Curated by Zoë Charlton and Tim Doud of | ‘sindikit |
and Greater Reston Arts Center

Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) is pleased to announce that artists Rahne Alexander, Matthew Mann, Omolara Williams McCallister, Zia Palmer, and Mojdeh Rezaeipour have been selected to participate in the biannual Mary B. Howard Invitational: An Excellent Thought About a Quality Idea. The selected artists will present a new project referencing an artwork they have created in the past (a previous “quality idea” for which they now have an “excellent thought” on how it may be reimagined or redeveloped.

In alignment with the ‘sindikit project’s commitment to supporting studio research and experimentation with an emphasis on gender, sexuality, and race, artists were invited to submit a proposal for the exhibition using the title, An Excellent Thought About a Quality Idea, as a prompt. The artists will have investigated, explored, and developed concepts, receiving feedback from the Guest Curators along the way, to culminate into new work to be presented in the exhibition at GRACE.

The exhibition is named in memory of Mary B. Howard, an artist, long-time board member, and staunch supporter of the Greater Reston Arts Center. Selected artists will receive a $250 honorarium and $1000 for materials.

About Guest Curators Zoë Charlton and Tim Doud of | ‘sindikit |

The ‘sindikit project is a creative, self-funded endeavor that emphasizes and extends collaborative practices as artists and educators. Their interest in the intersections of art, community, and education makes it crucial to work both in and outside of the University system. ‘sindikit is a platform that includes artist projects, creative community conversations between cultural activators, visual artists, and their co-conspirators. The ‘sindikit project was founded with an interest in discussing socio-political and cultural issues that affect art and artists.

 About the Artists


Rahne Alexander is an interdisciplinary, mixed-media artist based in Baltimore, Maryland. Her video art has been screened in galleries and festivals across the country. Queer Interiors, a year-long collaborative multimedia installation was commissioned by the Baltimore Museum of Art in 2016. A component of this installation, The Baltimore LGBTQI+ Home Movie Quilt, was awarded a Saul Zaentz Innovation in Film and Media Fund fellowship. She is a musician, poet and an essayist, contributing to several award-winning anthologies and her first book of collected essays, Heretic to Housewife, was published by Neon Hemlock in 2019.

She is currently a graduate student in the Intermedia + Digital Arts MFA program at University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Matthew Mann is a painter based in Washington, D.C. whose expansive visual vocabulary and expressive gestures on canvas reflect his pleasure in free association, humor and his experiences as an artist and citizen. Recent exhibitions include Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, NY (2019); Brick Red in New Orleans, LA; Studio 1469 in Washington, DC; Arlington Arts Center Arlington, VA; and Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, PA. Mann is based in Washington, DC, received his MFA from American University in 2002.  Matthew is one of the inaugural resident artists at STABLE. 

Omolara Williams McCallister (pronouns: O /love/beloved) is a conceptual artist working primarily with textiles to produce adornments for spaces and bodies, using art as a tool for social change. The Baltimore-based artist is a 2020 MFA candidate at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and has exhibited work at the Honfleur Gallery and Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery. O has led workshops and lectures on art and social change for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, US Department of State, George Washington University, Maryland Institute College of the Arts (MICA), and Howard School of Social Work among others.

Zia Palmer is a Washington D.C. metro area-based artist using analog photographic processes to document vestiges ancestral locations, that have a strong connection to New Mexican culture, revealing elusive aspects of memory and family history. 

Palmer’s work has been exhibited locally at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA and the Fridge, Washington, DC among others. She received her BFA from George Mason University in 2019.


Mojdeh Rezaeipour is an interdisciplinary artist working across various media such as installation, video, movement, and collage. Her process-led works are centered around personal and collective storytelling, play, prayer, and transformation. She has been the recipient of multiple awards and fellowships, including The Studio Visit Fellowship at Takt Berlin, second place at The Trawick Prize, and The Nicholson Project Fellowship.  She has been featured in publications such as DIRTEast City ArtBmoreArtThe Washington Post, and NPR.

Rezaeipour is a 2008 graduate of University of California Berkeley with a BA in Architecture and a graduate of alt*div, an alternative divinity school, centering the intersection of justice and art as spiritual practice. She is currently based in Washington, DC, where she is part of the inaugural resident artists at STABLE.

Public Programming

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: November 21, 4–6pm

Image credits: Rahne Alexander, Study for Grey Area, 2020. Matthew Mann, The Wiggler, 2020. Omolara Williams McCallister, Casa Del Viento, 2019. Photo credit: Reese Bland. Zia Palmer, Juana de Darca Church, 2019. Mojdeh Rezaeipour, On Matters Of Resilience: Remember You Are Water, No. 2, 2019.