9928534859?profile=RESIZE_400xMay 20, 21, & 22
Reston, Virginia
Presented in Reston Town Center
by Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art
Daily 11am-6pm - rain or shine
200 Artists
Deadline: December 27
Application fee: $55
Late applications accepted through January 3, $60
Booth fee: $525 for standard 10' x 10'
Now in its 31st year, the Tephra Fine Arts Festival (formerly Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival) has a long-standing reputation for showcasing high quality, hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind artwork in a dynamic outdoor setting. Drawing upon a robust exhibitor and collector base coupled with Tephra ICA’s contemporary foundation, the Festival has become one of the region’s most anticipated events, attracting over 20,000 people annually to the unique, outdoor environment of Reston Town Center. The Festival is comprised of one-on-one experiences, performances, and special events that engage visitors with compelling artistic voices — leaving an exciting, thoughtful mark in the region.
New Name, Same Great Festival—In 2021, Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE), the producer of the Festival for the last 30 years, officially rebranded and re-introduced the organization as Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art (Tephra ICA). In line with this rebrand, the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival is now the Tephra Fine Arts Festival.
The word “tephra” – matter ejected from geothermal eruptions that lands upon, nourishes, and changes the surrounding environment—emphasizes the institution’s belief in the combustibility of creativity and the generation of ideas and growth that the arts can provide.
Artists are the core of the Tephra Fine Arts Festival.
In appreciation of the time, effort, and money invested by participating artists,
Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art works hard to provide an excellent 9928737496?profile=RESIZE_400xexperience for artists throughout the festival.

2021 Festival documentation featuring work
by Julio Garcia. Photo credit: Craig Lawrence
The Festival has great amenities!
• Prior day set-up and convenient load-in and load-out
• FREE parking Thursday–Sunday in on-site garages for passenger vehicles
• Reduced hotel room rates for the Hyatt Regency Hotel on-site and Sheraton Reston off-site
• 24/7 site security
• Complimentary bottled water and portable snack options available daily
• Ample artist support with modified booth-sitting options
• Convenient and profitable selling hours for the Festival period (updated this year in response to artist feedback)
• Complimentary tickets to the Festival Cocktail Hour for artists and a guest, including hors d'oeuvres and beverages
• Electronic program with accompanying artwork images, artist booth numbers, and contact information
• Year-round artist promotion on the Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art website
• $5,000 in cash awards
Art collectors know our Festival and mark their calendars early for our marquee event. Art enthusiast Margaret says: "Every year I have a list of events I very much look forward to and must repeat...The quality and diversity of the art is excellent and always interesting... “
Local collectors Bob & Bonnie said "We love to purchase artwork from the amazing artists at the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival. These works add vibrancy and interest to our home, while helping support the arts and artists who create them. Over the years we have collected over 20 pieces of art at this event and made many connections with artists we now call "friends." It is one of the best venues for art in the Mid-Atlantic, and also a highly anticipated event for the community and the metropolitan Washington, DC, area."
2019 exhibitor “I was impressed with the quality of the show and even more impressed with how the organization involved, embraced, and enhanced the community.”
Don’t miss your opportunity to be here!
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  • Name change doesn't make sense. Why not call it Reston Art Festival so everyone knows what it is.

    Larry Berman

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