The Main Street Gallery, in Association with Walton Gallery Inc., presents “Let the Light Shine Brite.” This is a group exhibition, curated by Eric Walton, Director- Walton Gallery, is exhibited in honor of Black History Month. The show is comprised of twenty-two African American artists from Virginia. Please visit The Main Street Gallery at the newly renovated Main Street Station in downtown Richmond.
On view are Chinese textiles from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), circa late nineteenth century-early twentieth century, and includes a range of silk objects: robes, rank badges, clothing, panels, and children’s apparel.
Wood Woman will feature a variety of large and small works that exemplify artist Barbara Dill's equation in a variety of woods. Her art includes sculptures and functional pieces. The exhibit will also provide a glimpse into the artist's studio, including one of her lathes and other working materials, and a process timeline created by curator Lora Beldon.
"Transient" is an experimental archive of a single place. Mixed-media sculptures are situated alongside intricately woven images of clouds and dislocated photographs of rock formations in an ongoing exploration into the fragile way that memories and places become bound together.
In process and form, the abstract paintings of Sarah Irvin explore “the abilities and limitations of the mind and the simultaneous power and shortcomings of language.” Irvin initially writes phrases derived from family memories and her daughter’s first words in ink on non-absorbent paper. She then smears the cursive text with squeegees, wiping away any meaning the signs might suggest. While traces may remain, the “hidden words” are transformed into streaks and fields of color.
Julie Wolfe’s installations address “the means by which we communicate” and the ways meaning is composed. A blend of photographs, drawings, assemblages, abstract paintings, and wall installations balance realism and abstraction, the manmade and the natural, suggesting “the patterns that govern our interdependence” and the complex systems that compose the natural and human worlds.
Candela Gallery presents its first solo show with Virginia-based photographer, Morgan Ashcom. The exhibition coincides with the release of Ashcom’s recent book, What the Living Carry, published by MACK Books.
Born and raised in Free Union, Virginia, Ashcom chisels his work out of the rural Americana of Hoys Fork – an amalgamated fiction of a small town, nestled in the South.
Rob Browning’s vibrant paintings combine portraiture and architecture in fantastical compositions that often depict autobiographical narratives.
Christopher Peter’s mixed media portraits present "a painting within a painting and a story within a story" in the traditional silhouette form.
For more than forty years, Sally Mann (American, born 1951) has made experimental, elegiac, and hauntingly beautiful photographs that explore the overarching themes of existence: memory, desire, death, the bonds of family, and nature’s magisterial indifference to human endeavor. What unites this broad body of work is that it is all bred of a place, the American South. A native of Lexington, Virginia, Mann has long written about what it means to live in the South and be identified as a southerner. Using her deep love of her native land and her knowledge of its fraught history, she asks provocative questions—about history, identity, race, and religion—that reverberate across geographic and national boundaries. Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings considers how Mann’s relationship with this land has shaped her work and how the legacy of the South—as both homeland and graveyard, refuge and battleground—continues to permeate American identity.
Opening Reception + Artist Talk: Thursday, March 8; 5 - 8 pm
A coin flip offers a quick, absolute, but equitable means for settling disputes. It amplifies hope and changes fortunes. This transformative promise inspires King’s latest series combining elements of collage and image transfer using vintage Montgomery Ward catalogs and Eastern iconography.
The upstairs galleries at Reynolds Gallery will hold the 2017-2018 VCU Fountainhead Fellows’ exhibitions, presenting work by Ryan Lucero (Painting+Printmaking), Jeanne Medina (Craft+Material Studies), and Sara Stern (Sculpture+Extended Media).
Lucero balances delicacy and rawness in his repetitively patterned paintings, capturing a haunting beauty in his show Jumping from an Imaginary Explosion. In Ancestral Offerings, Medina weaves together materials from various cultures, presenting themes of decolonization and identity through monochromatic textiles works. Through video, performance, and installations, Stern overlaps digital and physical spaces in Foundation Vent, dissecting established social and political systems.
Open House & Artist Reception: Friday, March 16, 2018 6pm - 9pm
All-Media Show, Members Show - Bon Air Artists Association, James River Art League, Focus Group Camera Club, Wednesday/Thursday Independent Painters
Plus food trucks, music, magic, and more!
From myth and legend to warfare, sport, and transportation, the horse played an integral role in ancient Greek culture. Wealthy Greeks belonged to the social class of knights and hunted to develop skills for fighting in the cavalry. Horses were among the earliest subjects explored by Greek artists and remained the most commonly depicted animal in the Archaic and Classical Periods. Artists and writers celebrated horses as symbols of wealth, power, and prestige but also as cherished companions of humans, heroes, and gods.
Like a Study in Black History: P. H. Polk, Chester Higgins, and The Black Photographers Annual, Volume 2
In the second volume of The Black Photographers Annual, editor and publisher Joe Crawford included an interview with P. H. Polk (1898–1984), the official photographer at Tuskegee University for nearly 50 years. Accompanied by a portfolio of Polk’s photographs, the entry began with this quote: “A number of students at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama told The Black Photographers Annual that looking at the works of P. H. Polk was like a study in Black history.” It was Chester Higgins, a student at Tuskegee, who introduced Polk’s work to the Annual.
Reception, Friday, March 23, 6 - 8 pm
Artist Talk, Saturday, March 24, 10 am
1708 Gallery is pleased to present In the Purple, a solo exhibition by interdisciplinary artist SV Randall. Historically, the color purple was rare. Made from a laborious process of crushing and boiling sea snails, the resulting dye was worth more than gold and reserved for the elite. A child born into the wealthy class was said to be “born in the purple”. In the Purple examines the relationship between consumer, commodity, and object transformation. Randall focuses on the symbolism and historical implication of basic consumer objects to identity the notion of obsolescence, visual decay and materiality.
OPENING RECEPTION: March 23, 6-9 pm (new hours)
ARTISTS’ TALK: April 22, 2 pm
Earth Day Special Hours: April 21, Noon-7 pm, featuring music by keyboard artist, Tony Doors
Three new gallery shows: paintings, drawings and installation works by Susan Hensel, a group exhibit by Bluecoup including 22 artists, and a group exhibition by artspace artist members.
Cézanne Portraits is the first exhibition devoted to the famed post-impressionist’s portraits. The exhibition explores the unconventional aspects of his portraiture, the role his portraits play in the development of his radical style and method, and the range and influence of his sitters. Rather than accepting commissions for portraits, Cézanne painted them as part of his ongoing experimentation as he searched for a pictorial language to capture his intense perceptions of the world. He rarely painted people he did not know; instead he portrayed himself, his family, his friends, art world admirers, and working-class inhabitants of his native Aix-en-Provence with whom he felt an affinity.
Join us for a book signing & conversation with the artist!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Brandon Thibodeaux: In That Land of Perfect Day
Published in October 2017 by Red Hook Editions
After spending nine years in the northern Mississippi Delta, in a primarily African American space, Thibodeaux's self-proclaimed journey for self-discovery turned into one of renewed trust and determination. In a place mired in poverty and racial tensions, Thibodeaux's work seeks to emphasize the "tender and yet unwavering human spirit that resides within its fabric." The tenacity and the faith of those that he encountered are not just specific to that of the rural black experience, but are a link of commonality between us all, which Thibodeaux says is perhaps the "lesson I was looking for all along." His first monograph In That Land of Perfect Day presents the documentation work he did among these inhabitants of the Mississippi Delta, as he found solace their stories and perseverance in their pain.
Join Maria Chavez for a performance and conversation to open the exhibition Topography of Sound: Peaks & Valleys Series, New Work by Maria Chavez. Reception to follow. This inaugural event for the Richmond Sound Art Festival is free and open to the public, but tickets required.
The University of Richmond Museums presents Topography of Sound: Peaks & Valleys Series, New Work by Maria Chavez. In this exhibition, Brooklyn-based artist Maria Chavez (born Peru, 1980) examines microscopic, physical images of vinyl records and their striking similarities to the topography of mountainous and canyon regions throughout the world. A sound artist and abstract turntablist, Chavez trades her dexterity from physical hand manipulation during her performances to sketching with various densities of graphite, sumi ink, and watercolor. The exhibition features drawings and paintings exemplifying the similarities of microscopic images of vinyl to the traditional approach in landscape illustration from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Also presented is a sample of previously recorded performances and publications.
After graduating from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 1994, Iris Eichenberg worked as an independent artist, art educator, part-time curator, and co-organizer of art-related events. She began teaching at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 1996, where she became Head of the Jewelry Department in 2000. Eichenberg held this position until 2007. In 2006 she accepted an appointment as Artist in Residence and Head of the Metalsmithing Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and began teaching full time there since. She is regularly invited to lecture, act as visiting critic, and give workshops at various art academies in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America.
With photographs, videos, installations, films, and performances that are focused on his native Palestine, multidisciplinary artist Khaled Jarrar explores the impact of modern-day power struggles on ordinary citizens while seeking to maximise the social potential of artistic interventions. Over the last decade, Jarrar has used the subject of Palestine, particularly the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, as a starting point for larger investigations of militarised societies, including the gendered spaces of violence and the links between economic and state powers that fuel and profit from war or political conflict.
Artist Talk: Friday, March 30 5:30 p.m.
Opening Reception: Friday, March 30 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Trish Tillman presents an exhibition, Remains (to Be Seen), that explores the visual devises of commemoration. Inspired by iconic and personal mementos of her late grandparents, Tillman’s show distills memorabilia into geometric forms, transforming nostalgia into present-day symbols of ritual, rebellion, family and home. Known for her meticulously crafted sculptures, Tillman combines industrial materials with the aesthetics of hard rock, goth, fetish and kitsch to create a contemporary signature that hems together ideas of fashion, furniture, ornamentation and ritual objects.
Richmond artist Tenley Beazley returns to Quirk this April for a solo exhibition of new work that is largely influenced by the recent passing of her father, Alan Fleischer. Prayers and blessings serve as graceful backgrounds for delicate flowers. Recent discoveries and explorations into abstracted techniques and new materials have made their way into the work as well.
glave kocen proudly presents two premiere solo exhibits that go hand in hand to celebrate the warmth of Spring! April’s “Under the Rafters” installment has Tim Harper’s wanderlust on display with his mixed media found object and organic material wall assemblages.
glave kocen proudly presents two premiere solo exhibits that go hand in hand to celebrate the warmth of Spring! Krista Townsend hailing from the Charlottesville area is bringing us thirty new large scale works that will envelop the gallery with the feeling of wilderness.
OPENING RECEPTION Friday April 13, 7 - 9 PM
The Iridian Gallery at Diversity Richmond presents Wish You Were Here, a solo exhibition
by Savannah, GA-based painter Ben Tollefson. The artist addresses the concepts of paradise, desire, longing and perfection. In relation to the exhibition title, a cliché postcard phrase bordering sincerity and vapidity, the paintings employ a jumbling of body parts and whimsical invented forms, and reference ideas of paradise through symbols like skies, esh, clouds, and rainbows. The artist paints trompe l’oeil collage elements of ‘perfect’ subjects to fantastical ends. Drawing imagery from lifestyle magazines that present contrived concepts of perfection, Tollefson takes ownership of, twists, and recon gures these constructs, creating his own imitation of paradise.
“Wish You Were Here” is curated by Michael-Birch Pierce.
Please join RVArts in welcoming the newest leaders in all things ARTS in Richmond; Shawn Brixey, Dean of VCUarts and Valerie Cassel Oliver, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the VMFA. They will be in conversation about their move to Richmond and our future as the Arts Capital!
Kevin Beasley, born in Lynchburg, Virginia, is an American artist working in sculpture, performance art, and sound installation. He attended the College of Creative Studies, Detroit, where he studied automotive design before graduating with a BFA in painting and sculpture and an MFA in sculpture from Yale University, New Haven. Beasley combines disparate found materials including personal ephemera, studio debris, and samples from various musical genres to produce works that embody their process of creation while also defamiliarizing the everyday objects and cultural references of which they are composed. He lives and works in New York City.
Tschabalala Self is a New Haven based painter. She received her B.A. from Bard College in 2012 and her M.F.A. from the Yale School of Art in 2015. Her current work explores the iconographic significance of the Black female body in contemporary culture and the emotional, physical and psychological impact of the Black female body as icon, and is primarily devoted to examining the intersectionality of race, gender and sexualty.
Collector’s Night, launched in 1987, is the Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s most significant annual fundraising event. The 300-person gala includes a cocktail reception, a silent auction and a seated live auction. Proceeds from the event support VisArts’ programming. A Preview Party will be Thursday, March 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the general public. learn more at visit.org
VCUarts Department of Craft + Material Studies: Metal students proudly present their annual Tiny Shiny: Jewelry Exhibition + Sale, generously hosted by Quirk Gallery. A portion of the sale funds a scholarship for students to attend Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) conference this May in Portland, Oregon.
The show opens Thursday, March 15th at 6pm and continues on Friday and Saturday from 11am - 6pm.
The questions David Getsy asks of the history of art are developed from engagements with the interdisciplinary fields of transgender studies, queer studies, game studies, and performance studies. His emphasis has been on modern and contemporary art and theory, and he often focuses on topics relating to sculpture and performance. His aims are to infiltrate canonical narratives and to use transgender and queer theories as the basis from which to reconsider all artistic practice. He is currently professor of art history, theory, and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Join Artspace for its third annual exhibition and art auction to benefit artspace gallery. Showcase your own elaborately patterned attire, bid on fabulous artwork, dance to DJ Mass FX, enjoy festive food, and sip specialty cocktails from Belle Isle Moonshine! Tickets $25 Advance, $30 Door
"Liminal Alchemy" features three artists exploring the transitional and artificial nature of surface and identity. They use a variety of different media to address concepts of self, materiality, gender, abstraction, expectation, and obsession.
Shockoe Artspace is thrilled to announce the coming of an evocative exhibition from a painter at the outer edge of their practice bringing back to us compelling visual works of a future place. Titled This Must Be The Place and consisting of all new work from the last year, Crane’s paintings exist in a liminal space saturated with an emergence of unstable and unspecified forms. Paradoxically, these at times haunting forms feel fully present and yet subject to disappear as though a vapor. Upon viewing these works a strange interplay of humor, fright, and intrigue settles in. It’s as if we are being invited to look at these as though we were glancing out of the corner of our eye and compelled to remain in that orientation of viewing longer than a mere glance so as to glimpse something “unseeable."Shockoe Artspace is thrilled to announce the coming of an evocative exhibition from a painter at the outer edge of their practice bringing back to us compelling visual works of a future place. Titled This Must Be The Place and consisting of all new work from the last year, Crane’s paintings exist in a liminal space saturated with an emergence of unstable and unspecified forms. Paradoxically, these at times haunting forms feel fully present and yet subject to disappear as though a vapor. Upon viewing these works a strange interplay of humor, fright, and intrigue settles in. It’s as if we are being invited to look at these as though we were glancing out of the corner of our eye and compelled to remain in that orientation of viewing longer than a mere glance so as to glimpse something “unseeable."
VALET is excited to announce our upcoming First Friday exhibition, Goodbye Limes by Braxton Congrove. The exhibition will feature large scale paper mache and soft sculptural objects that act as a stage, a room and a landscape. Congrove will arrange these objects in a way that resembles a playground, disrupting the gallery from a place of observation to a place of participation. Separately, the objects resemble fun and playful shapes with bright colors and pleasing color palettes. Together, the objects work together to build a unique environment that immerses the viewer in a dreamlike environment.
Charlotte Rodenberg's installations of large scale screen prints are intended to induce meditative mindfulness, dialog and self reflection. Rodenberg's current research is grounded in studies of mind control meditation is key to Parallel Universes, Alternate Dimensions and Time Space Transcendance.
Kristine Woods’ work is informed by her history in performance, her teaching, and by her work as a Gynecological Teaching Associate. She has a history of collaboration but is currently working alone in the studio primarily on sculptural forms supported by drawing, reading, weaving and writing. The concerns of the current work are rudimentary—standing, containing, struggling—and are fundamentally reliant on the properties of materials: their physical characteristics and their vernacular. Woods received her BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was a 2008 Creative Capital Foundation Grant recipient. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and is an Associate Professor at The Maryland Institute College of Art.
Artist Nancy Shaver uses found objects and collected items to create assemblages that are then happily grouped together. Based in Hudson, New York, she runs a well-known curiousity shop called Henry. Shaver has long been acclaimed by critics, and she has received prestigious grants such as a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2010, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 1993, and Yaddo and MacDowell fellowships in the early 1970s.
Quiddity, n. philosophy
The inherent essence or nature of a thing; literally its “whatness” or “what it is”
LiQuiddity is an excursion into the “thisness” of painting. It is the fluid substance of paint. It is the slippage of categories that occurs when painting is pressed for its essence. It manifests as a thin skin, separating Painting from the rest of life.
I Sea Us Together is a fabric installation that invites the viewer to become part of an ocean sampling playground. This is where pieces of the sea environment are plucked, analyzed, and boiled down to the simplest form, then stitched backed together. It demonstrates the idea of natural and synthetic elements within a marine ecosystem living in symbiosis. As your wading through water you can explore the microscopic marine biosphere and the parallel to that, the microplastic realm. Each sharing similar traits, but surfacing in different places in the space. The work dives into the question of how do we approach the general scope of an environment when we have the tendency to break it down into pieces?
This gallery exhibition features current & former professional athletes, artists, and military veterans creating art in balance with the rigorous physical training of their sport / mission.
The Abstract Athlete explores the collision of art, sports, and science by drafting a world class team of athletes, artists, doctors, and universities to help others inspire art, foster science, and expand charitable giving. The Abstract Athlete believes art and creative practice have benefits to the mind and to our community.
Join a discussion on art, sports, and the effects of creative practice on the mind and body. Featured Guests include: NFL players Vernon Davis, EJ Manuel, Percy King, NBA player Larry Sanders, Dr. David Cifu - VCU school of medicine, US army veterans Alicia Dietz Studios and Joe Olney - Artwork.
Anna Cutler is Director of Learning and Research at Tate. Over the last 30 years, Anna has worked in education and cultural settings at a local, national and international level. Her purpose has been to explore and improve educational interventions in a range of cultural and cross-disciplinary arts environments. She is known for her innovative experiments in practice and the building of new theoretical perspectives. She aims to generate high quality educational provision that is rooted in research, and is committed to positive, long-term change that is profound, sustainable and inclusive.
Anna believes in transformational leadership and partnership working practices that are based on trust, generosity and respect. In September 2016 she initiated Tate Exchange, an ongoing programme of events developed by artists, practitioners, the public and Associates, both within and beyond the arts sector, aimed at building a dialogue around art, society, and the wider issues facing us today.
Roger Beebe is a filmmaker whose work since 2006 consists primarily of multiple projector performances that explore the world of found images and the "found" landscapes of late capitalism. He has screened his films around the globe at such unlikely venues as the CBS Jumbotron in Times Square and McMurdo Station in Antarctica as well as more likely ones including Sundance and the Museum of Modern Art with solo shows at Anthology Film Archives, The Laboratorio Arte Alameda in Mexico City, and Los Angeles Filmforum among many other venues.
Nicholas Muellner is an artist who operates at the intersection of photography and writing. Through books, exhibitions and slide lectures, his projects investigate the limits of photography as a documentary pursuit and as an interface to literary, political and personal narratives. His textual and visual books include The Photograph Commands Indifference (A-Jump Books, 2009), and The Amnesia Pavilions (A-Jump Books, 2011), which was selected as a top photo book of 2011 by Time Magazine.
Day 155, 156, 157 is an educational experience, working to put the current crisis in Puerto Rico into perspective. The weekend programming will be composed of an exhibition of photographic and sculptural work, depicting the tragedy and the prevalent need in Puerto Rico. Proceeds from the exhibition will go toward helping small Puerto Rican farmers re-establish their farms and rebuild their communities.
Aliza Nisenbaum (b. 1977, Mexico City) received her BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has presented her paintings in solo shows at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Mary Mary, Glasgow; White Columns, New York; Lulu, Mexico City; Julius Caesar, Chicago; and Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago. National and International group exhibitions have included the Whitney Biennial 2017; The Flag Art Foundation; The ICA at MECA, Maine; Biennial of the Americas, MCA, Denver; among others. She lives and works in New York, and is currently Director of Graduate Studies, and Professor of Visual Arts at Columbia University School of the Arts.
German-born ceramist Gerit Grimm apprenticed in the traditional German trade as a potter at the “Altbürgeler blau-weiss GmbH” in Bürgel, Germany and worked as a Journeyman for Joachim Jung in Glashagen, Germany. Grimm is now an Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her sculptural work pushes pots where physics doesn’t want them to go. By risking technical failure in the process of creating the forms, she attains a complexity, dynamism, and litheness of form. The technical risks are a corollary to another type of risk—one that reinterprets a folk figurine tradition and pushes it to its limits.