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Your generous support underwrites our year-round programming, almost always free and open to the public, and bolsters our mission dedicated to providing rich, contemporary art experiences that contribute to cultural dialogue. Any size donation is welcome. Additional benefits begin at the $100 level.

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Become a Friend | $100-$1,000/year
All Tephra ICA members at the Friend level receive a membership card providing free reciprocal membership to thousands of international cultural institutions through the North American Reciprocal Museum program (NARM)®.  Additional benefits include:

* Subscription to quarterly member newsletter

* Invitation to private events including special receptions, curator-led tours, and artist studio visits

* 20% discount on a membership to share with friends and family

* Invitations to the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival Party (amount varies per donation level)

* 100% tax-deductible, subject to any limitation prescribed by law

Become an Advocate | $2,500/year
Includes all Friend membership benefits, plus entry into a Giving Circle.*

Become a Trendsetter | $5,000/year
Includes all Advocate membership benefits, plus:

* Entry into one or more Giving Circles; or the option to sponsor one or more exhibitions, events, or programs

* One complimentary use of the gallery for a private rental

* Recognition on outward-facing Donor Glass, website, and print material (where applicable)

* Invitation to annual Board Chair Dinner

Become a Luminary | $10,000/year
Includes all Trendsetter membership benefits, plus two complimentary uses of the gallery for a private party.

For donations above $2,500/year, a team member will be in contact to customize your benefit package.

Giving Circles

The Giving Circle memberships provide unique insights and benefits with respect to the three pillars of the institution. Entry begins at the $2,500 giving level.

Join the Exhibition Circle
Support Tephra ICA's innovative exhibitions and programs. Members enjoy events that offer a greater level of engagement with the institution, our curators, and exhibitions while furthering visual art experiences.

Join the Education Circle
Support Tephra ICA's education offerings that encourage the development of critical thinking skills and interactive learning. Members enjoy events that offer a greater level of engagement with the institution and our programs, while emphasizing the importance of arts education. 

Join the Festival Circle
Support the growth of the annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival and its mission to showcase leading and compelling artistic voices. Members enjoy events centered around the Festival and will be recognized as vital advocates of arts and community.

Giving Circle members will enjoy:

* Annual Giving Circle Lunch with the Executive Director and Curator

* Recognition in all print and digital materials (as applicable)

* Invitations to VIP events including special receptions, dinner with exhibiting artists, and studio visits

* Opportunity to be recognized as the lead sponsor for one event or exhibition annually at an additional giving level of $2,500. Increase your recognition by being directly associated with our content and featured on our Donor Glass. The Tephra ICA team will connect with you on current opportunities.

For questions about donations, benefit packages, or ways to support Tephra ICA, please contact

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Buoyant Force Fundraising Initiative

Tephra ICA is pleased to launch the Buoyant Force fundraising initiative offering the opportunity to collect a special, numbered, limited-edition print signed by the artist, Sue Wrbican. The photograph, Due East, Spring 2020, places the sculpture in time and space making record of its current state and simultaneously prompting consideration of how changes may occur in coming seasons. Weight of Paint #1 is a digital image designed to determine paint color direction in the fabrication process. Though the colors represented in the image were not final, this rendering represents a pivotal point in the construction phase.

All proceeds of the Buoyant Force fundraising initiative will directly support Tephra ICA's remaining debt incurred in delivering this unprecedented community art project. Thank you for supporting GRACE, this project, and our contributions to increase contemporary arts education and experiences in the region and beyond.


Sue Wrbican
Weight of Paint #1, 2020
Archival pigment print on Moab paper
8 ½ x 11 inches (paper size)
Signed, Limited Edition of 50
$125 (Shipping Fee and 6% Sales Tax to be added at transaction)



Sue Wrbican
Due East, Spring 2020, 2020
Archival pigment print on Moab paper
11 x 17 inches (paper size)
Signed, Limited Edition of 50
$150 (Shipping Fee and 6% Sales Tax to be added at transaction)


Artist Book

Sue Wrbican
Biography of Catastrophe and the Eventual Outcome of an Instant, 2017
Handbound by the author
$300 (Shipping Fee and 6% Sales Tax to be added at transaction)
70% of proceeds will support the artist.

In Biography of Catastrophe and the Eventual Outcome of an Instant, two narratives overlap documenting a shift from a hurricane in the Outer Banks to building a sculpture in Sugar Loaf, NY intertwining ideas of environment, weather, feminism, and art history. The sculpture, based on Hyphen, a painting by Kay Sage (1954), is the culmination of the book.


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