10 x 10

June 2 – August 9, 2015

10 x 10 - Richmond Takes the Gallery

From June 2 – August 9, 2015, 1708 will open its doors to 10 artists and community organizations. Each of these individuals or groups will occupy the gallery for one week, for a total of 10 weeks.

Inspired by a program at Nurture Art, New York, 10 x 10 is an experiment—an open platform that treats the gallery as a communal space. Artists and organizations will use the time and the space to try something different, to test an idea, to experiment with a project, and to engage with new audiences. Across these 10 projects, a picture of the originality and quirkiness, intelligence and ambition, and overall creativity of Richmond’s community will be highlighted.


Watch these videos to learn more about this weeks programming as BridgePark and Foodist Colony take the gallery:

A full archive of videos can be seen on Ext. 1708.

Video by Janelle Proulx. Supported by VibrAlign.


Checkout the schedule below and stay tuned for updates on special events each week!


WEEK 1 | June 2 - 6

Valerie Molnar & Matt Spahr | People Via Plants

As an ongoing part of their practice Valerie Molnar and Matt Spahr have been rehabilitating abandoned, mistreated and neglected plants. Some are returned to the original caretaker with instructions on future care. Others are adopted by the artists or placed in the care of new custodians. They will be using the Gallery as a plant rehabilitation facility and general botanical wellness center in which the community is invited to bring unhealthy and neglected plants to the gallery for care. Care will consist of repotting, grooming, exposing plants to light time cycles and positive soundtracks. In addition to repurposing the gallery as a greenhouse the collaboration will arrange scheduled programming in the form of talks, demos, lectures from local botanical and healing specialists. Plants collected during the course of the project will be returned or adopted based on the original caretakers wishes.


Special Events:

Monday, June 1 | 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Plant Drop-Off

Tuesday, June 2 | 12 - 1 p.m. | Guided Mediation with Lindsay Parnell

Thursday, June 4 | 12 - 12:30 p.m. | Ageless Grace Workout with Viju Singh

Friday, June 5

12 - 1 p.m. | Guided Mediation with Lindsay Parnell

5 - 6 p.m. | Plant Care Workshop with Sneeds Nursery

7 - 9 p.m. | Music For Plants Dance Party

Saturday, June 6 | 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Plant Pick-Up

People Via Plants is sponsored by Sneed's Nursery & Garden Center.

WEEK 2 | June 9 - 13

Milk River Arts | Pop-Up Workshops

Milk River Arts invites anyone (ages 18+) with developmental disabilities interested in exploring a career as a visual artist to join us at the 1708 Pop-up Workshop. This multi-day event allows adults with special needs to engage with professional artists, experimenting with a variety of tools and materials; including papers, books, cardboard, wood scraps, fabrics, adhesives, pastels, watercolor, gouache and acrylic paints. As artwork is completed, the pieces will be displayed throughout the gallery.

Workshops are open to any adult with special needs and their families, aids or care-givers. Our goal is to identify individuals who are interested in participating in the long-term Milk River Arts career-based art center to be established late Fall 2015.

Special Events: Workshops will be held from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily, Tu - Sa.

WEEK 3 | June 16 - 20

Mark Strandquist, Legal Aid Justice Center, Open Minds, Art 180 and 1708 Gallery | Performing Statistics

Performing Statistics is a city-wide art and civic engagement project featuring collaborative exchanges between adults and teens who are incarcerated, youth, artists, musicians, community activists, and policy advocates working with Legal Aid Justice Center to engage in juvenile justice reform. For 10x10, the project will present recently completed works and works-in-progress along with a week long Learning Exchange sponsored by Alternate ROOTS that gives each core partner space to talk about how their process is disrupting the criminal justice system.

Special Events:
Tuesday, June 16 | 6 p.m. | Public Announcement and Panel with Project Partners
Wednesday, June 17
12 p.m. | Windows From Prison workshop (led by Mark Strandquist)
6 p.m. | Fierce Love: Style and Words as Revolution (led by Open Minds and Sanctuary RVA)
Thursday, June 18
3 p.m. | Ending the School to Prison Pipeline: Strategies for Youth Navigating the School & Juvenile Justice Systems (led by Legal Aid Justice Center)
6 p.m. | Youth roundtable with Richmond City Police Dept.
Friday, June 19 | 6 p.m. | Hallways to Handcuffs: Conversations about the criminalization of our youth (led by ART 180 Teen Leaders)


WEEK 4 | June 23 - 27

Storefront for Community Design | Neighbors

Installations by Dominique Munoz and Steven Casanova

Neighbors are perhaps the most basic unit of community. This week, 1708 will host three speakers from the Association for Community Design conference hosted by Richmond's Storefront for Community Design. In addition, photographic projects by Dominique Munoz and Steven Casanova will be on view featuring two of 1708's neighbors -- Nick’s International Foods and Carver.

Special Events:

Friday, June 26
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | Design For Equity: Defining Outcomes
Barbara Wilson, University of Virginia School of Architecture, Charlottesville
Theresa Hwang, Skid Row Housing Trust, Los Angeles
Nicole Joslin, Eskew + Dumez + Ripple, New Orleans
Katie Swenson, Enterprise Community Partners, Boston
Jess Zimbabwe, Rose Center for Public Leadership, Boston

This workshop will expand the dialogue of the design for equity working group and article series by investigating the alignment of community design with social justice outcomes. Panelists will structure the conversation through three frameworks: creating a shared language, elevating equitable best practices, and mobilizing the field with the goal of building a unified movement that prioritizes equity outcomes for community design practice.

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Creating Neighbors
Zakcq Lockrem, AICP, Asakura Robinson, Houston

Houston's second and fifth wards are two of the city's most historic cultural enclaves. Despite the contribution of these communities to the cultural life of houston, most visitors today see little difference between these neighborhoods and any other declining communities. This breakout will review the process and results of a planning study for these areas, with a focus on how careful and intentional capacity building and engagement strategies worked to build consensus among two communities who had not seen themselves as partners.

Saturday, June 27 | 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | How Much Design?
Jennifer Goold, Neighborhood Design Center, Baltimore
Briony Hynson, Neighborhood Design Center, Baltimore

The goal of social impact design is to strengthen social bonds and increase political, financial, and local support for community partners. This breakout will demonstrate design that maximizes a project’s positive impact on a community with a minimum amount of design. The presentation will detail a step-by-step process of working with a community as a design partner, including elements such as leveraging other partners and assets to address project challenges.

These panels are part of the "Neighbors" conference. You can read more about other sessions on the guidebook app—just download it in the app store by searching "acd rva".

WEEK 5 | June 30 - July 3

The Houff Foundation | re:Interns

re: Interns is a project by the Houff Foundation, an organization dedicated to exploring alternative notions of currency and assets. During re:Interns, 1708’s interns will be given the week off, and their shifts will be assumed by the Houff Foundation’s own staff. In addition to taking on the interns’ shifts, they will host an interdisciplinary panel of interns on July 1st to compare and contrast experiences and discuss value as well as what constitutes equity between the intern and the organization. An installation of the vacationing interns’ photos, the Houff Foundation’s past Monster Drawing Rally work, and drawings and documents the staff creates will accumulate in the gallery over the course of the week.

Special Events: Internship Panel Discussion, Wednesday, July 1, 6 p.m.

WEEK 6 | July 7 - 11

Helen Westergren & Elisa Rudolph | ART2

Rising VCU juniors Helen Westergren (Sculpture and Photography) and Elisa Rudolph (Urban Studies and Elementary Education) will lead ART2, a week-long camp for rising 6th through 8th graders as part of the Mary and Francis Youth Center’s Summer Discovery Program. ART2 is a week long camp for local middle school students that inhabits the intersection of classroom, studio, and gallery. Through different methods of art-making and interdisciplinary thought, they will explore the idea of person within environment. Students and visitors will be invited to engage in a fluid collaboration of creation and contribution.

Special Events: Students will be collaborating in the space from 12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m., M - F.

WEEK 7 | July 14 - 18

Community Room | The Dog Days

Founded by Grace Huddleston and Rachel Ludwig, Community Room creates spaces for live art and pushes the boundaries of the genre in Richmond. For 10x10, they will program a week filled with new live art works as curated from an open call. During the day there will be an ever-evolving installation in the gallery, where performance remnants and interactive projects will be on view during normal gallery hours.

Special Events:

Tuesday, July 14 | 5:30 pm | Cecilia

Cecilia (Brandon Hurtado & Dana Ollestad | Cecilia and Rex Kennedy present "Nocturne" | a movement, sound, and live field samples collaboration

Wednesday, July 15 | 5:30 pm | Play

Cosima Storz | Rainbow Party | an occassion for interaction, learning, and play

Steven Hernandez | Glitch Wall | insert yourself into a wall of interactive glitched imagery

Malcolm Peacock | Braiding World Record | performance atteming to braid the longest braid



Thursday, July 16 | 5:30 pm | Performances by Malcolm Peacock, Grace Huddleston, and Caroline Dahlberg

Malcolm Peacock | Braiding World Record | performance atteming to braid the longest braid

Grace Huddleston | earth, (un)Earth | performance utilizing textile-based props that reference agriculture, nostalgia, and identity

Caroline Dahlberg | I close my eyes, and mouth the words to this scene like it's meant for me. My teenage celebrity dreamy eyes. Sweet and gross and hard to swallow | a props intensive performance reflecting on adolescent love and fantasies

Friday, July 17 | 5:30 pm | Bckwards Haus

MNLV, Jake Barkley, chï, Alfred & More | musical acts from some of Richmond's best hip-hop and R&B artists

Saturday, July 18 | 5:30 pm | Performances by Rachel Ludwig and Zach Duer

Rachel Ludwig 

Zach Duer | The Architecture Sings | performance utilizing song, sonic data, and architectural nodes in 3D space

Works by Melody Milleker, Malcolm Peacock, Molly Roberts and Pallavi Sen will be on view during regular gallery hours.

WEEK 8 | July 21 - 25

Nikolai Mahesh Noel & Matthew Shelton | regime of forgetting

Nikolai Noel and Matthew Shelton share an interest in the aftershocks of colonialism, and a curiosity about individuals as historical creations. Noel is of African, Indian and Trinidadian heritage, and Shelton, a white Southerner. For 10x10, Noel and Shelton will connect Richmond and Alice Yard, an artist-run exhibition space in Port of Spain, Trinidad, for one week. Over the course of the week, from their respective remote locations, each artist will make the same series of artworks that reference cartography, astrological charts, and divination. Incorporating interdisciplinary perspectives on history and memory, they will produce a trail of twin objects, actions, and marks as they continue their ongoing attempt to discover the Other.

Special Events:

Wednesday, July 22 | 5:30 p.m. | Artist Talk


Gallery hours will be extended for the week and will be 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.


WEEK 9 | July 28 - August 1

Angela M. D. Allen & Marita L. Allen | My Kid Could Make That

Artist Angela Allen will use the gallery as a studio for her painting practice, including collaborations with her 4-year-old daughter. Other parents and children will be invited to join them in painting throughout the week with works being displayed upon completion. Exploring the life-work balance within an artistic practice and parenthood, Allen wants to show that one’s art practice can change in unexpected and nontraditional yet exciting ways.

Special Events:

Tuesday, July 28 | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Workshop

Friday, July 31 | 5 - 7 p.m. | Reception


August 4 - 8

BridgePark | What if?

The proposed BridgePark will cross the James River from approximately Kanawha Plaza to the Manchester Climbing Wall. For 10x10, BridgePark organizers will display a scaled-model of BridgePark and will engage the community about the possibilities of a space like BridgePark and offer examples of programming envisioned for the space.

Special Events:

Tuesday, August 4 | Let's Talk / Soup

6 p.m. Community Conversation | Detailed description of the project and discussion

7 p.m. Community Dinner & Live Music

Wednesday, August 5 

12 p.m. Rapid Yoga | Led by Karen Hansen of Ashtanga Yoga

7 p.m. River / Rock | Live music featuring Lobo Marino and Friends

Thursday, August 6 | 7 p.m. | River Dance | Interpretive dance selections curated by Dogtown Dance Theater

Friday, August 7 | 5 - 9 p.m. | First Friday Art Walk


Sunday, August 9

12 p.m. - 6 p.m. | Travis Robertson | Foodist Colony III

6 p.m. | Community Potluck

At the conclusion, 1708 will host a public community potluck, including all participating individuals and organizations. The potluck will be organized in part by artist Travis Robertson and will be part of Robertson’s Foodist Colony project based on the simple idea of trading canned goods (to be donated to the Central Virginia food bank) in exchange for a work of art.


Foodist Colony Participating Artists

Allyson Mellberg | Aijung Kim | Andrea Owens | Anthony Meloro | Brooke Inman | Jacob Green | Jeremy Taylor | Kate Duffy | Matt Leech | Max Hubenthal | Nathan Tersteeg | Thomas Dean | Tim Skirven | Travis Robertson | Victoria Long

and a special collaboration with Big Secret and Mike Perry


Music provided by Andy C. Jenkins and GULL

Cooking Demos with Mike Hill and Bryan McClure

Print Demos by Jeremy Taylor and Allyson Mellberg using rice paste ink and plant pigments


10 x 10 is sponsored in part by the Garland and Agnes Taylor Gray Foundation, a supporting organization of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia and CultureWorks Grants Program, Championed by Altria.