The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival is a highly selective fine art and fine craft outdoor exhibition produced by Greater Reston Arts Center. Each year, we invite three highly qualified professionals to select the most accomplished fine art and fine craft artists in 16 categories from around the nation to present their works at the Festival. The jurors will also be on-site during the Festival to select 10 artists to receive an Artist Award, generously sponsored by Boston Properties; the winners will be announced at the Festival Party on Saturday, May 18. The Artist Awards are generously sponsored by Boston Properties. The Festival Party is sponsored by the M Group Architects and catered by The Counter.

We are pleased to announce the jurors for The Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival!

Nehemiah Dixon III is a native Washingtonian artist. He has over ten years experience in the field as a for-profit and nonprofit executive level director, administrator, leader, and teacher. Nehemiah received his B.F.A from the Maryland Institute College of Art and has a passion for arts management, forming Nonstop Art LLC in 2016. He is an enthusiastic networker, building collaborations and forming partnerships with local and national artists- developers, nonprofits and private design firms to bring art and maker spaces to communities throughout the region. Nehemiah is a well established artist in the District of Columbia metropolitan area. His sculptures are part of the 2018 Foggy Bottom Biennial. His work has been exhibited at The Watergate Gallery, The Phillips Collection, Pass Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Delaware College of Art and Design, The Sumner Museum, The Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center, The Joan Hisoaka Gallery, Gallerie Myrtis and the Washington D.C. Superior Court. He is currently the CEO of Nonstop Art, LLC and a Red Dirt Studio Artist.

With nearly twenty years experience in the industry, Lauren started her career as an assistant in the curator’s office at Estee Lauder Inc., followed by stints as a curatorial assistant at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and an intern at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice. She followed her work overseas with a position at the John Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco and four years at Christie’s Auction House in New York. She left Christie’s for a position as a collection manager and curator for a private collector in Manhattan, where she maintained more than ten thousand catalogued pieces. After moving back to her hometown of Washington, DC, she worked as an apprentice for a frame historian and for an art-consulting firm. She founded Hilyard Art Advisory in 2013. Lauren has a Bachelor of Arts in art history with a minor in studio art from Connecticut College. She is a member of ArtTable, the leadership organization for professional women in the visual arts, and serves on the board of Washington Project for the Arts (WPA). Lauren previously served as a board member for the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) and, in 2016, was selected as curator for Art Night, an annual exhibition event hosted by WPA and Hickok Cole Architects. She is currently a candidate for accreditation with the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). In addition to lecturing and curating events, Lauren is frequently featured in the media in stories about the art market and collecting.

Laura Roulet is an independent curator and writer, specializing in contemporary and Latin American art. She was one of five international curators chosen for the citywide public art project, 5 x 5, a major initiative sponsored by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities in 2012. She has organized exhibitions in Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S. including at the OAS Art Museum of the Americas, the American University Museum, Katzen Center, the Mexican Cultural Institute, Artisphere, Hillyer Art Space, WPA, Arlington Arts Center, and the DC Art Center. Recent exhibits and programming include Ian Jehle: Dynamical Systems (Katzen Center), Brian Reed: In the Cross Current (Huntington Museum of Art, WV), A Dark and Scandalous Rockfall (Mexican Cultural Institute), Foon Sham: Escape (Katzen Center), Come Back to Rockville! a participatory, public art project for VisArts (Rockville, MD), the National Drawing Invitational (Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR), and Medios y ambientes in Mexico City. She was a mentoring curator for DCAC and the first mentoring curator for VisArts in Rockville, MD in 2015.

Roulet is a frequent contributor to Sculpture magazine. Her other publications include many catalogue essays, encyclopedia entries, articles in American Art, Art Journal, Art Nexus, and the book Contemporary Puerto Rican Installation Art, the Guagua Aerea, the Trojan Horse and the Termite. She worked on the Ana Mendieta retrospective, organized by the Hirshhorn Museum in 2004, and contributed to that catalogue.