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; the winners will be announced at the Festival Party on Saturday, May 16.

We are pleased to announce the jurors for the 2020 Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival!

Caroline Kipp is the Curator of Contemporary Art at The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum. Kipp previously worked in the Department of Contemporary Art, and the Textile and Fashion Arts Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She holds a BFA in fibers from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and an MA in museum studies from Harvard University Extension School.

Carla Massoni has enjoyed a career as an entrepreneur for over 40 years. Her gallery MassoniArt will celebrate 30 years of continuous exhibitions in 2020. A resident of Chestertown, Maryland since 1985, she remains actively involved in community arts and humanities projects. In 2016, she opened CREATE with five partners, all award winning craft artists. In 2014 she was honored as the recipient of the William Donald Shaefer – Helping People – Award for Kent County. She has served as a juror for numerous art institution exhibitions throughout Maryland. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Kent Cultural Alliance.

J.J. McCracken creates sculptures, performances and immersive installations focused on free speech, social justice and resource equity. Recent work includes The Mouth of the Scold (2016), commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery for the IDENTIFY: Performance Art as Portraiture series and she is the recipient of numerous awards including from Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award and the Puffin Foundation. McCracken holds a bachelors degree in Anthropology from The College of William and Mary and an M.F.A. in Studio Art from The George Washington University; she has also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. McCracken is Co-Director of Red Dirt Studio in Mt. Rainier, Maryland, and is represented by CONNERSMITH in Washington, D.C. (Image:

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