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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.

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Friday, September 6th, 2013

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Announcing the FEED2013 Finalists!

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

FEED2013 is an international juried biennial exhibition on view at 1708 Gallery September 6 through October 19, 2013.

Jurors Sarah Eckhardt, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, VMFA, and Corin Hewitt, Assistant Professor, Sculpture and Extended Media, VCU,  have selected five finalists from nearly 375 national and international entries. Each finalist will exhibit multiple works in FEED2013 and will receive an honorarium of $1,000.

1708 Gallery congratulates the FEED2013 Finalists:

Eleanor Aldrich, Knoxville, TN

Joshua Haycraft, Washigton, DC

Raewyn Martyn, Richmond, VA

Michael Mergen, Farmville, VA

Lior Modan, Richmond, VA

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.

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”

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.


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.




None of Your Business

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

As Crest, our most recent exhibition, winds down, we have one final piece to highlight. For her series of interventions titled “None of Your Business,” Naoko Wowsugi makes modest alterations to small businesses that improve the business’s functionality and foster communication between the patron and the server. From exchanging a styrofoam toothpick holder for a ceramic espresso cup to inserting a cowbell to ring for service in small-staffed storefronts, her actions playfully transgress traditional boundaries between what we consider public and private.

Wowsugi extended “None of Your Business” into our downtown neighborhood as part of her work in Crest. Her sidewalk sign contributions to three (that we know of) neighboring businesses include adding Happy Hour details to the sign for Lift Coffee Shop & Café (218 W. Broad), placing a picture frame on the Corporate and Museum Frame sign (301 W. Broad), and creating an entirely new, interactive sign for Richmond Camera (213 W. Broad). In her artist statement, Wowsugi states that she sees herself as an “unsolicited [community] technician” “seek[ing] potential projects that strengthen connections among others, their environments, and [herself] in everyday life.” Wowsugi’s interventions are unimposing, intimate and essentially public, and suggest a contagious generosity of spirit.

Wowsugi’s sign contributions are on view indefinitely here in the 2-300 blocks of W. Broad Street. You can learn more about her work at her website, wowsugi.com.

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