Staff & Board of Directors


Emily Smith

Executive Director

Prior to coming to 1708, Emily was the Curatorial Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts where she worked from 2007 until 2010. Projects at VMFA include the exhibitions, The Ludwig and Rosy Fischer Collection of German Expressionist Art; Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art in Paris; and Labor and Leisure: Works by African American Artists in the VMFA Permanent Collections. Prior to VMFA, she was Director of Exhibitions at Piedmont Arts in Martinsville, Virginia (2004-2007) and the Assistant Director at Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, Virginia (2003-2004). Smith was an adjunct faculty member in art history at Patrick Henry Community College, Martinsville, VA and was a critic for a Charlottesville, Virginia weekly paper. Smith received a MA in Art History from the University of Virginia in 2002.

Cidney Cher

Operations Manager

Cidney is a studio artist with a BFA in Papermaking, Printmaking and Art History. She admires 1708 for championing generations of emerging contemporary artists through building community and culture in Richmond. From working with Professional Art Handling and Page Bond Gallery, she learned the ropes of fine art logistics and grew curious about how creative small businesses evolve amidst creative and societal change.Interests outside of the gallery are the history of blues guitar and music, marbling textiles and discovering new artists.

Unicia Buster

Programs Manager

Unicia Buster was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She holds a B.F.A. from Cornell University, an M.A. from George Mason University, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in pre-health sciences from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has previously worked as a graphic designer for the Richmond Free Press and an art specialist for VCU Health. Buster is a working artist and has exhibited work in Virginia, New York, Washington D.C., South Carolina, and Italy.

Board of Directors

1708 Gallery's Board of Directors consists of a majority of professional artists. The dedication of this active Board has been a key element in the long-term success of 1708 Gallery. The Board of Directors and an active executive committee lead the governance process. 1708 Gallery is dedicated to developing best practices in governance. The Board participates in strategic planning, development initiatives, and oversight of the programmatic activities of 1708 Gallery, in partnership with the professional staff.

  • Kendra Wadsworth


  • Haley McLaren

    Immediate Past President

  • Paul Monroe

    President Elect

  • Peter Cochrane


  • Susie Ganch


  • Janis Allen
  • John Henry Blatter
  • Tom Condon
  • Molly Dodge
  • Paige Goodpasture
  • Nicole Killian
  • Matthew Lively
  • Lucy Meade
  • Austin Miles
  • Enjoli Moon
  • Maureen Neal
  • Amie Oliver
  • Justin Oliver
  • Pamela Kiecker Royall
  • Sayaka Suzuki
  • Nastassja Swift
  • Wesley Taylor IV
  • Julie Wescott Weissend
  • Sandy Williams IV
  • Dr. Courtnie N. Wolfgang
  • Caroline Cobb Wright
  • Elizabeth Dolan Wright


Emeritus Council

  • Rob Acosta-Lewis
  • Pam Anderson Sutherland
  • Susanne Arnold
  • Jay Barrows
  • Lora Beldon
  • Brad Birchett
  • Ruth Bolduan
  • Sally Bowring
  • Mark Bryant
  • Tom Chenoweth
  • Sara Clark
  • Stephen Clark
  • Don Crow
  • Janet DeCover
  • Jan Delaney
  • Sally Dunn
  • Christopher English
  • Susan Ferrell
  • Pam Fox
  • Travis Fullerton
  • Joan Gaustad
  • William Gravitt
  • Chris Gregson
  • Suzanne Hall
  • John Haddad
  • Karen Kincaid
  • Sandy Kjerulf
  • Cyndi Massad
  • Robert McAdams, Jr.
  • James Miller
  • Sarah Rebekah Byrd Mizer
  • Cindy Neuschwander, in memorium
  • Michael Pierce
  • Louis Poole
  • Terrie Powers
  • Celia Rafalko
  • Elaine Rogers
  • Fiona Ross
  • Alyssa Salomon
  • Diego Sanchez
  • Laura Leigh Savage
  • Anne Savedge
  • Mary Scurlock
  • Joe Seipel
  • Michelle Smith
  • Bob Steele
  • Russell W. Sterling II
  • Gordon Stettinius
  • Georgianne Stinnett
  • Elizabeth B. Stutts
  • Javier Tapia
  • Michele Walter
  • Jennifer Van Winkle
  • David Whaley
  • Susann Whittier
  • Willie Anne Wright