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.
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 people and that it prioritize the arts as essential to a well-rounded life. Founded in 1974 as the Greater Reston Arts Center by local artists and residents committed to those ideas, Tephra ICA embraces the role of helping to fulfill and extend the original Reston vision.
Tephra ICA is proud to build intimate connections between our audience and contemporary artists and aims to create an impact that extends beyond the gallery walls and into the community. By offering access and insight into creative practices, our goal is to thoughtfully contextualize an artist’s work in the historical canon and advance the public understanding of some of the most innovative art of our time.
Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art Meeting Facility
- Reception Capacity: 125
- Space Notes: Under optimal conditions, the gallery can host up to 125 people. The rental fee is $200 per hour with a minimum of four hours. A signed rental application form and $500 deposit is required to secure the date. Full payment is due with a signed contract two weeks prior to the event. Event set-up and clean-up times will be included in the calculation of the total rental period.
- Description: The Gallery at Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art is the perfect space for office gatherings, small cocktail events, or holiday parties. Host your event in our Gallery space, surrounded by innovative contemporary art, overlooking Reston Town Square Park. Free parking is accessible near the gallery after 5pm on weekdays and all day on weekends.