Public Art Reston 10th Anniversary Logo

2018 marks the 10th Anniversary of the adoption of the Public Art Master Plan for Reston.


In 2007, a group of community leaders, professionals, and civic leaders who represent Reston’s key community organizations – sought to inspire a new commitment to public art that builds on Reston’s tradition of supporting community arts and culture. They established the organization Public Art Reston (formerly Initiative for Public Art – Reston), a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering community discourse and education about public art, creating new expectations about the possibilities for art in the public realm, and cultivating a new generation of artworks in the community.


On December 2nd, 2008, a community-specific Public Art Master Plan for Reston was unanimously approved, making Reston the first unincorporated community in the United States to have adopted such a forward-thinking master plan. All segments of the community were involved in the development of this master plan, which outlines a vision for public art in Reston, key opportunities for new projects, and an action plan for success. Since 2008, 12 permanent public artworks and 12 temporary public art installations have been commissioned in Reston, which currently boasts a growing inventory of almost 50 public art works.


In 2017, to celebrate the founding of Public Art Reston, the organization officially changed its name from Initiative for Public Art – Reston to Public Art Reston and underwent a complete rebranding.


10th Anniversary Birthday Party

On November 9, 2017 from 6:30 – 9:00 pm, Public Art Reston celebrated 10 years of public art in Reston at our 10th Anniversary Birthday Party!

Venue: Aperture, 11410 Reston Station Blvd, Reston, VA 20190

Reston: The Art of Community

The opening reception for Reston: The Art of Community and film program at the Reston Historic Trust & Museum from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.


Public Art Reston’s Reston: The Art of Community, an exhibit on the legacy of public art in Reston, will be on display at the Reston Historic Trust & Museum.

Public Art Walking Tours, Artist Talks, & Screenings

Walking Public Art Tour at Lake Anne Plaza 

October 12 @ 9:30 am11:00 am
Lake Anne Plaza, 1609 Washington Plaza W
Reston, VA 20190 

Public Artworks


Connie’s Quilt (2018), South Lakes High School STEAM Team


Duck, Duck, Goose (2018), Penny Hauffe – Artist designed bike rack at the Lake House in October 2018


Artist designed bike racks at Pony Barn Park (Artist team: Davod Showalter and Alexandra Stambaugh) and Walker Nature Center (Artist: Dana Ann Scheurer) in November 2018


Permanent public artworks at Colts Neck Road Underpass in 2019


 Image by Lesnick Photography


2018 Sponsors





Venue Host







Benefactor Sponsors





 Joe Ritchey & Lilian Li




Advocate Sponsors














Public Art Enthusiast Sponsors




Leila & Robert Gordon




Chelsea and Harish Rao




Red Thinking LLC