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Man Up! Man Down!: Images of Masculinity from the Harnett Print Study Center Collection
Aug
22
to Jul 7

Man Up! Man Down!: Images of Masculinity from the Harnett Print Study Center Collection

The prints and drawings in this exhibition examine different perspectives of the concept of masculinity, as defined by society and history and as depicted in visual culture. These images build upon and challenge art historical traditions of portraiture and figure studies of men, who are often shown as heroic, patriarchal, aggressive, and occasionally, as objects of beauty. Included are works that question a range of stereotypical experiences and identities, such as the strong-silent type, the man-child, the chivalrous adventurer, the creative genius, and the dandy.

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Infinite Choices: Abstract Drawings by Al Held
Aug
22
to Jul 7

Infinite Choices: Abstract Drawings by Al Held

  • Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond (map)
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Infinite Choices: Abstract Drawings by Al Held is on view August 22, 2018, through July 7, 2019, in the Harnett Museum of Art, Modlin Center Booth Lobby. American artist Al Held (1928-2005) came to prominence in the 1950s as an Abstract Expressionist. In the 1960s, his gestural painting moved towards a more geometrical and hard-edged approach in his abstraction. The India ink drawings in the exhibition are from this transitional period, still very calligraphic and expressive. His paintings at this time became more concrete, including a series referred to as his “alphabet paintings” where the space and forms explode beyond the canvas edge, hardly recognizable as letterforms. These works led to his well-known geometric abstract paintings that defy their flatness through large-scale compositions with complex cubical perspectives.

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Provocations: Rashid Johnson
Oct
17
to Jul 7

Provocations: Rashid Johnson

  • Institute for Contemporary Art (map)
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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.

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Growing Up in Civil Rights Richmond: A Community Remembers
Jan
17
to May 10

Growing Up in Civil Rights Richmond: A Community Remembers

  • Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, January 16th, 7-8pm

Growing Up in Civil Rights Richmond: A Community Remembers, a new exhibition organized by University of Richmond Museums, pairs oral histories with photographic portraits of 30 Richmond residents whose lives were altered by their experiences as children and youth during the civil rights movement.

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The Art of Freedom
Jan
19
to May 19

The Art of Freedom

  • Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

There are many ways to convey the meaning of freedom. This exhibition explores freedom through the eyes of Virginia-born and Virginia-based artists. And as you will see, these works of art evoke sentiments of joy, sadness, hope, anticipation, and much more. “The Art of Freedom” offers original perspectives, intellectual stimulation, and personal enjoyment. The artists communicate their message of freedom through various mediums including sculpture, acrylics, pastels, photographs, fabrics, jewelry, and pottery.

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Hollar’s Encyclopedic Eye: Prints from the Frank Raysor Collection
Feb
2
to May 5

Hollar’s Encyclopedic Eye: Prints from the Frank Raysor Collection

  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (map)
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Celebrating one of the most remarkable and “modern” artists of the Baroque period, VMFA presents "Hollar’s Encyclopedic Eye: Prints from the Frank Raysor Collection," an ambitious works on paper exhibition that will be on display in the Evans Court Exhibition Gallery. The exhibition of more than 200 works by this 17th-century master printmaker is drawn exclusively from the Frank Raysor Collection, a promised gift to VMFA. Raysor’s collection of nearly 2,500 prints and drawings by Wenceslaus Hollar rivals those held by the British Museum and the Queen’s Collection in London as well as the National Gallery in Prague and the Fischer Library at the University of Toronto.

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 Monument Avenue: General Demotion/General Devotion
Feb
14
to Dec 1

Monument Avenue: General Demotion/General Devotion

Following Monumental: Richmond’s Monuments (1607-2018), the Valentine hosts a follow-up exhibition entitled Monument Avenue: General Demotion/General Devotion. The Storefront for Community Design and the mObstudiO at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts invited teams of planners, architects, designers, artists and individuals to participate in a national design competition to conceptually re-imagine Monument Avenue and contribute to this important dialogue about race, memory, the urban landscape and public art.

When Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney’s Monument Avenue Commission submitted its recommendations for the future of the city’s Confederate statues, it noted a program initiated by the VCUarts mObstudiO and Storefront for Community Design. The community partners received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to imagine possibilities for the 5.4-mile street, and are currently hosting an international competition, Monument Avenue: General Demotion/General Devotion, to generate ideas from architects, planners, designers, independent artists and individuals.

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Dialogues: Irena Haiduk + Martine Syms
Feb
16
to May 12

Dialogues: Irena Haiduk + Martine Syms

  • Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU (map)
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In the inaugural exhibition of the ICA’s annual Dialogues series, artists Irena Haiduk (b. 1982, Belgrade, Yugoslavia) and Martine Syms (b. 1988 Los Angeles, USA) will produce new projects for the ICA, titled respectively Tableau Économique and Shame Space. These projects extend Haiduk’s and Syms’ investment in economy and entrepreneurship through ICA-commissioned installations that invite active participation from audience members. Inspired by the architecture of the ICA’s Markel Center, the Dialogues series pairs two artists to activate the distinctive “V” shape of the second-floor galleries. Each artist will occupy their own space, but the series invites participants to consider overlap, resonance, and difference between their practices. 

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Cauleen Smith: Give It or Leave It
Feb
16
to May 5

Cauleen Smith: Give It or Leave It

  • Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU (map)
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This solo exhibition of film, video, and sculpture by filmmaker and artist Cauleen Smith (b. 1967) will fill the ICA’s Beverly W. Reynolds Gallery and reach into the adjacent Royall Forum with an overlapping series of immersive installations. Taking its title from a revision of the threat “take it or leave it,” Give It or Leave It cultivates a spirit of generosity, hospitality, and selflessness, and proposes a new rule for a better world: creating something, offering it, and gifting it, regardless of recognition, acceptance, or rejection.

Establishing the thematic core of the exhibition are two new films—“Pilgrim” (2017) and “Sojourner” (2018)—that navigate four distinct universes: musician Alice Coltrane (1937–2007) and her ashram; a 1966 photo shoot by Bill Ray at the Watts Towers; Noah Purifoy (1917–2004) and his desert assemblages; and black spiritualist Rebecca Cox Jackson (1795–1871) and her Shaker community. For Smith, each of these sites embodies an act of creativity and radical generosity rooted in current events and social communities, allowing her to reimagine a future that is black, feminist, spiritual, and unabashedly alive.

Give It or Leave It places these films in conversation with thematically related projects. These include “Two Rebeccas” (2018), in which footage projected onto an assemblage of disco balls fractures across an expanse of shag carpet and artist-designed wallpaper, and “Epistrophe” (2018), in which multi-channel projections of dreamlike landscapes are generated by closed-circuit cameras trained on an elaborate table-top tableau. Smith also will intervene directly in the Markel Center’s architecture with a new site-specific application of colored film gels to exterior windows, which will temporarily bring new hues to the building’s facade and create shifting pools of color within interior spaces as light moves across the building.

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Invasive Queer Kudzu: Richmond
Mar
29
to May 4

Invasive Queer Kudzu: Richmond

Invasive Queer Kudzu: Richmond is a participatory project and exhibition by artist and organizer Aaron McIntosh. In this ongoing project, McIntosh and participants create quilted queer kudzu vines of fabric and wire. Each leaf is adorned with stories of LGBTQ+ contributors and archive documents that celebrate and illuminate Southern queer culture. Using the invasive kudzu vine as an agile metaphor, the project disrupts dominant Southern conservatism and activates the vine—often perceived as monstrous—as a symbol for Southern queer tenacity.

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Aggie Zed
Apr
4
to May 12

Aggie Zed

OPENING RECEPTION AND ARTIST TALK: Thursday, April 4, 5-8pm

Aggie Zed's solo exhibition, "The Outskirts of Witchama-Milkee”, features the artist’s newest sculptures complimented by drawings and paintings, the subjects of which are the inhabitants of the imagined town of Witchama-Milkee and its surrounding areas.

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VCU MFA Thesis Exhibitions
Apr
5
to May 11

VCU MFA Thesis Exhibitions

The MFA Thesis Exhibition is a signature event in the VCUarts annual student exhibition calendar. As in years past, the 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition will showcase ambitious and challenging works by some of the most talented emerging artists and professionals in the country. Participating Departments include Craft and Material Studies; Graphic Design; Kinetic Imaging; Painting and Printmaking; Photography and Film; Sculpture + Extended Media. Round one runs Apr. 5 – Apr. 18, 2019 (opening reception Apr. 5 from 5–9pm), Round two runs Apr. 26 – May 11, 2019 (opening reception Apr. 26 from 5–9pm).

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Curtis Ripley: California Medley + Matthew Langley: In Color
Apr
5
to Apr 27

Curtis Ripley: California Medley + Matthew Langley: In Color

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, April 5, 6-8pm

Curtis Ripley’s newest works allude to intangible moments and phenomena we collectively experience- a season come and gone, the flicker of an emotion, a time of day or a quality of light. In this new series, Ripley will be presenting works that celebrate the night itself as well as nocturnes in music, poetry and paintings. These works are improvisational and concerned with creating an atmosphere, spatial depth and capture the mood of an evening’s mystery.

Matthew Langley says of his practice, “The exploration of color has become a primary focus of my work, which is instinctual, as opposed to a strict adherence to color theory. The outcome carries with it a transparency. I want the viewer to see the decisions made as well as the process and final results.”

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Tanja Softić: Hyphae: New Prints
Apr
12
to May 24

Tanja Softić: Hyphae: New Prints

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, April 12, 7-9pm

Tanja Softić presents four series of works on paper, offering viewers a chance to examine the full range of her artistic abilities, which encompass aspects of printmaking, drawing, and photography. The works reflect Softić’s ongoing exploration of the impacts caused by the displacement she and countless others experienced in Yugoslavia during the wars of the early- to mid-1990s. From a larger perspective, themes of migration, memory, dreams, and communication across distance reverberate throughout the exhibition.

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Paul Ryan: Keeping Time
Apr
12
to May 24

Paul Ryan: Keeping Time

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, April 12, 7-9pm

Keeping Time invites long-time admirers, as well as the uninitiated, to become familiar with the full scope of Paul Ryan’s career thus far. Ryan’s paintings have nearly always carried a significant connection to concurrent and past events in his own life, as well as his career-long interest in critical and cultural theory. In his earliest work as a graduate student at VCU, Ryan first explored non-objective painting and discovered new ways of thinking about art from the university’s faculty. Over the years, Ryan loosened his approach to abstraction, allowing for forms that are both implicitly and explicitly loaded with meaning. His canvases, though seemingly abstract, become increasingly symbolic and conceptually-oriented over the decades, as is the case with his most recent series, which explores consumerism and his own relationship with modern capitalistic practices.

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Ana Rendich: In The Name Of Hope
Apr
18
to Jun 2

Ana Rendich: In The Name Of Hope

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, April 18th, 5-8pm

In The Name of Hope' is intended to bring comfort in a time of emotional pain, sorrow, and tragedy. Loss, displacement, and hope are some of the subjects that regenerate me. Ana Rendich’s use of silicone, oils, and resins inherently implies transparency. The colors are set as a healing tool, placed with softness and sentiment (without being sentimental). This exhibition is not about the attention to color itself, but rather, it is a meditation on emotions, relationships, and feelings that take root and grow as in nature; essential to the development of the soul. Despite the subject matter, the paintings in this exhibition are meant to be uplifting, their subjects serene and ultimately defiant of their circumstances.

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Because Of
Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Because Of

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, April 26, 6 - 9 PM

"Because Of" is the culmination of the first year of Graduate MFA Candidates in the Department of Craft/Material Studies at VCUarts. Because Of highlights the work of Eric Anthony Berdis, Laura Boban, Samuel Brown, Min Haeng Kang, Andy Lowrie, and Paige Lizbeth Morris.

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Palmoa Barhaugh-Bordas
Apr
5
to Apr 7

Palmoa Barhaugh-Bordas

The work of artist Paloma Barhaugh-Bordas adapts and appropriates the vernacular of the many regions she’s called home and traces the self-conscious search for cultural roots as a first-generation American.
In her own words, " I am learning to look with the female gaze. It is a process of sorting and building a visual language, examining an internalized way of seeing, and testing alternative methods of addressing the body. An orderly interior—a still-life of house plants—is framed by the messy texture of dense foliage. Placeless landscapes and horizon lines propose an objective contour, but are confounded by shifts in scale. My serial works are made as though in conversation with printmaking processes, where pressure and exchange is always at play. "

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Radius 250 2019
Mar
22
to Apr 21

Radius 250 2019

Selected works for radius250 2019 have been juried by Eric Walton, the Director of Walton Gallery, Inc., his family owned art gallery located in Petersburg, Virginia. 

radius250 2019 is the eighth installment of artspace’s signature exhibition of creative works from artists living and working within 250 miles of Richmond, VA. The exhibit highlights a rich array of works representing the creative talent of the Mid-Atlantic region. Selected works this year include painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking. Six hundred and seventy-eight (678) works were submitted by two hundred and seventeen (217) artists, and of those, eighty-six (86) works from seventy-seven (77) artists have been selected. 

Free and open to the public. Gallery hours: 12-4pm, Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Monday.

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Sowing Seeds
Mar
8
to Apr 19

Sowing Seeds

  • Iridian Gallery at Diversity Richmond (map)
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Curated by Katie Shaw, Sowing Seeds features the work of Lora Beldon, Lisa and J. Alan Cumbey, Brooke Inman, and Aaron McIntosh. It is an exhibition that focuses on artists who transform personal life experiences into inclusive, educational and community based projects.

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Laurie Carnohan: Converge
Feb
28
5:00 PM17:00

Laurie Carnohan: Converge

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, February 28th, 5-8pm

"Converge” is an incomplete survey of worlds colliding; simple discoveries gleaned from the environment; a grey misty day, leaves aflutter in the street, both graffiti and vine on the side of a building, or ripples in a puddle. Laurie Carnohan collects, constructs and hand-prints images created years ago or perhaps a few days ago. Fragments, remnants, memories and moments are layered, captured and encapsulated by printmaking.

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Paul Thulin: Pine Tree Ballads
Feb
28
to Apr 5

Paul Thulin: Pine Tree Ballads

  • Candela Books and Gallery (map)
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ARTIST TALK + BOOK SIGNING
Thursday, February 28th, from 5 – 8 pm

OPENING RECEPTION
Friday, March 1st, from 5 – 9 pm

Pine Tree Ballads is a poetic memoir, featuring the artist’s daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother as a single protean character (or multiple characters?) vibrating in time, navigating the mysteries and menace of a shared ancestral forest. This deeply personal photographic sequence is part visual narrative of family myths and part origin story. Pine Tree Ballads is fueled by both truth and imagination, which, in many instances are the fundamental ingredients of our personal history. The “docu-literary” structure of this monograph celebrates and fully exploits the duplicitous nature of photography/text to be simultaneously interpreted as both fact and fiction. At the surface, this project explores the emotive, contextual, and material constructs of history, culture, personal identity, memory, and folklore.

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Carlton Newton: Drawings for Sculpture
Feb
22
to Apr 5

Carlton Newton: Drawings for Sculpture

Carlton Newton is a celebrated artist and retired educator, known most for his series of thought- provoking sculptures and works on paper. His work has been widely exhibited at important venues throughout the United States and abroad, including the New Museum in New York City and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

In his third solo exhibition with Reynolds Gallery, Newton presents a series of Sumi ink drawings on paper, alongside sculptures constructed from stainless steel wire. Within his recent drawings, Newton depicts precise forms in black ink. The subjects of these works feel at once organic and manufactured, clearly harboring a connection to the artist’s study of both nature and technology. As the title of this newest exhibition suggests, the drawings exist as both unique works of art and a testing ground for the development of their three-dimensional counterparts.

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Patrick Berran: In Sunshine
Feb
22
to Apr 5

Patrick Berran: In Sunshine

In his first solo exhibition with Reynolds Gallery, Patrick Berran presents a group of acrylic paintings on panel and several works on paper. With In Sunshine, Berran explores fresh territory through his provocative and experimental techniques, creating works with layered “screens” of color and pattern rendered in acrylic paint and toner. His compositions transport viewers into a realm where space, texture, and opacity are not always what they seem, and intense colors seem to radiate from even the most matte of surfaces.

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Transposition
Feb
22
to Apr 19

Transposition

Presented by Linda Matney Fine Art Gallery at the Highpoint

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 22, 6 – 9 PM

Transposition is a collection of pieces put together in conjunction with Landmark Arts & Cultural Exchange, an American group that helps coordinate opportunities for important contemporary arts and artists to travel between countries and facilitates for meaningful cultural exchange.


The Transposition works display this freedom, featuring an array of subjects, moods, and methods, from landscapes to figures, the deeply personal to the cautiously socio-political, and the serious and contemplative to the whimsical and ironic, all presented in varying degrees of realism and abstraction. Working in oils, the artists maintain a conscious connection to Chinese ink painting traditions while utilizing modes familiar in Western art such as naturalism, expressionism, and surrealism.

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Will Berry: Color - Caste - Denomination
Feb
22
to Mar 30

Will Berry: Color - Caste - Denomination

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 22nd, 6-8PM

New work by Will Berry. An identification with the history of the Americas brings Berry again and again to an investigation of mestizaje, the cultural and racial confrontation and blending that produced the current hybrid cultures of Indigenous, European, and African peoples throughout the Americas, a history of mixed blood, a new people.

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Fiona Ross: Fractal Eclipse + Dislocation of a More Complete Pattern
Feb
22
to Mar 30

Fiona Ross: Fractal Eclipse + Dislocation of a More Complete Pattern

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 22nd, 6-8PM

The Fractal Eclipse series is inspired by an eclipse and by celestial globes, spheres and ring dials. These intricate mechanisms, created to predict and make tangible our relationship to sun and planets, form an intimate physical and metaphysical link between the objects and the infinite reaches of space.

The series Dislocation of a More Complete Pattern draws inspiration from the occurrence of pattern dislocations, or imperfections, that spontaneously arise and evolve in nature. These imperfect patterns, visible everywhere from fingerprints to crystalline structures, emerge and evolve spontaneously, causing significant and exciting changes in patterns.

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Blues: Molly Anne Bishop + Joe Kraft
Feb
21
to Mar 31

Blues: Molly Anne Bishop + Joe Kraft

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, February 21st, 5-8pm

“Blues” is a self-imposed restraint, a way of feeling and the result of friends working in a studio together. Artists Molly Anne Bishop and Joe Kraft chose to use blue as their primary palette to create visual cohesion between their different bodies of work. This limit was, in fact, a permission to dive deep into the exploration of a color. They spent a lot of studio time talking about the sensitivity of blue; this show is a result of those conversations.

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The Afterlife of Jim Crow
Feb
15
to Mar 23

The Afterlife of Jim Crow

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 15th, 6-8pm

1708 Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of "The Afterlife of Jim Crow", a multifaceted exhibition of photography, historical research, and volunteer programming. "The Afterlife of Jim Crow" explores the restoration of East End Cemetery through the journalism, activism, and artistic perspective of Brian Palmer and Erin Hollaway Palmer.

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Martin Johnson: LOOK SEE AWE SUM
Feb
1
to Feb 26

Martin Johnson: LOOK SEE AWE SUM

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 1, 6-8pm

Martin Johnson’s process includes creating multiple works at the same time, and he has built a mighty inventory since his last Richmond exhibit at the Visual Arts Center in 2011. Johnson’s uninhibited process allows him to be more of a witness; reacting when intuition nudges him forward after deciding how to to make his sculptures and paintings structurally sound. The exhibit itself is a metaphor for art exhibits in general. Floating heads will mimic a community of patrons attending an opening. On the floor and suspended from the ceiling will be structures derived from some of the same material as the heads; wire, string, sticks and paint which is then formed into seemingly weightless structures like clouds, crystals, branches and fantastical models of buildings. Patrons, metaphorical and actual, might be awestruck, as the title of the exhibit cheekily suggests.

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Daniel Everett and Leah Beeferman: Surface Tension, Surface Tenses
Feb
1
to Mar 1

Daniel Everett and Leah Beeferman: Surface Tension, Surface Tenses

The Anderson, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCUarts) student-centric exhibition and performance space, is pleased to present “Surface Tension, Surface Tenses” a collaborative exhibition by Daniel Everett and Leah Beeferman. The artists present works which react to a sense of contrasting forces: structure and wildness. Using the built environment (Ever- ett) and natural landscapes (Beeferman) as points of departure, both artists make additive disruptions to their photographic images as a means for prolonging observation and creating new understandings. Through layering,reordering, and digital mark-making, the artists work toward their own states of “unresolve,” embracing flatnessand complexity all at once.

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Milk River Arts: These Are My Friends and They Remain With Me Forever
Feb
1
to Feb 23

Milk River Arts: These Are My Friends and They Remain With Me Forever

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 1, 7:00PM, music starts at 8:00PM with SPORTS BAR, The Wimps, Bad Magic and Kenneka Cook

Milk River Arts is a creative community where the exchange between artists with and without special needs inspires personal and professional growth. This show will feature work by Milk River artists with a thematic focus on friendship, relationships and how we enrich each other's lives. A participatory, interactive art installation designed by Milk River artists and mentors will rethink how we celebrate love during the month of February.

WORKSHOPS FOR EVERYONE February 4 and 5 from 2:00 - 4:00PM: each day BARRY & LILY LAMBERTA of ALL THE SAINTS THEATER COMPANY will facilitate printing, sewing workshops to create objects for our GIANT PARADE!

VALIDATION DAY PARADE: Thursday, February 14, 1:30 - 3:00PM, starting and ending at GALLERY 5

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JARED CLARK : NEW WORK 
Jan
31
to Feb 23

JARED CLARK : NEW WORK 

PREVIEW: Thursday, January 31, 6-8 pm 
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 1, 7 - 9 pm

Jared Clark, a Utah native who received his MFA from VCU in 2007, returns to Richmond with his latest ADA exhibit. Through his latest “kitschbilds,” assemblages of thrift-store and other found objects together with colorful resin, Clark carries on his lifelong obsession with rummage-sale detritus and continues to blur the line between painting and sculpture. In addition to providing the canvas for his arresting palette, the kitschbilds showcase Clark’s talent for diving headfirst into chaos, creating still more chaos, then bringing order out of it. Be they dense collections of kitschy sculptures or elegant, monochrome pieces of resin, Clark’s bilds suggest the infinite ways in which everyday objects can be reconfigured, re-contextualized, and reimagined.

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The Edge of Space: Photographs by William Wylie
Jan
18
to Feb 16

The Edge of Space: Photographs by William Wylie

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, January 18, 6 to 8PM

In his new exhibition The Edge of Space, the artist William Wylie explores the embellishment of space through architecture across a tightly edited selection of photographs spanning the past ten years. Using light to illuminate volume, he transforms buildings from Germany, Italy, and the United States into highly evocative representations of what he calls “spatial practice,” meditations on how people organize and order the place within which they exist and move.

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View Find 8
Jan
18
to Feb 16

View Find 8

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, January 18, 6 to 8PM

View Find 8 is Page Bond Gallery’s annual group photography exhibition featuring work by local, national, and international artists including Penny Ashford, Mary Ellen Bartley, David Douglas, Jeri Eisenberg, Pam Fox, Elijah Gowin, David Halliday, Cynthia Henebry, Robert Llewellyn, Amanda Means, Wael Sabour, Lee Saloutos, Ginevra Shay, and Jon-Phillip Sheridan.

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Braulio Amado: Linking Park
Jan
18
to Mar 1

Braulio Amado: Linking Park

In “Linking Park,” Amado presents a series of experimental, long-form URL “billboards.” In these large scale works, Amado–best known for his eye-catching poster designs–playfully subverts expectations of immediacy and legibility in public and commercial signage, disrupting the ease and speed of use associated with contemporary hypertext. The exhibition runs January 18–March 1 with an opening reception on January 18 from 6–9 pm. 

About the Artist: Bráulio Amado is a Portuguese graphic designer, illustrator and visual artist, currently living in NY. He worked at Pentagram, Bloomberg Businessweek and Wieden+Kennedy, and is now running BAD Studio (Braulio Amado Design Studio). He has designed covers for Frank Ocean, Roisin Murphy, Beck and Washed Out. His illustrations have been published by The New York Times, Wired and The New Yorker. His work has been exhibited in Japan, Australia, US, Portugal, Germany and France.


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Sally Bowring "New Year - New Work" + Corydon Cowansage "Curvy"
Jan
11
to Feb 15

Sally Bowring "New Year - New Work" + Corydon Cowansage "Curvy"

Sally Bowring's sixth solo show with the gallery, entitled "New Year - New Work" presents twelve acrylic paintings on panel which boast highly saturated colors and intersecting planes of natural and geometric shapes.

In her first solo exhibition with Reynolds Gallery, Corydon Cowansage combines graphic abstraction with trompe l’oeil figurative realism, creating paintings that play with our perceptions of perspective, scale, and space. The body of work in "Curvy" continues her exploration of the psychology of space and connections between architecture, nature, the body, art history, and abstraction.

Both exhibitions open Friday, January 11 and continue through February 15, 2019.

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OUR SEMPITERNAL MEMORY: AVERY SHAFFER
Jan
11
to Feb 23

OUR SEMPITERNAL MEMORY: AVERY SHAFFER

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, January 11, 7-9 PM

The internet opened a floodgate of data that illuminated the history of queer peoples more than ever before. The movement of this community from of the local gay bar into an online world, spawned deeper understandings around sexuality and gender. Recent legislation has created the beginnings of broad-based censorship across the web that threaten this evolutionary queer resource sharing. It is in this context that Avery Shaffer uses ancient glass traditions, digital photography, and his virtual avatar Abel Valerie to explore ever evolving perceptions of queer identity. Over the past five years Shaffer has created work searching for our mythic truths and working with the sacred traditions of glass to derive permanence. It is through our sempiternal memory that we see ourselves and understand lasting value.

Transparency and the male form through historical art, religious context and social media is the heart of his research. He creates virtual windows with vitreous enamels that allow alter ego online guises to peer out. In his studio practice, he employs ancient craft techniques of stained glass filtered through modern modes of communication to create a new iconography.

Avery Shaffer, an artist, designer, and instructor working in glass and social media, received his BFA from East Carolina University with a concentration in painting. His glass studio, Ellenburg and Shaffer creates nationally prominent commercial work. Shaffer is also an instructor at The Chrysler Museum Glass Studio in Norfolk, VA.

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Emily Herr, "Who Is She? The 'Girls! Girls! Girls!' Mural Series, Collected"
Jan
11
to Feb 24

Emily Herr, "Who Is She? The 'Girls! Girls! Girls!' Mural Series, Collected"

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, January 11, 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Emily Herr is a Richmond native who creates custom hand-painted murals at home and on the road under the name HerrSuite. She specializes in careful context-based design with bright and playful imagery. Painting murals is an excuse to explore new settings for visual art, work closely with an ever-changing variety of people, and push her physical and creative limits.

"'Who Is She?' is a collection of the process work and finished pieces that make up the 'Girls! Girls! Girls!' Mural Series. This series is a celebration of strip club signage taken at face value. Designed to sell the idea of women as a product, the leering words become jubilant when reframed by the people they describe. These drawings became monuments to the everyday array of all female-identifying people.

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Anne Blackwell Thompson: Bespoke Botanicals
Jan
10
to Feb 17

Anne Blackwell Thompson: Bespoke Botanicals

Anne Blackwell Thompson’s Main Gallery exhibit, "Bespoke Botanicals" will feature brand new pieces including rare plant specimens from Longwood Gardens. Lily pad, flower, seaweed, leaf – each specimen connects us to the bountiful and extraordinary world of botany. As a naturalist with a particular interest in horticulture, Thompson strives to embrace nature’s rich palette through harvesting plant material from country roads, private gardens and historical locations. Her mission is to connect the viewer with nature through pressing and preserving plants.

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SEDRICK CHISOM : THE GHOST OF WHITE PRESIDENTS YET TO COME
Jan
4
to Jan 27

SEDRICK CHISOM : THE GHOST OF WHITE PRESIDENTS YET TO COME

Ada presents “The Ghost of White Presidents Yet to Come,” a new exhibition of works by Sedrick Chisom, a New York-based painter and writer.

Sedrick Chisom was born in Philadelphia and received a full scholarship to study at Cooper Union. Fascinated with thermal imagery and preoccupied by Christian iconography, Chisom conjures images that are both warm and chilling, akin to a pietà surveilled by a U.S. Army drone. Much of his work examines the ways in which Whiteness and Christianity have colonized the lives and sublimated the suffering of People of Color. 

As its title indicates, “The Ghost of White Presidents Yet to Come” continues these themes. In these paintings, Chisom composes a sci-fi epic in which PoC have abandoned a dying Earth to explore the universe. As some of the remaining “wypipo” begin to develop darker pigmentation, their governments declare a state of emergency and send an expedition to the polar ice caps and Monument Valley in search of “Aryanness in other places.” Chisom’s ghostly figures float through a world of melting ice and societal decay that viewers may find hauntingly familiar. If the spectral landscapes and desperate faces – or postures, where there are no faces – don’t make it clear enough, Chisom has noted that these scenes are from “the final year of the Christian era.” It’s the end of the world, or at least the end of the world as “yts” know it.

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Open Office + Ext. 1708
Jan
4
to Jan 19

Open Office + Ext. 1708

Open Office is informed by the concepts, discussions, and inquiries that circumscribe 1708’s 2019 exhibitions. Through a print and online shared research library –in which the gallery will serve as a physical locale– readings and other materials will be available for public exploration and collection. Artists involved in recent and forthcoming exhibitions were invited to provide textual materials that they deemed relevant to their practice, project at 1708, and/or interests. Documents that are part of the curatorial research are provided in addition to artist submissions. Open Office does not intend to establish a fully developed, resolute image of specific upcoming exhibitions; rather by opening the artistic and curatorial research to the public it allows for dynamic and uncertain assemblages of thoughts and trajectories to emerge.

 Ext. 1708 is an online, discursive platform consisting of a journal, archive, and shared research library. As part of and in parallel to Open Office, Ext. 1708 will be re-designed to, at once, be the online component to Open Office, and in the coming months launch again as a fully functioning online journal. This project stems from the exciting programmatic shifts at 1708 while maintaining our commitment to being host to artistic inquiry and public engagement with all forms of creative production.

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Ervin A. Johnson: #InHonor
Jan
4
to Feb 16

Ervin A. Johnson: #InHonor

Candela Gallery is pleased to open 2019 with #InHonor, a solo exhibition by Ervin A. Johnson. Spurred by personal experiences as a queer black man and the killing of black people across America, #InHonor is a series of photographic mixed media portraits that stand as a visceral response to racism and police brutality done to the black body. 

Created out of a need for social practice and in a way to honor Blackness, Johnson began #InHonor around the time of the Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner protests. Influenced by the abstract expressionist movement, Johnson forcibly and fervently removes pigment from the original photographs and meticulously reconstructs the canvas with various layers of skin-toned colorant. The resulting, distressed portraits are arresting, mirroring physical and symbolic gestures of trauma and renegotiation.

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Artist Talk: Ervin A. Johnson: #InHonor
Jan
3
5:00 PM17:00

Artist Talk: Ervin A. Johnson: #InHonor

Candela Gallery is pleased to open 2019 with #InHonor, a solo exhibition by Ervin A. Johnson. Spurred by personal experiences as a queer black man and the killing of black people across America, #InHonor is a series of photographic mixed media portraits that stand as a visceral response to racism and police brutality done to the black body. 

Created out of a need for social practice and in a way to honor Blackness, Johnson began #InHonor around the time of the Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner protests. Influenced by the abstract expressionist movement, Johnson forcibly and fervently removes pigment from the original photographs and meticulously reconstructs the canvas with various layers of skin-toned colorant. The resulting, distressed portraits are arresting, mirroring physical and symbolic gestures of trauma and renegotiation.

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GATHER
Dec
14
to Jan 7

GATHER

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, December 14, 6 to 8PM

Page Bond Gallery presents GATHER, a group exhibition of works by established and emerging artists from Virginia, the region, and beyond. The exhibition will survey a wide range of art practices including sculpture, glass, photo based works, painting and works on paper.

GATHER features the following 20 artists: Luisa Adelfio, Elizabeth Akamatsu, Will Berry, S. Ross Browne, Andrew Campbell, Ann Carneal, Isa Newby Gagarin, Roberto Jamora, Samuel Levi Jones, Kathleen Markowitz, Sarah Mizer,  Tim O’Kane, Charlotte Rodenburg, Fiona Ross, Alyssa Salomon, Peri Schwartz, Erling Sjovold, Sayaka Suzuki, Sarah Boyts Yoder, and Deborah Zlotsky.


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