1708 Gallery

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Richmond, VA 23220
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Deadline for call for proposals for InLight 2013 has been extended!

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

The deadline for the call for proposals for InLight 2013 has been extended to July 21, 11:59 pm (EST).

For for more information and to submit a proposal, please visit: www.1708gallery.org/inlight

1708 needs your support!

Friday, June 21st, 2013

2012 MDR _AnneSMonster Drawing Rally 2012, photo by Anne Savedge


I hope this post finds you well, having soaked up some of the excellent art offerings this spring, from numerous exhibitions of Richmond’s prodigious art students to new shows at local galleries and institutions. Since last June, 1708 Gallery has certainly been pulling its weight, hosting ambitious and captivating solo exhibitions, group shows, and special events.

1708 is bolstered through such eye-popping, heart-warming, and thought-provoking events as InLight Richmond, Monster Drawing Rally, and MIXOLOGY. However, the gallery’s day-in, day-out mission of presenting exceptional new art is sustained and renewed through similarly generous donations to our annual fund, which make exhibitions like Crest, The Obstruction of Action, and To the Source possible.

As you contemplate giving to 1708’s annual fund, consider both our recent past and the future potential of Richmond’s dynamic, ever-expanding art scene. Consider 1708’s ability to present stirring, relevant, alluring work, exhibition after exhibition and season after season.

As Richmond starts to make way for its own ICA, I’m compelled to remember our history and the gallery’s contributions towards the increasingly visible and lauded cultural economy of this city. 1708 was founded 35 years ago by a group of artists dedicated to making space for their visions where there previously was none. 1708 was grassroots and local before it was fashionable to be grassroots and local. And through you, it still is.

Thank you for your support of 1708 and of the arts in Richmond!


Emily Smith
Executive Director

Donations to 1708 Gallery’s fund can be made online at : www.1708gallery.org/join-and-engage/annual-fund.

Truth Finds You, Cindy Neuschwander available at 1708

Monday, May 13th, 2013

1708 Gallery is honored to offer copies of the beautiful publication Truth Finds You, featuring a collection of works by Cindy Neuschwander, a beloved artist and long-time 1708 supporter. The 140-page, hardbound book includes a foreword by Jay Barrows and an essay by Marilyn Zeitlin.


Purchase your copy at 1708 Gallery (319 W. Broad St.) or through the secure PayPal button below.

Truth Finds You retails for $45. The prices below include tax and shipping where necessary.

Truth Finds You, Cindy Neuschwander

Proceeds from the sale of Truth Finds You support 1708 Gallery’s 2013-2014 Exhibition Season, which is dedicated to the memory, generosity of spirit and artistic talents of Cindy Neuschwander.

1708 Gallery Announces Cindy Neuschwander Scholarship

Monday, April 29th, 2013

1708 Gallery is pleased to announce the annual Cindy Neuschwander Scholarship, established in honor of the memory, generosity of spirit, and artistic talents of Cindy Neuschwander, an artist and long-time 1708 supporter.

Given annually to a graduating high school senior who plans to study studio art, this $1000 scholarship will be awarded based on artistic merit and ambition. Each year, this scholarship will recognize a student who is talented, passionate and who shows a willingness to explore and discover art in meaningful ways that can inspire and enhance their lives and the lives of those around them.

1708 Gallery congratulates Haylie Zapantis as the winner of the inaugural Cindy Neuschwander Scholarship. A soon-to-be-graduate of Lee Davis High School, Haylie plans to study at Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.


Her nominating teacher stated, “As an artist Haylie is mature and prolific-exploring one theme throughout her high school career. Her outstanding work ethic has allowed her to be an honors student in addition to an amazing young artist.”


1708 Gallery’s 2013-2014 Exhibition Season is dedicated to Cindy Neuschwander.

IMAGE CREDITS:  Haylie Zapantis, Generation to Generation, 2012, Screen, paper, thread, branches, lead sinkers, 104 x 58”; Haylie Zapantis, A Trace of Home, 2012; Silver gelatin prints; 36 x 30”

Shepard Fairey prints SOLD OUT

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Thank you to everyone that purchased a Station to Station -Virginia screenprint by Shepard Fairey. THE PRINTS ARE NOW SOLD OUT. Proceeds from the sales of the prints support 1708 Gallery, a non-profit space for new art. 1708 thanks Shepard Fairey for this generous donation.

Limited # of Shepard Fairey prints available to purchase online!

Monday, April 8th, 2013

1708 Gallery is pleased to announce that we have a limited number of Shepard Fairey’s signed Station to Station -Virginia screenprints made exclusively for 1708′s auction available to release online. Proceeds from the sales of these prints will provide support for 1708 Gallery, a non-profit space for new art. 1708 thanks Shepard Fairey for this generous donation.

Please click here to visit our art auction page and to purchase a screenprint.

FEED2013 Juried Biennial: Open Call to Artists

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

1708 Gallery invites artists to submit work for the third 1708 Gallery Feed Biennial. This international juried exhibition is open to any professional or graduate student artist working in any medium. 1708 Gallery is a non-profit contemporary art space in Richmond, Virginia whose mission is to expand the understanding, development, and appreciation of contemporary art by giving exposure to both emerging and established artists. This exhibition will feature multiple works by the top 5 entries as selected by the jurors. Each of the 5 finalists will receive a $1000 honorarium.

The jurors are Sarah Eckhardt, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA and Corin Hewitt, Assistant Professor, Sculpture and Extended Media, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.

 The application deadline is midnight on March 1, 2013.

To enter go to www.1708feed.org.

We will miss you, Cindy.

Friday, December 7th, 2012

We are so saddened by the passing of our dear friend, Cindy Neuschwander.

A longtime supporter and Emeritus council member, Cindy’s influence helped shape 1708 into the organization it is today. A beloved member of Richmond’s arts community, we will remember her bright face, her lovely paintings, and her incredible strength.

Cindy at 1708′s Monster Drawing Rally, 2011, photo by Anne Savedge


Please take a moment to read an interview by Harry Kollatz, Jr. for Richmond Magazine from the year she and husband Jay Barrows were awarded the Theresa Pollak Lifetime Achievement Award.

We will miss you, Cindy.

View an artist profile of Cindy produced for Page Bond Gallery here:

balancing stasis and motion from GYLo on Vimeo.

 Cindy Neuschwander obituary, Richmond Times Dispatch

1708 Gallery receives NEA grant to support InLight Richmond!

Friday, November 30th, 2012

NOVEMBER 30, 2012
CONTACT: Emily Smith, Executive Director, 804.643.1708 or esmith@1708gallery.org

1708 Gallery receives NEA grant  to support InLight Richmond

Grant one of 832 Art Works grants totaling $23.3 million in funding nationwide

Richmond, VA— National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced on November 27, 2012 that 1708 Gallery is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. 1708 Gallery is recommended for a $20,000 grant to support InLight Richmond 2013, a juried exhibition of light-based art.

InLight 2013 will include video projections, interactive environments, multi-media projects, light installations, the Community Lantern Parade, and a curatorial program in which a group of artists will be commissioned by a curator to produce projects that respond directly to the site. Facades, walls, storefronts, doorways, parking lots, alleyways, and the natural environment in the selected location will serve as installation sites.

“I’m proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public including 1708 Gallery’s InLight Richmond,” said Chairman Landesman. “These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging audiences, and exemplary education programs.”

“InLight is a labor of love for 1708 Gallery and reflects a tremendous collaboration between the many talented artists, the property owners, and city officials, just to name a few of the many partners. There is nothing more validating than witnessing joy and excitement play across the faces of the audience as they experience the artworks of InLight,” comments Emily Smith, Executive Director of 1708 Gallery. “Having just completed the 5th annual InLight, we are proud of the past successes, and are excited about the possibilities for the future.”

Smith added, “In recent years, 1708 has been thrilled to receive grants from national and international organizations like The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Foundation for Contemporary Art, and the Danish Arts Council, which is supporting 1708’s current exhibition. 1708 is incredibly honored to add the NEA to its list of supporters.”

In March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $22.3 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.

1708 Gallery is a non-profit arts organization committed to presenting exceptional new art. 1708 Gallery is committed to providing opportunities for artistic innovation for emerging and established artists and to expanding the understanding and appreciation of new art for the public.


1708 Gallery invites you to become a member!

Monday, November 19th, 2012


Since its founding in 1978, 1708 has continued to be a pioneer in Richmond’s arts community. 1708 Gallery moved to its current location at 319 West Broad Street in 2001, leading the reinvigoration of this downtown corridor. In 2008, 1708 introduced InLight Richmond, a one-night public exhibition of light-based art, performances and community projects. On November 2, 1708 and Richmond celebrated the 5th anniversary of this dynamic program.

1708 Gallery remains committed to its mission of presenting exceptional new art, providing opportunities for artistic innovation, and expanding the understanding and appreciation of new art. This past year, 1708 supported 38 artists through seven exhibitions, and facilitated thirteen programs that offered opportunities for engagement and education to its audience.

If you’re not already a member, I invite you to participate in this energy and excitement by becoming a member of 1708 Gallery. Membership provides vital funding for exhibitions and programs at 1708 Gallery and in turn, directly supports the careers of many young artists. In addition to the crucial support your contribution provides to our operation, members receive the fantastic benefits outlined in our membership brochure, like a custom glass word of your choosing hand-made by artist Sarah Rebekah Byrd Mizer.

Joining is easy! Mail in a completed membership form to 1708 or join online at www.1708gallery.org. Thank you for your consideration.

With appreciation,

Emily Smith
Executive Director

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