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Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art (Tephra ICA) is pleased to partner with American University and Howard University t...
09/02/2022

Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art (Tephra ICA) is pleased to partner with American University and Howard University to present special programming with artist Dominic Chambers in conjunction with the What Makes the Earth Shake exhibition. 

On Wednesday, September 7th at 6pm, the American University (AU) Studio Art MFA program & Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art will present the Visiting Artist Series with Dominic Chambers. Dominic Chambers will be joined in conversation by Andrew Wasserman, Professorial Lecturer, Department of Art, American University. Moderated by Jaynelle Hazard, Executive Director and Curator, Tephra ICA. Open to the Public. RSVP at
 
On Friday, September 9th, Howard University Department of Art will host Dominic Chambers as a guest artist to provide engagement and critique to MFA students. The studio visits will be followed by an artist talk with Chambers, in anticipation of the Tephra ICA What Makes the Earth Shake exhibition, open to all Howard University students and faculty.

On Saturday, September 10th at 6pm, join Dominic Chambers and Tephra ICA Executive Director & Curator, Jaynelle Hazard, for an in-person Opening Reception and Artist Talk at Tephra ICA. Masks are required while inside the gallery. In addition to the in-person program, the Artist Talk will be livestreamed beginning at 6:30pm and guests are welcome to join via Zoom. Link to be provided. RSVP at [email protected]. This program is generously supported by Reston Community Center.

08/11/2022

Danni O'Brien: Cross Sections
On view through October 11, 2022
Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art
Reston, Virginia
tephraica.org

“I conceive of the works in a haphazard way, a quick, intuitive gathering and selection of the diagrams and found objects that initiate each piece. Then I spend months carefully contending with what I have laid out in a slow and meditative process, often resulting in a clash with my previous self.” -Danni O’Brien

For this exhibition of new work, Baltimore-based interdisciplinary artist Danni O’Brien (she/they) has built each artwork around a borrowed instructional diagram, carefully stripping away its original function and context. O’Brien uses the act of decontextualization deliberately, creating wall-hung constructions that are rich with connotation. Within the visceral surfaces and quasi-bodily forms, the compositional logic of systems and mechanisms prevail.

[Image: Danni O’Brien, Steady, 2021. Courtesy the artist]

Join us tonight for an in-person closing reception at Tephra ICA. Free and open to the public. Please RSVP at rsvp@tephr...
05/24/2022

Join us tonight for an in-person closing reception at Tephra ICA. Free and open to the public. Please RSVP at [email protected].

Image credit: Laurel Nakadate, The Kingdom #10, 2018. Image courtesy of the artists and Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects.

We’re so excited to welcome walk-in gallery visitors again! Join us for our open walk-in hours on Thursday-Saturday from...
05/12/2022

We’re so excited to welcome walk-in gallery visitors again! Join us for our open walk-in hours on Thursday-Saturday from 11am–5pm. We remain open for advanced appointment gallery visits on Tuesday–Saturday from 11am–5pm. Make an appointment at tephraica.org.

The current exhibition Mother Line, featuring works by photographer, filmmaker, video and performance artist Laurel Nakadate, is on view until May 28. Guest curated by Lily Siegel and Don Russell, the exhibition is presented in partnership with George Mason University. In conjunction with Mother Line, the group exhibition MOTHER is currently on view at Mason Exhibitions Arlington, and an exhibition catalogue highlighting both exhibitions is now available at Tephra ICA and Mason Exhibitions Arlington.

05/09/2022

Mother Line
On view through May 29, 2022
Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art
Reston, Virginia
tephraica.org

Laurel Nakadate (American, b. 1975) creates work that examines contemporary modes of self-representation and identity formation. Exploring loneliness and relationships amongst strangers, her practice predates, yet foreshadows, the onslaught of social media platforms that pervade our everyday lives, including Instagram and Facebook, freelance marketplaces like fiverr and Upwork, and consumer genetic testing services such as 23andMe. "Mother Line" presents two series, Relations and The Kingdom, which result directly from the artist embracing such platforms.

[Image: Laurel Nakadate, The Kingdom #10, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist and Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects]

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04/29/2022

Endlessly proud of my team. Thank you ⚡️✨.

One week left to apply to the Mary B. Howard Invitational! More information at the link below.
04/27/2022
One Week Left to Apply | Mary B. Howard Invitational

One week left to apply to the Mary B. Howard Invitational! More information at the link below.

Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art (Tephra ICA) seeks regional artists for the Mary B. Howard Invitational exhibition, guest curated by Deirdre Darden. One Week Left to Apply Call for Artists Mary

Join us for a special Creative Response program on Thursday, April 14 at 1:30pm, featuring Imogen-Blue Hinojosa, a conte...
04/13/2022

Join us for a special Creative Response program on Thursday, April 14 at 1:30pm, featuring Imogen-Blue Hinojosa, a contemporary artist known for performance, video, and photography, in response to the exhibition Laurel Nakadate: Mother Line, currently on view at Tephra ICA.

For this afternoon program, Hinojosa will perform her text Dreaming at the Edges of a Petrol Blue Room live from her bedroom in Berlin. The text begins under the same circumstances as Nakadate’s Relations series – the meeting of two people, at an agreed upon location, for a brief exchange. Hinojosa’s work lays bare the experiences of trans women in survival sex work situations, and draws upon anecdotal experiences of her community, manifesting in a private performance of prose and poetry.

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A. Free and open to the public. RSVP in advance at [email protected] for Zoom Room link and password. This program is sponsored by Reston Community Center.

04/12/2022

Borrowed and Not Returned
On view through June 28, 2022
Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art
Reston, Virginia
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"Borrowed and Not Returned" includes three recent and ongoing series by artist Travis Childers. Childers’ work is concerned with our society’s extractive relationship to nature, though he often approaches the topic with humor and a healthy dose of culpability as he acknowledges his own participation. In his new "Story Tellers" series, Childers employs miniature, model railroad materials to create landscapes that, despite their small size, imply the depth of the earth and the boundlessness of the sky. In contrast, Childers' collage work in the Vegetation series presents opaque facades and coverings that create expansive fields of borrowed images.

Altered and constructed landscapes serve as anchors across Childers’ work, creating a common thread between a wide variety of human experiences. Underlying his practice is the sensibility that in our human relationship to landscape, there is something borrowed and not returned.

[Image: Travis Childers, Contemplating the Void, 2021. Photo credit: Luke Walter]

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03/02/2022

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Thank you Washingtonian for including Tephra ICA in "10 Cool Art Galleries Around the DC Area.”Tephra ICA is open Tuesda...
02/24/2022
10 Cool Art Galleries Around the DC Area | Washingtonian (DC)

Thank you Washingtonian for including Tephra ICA in "10 Cool Art Galleries Around the DC Area.”

Tephra ICA is open Tuesday–Saturday. 11am–5pm by appointment. Appointments are free and available at tephraica.org.

Looking to brush up on the local art scene? Here are a few good places to start.

One more week remains to check out Andrea Limauro: A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats currently on view at the Tephra ICA at ...
01/17/2022

One more week remains to check out Andrea Limauro: A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats currently on view at the Tephra ICA at Signature gallery.

Andrea Limauro is a visual artist and city planner whose work explores migration and migrant identity issues, nationalistic narratives, gun violence, climate change, and other social topics. Through his attentive and laborious process of screen printing and careful painting, Limauro’s works bring into focus the looming nature of disasters due to the effects of climate change. By employing striking color combinations, metal leaf, and patterns, he creates an illusion to a dystopian future of the DC region.

Tephra ICA at Signature is located at the Signature apartment building in Reston,​ VA. Provided in partnership with Boston Properties and Bozzuto. Generously supported by Reston Community Center.

Visitors are welcome Tuesday–Saturday, 11am–5pm. Face masks are required to enter. Reservations are not required.

Image: A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats, 2018

01/04/2022

Accepting Late Applications through January 9 for the Tephra Fine Arts Festival.

We know this time of year can be a busy one for artists, so we are extending the opportunity for you to submit an application for the largest fine arts festival on the East Coast! The 31st Annual Tephra Fine Arts Festival will take place May 20-22, 2022 in the unique outdoor setting of Reston Town Center, where the numerous buyers are serious and the "art stars vie for spaces."

01/03/2022

Final Deadline! Apply today to the 31st Tephra Fine Arts Festival (VA), May 20-22nd. This show is consistently rated as one of the best outdoor art festivals in the country, both for the high-quality of the artwork presented and for its exceptional artist hospitality. Application on ZAPP - Deadline 1/9/22! For more info click https://conta.cc/3Hz9Ku6. Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art

Deadline approaching - apply now! There is still time for artists to apply to the Tephra Fine Arts Festival. Application...
12/22/2021
ZAPP Event Information - Tephra Fine Arts Festival 2022

Deadline approaching - apply now! There is still time for artists to apply to the Tephra Fine Arts Festival. Application Deadline December 27. Late applications accepted through January 3.

Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art (Tephra ICA) is committed to promoting innovative contemporary art and thinking. Leading with curiosity and care, we are a catalyst, generator, and advocate for visual and interdisciplinary arts. The Tephra Fine Arts Festival is hosted annually by Tephra ICA as its largest fundraiser. The primary goal of the Festival is to make meaningful connections between artists and patrons, and to promote the sharing and selling of the artists’ work.

Read more about Tephra Fine Arts Festival 2022 on ZAPPlication

12/21/2021

Tephra ICA will be closed December 24 – 25 and December 31 – January 1. All other days we are open as usual Tuesday–Saturday, 11am–5pm by appointment. Make your appointment today at tephraica.org to view our current exhibition 3AM: Time Sensitive, curated by Adriel Luis. Since 2016, 3AM members Ma Ei, Ko Latt, and Yadanar Win have collaborated on works that dissolve the lines between art and activism, performance, and media.

Tephra ICA is currently hiring a 2022 Summer Art Camp Instructor!Presented in partnership with Reston Association (RA), ...
12/20/2021
Now Hiring | Summer Art Camp Instructor

Tephra ICA is currently hiring a 2022 Summer Art Camp Instructor!

Presented in partnership with Reston Association (RA), Tephra ICA Summer Art Camp provides a safe and educational environment for campers to explore contemporary and historical art through artmaking, critical thinking, and creative play.

Presented in partnership with Reston Association (RA), Tephra ICA Summer Art Camp provides a safe and educational environment for campers to explore contemporary and historical art through artmaking,

Tephra Fine Arts Festival 2022, Call for artist applications. The Tephra Fine Arts Festival, formerly the Northern Virgi...
12/07/2021
ZAPP Event Information - Tephra Fine Arts Festival 2022

Tephra Fine Arts Festival 2022, Call for artist applications.

The Tephra Fine Arts Festival, formerly the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, welcomes your application for the 31st annual festival taking place May 20-22, 2022. As a participating artist your work will be presented in the elegant, open-air location of Reston Town Center and visited by over 20,000 affluent patrons and collectors. Each year the festival receives press coverage from major media outlets including The Washington Post and Northern Virginia Magazine and celebrates participating artists and award recipients at the Festival Cocktail Hour.

The Festival provides an opportunity for artists to engage directly with sophisticated patrons and knowledgeable collectors. Don't miss out on the opportunity to participate in one of the top three festivals on the East Coast!

Read more about Tephra Fine Arts Festival 2022 on ZAPPlication

12/03/2021
Explore More Home Edition is a free program providing fun and creative projects centered around exhibitions at Tephra IC...
12/02/2021
Explore More Home Edition - Youth Programs - Tephra ICA

Explore More Home Edition is a free program providing fun and creative projects centered around exhibitions at Tephra ICA. New activities are now available for our current exhibition 3AM: Time Sensitive and the Buoyant Force sculpture by artist Sue Wrbican. Create your own artist collective like 3AM or make an upcycled bug buddy inspired by Sue Wrbican!

Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art (Tephra ICA) is a non-profit, non-collecting institution committed to promoting innovative contemporary art and thinking. The word “tephra” – matter ejected from geothermal eruptions that lands upon, nourishes, and changes the surrounding environment - emph...

This Giving Tuesday, please consider Tephra ICA and our Annual Giving Campaign, supporting one of the most critical area...
11/30/2021

This Giving Tuesday, please consider Tephra ICA and our Annual Giving Campaign, supporting one of the most critical areas, general operations. Visit https://www.tephraica.org/join-give to donate today.

The campaign directly supports Tephra ICA’s vision to deepen our impact nationally, reach new audiences, and continue to advance as a leading contemporary art institution. This past year, Tephra ICA has made significant strides in delivering this vision, including:

- Presenting the exhibition Quantum Shift, featuring light and space artist Gisela Colón, and the accompanying public sculpture, Parabolic Monolith Iridium, located at James Monroe Park in Washington, DC. Both projects were reviewed by The Washington Post.

- Buoyant Force, by artist Sue Wrbican, remains in Reston Town Square Park and is the focal point of this year’s Emerging Visions program where we work with Fairfax County Public Schools to develop art curriculum for K-12 students.

- We also look forward to continuing to build institutional partnerships, such as the forthcoming exhibition featuring photographer, filmmaker, video and performance artist, Laurel Nakadate, in conjunction with George Mason University.

We appreciate you and those who are willing to make commitments to Tephra ICA during this moment. Any gift of any size will help sustain Tephra ICA's mission to promote innovative contemporary art and thinking.

Thank you for considering the arts and supporting Tephra ICA.

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Artists must have availability during the first two weeks of December 2022 for installation and exhibition opening.
Tephra ICA will provide an honorarium of $250 and an additional $1,000 fee for materials for each participating artist.

Every two years, Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art presents the Mary B. Howard Invitational, a group exhibition featuring the work of regional contemporary artists. For each iteration of the show, Tephra ICA works with a guest curator to produce the exhibition through an open call for artists. This program values exhibition-making as a meaningful collaboration between artist and curator and a generative process that feeds the development and public presentation of innovative new work. The Invitational is named in memory of Mary B. Howard, an artist, long-time board member, and staunch supporter of Tephra ICA.

Application Deadline: May 3, 2022

https://www.tephraica.org/exhibitions/mary-b-howard-invitational
Join us online Thursday, February 17 at 6:00 p.m. to hear Marina Isgro, associate curator of media and performance art at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. She will discuss “Mother Line,” the current Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art exhibit. RSVP in advance to [email protected] for a Zoom link and password. This presentation is sponsored by RCC. Learn more: https://www.tephraica.org/events/insights2
Final Deadline! Apply today to the 31st Tephra Fine Arts Festival (VA), May 20-22nd. This show is consistently rated as one of the best outdoor art festivals in the country, both for the high-quality of the artwork presented and for its exceptional artist hospitality. Application on ZAPP - Deadline 1/9/22! For more info click https://conta.cc/3Hz9Ku6. Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art
Applications to the Tephra Fine Arts Festival Close Next Week!

Tephra ICA is committed to promoting innovative contemporary art and thinking. Leading with curiosity and care, we are a catalyst, generator, and advocate for visual and interdisciplinary arts. The Tephra Fine Arts Festival is hosted annually by Tephra ICA as its largest fundraiser. The primary goal of the Festival is to make meaningful connections between artists and patrons and to promote the sharing and selling of the artists’ work. Application deadline is Monday, December 27. Late applications accepted through January 9. Click here to apply today: https://www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=9761

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Apply Today! Application deadline 12/27 for the 31st Tephra Fine Arts Festival (formerly the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival) May 20-22, 2022. This highly ranked show attracts over 20,000 affluent patrons each year. For more info click https://conta.cc/3yP45Nz. Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art
Apply now for the 31st Tephra Fine Arts Festival (formerly the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival) May 20-22, 2022. This highly ranked show attracts over 20,000 affluent patrons each year. Application deadline 12/27/21 on ZAPP. For more info click https://conta.cc/3m57wur. Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art
The 31st Tephra Fine Arts Festival (formerly the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival) invites you to apply to showcase your original art May 20-22, 2022. This highly ranked show attracts over 20,000 affluent patrons each year. Apply today on ZAPP! For more info click here https://conta.cc/331TyD3. Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art
You’re invited to the Creative Response to the Parabolic Monolith Iridium featuring Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez on Thursday, November 4 at 5:30pm in Monroe Park in the !

Join Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art (Tephra ICA), the Golden Triangle BID, Public Art Reston, and poet Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez for a reading in response to Parabolic Monolith Iridium, the 15-foot tall carbon fiber sculpture by light and space artist Gisela Colón, located near the top of James Monroe Park in Washington, DC (near the intersection of H and Pennsylvania Avenue NW).

The presentation will be followed by a special Happy Hour at Pisco y Nazca Ceviche Gastrobar (1823 L Street NW – 4 blocks from sculpture site). This event is free (beverages not included) and open to the public. Please RSVP via email at [email protected]. The sculpture is presented by Tephra ICA in partnership with the Golden Triangle BID and is sponsored by Leidos and the Charles P. Johnson & Associates.

About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in mainland United States, Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez graduated with a BA in English Literature and is a VONA Voices Alumna, having worked with award winning poets Willie Perdomo and Danez Smith. Tatiana primarily performs, teaches poetry workshops, and hosts events in the greater Washington, DC area at venues, including New York University, The Kennedy Center, and The Howard Theatre. She has also performed and taught nationally and in the Dominican Republic. Her work can be found in The Acentos Review, Here Comes Everyone (UK), and other publications. Figueroa Ramirez is the author of two poetry collections, Coconut Curls y Café con Leche and Despojo.
Starting today through this Sunday is
Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art's Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the festival will feature over 200 artists from across the U.S., including performance artist Tariq O'Meally + sculpture artist Sue Wrbican.

In our latest issue, we previewed what to expect at the festival this weekend + an inside look at some of the artists' work that will be showcased. Read the full article here: https://districtfray.com/articles/northern-virginia-fine-arts-festival-turns-30/
We are 1 week away from the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival hosted by Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art September 10-12 at Reston Town Center. Our partners, friends, and co-workers are folding cranes for Peace! Join us at the festival or bring some cranes by the office by 9/8 COB. DM for details!
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• after many, many months of eagerly awaiting the return of the performing arts, they are officially back in the District — welcoming locals with open arms, a jam-packed schedule of star-studded performances, + the most reassuring set of Covid protocols (proof of vaccination before walking through the doors) we could hope for as we face the latest wave of pandemic concerns •

• inside the issue:

a conversation with cover subject, longlivegogodc founder + The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts culture caucus member Justin "Yaddiya" Johnson

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plus: artist Joe Marshall, Leah Judson, Western Market DC, Capital Turnaround, Silver Lyan, Broccoli City, Maggie O'Neill + Warren Weixler's “Disco to the Go-Go,” Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art's arts festival, yoga for all levels, weekend getaways worth the drive + much more •

• read our issue in full at bit.ly/3t37dCs or pick up a hard copy around town // cover 📷 by Tony Powell + cover design by Julia Robeck Goldberg •
Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to introduce the 2021 roster of Festival artists! 🎨

Now in its 30th year, the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival highlights more than 200 artists who are creating unique, handmade works in the fields of fine art and fine craft. In the competitive artist application process, each submission is reviewed by a juror panel, made up of visual arts leaders, artists, and practitioners, who select top ranked artists across ten categories to present their work at the Festival.

Preview the 2021 Artists here: https://www.tephraica.org/festival-artists

📸: Midori Ueda-Okahana, New Beginning (detail), 2020

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