Centroid Towns: Like a Passing Shadow
new work by Nate Larson

Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) will present the next chapter of Baltimore-based artist Nate Larson’s Centroid Towns project. Since the first US census in 1790, the United States Census Bureau has been recording the mean center of population as it moves steadily west and south. The first Centroid Town recorded was Chestertown, Maryland, and the projected Centroid of the 2020 census is Hartville, Missouri. Larson has done preliminary research in all 25 towns and completed five chapters of the project with communities in Ellicott City, Maryland; Bloomington, Indiana; Mascoutah, Illinois; and De Soto, Missouri. For this exhibition at GRACE, Larson will dive deeper into the community of Waterford, Virginia, Centroid Town of 1810.

Nate Larson works with photographic media, artist books, and digital video. His projects have been widely shown across the US and internationally as well as featured in numerous publications and media outlets, including WiredThe Guardian, NPR, HyperallergicNew York TimesThe Washington Post, and Art Papers. His artwork is included in the permanent collections of the High Museum Atlanta, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Orlando Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago. Larson is currently serving as Chair of the Photography Department at MICA / Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

‘Anonymous Tributes to Anonymous People’
New York Times

Photographer documents towns at mean center of US population, including those in Missouri, Illinois
St Louis Public Radio

Contact Sheet: After the Flood
Baltimore Sun

This exhibition is generously supported by Virginia McGehee Friend.


Artist Talk (4pm) and Opening Reception (5–7pm)
September 28
Join artist Nate Larson and GRACE’s Executive Director and Curator Lily Siegel for a conversation about Larson’s exhibition. Followed by an open Q&A. All ages. Sponsored by Reston Community Center. Free and open to the public.

Creative Response: Presenters TBA
October 3 and 24, 7pm
Join the Greater Reston Arts Center one Thursday of each month, 7pm, to hear a creative professional 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. All ages. Sponsored by Reston Community Center. Free and open to the public.

Family Day
October 26, 12
Greater Reston Arts Center opens its doors for a free day of SPOOKY family art making and exploration in the gallery and park celebrating the exhibition featuring artist Nate Larson! Come celebrate Halloween and see all that GRACE has to offer and have a fun, free outing with the family including face-painting, story-telling, and hands-on art making. Parking on Saturday is free in Reston Town Center garages.

Meditation Workshop: Contemplating Creativity
Date TBA
Join Greater Reston Arts Center and Beloved Yoga for a meditation workshop contemplating the Nate Larson exhibition, currently on view at the gallery.Free for members of the Greater Reston Arts Center.
$5 for non-members. To register, please email info@restonarts.org

Artist-led workshop: Nate Larson
November 9, 1–3pm

More information coming soon!

Insights: Speaker TBA
November 16, 3pm
Greater Reston Arts Center presents Insights, a program bringing curators and academics of major art institutions to Reston to discuss the work on view at GRACE. All ages. Sponsored by Reston Community Center. Free and open to the public.