The Abstract Athlete

February 16 – March 17, 2018

1708 Gallery is pleased to present The Abstract Athlete, an exhibition that explores the correlation between art, sport, and science. Organized in collaboration with the organization of the same name, the exhibition features works by former professional athletes and veterans who maintain active art careers. 

Participating artists include: Vernon Davis, Jay DeMerit, Alicia Dietz, Ridley Howard, Percy King, Tony Mandarich, Joe Olney, Larry Sanders, Brett Tomko, and Hillary Werth.  

In addition to the exhibition, TAA includes a symposium taking place at the Redskins Training Camp on February 23 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., featuring Vernon Davis, EJ Manual, Percy King, Larry Sanders, Dr. David Cifu, Alicia Dietz and Joe Olney. They will discuss art, sports and the effects of the creative practice on the mind and body. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts. 

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Working with universities across the country, The Abstract Athlete aims to drive awareness and scientific study on the positive effects of art on athletic performance, with special focus on brain injury rehabilitation. Proceeds from artworks, merchandise, and catalog sales will go to the charity of the artist’s choice through the “My Art, My Cause” program.