Overlooked will present the work of artists who are seeking to bring awareness to issues that are often unnoticed, ignored, or otherwise not part of “polite conversation.” These artists are not necessarily proposing solutions to society’s ills but are alternatively offering an opportunity for the viewer to engage in compassion, empathy, critical reflection, and even healing. Instead of offering a comprehensive exhibition of hot-button issues, Overlooked turns to the artists in our community and beyond to bring awareness to subjects that are important to their lives.

Image credit: Larry W. Cook, still from Untitled #1

Press release
Exhibition booklet

Participating artists: Leila Abdelrazaq, Lorenzo Cardim, Larry W. Cook, Leigh Davis, Helina Metaferia, Matt Storm, Julie Wolfe, Homie House Press, and Red Sand Project

A special thank you to Archival Art Services


EVENTS AND PROGRAMMING

Artist Talk (4pm) and Opening Reception (5–7pm)
July 13
Join the Greater Reston Arts Center once per exhibition to learn about the artists’ work, lives and inspirations in their own words. Followed by an open Q&A and an opening reception.  All ages. Sponsored by Reston Community Center. Free and open to the public.

Creative Response: July 18, 7pm: Callie Hawkins, director of programming, President Lincoln’s Cottage
August 22, 7pm: Jean Badalamenti, health & human services coordinator, DC Public Library 
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. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Reston Community Center. All ages.

Lunchtime with the Arts
July 11, 12:3–1:30pm:  
Contemplate Art meditation with Beloved Yoga
July 25, 12:30–1:30pm:  
Lunchtime talk on Overlooked
Presented with Reston Town Center Association. All ages. Free and open to the public

Artist-led Workshop: Book Making with Homie House Press Ages 6+ 
August 3, 1–3pm
Join the Greater Reston Arts Center for a book making workshop based on First Fronteras, the newest publication from Homie House Press. First Fronteras is a delicately sensitive and tender project that looks at the ways we handle the barriers we come up against. The workshop will culminate in concertina folded zines with stories about the times we tried. (Please note: Parents will need to assist children with the creation of their zines, and children must be accompanied by a participating adult. Adults may come on their own and do not need to be accompanied by a child, it will be fun for everyone) Ages 6 and up. Sponsored by Reston Community Center. Register here.

Meditation Workshop: Contemplating Creativity
August 8, 7–8:30pm
Join Greater Reston Arts Center and Beloved Yoga for a meditation workshop contemplating the exhibition on view at the gallery.
Email info@restonarts.org to register. Ages 13 and up. Free for members of the Greater Reston Arts Center. $5 donation for non-members.

Family Day
August 24, 12–3pm
Join the Greater Reston Arts Center for a FREE day of family art making, story telling, and exploration in the gallery.  All ages. Sponsored by Reston Community Center. Free and open to the public.

Top image: Leigh Davis, still from Inquiry Into the ELE (detail), 2019