Tephra ICA Launches The Alloy Project

Tephra ICA Launches The Alloy Project

Annual Benefit and Cocktail Event taking place on Saturday, October 15, 2022

Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art (Tephra ICA) announces the launch of The Alloy Project, Tephra ICA’s inaugural Annual Benefit. The project is a new annual fundraising initiative, offering commissioned, collaborative artworks for purchase and free arts experiences for audiences of all ages. Taking place all day beginning at 11am on Saturday, October 15, the event will culminate into a ticketed evening Cocktail Event. 

The Alloy Project invites five pairings of contemporary artists to engage in a process of creative response, generating five original collaborative works of art and a series of limited-edition prints. Like an alloy, these dually authored art works result from bringing together two distinct elements, creating new synergies and possibilities. Special, signed limited edition prints will be for sale all day at the Annual Benefit; and the original artworks, as applicable, will be available for auction during the Cocktail Event. 

The Benefit’s main highlight will be the evening Cocktail Event that will bring together artists, collectors, arts enthusiasts, and professional leaders from the Washington, DC metropolitan community and beyond. Featuring works for purchase from The Alloy Project, honored guests, artist dialogues, live music, and a special performance, this event promises to be Tephra ICA’s most vibrant night of the year. 

However, the Benefit has something for everyone. Throughout the day, visitors can view the Dominic Chambers: What Makes the Earth Shake exhibition at the Tephra ICA gallery, drop-in for a handmade papermaking workshop led by the Navigation Press from George Mason University, enjoy a public concert in Reston Town Square Park hosted by Reston Town Center Association, and explore the VMFA Artmobile – the state-of-the-art traveling museum on wheels presented by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – providing an opportunity to experience and explore authentic works of art directly from the VMFA collection. 

Proceeds from The Alloy Project supports Tephra ICA’s work and commitment to contemporary art, artists, and access; and raises essential funds to further the institution’s presentation of regional to internationally acclaimed exhibitions, unique educational programs, and forward-thinking initiatives. 

Schedule of Events

11am – 4pm
View the Dominic Chambers: What Makes the Earth Shake exhibition at Tephra ICA gallery

11am – 8pm
Explore the VMFA Artmobile, a traveling museum from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

12pm – 2pm
Drop-in for a papermaking workshop led by George Mason University’s Navigation Press

8pm – 11pm
Ticketed Cocktail Event at the Avant | 12025 Town Square St, Reston, VA 20190

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
2001 Market St #103
Reston, VA


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