January 17–April 23
Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) presents IRL, a solo exhibition featuring work by painter and video artist Monica Stroik, on view January 17–April 23 at Greater Reston Arts Center at Signature, an innovative satellite gallery that presents a year-round schedule of exhibitions of local artists selected by GRACE’s curatorial staff.
Virginia-based artist Monica Stroik creates visual narratives exploring the intersections between the organic, man-made, and virtual worlds we live in. Through a combination of video and paintings selected from her ongoing Cyber series, IRL (online shorthand for “in real life”) investigates concepts of simultaneously being present and disconnected and how the natural world becomes entangled in our digital lives.
Stroik received her MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. Her work has been exhibited across the DC metropolitan area including the Arlington Arts Center, Hillyer Art Space, Civilian Art Project, Area 405, and the Glenview Mansion. She completed a studio residency at the Arlington Arts Center and a painting residency at School of Visual Arts in New York. Stroik collaborates with her husband, musician and composer Doug Kallmeyer, and has mixed video for live musical performances at numerous venues including The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, 9:30 Club, Black Cat, Velvet Lounge, and DuPont Underground in Washington, D.C., and Rams Head Live in Baltimore.
EVENTS AND PROGRAMS:
January 24, 6–8pm
Food and wine provided by Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market.
Music and video performance with Doug Kallmeyer
March 28, 7pm
Greater Reston Arts Center at Signature is an innovative satellite gallery that presents a year-round schedule of exhibitions of local artists selected by GRACE’s curatorial staff. This partnership between Boston Properties, Bozzuto Management, and GRACE merges the vision of the Signature building, which is focused on creating distinctive and personal spaces for residents, and GRACE’s mission in engaging the community through excellence in contemporary visual art. Select local artists are given the opportunity to present a distinct body of work in the space off the grand lobby.
All exhibitions and opening receptions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 11am–5pm, Tuesday–Saturday. The Signature at Reston Town Center is located at 11850 Freedom Drive, Reston, VA 20190.
Gallery hours: Tues–Sat, 11am–5pm
For more information please visit restonarts.org
Greater Reston Arts Center at Signature is sponsored by Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market.
Pictured at top: Monica Stroik, Gravity, 2012