The Greater Reston Arts Center is proud to present Synthetic Transformations, an exhibition by multi-media artist and TED Talk fellow Shih Chieh Huang. Mr. Huang is based in New York City, but has exhibited worldwide, and is a former Smithsonian artist research fellow. At his fall exhibition at the Greater Reston Arts Center, Mr. Huang will present an installation featuring interactive elements created from a variety of materials including LED lights, motion sensors, computer parts, screens, and mundane materials such as plastic bags and Tupperware. With these humble components, Mr. Huang creates magical, immersive environments, featuring sculptures that respond to the viewer’s presence with movement, sound, and illumination. Inspired in part by phosphorescent deep sea creatures, Mr. Huang’s work is a fascinating blend of art, science, and technology.

Bits and pieces from the dollar store create an artistic universe at Reston gallery
Washington Post, October 12, 2016

Exhibition catalogue with curator’s and artist’s statements

Exhibition generously sponsored by

acfc_logo_vert_color_highres             INT_lds_rgb_pos_sig

Black-out shades generously provided and installed by 

Budget Blinds

Installation support generously provided by


Lodging generously provided by


Support also provided by Mahrya MacIntire, Storycatcher Productions and Harry Mayer.

Video:  Synthetic Transformations by filmmaker Mahrya MacIntire, 2016
Video: Shih Chieh Huang, TED Talk, Sculptures that’d be at home at the bottom of the ocean, 2014

Greater Reston Arts Center programs are supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arts Council of Fairfax County, the Reston Community Center, Allegra Print & Imaging, Axar Hotels, and OR Consulting.