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.

Curator’s Talk and Opening Reception: January 18, 4–6pm. Talk starts at 4pm.

Press release

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

Art Seen
Moira Dryer: Paintings & Works on Paper
The Brooklyn Rail

Moira Dryer, The Power of Suggestion, 1991. Private collection.


PROGRAMMING


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.

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

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.


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.