An Excellent Thought About a Quality Idea
Mary B. Howard Invitational

Deadline to submit: March 31, 2020. This call is now closed.
Exhibition dates: November 21, 2020–February 6, 2021

Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) and ‘sindikit invite artists to submit a proposal for the exhibition An Excellent Thought About a Quality Idea. Artists are invited to make a new project referencing an artwork they’ve made in the past (a prior “quality idea” for which you now have an “excellent thought” on how it might be reimagined or redeveloped, using a new genre or medium among other possibilities). We are specifically interested in the complexity of identity. Based on the prompt, each artist will make an entirely new artwork using a new genre or new medium. 

Five artists will be selected by Guest Curators Zoë Charlton and Tim Doud founders of ‘sindikit and GRACE Associate Curator Erica Harrison to participate in the An Excellent Thought About a Quality Idea, Mary B. Howard Invitational. The ‘sindikit project is committed to supporting studio research and experimentation with an emphasis on gender, sexuality, and race.  Projects can be realized through the lens of many genres including abstraction.

The exhibition is named in memory of Mary B. Howard, an artist, long-time board member, and staunch supporter of the Greater Reston Arts Center. Selected artists will receive a $250 honorarium and $1000 for materials.

About Guest Curators Zoë Charlton and Tim Doud of | ‘sindikit |

The ‘sindikit project is a creative, self-funded endeavor that emphasizes and extends our collaborative practices as artists and educators.  Their interest in the intersections of art, community, and education makes it crucial for then to work both in and outside of the University system. ‘sindikit is a platform that includes artist projects, creative community conversations between cultural activators, visual artists, and their co-conspirators. The ‘sindikit project was founded with an interest in discussing socio-political and cultural issues that affect art and artists.


Eligibility and Submission Requirements

  • Artist must live or work in Washington, DC; Maryland; or Virginia
  • Artist must pay a $40 application fee. This fee will also list you as a Supporter of the institution and includes two invitations to our Festival Party on May 16, 2020. 
  • All text files must be in doc or pdf format
  • All images must be in jpeg format, sized to 5 X 7 (or approx.) inches at 300 dpi
  • Incomplete or improperly submitted applications will not be considered

What to submit:

  • Exhibition proposal (no word count)
  • Ten (10) images of past work (images can include the work you are referencing in your proposal and/or other images of your work)
  • Resume or CV

How to format your file submissions:

  • All text files must be in Word or pdf format
  • Files must be titled as your last name, first initial, and title. For example:

DoeJ_Proposal.pdf
DoeJ_Statement.pdf
DoeJ_CV.pdf

  • All images must be in jpeg format
  • Sized to 5 X 7 (or approx.) inches at 300 dpi
  • Images must be titled as your last name, first initial, and title. For example:

DoeJ_Untitled1.jpg
DoeJ_Untitled2.jpg
DoeJ_Untitled3.jpg


Important Dates*

Deadline to submit: March 31, 2020, 11:59pm
Artist selections announced: April 20, 2020
Curator studio visits: June, July, August*
Images of final works and artist statements due: September 2020
Dates of exhibition November 21–February 6, 2021
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 21, 2020 5pm-7pm
De-installation: February 8–12, 2021

*dates will be updated with artist selection

Banner image: James Huckenpahler, value proposition (detail), 2018