September 23, 2019 (Reston, VA): The Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) announced today that its Board Chair, Robert Goudie, has been appointed by Governor Ralph Northam to the Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA), the state agency that supports the arts through funding from the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Governor’s press release announcing the appointment can be found here.
“Robert is a fierce and tireless advocate for the importance of the arts in all communities,” says GRACE Executive Director and Curator Lily Siegel. “VCA is lucky to have him as are all in the Commonwealth who care about the health of the arts in our society. The staff and Board join me in congratulating Robert on this singular achievement.”
In the six years that Mr. Goudie has served as GRACE Board Chair, GRACE has built out its exhibition and educational content and Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival in service of a new vision to identify GRACE as an important cultural destination along Metro’s Silver Line and grow its voice in the DC metropolitan region’s cultural conversation; added to its board depth and diversity; grown its financial capacity; forged new partnerships with prestigious downtown institutions like the National Gallery of Art and others; built a strong strategic partnership with George Mason University and added collaborations with other educational institutions; added a satellite gallery at the Signature building in Reston Town Center; and was recognized as one of only four visual arts institutions in the entire Commonwealth to receive a VCA 50th anniversary award.
“This is really an institutional honor, reflecting in large part the wonderful success we have had at GRACE over the recent past,” Mr. Goudie said. “And that has been the result of a terrific team effort. We have a very dedicated and talented Board of Directors, a superb staff led by our Executive Director and Curator, Lily Siegel, and fantastic supporters.”
Mr. Goudie also serves as Executive Director for the Reston Town Center Association, where he has expanded the association’s arts programming (including Sunday Art in the Park with the Shenandoah University Conservatory and Lunchtime with the Arts at Mason, both offered in partnership with the Reston Community Center). He also helped with the founding of Public Art Reston and continues to serve on its board of directors, and he serves on the Advocacy Committee for ArtsFairfax.
“Bob Simon had it right with his founding principles for Reston, that the arts are an essential part of being a complete community, and I’m looking forward to helping elevate and extend the arts footprint for our broader Commonwealth community through this appointment,” Mr. Goudie added.
(via Greater Reston Arts Center. Photo credit: Mercia Hobson.)