• Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art


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    About Us

    Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art 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.

    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 - emphasizes the institution’s belief in the combustibility of creativity and the generation of ideas and growth that the arts can provide.

    We are devoted to celebrating artists and value the power of art to broaden perspectives, start difficult conversations, and consider alternative ideas. We work with artists, galleries, institutions, universities, thought leaders, and collectors globally. We rely on a variety of funding sources for programming, including memberships, sponsorships, grants, donations, and other fundraising efforts.

    Our values are informed by the dimensionality of lived experience. Through collaborative and exploratory work, we create opportunity for important, complex dialogue with the goal to Illuminate, mirror, and program for the fullness of our shared world.

    Formally known as Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE), the idea of Tephra ICA emerged as the institution’s programs, audience, and impact continued to evolve. We proudly reside in Reston, Virginia, whose founder, Robert E. Simon, insisted that it should be a place welcoming to all.


    Rep/Contact Info

    Ms. Sofia Blom
    Gallery and Communications Manager
    Robert Goudie
    Board Chair
    Erica Harrison
    Associate Curator and Festival Director
    Jaynelle Hazard
    Executive Director and Curator