Public Art Reston History

Click the timeline below to expand details of important moments in the history of our organization.

2017

January 2017 – Initiative for Public Art – Reston name changes to Public Art Reston and new branding announced in March 2017

2016

April 9, 2016 – Unveiling of Wooden Horse by Marco Rando inspired by Gonzalo Fonseca’s original Wooden Horse realized in 1965.

June 18, 2016 – Unveiling of Mutual Understanding/Mutual Respect by m.l. duffy at the North County Governmental Center.

July 25, 2016 – Unveiling of Simon realized by South Lakes High School STEAM Team for the Lake Thoreau spillway.

2015

April 25, 2015 – Unveiling of A Bird in the Hand by Patrick Dougherty, Reston Town Square Park, presented by IPAR and Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE)

July, 13, 2015 – Unveiling of Nothing Twice realized by South Lakes High School STEAM Team for the Lake Thoreau spillway.

August 10, 2015 – Initiative for Public Art – Reston co-hosted with Americans for the Arts and Reston Association a Public Art Network meeting with Virginia and Regional Public Art Managers.

September  26, 2015 – Unveiling of We Make Reston, An Inside Out Project. Created by the people of Reston and coordinated by Initiative for Public Art – Reston and Reston Community Center.

2014

May 8, 2014 – Unveiling of Pyramid of Light realized by South Lakes High School students for the Lake Thoreau spillway.

December 15, 2014 – Dedication of Reston Rondo by Mary Ann Mears at Hyatt Park, Reston Town Center.

2013

January 25, 2013  – Reston: The Art of Community, exhibition about Reston’s public art presented at University of Maryland Kibel & Linear Galleries, School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation. Exhibition was on view until May 10, 2013.

January 29, 2013 – Initiative for Public Art – Reston and Reston Historic Trust received recognition from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for their vision and effort to celebrate the story of community through art. The recognition was received for the development and presentation of the exhibition Reston: The Art of Community.

May 11, 2013  – Dedication of the second Initiative for Public Art – Reston permanent public art project Flux by mosaic artist Valerie Theberge. The public art project includes a mosaic fountain and mosaic squares on three walls. Five of the squares were created by Dogwood Elementary School students. The project was co-sponsored by Reston Association, Initiative for Public Art – Reston and Reston Community Center.

June 26, 2013 – Site visit at the Hyatt Park followed by a presentation by sculptor Mary Ann Mears and a video presentation about her work at the Hyatt Regency Reston.

October 2013Reston: The Art of Community, exhibition about Reston’s public art presented at Dulles International Airport.

October 22, 2013 – Launch of third season of Public Art Film and Speaker Series presented in collaboration with Reston Community Center (RCC) at RCC Hunters Woods’ CenterStage.

2012

May 6, 2012Out of Place, a temporary site-situated installation and contemporary dance performance by architect/installation artist Ronit Eisenbach and dance artist Sharon Mansur presented by Initiative for Public Art – Reston, Reston Community Center, Friends of Lake Anne, and Reston Museum. The site-situated installation was on view from May 6 – 21, 2012.

September 15, 2012 –  Reston: The Art of Community, exhibition about Reston’s public art opens at the Reston Museum. Film premiere of Fun, Beauty, Fantasy: Reston’s Public Art, documentary film directed by Rebekah Wingert-Jabi.

October 12, 2012  – Initiative for Public Art – Reston received the Arts Impact Award at the Arts Council of Fairfax County’ s inaugural Arts Awards Luncheon.

October 23, 2012  – Launch of second season of Public Art Film and Speaker Series presented in collaboration with Reston Community Center (RCC) and presented at RCC Hunters Woods’ CenterStage.

November 15, 2012 – Initiative for Public Art – Reston Annual Fundraising Reception held at Midtown, Reston Town Center.

2011

September 2011 – Launch of Public Art Film and Speaker Series presented in collaboration with Reston Community Center (RCC) and presented at RCC Hunters Woods’ CenterStage.

November 10, 2011 – Initiative for Public Art – Reston Annual Fundraising Reception held at Midtown Reston Town Center.

December 2011 – Launch of Initiative for Public Art – Reston first limited edition artist series puzzle featuring an up-close detail of the mosaic public artwork, Emerge, created by artist Valerie Theberge at the Glade Drive Underpass in collaboration with students from Hunters Woods Elementary School for the Arts & Science in 2010.

2010

February 16, 2010 – Initiative for Public Art – Reston luncheon for developers and landowners hosted by Supervisor Cathy Hudgins.

June 24 – July 31, 2010 – Exhibition gaps presented by Greater Reston Arts Center, Initiative for Public Art – Reston, and the Washington Sculptors Group. Juror Vesela Stretenovic chose twenty-three artists for inclusion in the exhibition. gaps included three sculptures by Mike Shaffer installed in Reston Town Square Park. July 22: Panel discussion about public art.

September 15, 2010 – Dedication of the first Initiative for Public Art – Reston permanent public art project Emerge by mosaic artist Valerie Theberge with the collaboration of Hunters Woods Elementary School students at the Glade Drive underpass. The project was co-sponsored by Initiative for Public Art – Reston, Reston Association, Reston Community Center, and Hunters Woods Elementary School for the Arts & Sciences.

December 8, 2010 – Initiative for Public Art – Reston First Annual Reception held at the Sheraton Reston and premiere of short documentary by Rebekah Wingert-Jabi on the Glade Drive underpass public art project Emerge.

2009

June 2009 – Public Art Master Plan for Reston referenced in the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan policy document.

August 2009 – First Initiative for Public Art – Reston Public Art Manager hired.

2008

April 2008 – Initiative for Public Art – Reston sponsored four Art in the Pages artworks. Spearheaded by the Fairfax Library Foundation, Art in the Pages sculptures can currently be found at Fairfax County libraries and other locations throughout the County.

May 29, 2008 – The Initiative for Public Art – Reston Community Forum engaged and energized all parts of the community, with nearly 200 people attending an evening discussion of the potential for public art in Reston.

May 31, 2008 – Imagine Art Here Charrette initiated the visioning of public art throughout Reston.

September 30, 2008 – Initiative for Public Art – Reston board approval of Public Art Master Plan for Reston.

October 10 – November 15, 2008Sleeping Tree exhibit at Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) was presented with financial support from Initiative for Public Art – Reston.

December 2, 2008 – Initiative for Public Art – Reston constituent organizations completed endorsement of the Public Art Master Plan for Reston; all organization Boards approved it unanimously.

December 5, 2008 – Initiative for Public Art – Reston Public Art Master Plan for Reston Launch Party at GRACE.

December 4-6, 2008 – Initiative for Public Art – Reston co-hosted a “Knowledge Exchange” program with Americans for the Arts.

2007

October 11, 2007 – Initiative for Public Art – Reston was incorporated.

November 8, 2007 – Initiative for Public Art – Reston formal organizational meeting.