1708 Gallery

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Richmond, VA 23220
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InLight is Nov. 8! Mark your calendars!

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Jason Peters, Meandering Dynamics, InLight Richmond 2012, photo by Terry Brown

Organized by 1708 Gallery, InLight Richmond is a public exhibition of light-based art and performances. Each year, InLight Richmond encourages artists to respond to a particular section of our diverse city, attracting audiences to unique areas of Richmond. InLight Richmond 2013 will be held on Friday, November 8, 2013 in downtown Shockoe along the Canal Walk from the Turning Basin to 17th Street. This year’s juror is Ken Farmer, the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Nuit Blanche New York, producers of the annual Bring to Light: Nuit Blanche Festival.

The InLight Richmond 2013 exhibition will present interactive projects, large-format projections, sculpture and performances that will engage the dynamic site.

InLight will kick-off with a Community Lantern Parade at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 8. 1708 Gallery is organizing free lantern- making workshops throughout the fall to provide an opportunity for the Richmond community to participate in InLight.

Please visit www.1708gallery.org/inlight for more details.

The Amazing Raise is Sept. 18-19!

Monday, September 16th, 2013
Richmond’s 36-hour Online Giving Challenge is back! Hosted by The Community Foundation, The Amazing Raise will take place from 6 am, September 18th to 6 pm, September 19th on www.GiveRichmond.org. This is a special opportunity for friends, neighbors and colleagues to come together and raise as much money as possible for LOCAL nonprofits in just 36 hours and, in turn, celebrate the generous spirit of giving that helps define RVA.

1708 is celebrating our 35th year of engaging the Richmond community with leading-edge exhibitions and programming like FEED2013, InLight Richmond, and Monster Drawing Rally. If you appreciate 1708′s commitment to providing opportunities for artistic innovation for emerging and established artists please make a donation. Your support is important!

For more information, please visit www.GiveRichmond.org.

Announcing the InLight Richmond 2013 Call for Entries!

Friday, May 31st, 2013

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1708 Gallery invites artists working in all media and disciplines, including performance, to submit proposals for InLight Richmond 2013, 1708 Gallery’s 6th annual one-night, public exhibition of light-based art and performance. InLight Richmond 2013 will take place on Friday, November 8 in Shockoe along the Riverfront Canal Walk. The juror for InLight Richmond 2013 is Ken Farmer, Creative Director of Nuit Blanche New York.

Proposals should involve, be inspired by, investigate, or interpret themes of light, from light as medium to light as concept. Existing work, as well as proposals for new projects, will be considered. 1708 Gallery encourages artists to propose projects that respond directly to the site or are environmentally conscious.

In addition to technical and production support, an honorarium of $300 will be given to each project. All projects are eligible for the Best in Show award ($1500) and the People’s Choice Award ($500). Environmentally conscious works are also eligible for the Most Environmentally Conscious award ($1000).

The Riverfront Canal Walk between the Turning Basin and 17th Street is marked by the intersections of Shockoe Slip and Shockoe Bottom, the Kanawha Canal, the Floodwall, the Richmond Slave, Trail, Interstates 95 and 195 and railroad lines. It is bordered by the James River, the Virginia Capital Trail, and numerous retail spaces, bars and restaurants, and business.

The deadline for submissions is midnight (EST), July 15, 2013.

For more information about InLight Richmond 2013 and to submit a proposal, please visit: www.1708gallery.org/inlight.

Mark your calendars for lantern-making at the Arts & Culture Xpo!

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Join 1708 Gallery at the Arts & Culture Xpo on Saturday, June 29.

1708 Gallery is gearing up for the 6th annual InLight Richmond! Join us for lantern-making at the Arts & Culture Xpo! This is the first in a series of lantern-making workshops organized by 1708. Workshops will take place throughout the summer and fall in preparation for the Community Lantern Parade that kicks off InLight Richmond 2013! Find out more about InLight Richmond at www.1708gallery.org.

The Arts and Culture Xpo (formerly the Cultsha Xpo) is a FREE annual event presented by CultureWorks to spotlight Richmond’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations. The 2013 Arts and Culture Xpo will be held June 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A – in the heart or Richmond’s Arts and Culture District. Free parking is available at the Third & Marshall Street parking deck.

Support 1708 Gallery at the Xpo!

XpoBucks will be distributed to attendees at the event. This is FREE money to use and we hope that you will spend it with 1708 Gallery! At the end of the event, all participating organizations trade in their XpoBucks for REAL dollars.

All visitors to the Arts & Culture Xpo register as Cultural Shareholders. Registration is one time only so if you have registered in the past you DO NOT need to register again. Become a registered Cultural Shareholder online at www.richmondcultureworks.org.

Put the Arts & Culture Xpo on your calendar and register to become a Cultural Shareholder TODAY!

This is an easy way to support 1708 Gallery and a great way to learn more about how 1708 Gallery and other area non-profits contribute to the rich cultural life of Richmond.

Learn more by visiting www.richmondcultureworks.org.

Join us for a happy hour preview for 1708′s auction, MIXOLOGY!

Thursday, March 14th, 2013



Monday, March 25, 2013

MIXOLOGY, 1708 Gallery’s 23rd annual art auction will feature live and silent art auctions including an outstanding group of artists, new work created for 1708 by honorary chair and acclaimed street artist Shepard Fairey and exciting raffle prizes.

Join us on Monday, March 25, 5 to 7 p.m., for happy hour and a preview of MIXOLOGY. Meet participating artists and make note of your favorite auction artwork. We’ll have an open bar and refreshments.

For more details about 1708 Gallery’s 23rd annual art auction, MIXOLOGY on April 6, and to purchase admission, please visit www.1708gallery.org.


The silent auction artwork for MIXOLOGY is on view next door at our neighbors, Black Iris. Following Happy Hour, please join Black Iris for a special panel focusing on non-object art and socially engaged practices.  Panelists include sound artist Stephen Vitiello and activist and professor Liz Canfield, and will be moderated by Amy Howard from University of Richmond’s Center for Civic Engagement.

Purchase admission to 1708′s Auction, MIXOLOGY online today!

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

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MIXOLOGY, 1708 Gallery’s 23rd Annual Art Auction Benefit, on Saturday, April 6, 2013, is 1708’s biggest fundraiser. Each year, 1708 invites a diverse mix of Richmond’s most talented artists to participate in the auction. These artists range from established to emerging and present an array of paintings, photography, prints and sculpture. Through their participation, we are able to introduce dynamic contemporary artists to Richmond.  In addition to supporting 1708—a foundation of the Richmond arts community—the Auction also supports many of these talented artists through the commission received through Auction sales.

We are thrilled to announce that the featured artist and honorary chair of this year’s auction is acclaimed street artist Shepard Fairey. Fairey’s artwork is truly novel, audacious and crosses all boundaries from skateboard culture to museums. Fairey will create new work especially for MIXOLOGY and will be our special guest on April 6.

Shepard Fairey’s contribution is a generous endorsement of our role in Richmond’s arts community. We invite you to help 1708 continue to be a leader of this community and purchase admission or a sponsorship to 1708 Gallery’s MIXOLOGY. 

Click here for more details including a list of participating artists.

Purchase admission or a sponsorship to MIXOLOGY using the secure PayPal buttom below. You can also call 1708 Gallery at 804.643.1708 and make your purchase over the phone.

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Join us for Jessica Segall’s opening reception this Friday!

Monday, February 18th, 2013

1708 Gallery invited you to join us for the opening reception of our latest exhibition, Jessica Segall: A Thirsty Person, on view from February 22 to March 16, 2013. Please join us for an artist talk and opening reception on Friday, February 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.


Jessica Segall’s work investigates the link between creativity and survival, focusing on the production of energy in practical and alchemical forms. A Thirsty Person shares new sculpture, drawings and video produced from Segall’s travels to remote places such as the Arctic and Mongolia, and explores themes such as risk, vulnerability and a conscious ecology through the development of off-grid technologies. The labor-intensive and often humorous work necessitates collaboration with video, sound, and costume design, and illustrates the uninhabitable places upon which we all depend for survival.

Click here for more information about A Thirsty Person.


Join us for an afternoon of artist studio tours!

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Join 1708 Gallery for an afternoon of self-guided artist studio tours on February 10, 2013 and connect with some of Richmond’s most talented artists. The day will culminate with drinks and hors d’oeuvres with the artists at 1708 Gallery.

Engage in conversations with artists who have national and international presence while gaining behind-the-scenes access to their creative environments. Learn about their artistic processes and get the chance to view (or even purchase) never before seen and in-progress works.

The participating artists include Andras Bality, Suzanna Fields, Rosemary Kate Jesionowski, Bill Fisher, Ron Johnson, Michael Pierce, Matt King, and Justin James Reed.

Tickets are $35 ($25 for 1708 members) and may be purchased in advance online or at any of the following locations: 1708 Gallery, La DifferenceModern Artifacts and J. Emerson. Tickets will also be sold the day of the event at 1708 and the studio locations (cash and checks only).

Click here for more information about the studio tours.

Video of InLight 2011!

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Check out this video from 1708′s InLight Richmond 2011 with music by the Trillion who will be performing at this year’s InLight Richmond. The video was shot by Eric Carlson and edited by Caroline Moyer. Two very talented individuals! If you’ve never been to InLight, this is what you’ve been missing. Join 1708 for InLight 2012 on Friday, November 2nd along the new Arts & Culture District on downtown W. Broad St. For more information, please visit www.1708gallery.org/inlight.




Video of Invisible’s performance at 1708!

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

The New Obsolete from 1708 Gallery on Vimeo.

Performed by Invisible at 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA, Oct. 13, 2012

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