March 17–April 1
Emerging Visions: Interactions
Greater Reston Arts Center celebrates Youth Art Month with two exhibitions dedicated to the artistic achievements of the area’s youth. The GRACE Art exhibition features selected works from elementary school students participating in the GRACE’s signature art education program, GRACE Art; several free art activities for visitors to enjoy with be provided throughout the presentation of the exhibition. Emerging Visions features exceptional work, inspired by the GRACE’s widely successful fall 2016 exhibition, Shih Chieh Huang: Synthetic Transformations, from students at local high schools.
April 21-July 8
Radcliffe Bailey: The Great Dismal Swamp
Radcliffe Bailey (b. 1968, Bridgeton, New Jersey; lives and works in Atlanta) is a nationally-recognized painter, sculptor, and mixed-media artist who layers imagery, culturally resonant materials, and text to explore themes of ancestry, race, and memory. The Great Dismal Swamp is the artist’s first solo exhibition in the metro DC area. Bailey has long treated issues of race and the historical experiences of African-Americans in his work, mining his personal ancestry as well as the history and legacy of slavery. At GRACE, Bailey will present a selection of newly commissioned mixed-media works exploring his family history in Virginia, as well as the history of the state’s Great Dismal Swamp. The Great Dismal Swamp, a federally-designated national wildlife refuge in Southeastern Virginia, concealed and sheltered communities of slaves fleeing captivity on the Underground Railroad.
The Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) is located at 12001 Market Street, Suite 103, Reston, VA 20190. More information: 703-471-9242 or firstname.lastname@example.org