Festival: Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19 from 10am to 5pm
Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) announces the 2019 Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, which brings more than200 fine artists from across the nation presenting original works in 16 categories of fine art and fine craft to the unique outdoor environment of Reston Town Center.
Thanks to the continuing support of Reston Town Center, the Festival will include Festival Friday, May 17, allowing GRACE to bring this world-class experience to the community’s workforce population; many Town Center merchants will offer Festival Friday deals for that day only. The Festival Party, generously sponsored by the M Group Architects and catered in-kind by Not Your Average Joe’s with wine provided by Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market, will take place on Saturday, May 18, 7–10pm, and will serve as a platform to announce the 2019 artist Awards of Excellence. In addition, thanks to those critical sponsorships, the party will again be free this year to GRACE’s sponsors, supporters, and all Festival artists. The Festival is also bringing thought-provoking performance art to the Reston Town Center. ON DISPLAY/RESTON, a movement installation by Heidi Latsky, will celebrate the beauty of differences. Thisimmersive artwork is generously sponsored by GRACE’s community partner, Reston Community Center, also a Festival Signature Community Sponsor with the Reston Town Center Association. The performance will take place during the Festival Party on May 18, 7pm, and at Reston Town Square Park on May 19, 11am and 2pm.
Acceptance into the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival is a major accomplishment for the artists. The selection process begins in December under the direction of an independent panel of professional jurors with assistance from GRACE curatorial staff. The three highly qualified jurors for the 2019 Festival are Nehemiah Dixon III, a widely exhibited native Washingtonian artist; Lauren Hilyard, a Washington-based art advisor with 20 years of experience working for the Guggenheim Museum and Christie’s Auction House among others; and Laura Roulet, an independent curator and writer and frequent contributor to Sculpture Magazine. These three jurors will also judge each artist booth on Friday and Saturday to select the ten Awards of Excellence. Each winner will receive a $500 cash prize, a blue ribbon for booth display, and automatic acceptance into the 2020 Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival.
“We’d also like to encourage individuals to consider our Adopt-an-Artist program,” said Lily Siegel, executive director and curator at GRACE. “For $100 an individual can directly support our nationally renowned artist hospitality package. At the same time, you’re creating a very personal connection to the artist you adopt and to the Festival experience.”