Greater Reston Arts Center Presents Mary B. Howard Invitational: STRETCH

By Editorial Team on December 10, 2018

Sat, 15 December 2018 - Sat, 09 February 2019

Monroe Isenberg, Stone, 2018. Courtesy of GRACE.
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 15 from 5pm to 7pm

The Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) presents the Mary B. Howard Invitational: STRETCH, a group exhibition featuring new work by James Huckenpahler, Monroe Isenberg, Katie Kehoe, Melanie Kehoss, and Harry Mayer, on view at the gallery located at the Reston Town Center.

This year, GRACE updated the concept of the biannual Mary B. Howard Artist Member Exhibition–named in honor of our former Board Member and Reston artist Mary Howard in recognition of her bequest to GRACE to support local artists–with STRETCH. Out of over fifty proposals five local artists were selected by Guest Curator Don Russell, university curator and director of the Provisions Research Center for Art & Social Change at George Mason University and GRACE Associate Curator and Festival Director Erica Harrison to create new work based on their proposals responding to the prompt, “If you could do anything, what would that be?”

“Winnowing down over fifty proposals to select just five for exhibition was challenging, to say the least. Working together with Don, we are pleased to present an exhibition that explores themes of endurance, humor, and intellectual curiosity with work by artists at all stages in their careers from pursuing a BFA to having committed gallery representation,” says Erica Harrison. “Artists James Huckenpahler, Monroe Isenberg, Katie Kehoe, Melanie Kehoss, and Harry Mayer have all participated in laborious processes devised through their own motivation to stretch the boundaries of their practices.”

STRETCH is on view December 15, 2018–February 9, 2019 and will be accompanied by a range of related programming.


  • Opening Reception: December 15, 5–7pm
  • Creative Response: Abby Wendle, Producer of NPR’s Invisibilia, January 17, 7pm
  • In Their Own Words Artist Panel: January 26, 3pm
  • In Their Own Words Curator’s Talk: February 9, 3pm

Gallery Hours:

  • Tuesday–Saturday, 11am–5pm

Greater Reston Arts Center is located at 12001 Market Street, #103, Reston, VA.