braque’s mid-career paintings and her research of an early work by Picasso will be featured in exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario this summer, and then at The Phillips Collection in the fall. 

Paige Hathaway
April 9, 7pm

Paige Hathaway is a freelance scenic designer based in the Washington, DC area. In 2018, she was honored to receive the Rising Star Award from USITT, an award that honors young professionals in the beginning of their career. Regionally, she has designed at The Muny, Arden Theatre Co, People’s Light, the John W. Engeman Theater, Asolo Rep, and Bristol Riverside Theatre. In the DC area, she has recently designed at Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, Round House Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Theater J, Woolly Mammoth, the Kennedy Center, Folger Theater, Adventure Theatre, Imagination Stage, Everyman Theatre, and Studio Theatre. She received her MFA in Scenic Design from the University of Maryland and her BFA in Scenic Design from the University of Oklahoma. More info here.


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.


Insights: Kristen Hileman
April 4, 3–5pm
Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) presents Insights, a program bringing curators and academics of major art institutions to Reston to discuss the work on view at GRACE. Sponsored by Reston Community Center. Free and open to the public.

Baltimore-based independent curator Kristen Hileman spent nearly two decades working as a curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC and more recently as the Head of the Contemporary Department at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Her monographic exhibitions brought new attention to important female artists Anne Truitt and Maren Hassinger, and she has realized major commissions with Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley, Sarah Oppenheimer, Tomás Saraceno and others. Additionally, Hileman has organized exhibitions of the works of John Baldessari, Cai Guo-Qiang, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin, Meleko Mokgosi, and John Waters, as well as surveys of contemporary photography and time-based media. She has taught at Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, and the Corcoran College of Art and Design and is a frequent visiting critic and lecturer at colleges and universities. Upcoming projects include a retrospective exhibition of South African-born, Baltimore-based abstract painter Jo Smail at the Baltimore Museum of Art (March 2020) and the debut solo museum exhibition for figurative painter Theresa Chromati, which also includes a monumental public art component at the Delaware Contemporary Museum (June 2020).