Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) at Signature, located at the Signature apartment building in Reston, VA, is an innovative satellite gallery presenting a year-round schedule of exhibitions featuring local artists selected by GRACE’s curatorial staff.

COVID-19 Precautions: For the health and well-being of everyone in our community, access in the Signature building is limited to residents only. All apartment tours require an appointment.


A Point of Longing

Anne C. Smith (b. 1985, Syracuse, NY) is an artist based in Washington, DC who examines concepts of landscape, memory, and home through drawing, sculpture, and printmaking. 

      

A Point of Longing 1, 2020,
Silkscreen monoprint
22 x 26 inches

A Point of Longing features a new series of silkscreen monoprints that explore the intersection of landscapes — the physical as experienced looking through a window and those that occur in the mind, reflecting internal and external tension. The featured works allude to the deep uncertainty of current events, while calming hues create a space of rest, filled with hope, peace, and the longing of connection.

 

           

   Left: A Point of Longing 2, 2020,
Silkscreen monoprint
22 x 26 inches

Right: A Point of Longing 3, 2020,
Silkscreen monoprint
22 x 26 inches

 


“I am interested in the relationship between landscape and imagination. What a strange thing it is to me, that a place exists in the world with certain measurable dimensions, and yet exists just as much in one’s mind. In that dark space, it takes on new shape and proportions as it becomes embedded with memory.”

-Anne C. Smith


 

          

   Left: A Point of Longing 4, 2020,
Silkscreen monoprint
22 x 26 inches

Right: A Point of Longing 6, 2020,
Silkscreen monoprint
22 x 26 inches

 


“As a kid, I would stare out my bedroom window at night, looking across the street toward a playground and a big, wide open field. Steeped in darkness, it transformed into a new kind of field, open to any possibility, fillable with any wondering. My memory of this was not far from my mind when I made these silkscreen monoprints. Each one is a not-quite reflection of the others, a link in a pattern that shifts with each iteration. Each one contains a far-off horizon, a point of longing.”

-Anne C. Smith


 

A Point of Longing 7, 2020,
Silkscreen monoprint
22 x 26 inches

 

          

   Left: A Point of Longing 8, 2020,
Silkscreen monoprint
22 x 26 inches

Right: A Point of Longing 9, 2020,
Silkscreen monoprint
22 x 26 inches

 


As I finished these prints, the world officially tipped into a pandemic. These circumstances bring up incredible challenges, including the need to spend most of the time at home, apart from extended family or friends, not knowing when the distance will be broken with an embrace. People everywhere are facing an uneasy tension between inside and outside. Staring out a window can be a reminder of that tension. But it also contains, at the same time: hope, peace, and a reminder of what we long for.“

Anne C. Smith


 

Right: A Point of Longing 5, 2020,
Silkscreen monoprint
22 x 26 inches

Smith is a Teaching Artist at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and is the Master Printmaker on a large-scale silkscreen book project with Navigation Press at George Mason University. She studied silkscreen printmaking with Master Printmaker Lou Stovall, for whom she was a studio assistant for several years. She has completed artist residencies with Artist Mother Studio at Washington Project for the Arts in Washington, DC; the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA; and the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA. Smith is represented by Adah Rose Gallery.

The signed and numbered prints are floated behind plexiglass in wooden whitewashed custom frames generously provided by Broadway Gallery. All works are available for purchase through Greater Reston Arts Center. For more details and purchase inquiries, please visit the Exhibition Checklist below.

Exhibition checklist

INSTALLATION  VIEWS


PROGRAMMING

Virtual Opening Reception and Artist Talk: September 17, 7pm
Join us to hear artist Anne C. Smith discuss the work on view in A Point of Longing followed by a Q&A. FREE and open to the public. RSVP in advance at info@restonarts.org for Zoom Room link and password. Sponsored by Reston Community Center.


We are proud to partner with Jabar Baig of Long & Foster Real Estate in Reston, who generously contributes a portion of his real estate commission to GRACE in support of art programs and youth education.


Greater Reston Arts Center at Signature is located at:
11850 Freedom Dr.
Reston, VA 20190

To access the gallery use the main entrance on Freedom Drive and wait to get buzzed in by the concierge. The gallery is located past the main lobby on the left.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 11am–5pm
Closest parking garage is the Silver garage. More info

Greater Reston Arts Center at Signature is an innovative satellite gallery that presents a year-round schedule of exhibitions of local artists selected by GRACE’s curatorial staff. This partnership between Boston Properties, Bozzuto Management, and GRACE merges the vision of the Signature building, which is focused on creating distinctive and personal spaces for residents, and GRACE’s mission in engaging the community through excellence in contemporary visual art. Select local artists are given the opportunity to present a distinct body of work in the space off the grand lobby.


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Photo credit: Greg Staley