On view are Chinese textiles from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), circa late nineteenth century-early twentieth century, and includes a range of silk objects: robes, rank badges, clothing, panels, and children’s apparel.
Each year in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, a city of more than 70,000 people rises out of the dust for a single week. During that time, enormous experimental art installations are erected and many are ritually burned to the ground. The thriving temporary metropolis known as Burning Man is a hotbed of artistic ingenuity, driving innovation through its principles of radical self-expression, decommodification, communal participation, and reverence for the handmade. Both a cultural movement and an annual event, Burning Man remains one of the most influential phenomenons in contemporary American art and culture.
No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man brings the large-scale, participatory work from this desert gathering to the nation’s capital for the first time. The exhibition takes over the entire Renwick Gallery building and surrounding Golden Triangle neighborhood, bringing alive the maker culture and creative spirit of this cultural movement.
Origami in the Garden is an exhibition of larger-than-life outdoor sculpture inspired by the art of paper folding. Santa Fe artist Kevin Box collaborates with his wife, Jennifer Box and origami masters Robert J. Lang, Te Jui Fu, Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander to celebrate the art of origami in museum quality sculpture and educational programming.
In the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, view 16 vignettes, featuring 21 sculptures. In the Library, explore four unfolded wall hangings displayed with the four corresponding folded origami pieces.
Declarations mark beginnings, clarify intentions, and propose a social contract. This is true, whether we think about something as personal as a declaration of love between two people, or as grandly public as the Declaration of Independence. In love, politics, or art, we can’t know if our declarations will be heard, how they will be received, or where they’ll lead us.
The ICA's inaugural exhibition explores these ideals through a dynamic mix of projects from over 30 emerging and established artists, each speaking to pressing social issues. The exhibition fills the ICA and reaches into the city. It features and premieres many ambitious commissions, including several created in collaboration with Richmond citizens. The works in Declaration reflect the growing number of voices we encounter on a daily basis, speaking in varied modes, tones, and intensity.
Lynchburg folk artist and Amherst County native Emma Serena “Queena” Stovall (1887 – 1980) began painting at the age of 62. Her meticulously detailed paintings document life in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and record the endless, life-sustaining chores of a country farm; joys of family at home, work, and prayer; and customs and events of her community. Stovall’s work depicts the daily activities of rural Virginians including imagery of her African American neighbors and earned her the titles of “Grandma Moses of Virginia” and a “southern memory painter.” She is one of the American folk painters whose work is an invaluable visual history of a way of life that, because of social and economic changes, no longer exists.
In a world of selfies, what does it mean to make portraits that aren’t necessarily about looking beautiful, but express more deeply who you are, who you love, and what’s really valuable in our community? Young artists from ART 180’s Teen Council created stories about unknown residents that provided context for who they may have been. They each used different materials to recreate these portraits which honor individuals almost lost to history.
Celebrating fifteen years of ADA GALLERY with work by old friends and new friends, ada gallery presents work by:
Amy Pleasant, Erik den Breejen, Brian Hubble, Shannon Wright, Braxton Congrove, Steven Little, Warren Craghead, Becky Brown, Kristen Schiele, Eric Doeringer, Cece Cole, Reid Dodson, Barbara Weissberger, Robert Otto Epstein, Roberto Jamora, Patrick Thorne, Theresa Pfarr, Cameron Spratley, Nathan Tersteeg, J.M. Henry, Thomas J. Condon, Brian Novatny, Yann Leto, Nikolas Goodich, Kirsten KIndler, Bruce Wilhelm, Sean Samoheyl, Kyle Falzone, Nick Kuszyk, Langdon Graves, Sandra Luckett, Sophie Treppendahl, John Henry Blatter, Nick Fagan and Derek Larson--- AND MORE.
Baselitz: Six Decades is the first major US retrospective in more than twenty years of one of Germany’s greatest living artists. With more than 100 works highlighting every phase of Baselitz’s six-decade career from the 1950s to today, this milestone exhibition features work never before seen in the U.S. and cements Baselitz’s reputation as one of the most original and inventive figurative artists of his generation. For the first time, US audiences can experience the full scope of Baselitz’s powerful explorations of the human figure, as well as the influence of American artists on his early work and his continued impact on contemporary American painting and sculpture. Baselitz’s creative genius, combined with his message about the inherent strength of the everyday human condition, make this exhibition particularly compelling.
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, June 28, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
This summer, Quirk Gallery will host an exhibition of work from New York artist and illustrator, Danielle Kroll. Kroll's solo show, Charms From The Past, will be on view in The Mezzanine at Quirk Hotel June 28 through August 26. This exhibit will feature original works in gouache largely inspired by Kroll's nostalgia for her childhood, specifically the fond memories of time spent with her Polish grandparents. "My artwork intuitively carries impressions of my grandparents as they were my first sources of inspiration," Kroll explains.
Since Christopher Newport’s expedition planted a cross on the banks of the James River in 1607, Richmonders have marked the landscape to reflect their collective values. Monumental will look at the historical context of public monuments in Richmond, and the Valentine is excited to build on its role as a space to engage in meaningful, sometimes uncomfortable discussions about what we have chosen to commemorate and what we have chosen to forget.
During the summer months, Gallery Flux will be displaying works by their represented artists, including Linda Hollett-Bazouzi, Matthew Scott Myers, Lisa Neher, and many more. The works will encompass the concept of "summer," incorporating vibrant, light and airy colors that illustrate the feeling of the season. Works in the "Gallery Artist Summer Show" will depict a variety of subjects - from beach scenes, to flower still lifes, to countryside farm life - inviting you to reminisce on summers past or contemplate how to spend the rest of your summer.
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, July 12, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
How do you explain the feeling of falling in love? How can you articulate that? How do you share that with others (if you feel so inclined)?
For Brooke Inman, that feeling is communicated through a series of drawings and prints that will be featured in her upcoming solo show at Quirk opening July 12. "This particular selection of work is my reflection of falling in love," Inman explains. "There are a number of signifiers that represent love which take the form of collected and drawn objects."
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, July 12, 5:00 - 8:00PM
Summer Steals presents a dynamic selection of artists and work, including watercolor, print, oil, and sculptural pieces. Aimed at introducing affordable work to new collectors and beginning art buyers, this exhibition establishes a price range of $400-$4,000. This year’s edition of Summer Steals brings together artists based in Brooklyn, Charlottesville, Marfa, and New Haven who employ distinct and robust approaches to abstraction. Artists include Katie Barrie, Patrick Berran, Reid Dodson, Meghan Gerety, Jason Keith, Matt Kleberg, Carlton Newton, Eva Rocha, Elizabeth Schoyer, Katie Shaw, Susan Svendsen, Kazue Taguchi, and Natalie Westbrook.
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, July 12, 5:00 - 8:00PM
Shorthand presents Elizabeth Gilfilen’s lively oil paintings in her first solo exhibition at Reynolds Gallery. This exhibition conveys Gilfilen’s passion for the abstracted form – sometimes tree-like, other times figurative – which she builds through washy paint applications against feathery strokes. Her color compositions further push each painting’s mood as varied greys establish a quiet hum and rich corals emanate poppy energy.
The Brooklyn-based painter received her BFA in Drawing and Painting from D.A.A.P. at the University of Cincinnati and her MFA in Painting & Printmaking from VCUarts (1997, 2001).
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, July 12, 6:00-8:00PM
When Penny Ashford traveled to Antarctica to continue her photographic exploration of water, she came face to face with the effects of climate change. IN SEARCH OF ICE is a series of photographs documenting the loss of ice and habitat in both Antarctica and the North Pole. Photography allows Ashford to capture the beauty and inceasing devastation of the ice while using biomorphic forms to explore abstract compositions. Ashford “hopes that her photographs empower viewers to see themselves as stewards of the earth, that they, too, take positive action to preserve the great beauty of our planet.”
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, July 12, 6:00-8:00PM
HOT! HOT! HOT! is Page Bond Gallery’s annual group exhibition that brings together work by 18 artists in a range of media that celebrates the atmosphere and spirit of summer. The exhibition roster is a mix of long-term gallery artists such as Will Berry, Steve Bickley, Jaydan Moore, Fiona Ross, and William Wylie and artists new to the gallery, including Laurie Fisher, Samuel Levi Jones, Charlotte Rodenberg, Anne Smith, and Sophie Treppendahl. The exhibition highlights work that is bright, colorful, and reflective of summer’s hazy longer days and slower pace.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 13, 6:00 - 8:00PM
Group exhibit featuring a few new additions to the gallery.
This exhibit features: Matt Lively, Krista Townsend, Rob Browning, Steven S. Walker, Tim Harper, Glen Kessler, Josh George, Thomas Van Auken, Rich Bowman, Benjamin Frey, Alex Nyerges, Lanvi T. Nguyen, Jonathan Gleed, Christopher Peter, Fred Lisaius, Donna Cameron, Farida Hughes, Amy O' Callaghan, Bruce Ackerson, and Paul Brigham.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, August 3, 6:00-9:00PM
In the spirit of ART 180's 20th anniversary, a new exhibition opens on August 3 to celebrate the hard work and generosity of their talented program leaders, who design projects that let our youth express themselves and nurture our young people in finding—and using—their voice.
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, August 9, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Sophie Treppendahl's newest solo show, Skinnydip Daydreams And A Striped Shirt, opens in Quirk's Pink Gallery on Thursday, August 9 and continues through October 14.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, August 24, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
artspace is pleased to present five new gallery shows, featuring: abstract and figurative works by Wingchow, drawings by Lauren Scavo, a showcase of work by artists from Studio Two Three, collage by Andy Harris, and works in all media by artspace Artist Members.
CLOSING ARTIST TALKS: Sunday, September 23, 2:00PM
Free and Open to the Public
Join co-curators, Valerie Cassel Oliver, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Naomi Beckwith, Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, for a conversation with the artist about her life and work. Preceding the talk, the artist will be available to sign copies of the related exhibition catalog which is available for purchase in the VMFA Shop.
5:30–6:15pm | Book signing | Conference Suite | No tickets required
6:30–7:30 pm | Conversation with Howardena Pindell | Leslie Cheek Theater | Tickets required
The work of groundbreaking, multidisciplinary artist Howardena Pindell opens this August in VMFA’s Evans Court and 21st-Century Galleries. For nearly five decades, Howardena Pindell has explored the intersection of art and activism. This exhibition looks at the arc of this artist’s career through the presentation of early and recent paintings, video art, as well as works on paper that celebrate her singular vision and its imprint on contemporary art since the 1960s.
This exhibition is the first major survey of the New York-based artist. It features early figurative paintings, her explorations into abstraction and conceptual practices, as well as personal and political art that emerged in the aftermath of a life-threatening car accident in 1979. Sub-themes in the exhibition—such as pre-1979, memoirist, traveler, activist, and scientist—help trace themes and visual experiments that run throughout Pindell’s work up to the present.
Throw on a leather jacket, rip holes in your denim and skip class with a cool crowd of young Richmond art lovers. The Visual Arts Creative Ambassadors (VACA) present Young + Artful 2018: Rock + Roll High School.
Inspired by punk rock from the 1970s and 80s, the event includes: a bar stocked with local drink selections, a silent art auction of pieces by emerging and established Virginia artists with competitive pricing for young collectors, live art demos, a spread of tasty food from Richmond restaurants (not your average cafeteria fare), tunes from Ramones tribute band Good Cretins, and vinyl spun by DJ Devolved (Vinyl Conflict Record Store)
Tickets are $60 and include food and beverages. Become a VisArts member and buy tickets for $50! This is the only version of summer school you’d invite your friends to, and it’s all for a good cause. Young + Artful proceeds support VisArts’ education programs.
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, August 30, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Richmond-based artist, Kendra Dawn Wadsworth will exhibit her newest work in an upcoming solo exhibition at Quirk Gallery opening August 30. Extension includes recent sculpture and raku ceramics as well as recent captivating paintings.
Organized by Highpoint Center for Printmaking
Excavations: The Prints of Julie Mehretu is a spectacular collection of Mehretu’s work in the medium of printmaking. Best known for her large-scale paintings and drawings, Mehretu layers maps, urban planning grids and architectural renderings with whorls of abstract markings and bright, colorful shapes. In her catalog essay, Siri Engberg traces this visual vocabulary back to Mehretu’s graduate studies at Rhode Island School of Design, where she first worked with intaglio printmaking and was inspired by the necessity of breaking imagery down into its component layers. Since that time, the artist has experimented with many processes including chine collé, screenprinting and lithography. Mehretu has completed collaborative projects at professional printmaking studios across the country, among them Highpoint Editions, where she produced Entropia (review) and Entropia: Construction.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, September 7, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Etherpaint features figurative paintings that explore the solarization and inversion effect of Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) monitor technology that occurs with a malfunctioning or tilted screen. This image distortion that is furthered in the painting process becomes a metaphor for the overexposure and colonization of black female bodies that persists in popular culture, music, and pornography.
Join artist Paul Rucker for a conversation about the long term impact of second wave of Ku Klux Klan, and the origin, organization, and ideology of this institution in the 1920s. Rucker looks at his work Storm in the Time of Shelter and others in Declaration.
New York City-based artist Elissa Levy showcases her experimentation with a variety of materials and techniques that blur mediums and genres. Levy presents prints, collages and sculpture using materials ranging from fabric and leather to aluminum.
This solo exhibition, guest curated by Lauren Ross, marks the culmination of a Quirk+VisArts Artist-In-Residence Program undertaken over the course of spring and summer 2018. New work is being made by the artist in collaboration with Richmond teaching artists and fabricators, including local laser engraving studio, BIG SECRET.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, September 7, 6:00 - 8:00PM
1708 Gallery is pleased to present Heads or Tails: Portraits of American Presidents, inspired by the Barack and Michelle Obama portraits, by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald respectively.
Since the debut of the Obama portraits, they have faced the scrutiny of art critics, political pundits, pop culture aficionados and the social media masses. The surrounding dialog from people of all walks of life was unexpected and compelling; bringing a renewed interest to the subject of portraiture, its meaning, purpose, and outcome.
The artists in Heads or Tails: Portraits of American Presidents were invited to create a portrait inspired by any American president. Portraiture often captures more than the subject of the portrait alone. It can encompass the hopes, dreams and folly of the era. The rhetoric of portraiture becomes a secondary theme when our constitutional rights are thwarted by fake news and current events influence the studio practice of every artist and citizen today. Perhaps this exhibition can be considered a portrait of America.
Heads or Tails consists of American stories that address both personal and global themes. Participants in this process cross cultures, generations, and points of origin. Regardless of the artist or their chosen subject, portraiture at its best mirrors both the artist and their subject. Artists create the artifacts that inform and sometimes anticipate the future.
An artist statement is included with the title card for each portrait. Please note these words are those of artist and sometimes curator. They are designed to inform your understanding of each portrait but may spark unexpected connections and dialogue. If you were invited to create a portrait of any American President who would you choose?
Candela Gallery presents CHANNELS, featuring photographs and mixed media works by Courtney Johnson, Lisa Kokin, and Willie Anne Wright. The exhibition features three artists whose work evokes a transformative experience; each imbued with elements of salt, filament, or flora to create new forms.
Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable is the first documentary film on the life and work of photographer Garry Winogrand – the epic storyteller in pictures of America across three turbulent decades of the 20th century. Celebrated in his lifetime and quickly forgotten after his death, Garry Winogrand is nonetheless your visionary ancestor – even if you have never published an image in a magazine or hung a print on the wall of a museum. His “snapshot aesthetic,” once derided by the critics, is the universal language of contemporary image making.
The film’s maker, Sasha Waters Freyer, Chair, VCU Department of Photography + Film, will speak.
As the first comprehensive survey of the work of British sculptor Rachel Whiteread (b. 1963), this exhibition brings together some 100 objects from the course of the artist’s 30 year career, including drawings, photographs, architecture-scaled sculptures, archival materials, documentary materials on public projects, and several new works on view for the first time. The exhibition also features the wide range of materials utilized by the artist from plaster to rubber, concrete, resin, and paper. Ranging in scale and effect from the monumental to the modest, Whiteread’s sculptures memorialize everyday objects, domestic interiors, and public spaces. Throughout her celebrated career, Whiteread has effectively recast the memories of these locations and objects to chart the seismic changes in how we live, from the late 20th century and into the 21st. Co-organized with Tate Britain, the exhibition is accompanied by a catalog with contributions by the exhibition’s curators, an interview with the artist, and additional scholarly essays.
OPEN HOUSE & ARTIST RECEPTION: Friday, September 21, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Join Crossroads Art Center for their September Artist Reception + Open House on September 21. In addition to great art, there will be food trucks, music, and magic! Free and open to the public.
Nonprofit Sponsor: Henrico Casa
Join Studio Two Three's annual auction (and party of the year) on September 21, 2018! Warhol's got nothing' on Studio Two Three! Awesome party, amazing art made by local rockstars, local drinks and eats!
Your presence, purchases and support help give Richmonders the tools, space and classes to find that thing they love and make it! See you at The Factory!
Julie Heffernan’s recent paintings create alternative habitats in response to environmental disaster and planetary excess. With rising waters, she imagines worlds in trees or on rafts in which undulating mattresses, tree boughs, and road signs guide the journey. Construction cones interrupt the landscape signaling places to stop, enter tiny interior worlds, and reflect on the human condition—its feckless activity, violence, failure, and redemption. Heffernan tends these alternative environments to safeguard bounties we cannot live without. In other moments, she names names and points fingers to those people and activities implicated in recent calamities of both the physical and socio-political environment. Intricately wrought, Heffernan’s paintings evoke the fantastical allegory of Hieronymus Bosch and the sublime of Thomas Cole and Albert Bierstadt.
Julie Heffernan received her MFA in Painting from Yale and a BFA from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Heffernan has received numerous grants including an NEA, NYFA, and Fullbright Fellowship and is in the collection of major museums including the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She is represented by P.P.O.W in New York and Catharine Clark in San Francisco. Heffernan is a Professor of Fine Arts at Montclair State University.
The film Double Take: The Art of Elizabeth King illuminates the aesthetic and engineering questions sculptor Elizabeth King grapples with maintaining an acute sensitivity to both life and the life-like. King is a quiet iconoclast in the art world who has created her own genre. King particularly inspired a generation of younger women artists during her nearly 40 passionate years teaching and nurturing her students in Virginia Commonwealth University’s renowned Sculpture Department.
Elizabeth King will be at the screening in conversation with VMFA Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Sarah Eckhardt, and the film’s maker Olympia Stone.
Hedges, Edges, Dirt presents new and recent work by Abbas Akhavan, Jonathas de Andrade, David Hartt, Julianne Swartz, and Pascale Marthine Tayou. Each artist will show a single project or body of work that explores how we relate to our surroundings and to each other, when rooted in place or in transition. Through a range of aesthetic approaches and global perspectives, these artists pose pointed questions, including: What does it mean to perceive ourselves and others as native or non-native, as welcome guests or invasive species? How do we navigate tangible and intangible boundaries? How do expressions of power, dominance, and vulnerability permeate our experience of place, self, and others? This international group of artists deploy play, beauty, and poetry to complicate and reimagine relationships among nature and culture, bodies and spaces.
To launch the ICA’s annual commission series, Provocations, artist Rashid Johnson (b. 1977) will create a new, large-scale work that responds to the soaring, light-filled expanse of the ICA’s top-floor exhibition space, the True Farr Luck Gallery.
Known for conceptual multimedia work that re-envisions African American intellectual and cultural history, Johnson’s site-specific installation for the ICA will center on a pyramid-like tower. Continuing motifs from recent projects, Johnson will fill a custom-built steel structure with a selection of plants, artifacts, shea-butter sculptures, books, textiles, and video. The work will encourage both exploration and contemplation—visitors will be able to walk through the piece, immersing themselves in details or lingering within seating areas designed as part of the work. Zones within the sculpture will be activated by the ICA through a regular series of intimate, live performances in which musicians, poets, and others will respond to Johnson’s work.
With Dr. Rafe Blaufarb, Director and Ben Weider Eminent Scholar in Napoleonic Studies, Department of History, Florida State University
From obscure origins, Napoleon Bonaparte rose rapidly through the ranks of the army during the first years of the Revolution, becoming a general by the age of 25. This talk examines Napoleon's early military career to challenge the myth that his dramatic rise epitomizes the revolutionary principle of “careers open to talent.”
"Fall Line," a wood sculpture and functional bench designed to evoke the James River, is the centerpiece of the lobby at James Branch Cabell Library. Installed in 2018, it was the finishing touch for the vastly expanded and renewed library building that was completed in 2016. The bench has become a much discussed, enjoyed and used feature.
Artist Heath Matysek-Snyder, assistant professor and wood area head in VCUarts' Department of Craft/Material Studies, will give celebratory remarks and a Q&A with the audience on Tuesday, August 14.
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) seeks to foster well-being and connection in the community by offering programs where participants can experience traditions of all kinds. Join on Tuesdays at lunchtime for Mindfulness @ ICA, guided by experienced meditation teachers from the Richmond community. Mindfulness meditation is a way of giving “kind attention” to our experience in the here and now.
The guided meditation with discussion following, is offered on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 12–1 pm in the ICA Auditorium. Doors open at 11:45 am. All participants can check in at the Welcome Desk.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, August 3, 6:00-9:00PM
Visit VALET for the opening of [re]construction by Jorge Ariel Escobar. The work presented will be the result of a week long effort by Escobar to transform old works into something original and new.
Work will be on display for opening only.
Candela Gallery is excited to announce UnBound7!, Candela's annual juried & invitational exhibition. UnBound! features a wide array of photographic techniques from both emerging and established artists, both locally and abroad.
Tickets are being sold in advance online and at the gallery. Visit candelabooks.com
ARTIST TALK: Sunday, August 19, 2PM
Albert Costanzo's detailed renderings of planes, runways, trains, storm systems, and the occasional satellite dish are inspired by imagination and his 35-year career at the Pentagon. His dynamic cityscapes are tucked inside botanical pods that sustain micro-humans and ecosystems few of us know about. Costanzo, born in West Point, NY in 1959, is a self-taught artist. He currently lives in Orange, VA and creates his art at the Milk River Arts studio in Richmond, VA. His work has been acquired for 1708 Gallery's Cabin Fever, Artspace Gallery's Within Reach, and the Quirk Hotel collection. Pentagon Papers is his first solo exhibition.
Quirk is thrilled to feature the work of Petersburg-based artist and carpenter, Alain Joyaux in a special two-day trunk show in the Main Gallery on Saturday, July 21 from 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday July 22 from 12 pm to 4 pm. Alain will have a collection of handmade bowls available for sale.
Alain Joyaux is an artist and craftsman with an interest in exploring ways to push natural materials into unexpected shapes. He worked with clay and precious metals for over 15 years and recently turned his talent and curiosity to wood. His wooden bowls are all made from locally sourced wood and turned on a lathe when the wood is still green. Alain repairs some cracks with Dutchman or butterfly inlays, adding further visual appeal to the surface of the bowls.
Get to know Richmond through the lens of its public art. Join Bike and Brunch Tours for a ride through neighborhoods steeped in culture and history with the work of Hamilton Glass as our guide and black history and culture as our focus. This ride includes landmarks and art projects from an array of public art projects and glances at monuments, campuses, and gathering spots from the City Center, to Jackson Ward, the Arts District and the Fan, and Highland Park. All of these stops offer a reminder of the history, culture, and legacies at the heart of Richmond. This one of a kind, easy pace, casual tour aims to exude positive vibes, treat our communities and the residents with respect, and nourish the mind and belly.
Ride, see Richmond, have fun….and of course have brunch! Buy tickets through Learn More link.
Napoleon Bonaparte, and his household, worked diligently to perfect his image from a revolutionary war hero to an emperor of France. This effort to self-brand is just as prevalent today with celebrities like Oprah, Beyoncé and Ralph Lauren utilizing social media, the internet and the press to craft their public persona. Explore the concept of branding and explore how much famous personalities affect culture, just as Napoleon did during the early 19th century.
Join Milk River Arts in the studio to create a layered mixed-media portrait with artist & writer Aijung Kim. Through self-reflection and visualization, Aijung connects us to the wisdom inside each of us. All are welcome, and everything is included. Light refreshments will be served. Seats are limited, pre-registration is required via firstname.lastname@example.org Suggested donation $20.
Architect Charles Piper has been sketching the ICA’s Markel Center since construction began in 2014. Now that the building is complete, join Piper and Andrea Quilici for an interactive gathering that will use the building as a laboratory for exploring perceptions of architectural experience and space.
Over the past 4 weeks, Kristin Cammermeyer has transformed 1708 Gallery into a set for a generative, site-specific stop motion video for her exhibition In Constant Circulation. Her open process welcomes viewer interaction and engenders a spirit of transparency. The temporal and transient nature of her installation is captured and edited through the lens of the camera—where the camera becomes both a frame for the original installation and an apparatus for the production of a new video work.
Cammermeyer’s work investigates the human impact on natural and fabricated ecologies through re-purposing and rehabilitating obsolete consumer goods. This iterative project extends and redefines the function of each accumulated object in a visual manner that is alternative and optimistic. Cammermeyer’s work is informed by the parameters of site, duration, material availability, and audience interaction.
In Constant Circulation is made possible by Diversity Richmond and Iridian Gallery.
Join Candela for a book signing & conversation with UnBound! artist Shane Rocheleau.
You Are Masters Of The Fish And Birds And All The Animals (YAMOTFABAATA) is the first monograph from Shane Rocheleau. Published in April 2018 by Gnomic Book.
"For the past three years, I have been making work about white American masculinity. I am scarred but exceptionally privileged by it, and thus responsible to address it,” says Rocheleau.
Come work late into the night with Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. and our new collection of wood type courtesy of the Valentine! We will make posters - dozens of posters - using letterpress type, proofing presses, and our ingenuity. What will they say? We don't know! But whatever it is, it's sure to be Interesting and Important.
Limited space so sign up fast! Coffee, drinks and light snacks included.
Every participant gets a "Richmond Start Telling Men to Smile" print, courtesy of Amos and Studio Two Three.
At 6:30 pm, our 3-in-30 tour begins with Kennedy Jr.’s work at the ICA and then heads down W. Broad Street to Parlor Salon and Taylor’s Barber Shop to explore the off-site installations of his work.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, July 6, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Sediment Art presents Remnant Accumulation by Debbie Quick alongside a group show she curated featuring work by Meg Roberts Arsenovic, Kiara Pelissier, and Jeanne Medina.
Quick states, "The Union 36 loom dates back to the 1900s. Once a source of supplemental income for blue collar farming families, the one in gallery at Sediment has been passed down to me through generations of women in my ancestral line. I'll be using it to explore the legacy of women's labor, place, and class through an endlessly growing amount of rag rug yardage that covers the gallery floor. In connecting to women’s labor, I've selected three women with labor incisive practices who are researching through the lens of accumulations and remnants."
Open Fridays and Saturdays 1-6pm
Candela's annual juried & invitational exhibition presents a compelling selection of photographic work for the seventh year in a row. Participating artists include Michael Abramson, Pascal Amoyel, Addison Brown, Christa Blackwood, Susan Burnstine, Kimberly Chiaris, Christopher Colville, Cynthia Connolly, Brian Culbertson, John Cyr, Catherine Day, Jon Feinstein, Gabriel Garcia Roman, Torrance Hall, Frank Hamrick, Rachael Jablo, Michael Jackson, Mark Kelner, Tarrah KrajnaK, Pablo Lerma, Andy Mattern, Noelle Mason, Ruben Natal-San Miguel, David Pace + Stephen Wirtz, Lydia Panas, Rachael Phillips, Diane Pierce, Lissa Rivera, Shane Rocheleau, Wendi Schneider, Jennifer Shaw, Carla Shapiro, Heather Evans Smith, Krista Svalbonas, Rob Tarbell, Athena Tasiopoulos, JP Terlizzi, Martin Wannam, Emily White, Sara J. Winston, Lloyd Wolf, and Woody Woodroof.
Declaration artist Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. returns to Richmond from Detroit for a special letterpress event, free and open to the public. Beginning at 5:00 pm, make and take your very own letterpress print under Kennedy Jr.’s artistic direction. Choose from the sayings “Art Builds Community” or “I Value the Transformative Power of Art and Artists.”
At 6:30 pm, our 3-in-30 tour begins with Kennedy Jr.’s work at the ICA and then heads down W. Broad Street to Parlor Salon and Taylor’s Barber Shop to explore the off-site installations of his work.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, July 6, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
This installation, created with grants from the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation and CultureWorks RVA, will be on display along with other grantee artists/community leaders at the Depot Building - VCU Arts Research Institute on the first floor. Open weekdays 9-5 through July 20.
"When I became comfortable with my sexuality, I felt relief. I believed that I had become part of a community that would further nourish me as a person and an artist. However, as time went on, I began to recognize the many layers of the gay community. I never expected to feel guilt and criticism from those with whom I perceived to have so much in common. When I started to take my art practice seriously, I felt struggles in the world of art, similar to those I felt in the gay community. While criticism is an essential part to an art practice, what one makes work about and how one executes that work is under intense scrutiny. The distinction between one's authentic self and one's reputed self can become unclear in both communities."
Scott Csoke is a Richmond-based photographer and painter born in Rockville, Maryland in 1993. Having lived in four different states before the age of 14, self-reflection and inward thinking quickly became a way for him to understand his changing environments. Personal experiences are essential to both of his art practices and allow him to navigate both bodies of work. Deconstructing stereotypes and expectations are just a few of the themes he explores. His work has been featured by Ignant, VSCO, and Need Supply Co. Scott recently obtained a BFA in Photography from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is currently living in New York City.
ARTIST TALK AND RECEPTION: Thursday, July 12, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
1708 Gallery is pleased to present In Constant Circulation, an exhibition by Kristin Cammermeyer. Cammermeyer will transform 1708 into a set for a generative, site-specific stop motion video. Her open process welcomes viewer interaction and engenders a spirit of transparency. The temporal and transient nature of her installation is captured and edited through the lens of the camera —where the camera becomes both a frame for the original installation and an apparatus for the production of a new video work.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 22, 6:00-9:00PM
artspace is pleased to present five new gallery shows, featuring: print installation works by Melissa Haviland, paintings by Julie Dzikiewicz, paintings by Nicole Santiago, installation by Nicole Santiago, and a group show of work in various media by artspace artist members.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 22, 6:00-9:00PM
Paintings by John Tyler Community College Students:
Olivia Battani / Chey Blackburn / Keoni Coleman / Alex Dougherty / Julia Dugger / Tallie Frost / Nicole Gerboc / Kaitlyn Hillman / Sandra Jones / April Painter / Emily Saez / Janet Scagnelli / Elizabeth Schutte / Dre Washington / Bob Wynne
Artist and activist Mark Strandquist explores how art can be a collaborative vehicle and tool to transform the criminal justice system. Join Strandquist for a conversation with Richmond youth participating in new project focused on radically reimagining public safety in our schools and communities.
For thirty-five years Catherine Roseberry and Rob Womack, working at Coloratura, have been using furniture as a canvas for a thorough exploration of the arts of the past. The process begins with the selection of a piece of furniture carefully chosen to reflect a given period and design sensibility. After the piece is selected it is studied, with research done on various art or design movements concurrent with the era of each piece. Woven into the surface design of each piece may be inspirations from painting, music, film, literature or applied arts such as furniture, textile, graphic and automobile design; parallels that perhaps may have also inspired the original designer/creator of the piece of furniture. They view their works as art historical musings.
The Coloratura at 35 retrospective will be the largest assembly of works by the couple to date. The exhibition has goals of showing the consistency and broadness of vision as well as rigorous scholarly approach to works ranging from the 1980s to now, as well as presenting many privately commissioned works never before publicly displayed.
Cynthia’s work explores the physicality and emotional weight of constructed spaces, particularly the home. Working first in carved wax, she casts elements in pewter which are added to her illustrations to create “three-dimensional drawings.” These hand-drawn illustrations layered on top of vintage blueprints and architectural plans, allow her to connect the fleeting moments of nature with the permanence of architecture as a symbol of safety and shelter.
Myron is a professional artist working in Richmond, VA. She received her BFA in Sculpture from Marywood University (1998), her MFA in Metalsmithing from Virginia Commonwealth University (2004), and is currently the Assistant Chair for the Craft and Material Studies Department at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCUarts). She is the recipient of two Individual Creative Artist Fellowships from The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Her work has been shown nationally at venues including The Taubman Museum of Art, Rawls Museum Art, Bowling Green State University, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Chelsea Center for the Arts in New York, Facere Art Gallery in Seattle, and the Florida International Museum.
She will have “office hours” at The Branch Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week from noon – 4pm. Stop by and see what she’s up to!
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 15, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
The Visual Arts Center of Richmond will open its annual [work] exhibition on Friday, June 15 in the center’s True F. Luck Gallery.
[work] features the art of faculty, staff and board members of the Visual Arts Center.
The exhibition represents examples of all media taught at VisArts’ 1812 West Main Street building, including: wood, ceramics, metal, jewelry, fiber, glass, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, creative writing, film and digital media.
VALET and Black Iris gallery co-host a one night event of Bill Daniel's photography at Black Iris. Roving filmmaker and photographer Bill Daniel (Who is Bozo Texino?) is launching a new photobook and touring with a one-night pop-up photo exhibition. The project spans 30 years of underground cultural hijinks and DIY documentation and participation, photographed in slash-and-burn, flash-lit black and white film. The story begins with the early 80s punk scene in Austin and soldiers through to the present day. Bands, art shows, skating, boats, ruins, graffiti, it's all in the darkroom-printed, high-contrast mix.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, June 8, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Emerging artist Mattie Hinkley focuses on queer bodies and physicality in her solo exhibition, Body Work, at the Iridian Gallery. Exploring gender identity and the fluidity of sexuality, Hinkley’s ink and graphite illustrations feature large, muscular, seemingly female-bodied characters placidly engaged with their environment. Some characters are alone, some are engaged in heteronormative or traditionally feminine activities, and some take up submissive, queer, or masculine roles. They are caught candidly, in the comfort of their bodies, rather than in a performative state.