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Call for Artists: Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival

May 15, 16, and 17
Reston, Virginia
Reston Town Center
10 am – 6pm Saturday, 10am – 5pm on Sunday
produced by Greater Reston Arts Center
Over 200 artists
Deadline: Sunday, December 13

Our Festival is a competitive, juried, outdoor event that showcases the best contemporary fine art and craft from around the nation, typically attracting 30,000+ patrons. Held in the affluent area of Northern Virginia, thirty minutes outside of Washington DC, Reston Town Center is an easily accessible, upscale, elegant, shopping destination. 

We are committed to elevating the profile of our Festival and have doubled our marketing budget for 2015 to reach new audiences and promote interest from collectors. To enhance regional appeal and promote an art-focused atmosphere for the Festival, we are also partnering with internationally-recognized earth artist Patrick Dougherty. Mr. Dougherty will construct a site-specific, immersive, temporary installation in Town Square Park, which will be on view during the Festival and will be promoted as part of the Festival activities.

Our Festival places the emphasis on the art and the artists with ample artist amenities.
We recognize that our artists invest time, effort and money in us and we strive to make sure that everyone’s Festival experience is excellent.

Below are some of the artist hospitality attributes of our event. 

  • Drive up set-up/tear down adjacent to booth on Friday, May 15.
  • Reserved artist only parking for oversize vehicles
  • More convenient and profitable selling hours
  • Complimentary invitation for all participating artists to Friday's Festival Launch Party
  • Ample volunteer support & booth sitters
  • Continental breakfasts, free bottled water delivery
  • Reduced hotel rates
  • Indoor restrooms
  • Security
  • Artist mentor opportunities
  • $5,000 in awards and Artist Awards champagne reception on Saturday night at the Greater Reston Arts Center
  • A professional program with thumbnail images from every artist with accompanying booth numbers 

Apply today through Juried Art Services 

The Festival features over 200 skilled artisans who utilize both traditional and unconventional materials and techniques to create hand-crafted, original works of art available for purchase. The sheer diversity of fine art and craft at the Festival, now in its 24th year, ensures that there is something for every taste and budget. One of the highlights of visiting the Festival is having the opportunity to interact directly with the talented participating artists.

Visit to learn more about Greater Reston Arts Center, the dynamic visual arts organization that annually produces the Festival, and how it supports our mission to enrich the community through excellent in contemporary visual arts. To ensure and elevate the success of our organization we have an incredibly dedicated Board of Directors, a full compliment of art professionals on staff, and the support of corporate partners, local businesses, members, educators, artists, and patrons.

Additional questions can be answered by GRACE’s Festival Director, Erica Harrison, or at 703.471.9242


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Comment by Bernard Zalon on December 3, 2014 at 9:26am
A $50 jury fee?
Comment by Karen Holtkamp on December 10, 2014 at 3:38pm

Couldn't help but notice the deadline was extended on the last day of the original deadline.  Worrisome.

Comment by Bernard Zalon on December 10, 2014 at 3:40pm

Well, since I didn't apply it doesn't worry me.


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