Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) presents a site-specific sculptural installation in a solo exhibition of interdisciplinary, DC-based artist Stephanie J. Williams whose work explores themes of identity through omission and inclusion. Williams teaches animation at Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA), has participated in exhibitions at ’sindikit, Baltimore; IA&A at Hillyer, DC; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington; among others, and is a 2019 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize finalist.

Press release
Exhibition booklet


Programs and events

Opening reception
April 27, 5–7pm
Free and open to the public

In Their Own Words: Stephanie Williams and Lily Siegel in conversation
May 4, 3pm

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. All ages. Sponsored by Reston Community Center. Free and open to the public.

Creative Response
May 30, 7pm: Genevieve Villamora of Bad Saint
June 20, 7pm: Presenter TBA. Held in conjunction with By The People
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. All ages. Sponsored by Reston Community Center. Free and open to the public.

Meditation Workshop: Contemplating Creativity
June 13, 7–8:30
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.

Artist-led Workshop: Stop-motion Animation Workshop
June 15, 13 pm
In this workshop, exhibiting artist Stephanie J. Williams will lead participants through the process of creating simple, posable puppets for use in a collaborative animated short film. Workshops participants will explore a variety of media including clay, wire and cut paper, and experiment with both rotoscope and stop motion animation techniques. All materials included. Ages 8 and up. $30. Sponsored by Reston Community Center. Register here

Insights: Saisha Grayson, curator of time-based media at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Stephanie Williams in conversation
June 22, 11am
Begun in the spring of 2017 with a groundbreaking talk between artist Radcliffe Bailey and Dr. Tuliza Fleming, curator of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) presents Insights, a program bringing curators and directors of major art institutions to Reston. Discussing the work on view in the gallery and American culture writ-large. All ages. Sponsored by Reston Community Center. Free and open to the public.