Emerging Visions Students Respond to Dominic Chambers: What Makes the Earth Shake 

Emerging Visions Students Respond to Dominic Chambers: What Makes the Earth Shake 

On View June 17–July 15 

 Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art (Tephra ICA) presents Emerging Visions, an exhibition featuring work by students participating in Tephra ICA’s signature education program, Emerging Visions. Responding to the institute’s Fall 2022 exhibition, Dominic Chambers: What Makes the Earth Shake, the Emerging Visions exhibition will be on view June 17–July 15. An opening reception for students, teachers, friends, family, and the public will be held on Saturday, June 17, from 4pm–6pm. 

Through the Emerging Visions program, Tephra ICA extends its mission beyond the gallery walls, creating opportunities for students to engage with contemporary art in the classroom. Students and educators are invited to participate in this unique, ongoing program designed around Tephra ICA exhibitions or projects. 

Each year, Tephra ICA works directly with Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) Art Educators to create an Educator’s Packet that includes themes and supporting concepts to integrate into classroom curriculum for K–12 students. Students and educators are invited to view the featured exhibition and respond to themes by creating their own artworks in a variety of media. Student artwork, as selected by Tephra ICA staff, is exhibited as part of the Emerging Visions exhibition at the gallery each Spring. 

This year, Tephra ICA presents its fifth year of the Emerging Visions program featuring artwork by students from Cunningham Park Elementary School, Franklin Sherman Elementary School, and Justice High School. The 2022–23 program is based on What Makes the Earth Shake, a solo exhibition by Black figurative painter Dominic Chambers featuring vibrant paintings that simultaneously engage art historical models, such as color field theory and gestural abstraction, along with contemporary concerns around race, identity, and the necessity for leisure. 

Emerging Visions is a free program. Please visit tephraica.org/education for more information. 

Opening Reception

Saturday, June 17

12001 Market Street, Suite 103
Reston, VA 20190 

Pictured at top:  Painting by participating student 

About Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art (Tephra ICA)

Tephra ICA is a non-profit, non-collecting institution committed to promoting innovative contemporary art and thinking. Leading with curiosity and care, the organization is a catalyst, generator, and advocate for visual arts. 

Tephra ICA is supported in part by ArtsFairfax, Reston Community Center, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Tephra ICA is free and open to the public Wednesday–Saturday, 11am–5pm. Saturdays are open by appointment only. Appointments can be made here

Tephra ICA
2001 Market St #103
Reston, VA


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