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Curator Lecture: Edward Hopper’s Hotel Consciousness
Oct
25
6:30 PM18:30

Curator Lecture: Edward Hopper’s Hotel Consciousness

Dr. Leo Mazow, the Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane Curator of American Art for VMFA and curator of Edward Hopper and the American Hotel will provide an overview of the special exhibition.

Check in to Edward Hopper’s hotels, motels, tourist homes, and boarding houses in this first investigation of the celebrated artist’s images of hospitality settings. Culturally probing and formally beguiling, the selected paintings and works on paper explore America’s hotel consciousness and cultural landscape in the early to mid-20th century. At VMFA, the exhibition’s only East Coast venue, simulated spaces and other immersive design elements create a one-of-a-kind art experience. Rarely seen diaries and postcards provide personal travelogues, as told by the artist’s wife, Josephine.

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Symposium: Edward Hopper: Hotels, and Other Spaces
Nov
15
to Nov 16

Symposium: Edward Hopper: Hotels, and Other Spaces

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A distinguished group of scholars will provide new insights into one of the most celebrated artists of the American Realist movement during this two-day symposium. Dr. Erika Doss, Professor of American Studies, University of Notre Dame, kicks off the event with a Friday night keynote, “Edward Hopper and the Meaning of Home.” Recounting his travels and his pictures of both occupied and abandoned places, this lecture considers how Hopper visually negotiated competing ideas about the meaning of home in modern times.

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Preview and Opening Reception: Great Force
Oct
4
6:00 PM18:00

Preview and Opening Reception: Great Force

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Join the ICA at VCU for a special First Friday, featuring the opening of its newest exhibition, Great Force, curated by Amber Esseiva. Through painting, sculpture, photography, video, and performance, Great Force examines the reality of race in the United States with new commissions and recent work by an intergenerational group of 24 established and emerging artists. Live window painting by artist Tomashi Jackson. Provocations performance by Chino Amobi. DJ Michael Demps, refreshments, and cash bar.

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Studio Two Three: The Silver Factory
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

Studio Two Three: The Silver Factory

Join Studio Two Three for their annual auction (and party of the year) on Saturday, September 28, 2019 in celebration of Studio Two Three’s tenth year. Come for amazing art made by local rockstars, local drinks and eats and some light debauchery in true Warhol Factory style to raise some money for Studio Two Three and the 100+ Richmond artists who call the studio their creative home.

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Artist Talk: Kiara Pelissier
Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

Artist Talk: Kiara Pelissier

Alma's featured artist, Kiara Pelissier will be giving an artist talk on Thursday, September 26 from 6-8 pm. Please join this fun and casual evening! Snacks and drinks provided.

Kiara Pelissier is the youngest in a family of four consecutive generations of artists. She earned a Bachelors degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art and her Masters from VCUarts. She has taught glassblowing at VCU, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. In addition to numerous public and private collections, Kiara's work is in the collection of the Museum of American Glass, in New Jersey.

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An Evening with Lonnie Holley: Film, Talk and Performance
Sep
26
6:00 PM18:00

An Evening with Lonnie Holley: Film, Talk and Performance

Join VMFA for an evening of music, art and film with visual and musical artist Lonnie Holley. The program will open with a short film, also Holley’s directorial debut, titled I Snuck Off the Slave Ship (19 min.), which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2018. Afterwards, Holley will discuss his life, work and inspiration for the film through conversation and live performance with his band. This program is inspired by the special exhibition, Cosmologies from the Tree of Life: Art from the African American South, which features two of Holley’s sculptural works.

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Listen
Sep
6
6:00 PM18:00

Listen

Artwork featured in this exhibit was created by students in summer programs across Richmond and showcases their voices through masks, spirit animals, self-portraits and so much more. Join Art 180 to LISTEN to what they are saying.

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Artist Talk and Reception: Damien Davis: Color Cargo
Sep
6
5:30 PM17:30

Artist Talk and Reception: Damien Davis: Color Cargo

ARTIST TALK AND RECEPTION: Friday, September 6, 5:30-8pm

“Color Cargo” examines the role of wood in historical and contemporary commercial transport—from the mid-Atlantic slave trade to e-commerce—and the subjective power of color as a tool for assigning value, in order to create a deceptively appealing space for confronting bias and dehumanization in contemporary society.
Damien Davis is a New York-based artist who explores historical representations of blackness by unpacking the visual language of various cultures and to question how these societies code and decode representations of race.

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Artist Talks: David Emitt Adams and Justin James Reed
Sep
5
5:00 PM17:00

Artist Talks: David Emitt Adams and Justin James Reed

Candela Books + Gallery is pleased to present two solo exhibitions of new works by David Emitt Adams and Justin James Reed. Both exhibitions will open on Friday, September 6th and will be on view through Sunday, October 27th. Please join Candela for an opening reception and artist talks on Thursday, September 5th, from 5- 8 pm.

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Artist Talk: Robert Taplin: Everything Imagines is Real (After Dante)
Sep
5
1:30 PM13:30

Artist Talk: Robert Taplin: Everything Imagines is Real (After Dante)

Artist Gallery Talk presented by Robert Taplin.

Everything Imagined is Real (After Dante) is a set of nine sculptures by American artist Robert Taplin inspired by the 14th-century classic, Dante’s Inferno. Taplin spent six months re-reading the Inferno, drawing, taking notes and planning. Taplin creates his own versions of the story by infusing contemporary nuances, situations, and personal references into his art works.

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Talk: Creativity with Vann Graves and Dominic Asmall Willsdon
Sep
4
7:00 PM19:00

Talk: Creativity with Vann Graves and Dominic Asmall Willsdon

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Art, design, and communications are converging with innovation and technology. Being “creative” is now a broad term that encompasses and is used in many industries and spheres of life. Vann Graves (Executive Director of the Brandcenter) and Dominic Asmall Willsdon (Executive Director of the ICA) discuss how the very idea of creativity is changing.

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Artist Talk: Robert Taplin: Everything Imagines is Real (After Dante)
Sep
4
6:00 PM18:00

Artist Talk: Robert Taplin: Everything Imagines is Real (After Dante)

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Artist Talk: "Into the Dark Wood" presented by Robert Taplin, followed by reception and viewing of the exhibition.

Everything Imagined is Real (After Dante) is a set of nine sculptures by American artist Robert Taplin inspired by the 14th-century classic, Dante’s Inferno. Taplin spent six months re-reading the Inferno, drawing, taking notes and planning. Taplin creates his own versions of the story by infusing contemporary nuances, situations, and personal references into his art works.

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Studio Friends Show
Aug
30
6:00 PM18:00

Studio Friends Show

This show is a peek inside the creative work space shared by five young Richmond artists. Though their work varies widely, from traditional oil paintings, to contemporary video installation, the common thread shared by these artists is the downtown studio they share. Studio Friends is a celebration of the creative endeavors of Nick Fagan, Alicia Little, Emma Scarvey, Amy Smith, and Devon Raines who have all spent time and energy working in this space, and creating the type of environment where good work gets made.

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Artist Lecture: Corin Hewitt: Shadows Are To Shade
Aug
28
6:00 PM18:00

Artist Lecture: Corin Hewitt: Shadows Are To Shade

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Join the ICA for an artist talk by Richmond-based artist and associate professor of Sculpture and Extended Media at VCU, Corin Hewitt.

Shadows Are To Shade is a solo exhibition by Richmond-based artist Corin Hewitt (b. 1971, Burlington, Vermont), occurring simultaneously at the ICA and at the artist’s home and studio in the Fan district of Richmond, Virginia. Hewitt describes Shadows Are To Shade as a “parafiction” that conflates his family’s daily life in the building with that of the family of the last recorded landowner of the site, prior to the building’s construction in 1915. 

For limited hours during the run of the exhibition, one room on the ground floor of his home and studio will be open to visitors. Concurrently, at the ICA, Hewitt will transform the distinctive “v”-shaped galleries on the second floor into a pair of mirror-image installations. Each will offer a set of layered encounters for visitors as they move into a landscape of raised platforms, translucent walls, shadows, scrims, sculptures, and video. The interplay between them blurs the line between public and private spaces and extends Hewitt’s material and historical considerations across two sites.  

Shadows Are To Shade is the first phase of an ongoing project; through it Hewitt joins a long history of artists transforming their homes and/or studios into immersive and evolving works of art.

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Opening: Judith FAE Brown: Volume
Aug
22
5:00 PM17:00

Opening: Judith FAE Brown: Volume

Join Quirk Gallery on The Mezzanine at Quirk Hotel for the opening reception of Judith FAE Brown's solo exhibition, "VOLUME."

Brown strives for balance between shape, surface, color and proportion is primary in assembling her sculptures — intuitive best describes her approach. Elements are meticulously selected, arranged and rearranged, assembled and reassembled, in the constant quest for that correct, if sometimes awkward, balance. Exploration and experimentation keep her engaged to continue trying various mediums and techniques. The focus of this series reflects her intention to create unique pieces by combining the varied visual influences that inspire her everyday.

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UNBOUND8! Fundraising Gala Event
Aug
3
7:00 PM19:00

UNBOUND8! Fundraising Gala Event

Candela Gallery will celebrate the summer exhibition by hosting its annual fundraising gala on Saturday, August 3rd, from 7 to 11 pm. The proceeds raised will be used to purchase select photographic works from the UnBound8! exhibition. This event allows the gallery to continually build the Candela Collection and generate unique opportunities and exposure for participating artists. Candela’s promise is to eventually donate the collection to a notable art institution.

This years’ gala will offer libations, eats, and entertainment; including live music, mouthwatering back alley fried chicken, adult snow cones, gambling, a fish performance, and more action packed surprises.

Event tickets ($50 per person or $90 per couple) are being sold in advance online and at the gallery.

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Workhouse Mural Project and Festival
Aug
3
3:00 PM15:00

Workhouse Mural Project and Festival

Join Workhouse Arts Center on Saturday, August 3rd for the inaugural Workhouse Mural Project (WMP) and Festival. This one-day event is the first mural project of its kind in Fairfax County, Virginia and will showcase the creativity of regional artists whose primary art form is mural painting. This outdoor festival include live painting by skilled muralists, live music and performances, food trucks, cash bar, local vendors and sponsor booths, and more. Meet and greet the muralists, watch them create new works of art, and enjoy a day of fun and creativity with family and friends.

Regular General Admission tickets can be purchased online for $20. Tickets will be available at the gate on the day of the event for $25.

*Please note the Workhouse Mural Project and Festival is a rain or shine event. Tickets will only be refunded should the entire event be canceled.

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Lady Painters: Inspired by Joan Mitchell Closing Reception
Jul
19
5:30 PM17:30

Lady Painters: Inspired by Joan Mitchell Closing Reception

This is the last week to view Lady Painters: Inspired by Joan Mitchell (including two paintings by Joan Mitchell loaned by the Fralin Museum of Art) at Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, VA.

Join Second Street Gallery for the closing reception on Friday, July 19th, 2019 at 5:30pm. At 6pm, there will be a talk with artists Isabelle Abbot, Karen Blair, Janet Bruce, and Priscilla Long Whitlock.

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Taylor Zarkades King, Artist-In-Residence Reception
Jul
18
6:00 PM18:00

Taylor Zarkades King, Artist-In-Residence Reception

Join Quirk Gallery and the Visual Arts Center of Richmond on Thursday, July 18 from 6-8 pm for a special reception to welcome new artist-in-residence, Taylor Zarkades King.

Taylor is a recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University's MFA program in Craft/Material Studies. Formally trained as a metalsmith, Taylor's craft based practice moves between production work made at a jewelers bench and conceptual work made in a studio that finds its form through larger configurations of wood, fiber, print, and re-contextualized objects.

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Second Fridays at VisArts
Jul
12
5:00 PM17:00

Second Fridays at VisArts

Bring a date, a friend or the entire family for a short, Friday night art class! First-come, first-served signs-ups for Second Fridays start at 5 p.m. in VisArts’ lobby. Watch an artist demonstration between 5 and 6 p.m., then head to your class at 6 p.m. or come back for the second session, which starts at 7:30 p.m. All classes cost $15 and you can expect 5 or 6 options.

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3 in 30 Plus: Awaken: The Divine Feminine
Jul
11
6:30 PM18:30

3 in 30 Plus: Awaken: The Divine Feminine

Join Dr. John Henry Rice, co-curator of Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment, and Sue "Vani" Agee, Yoga Teacher, RN, and Co-Founder, PeaceLoveRVA.com, for a discussion of three works in VMFA's permanent collection and an exploration of a theme in the special exhibition: the varying forms assumed by Tibetan Buddhism's goddesses.

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Artist Reception: Hillary Waters Fayle, "Above Earth, Below Sky"
Jul
11
5:00 PM17:00

Artist Reception: Hillary Waters Fayle, "Above Earth, Below Sky"

In these works, Waters Fayle explores the intersections of nature and spirituality and the abundance of ways naturally occurring shapes and patterns overlap those of sacred geometry. Three leaves brought together create a near perfect circle inscribed with a triangle- a symbol which represents unity, wholeness, and the endless life cycle surrounding the trinity of mind, body and spirit, or past, present and future, etc. The rings in a tree are echoed in the formation of mandalas and spiritual diagrams of the ancient world. In considering these visual echoes between the inner and outer landscapes, she seeks to examine our connection to nature and emphasize our place in the cyclical and circular nature of all things.

This work is ultimately all inspired by the fundamental, primordial cycle: the sun, and the circles we turn around it, creating all life. The leaves and the cotton and the trees from which the paper and frames have been fabricated, and the blue—most celestial of colors—would not be possible without the light of the sun.

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