Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) presents a selection of works by artist Moira Dryer (b. 1957, Toronto, Ontario; d. 1992, New York, New York) in conjunction with the major exhibition of Dryer’s early work at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, entitled Moira Dryer: Back in Business. Both exhibitions are curated by GRACE Executive Director and Curator Lily Siegel. Dryer is primarily known for her large abstract paintings on wood panel. A majority of the works on view were given as gifts to, or purchased by, friends and family directly from the artist. Also included are selections from the artist’s archive and a final painting left in Dryer’s studio at the time of her death. Her work has been exhibited extensively across the United States in institutions such as Boston’s Institute for Contemporary Art; Whitney Museum of Modern Art; and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Dryer’s work is included in the permanent collections of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Playful & Philosophical: The Paintings of Moira Dryer
The New York Review of Books, April 25, 2020

Moira Dryer’s art of expectancy, at the Phillips Collection and Greater Reston Arts Center
Washington Post, February 27, 2020

Press release
Exhibition booklet with check list

Installation images


Individual works


Photo credit: Greg Staley

This exhibition is generously supported in part by ARTSFAIRFAX and Robert and Theresa Goudie. Additional support provided by the Exhibition Circle.

Also on view:
Moira Dryer: Back in Business
February 8–December 13, 2020
The Phillips Collection


Curator’s Talk (
4–5pm) and Opening Reception (5–6pm): January 18
Curator’s Talk is sponsored by Reston Community Center. Both events are free and open to the public.

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.

Creative Response with 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. 

Creative Response with Paige Hathaway
Thursday, June 4, 6pm

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.

Insights with Kristen Hileman
June 11, 6pm

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).