Based on the notion of dialogue, Hear My Voice: Native American Art of the Past and Present explores conversations between Native American artists and their art across centuries, a continent, and 35 indigenous cultures.
Our Hearts on Our Sleeves examines Richmond’s longstanding infatuation with the arts as articulated through individual style and communal support of avant-garde fashion and fiber art.
“My Reality” is a groundbreaking exhibition and virtual reality installation created by teens impacted by the juvenile justice system in Richmond.
1708 Gallery presents an inventory of moons, a solo exhibition of work by Sarah Nance, Assistant Professor in Fibres & Material Practices at Concordia University in Montréal. Through an inventory of moons, Nance hopes to articulate the experience of looking well beneath the surface of the earth and our presence within it, in order to simultaneously reach beyond it.
Since its inception in 2001, the ThinkSmall invitational takes place every two years and features artwork in a diverse range of styles and media within 3x3x3 inch maximum dimensions. Many of the participating artists are local to the Richmond area, but work is submitted from throughout the region, across the United States and internationally.
Curriculum Lab is a project for 20 artists, each tasked with creating artwork inspired by discarded library materials, mostly from Virginia Commonwealth University's Curriculum Lab Collection of juvenile books. The 400+ completed works will be exhibited and sold to support the Richmond Performing Arts Alliance’s ELLA program, which brings arts-integrated literacy into Pre-K classrooms across the greater Richmond area. All art will be available for purchase online.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, Dec 1, 5 – 9 pm
The Anderson is pleased to present “Mosque Manifesto” by artist Azra Akšamija. “Mosque Manifesto” re-conceptualizes the mosque not as a fixed location or architectural type, but rather as a nomadic, educational and performative social space facilitating both religious and secular programs. As such, it can express the spiritual, socio-cultural, and emotional needs of its community while, at the same time, framing a zone for dialogue between Muslims and non-Muslims.
The Anderson is pleased to present “Global Perspectives on Contemporary Muslim Life”, a juried exhibition of VCU and VCUarts Qatar student photography. Islam is not a monoculture. Juried by designer and VCUarts Qatar alumna Hadeer Omar, the exhibition provides a curated platform for both trained and untrained voices to share their perspectives on the beauty, complexity, and challenges of globalized Muslim life in the 21st century.
The Anderson is pleased to present “ The Things I Could Tell...”, a sensory installation by artist Wafaa Bilal. Bilal is known internationally for his on-line performative and interactive works provoking dialogue about international politics and internal dynamics. In “The Things I Could Tell…” Bilal collapses perceived cultural and historical distances by locating insights first made during the Islamic Golden Age within current psychiatric practices of chromotherapy.
Against a backdrop of ecological decline, this memoir/travelogue follows an itinerant theatrical troupe, Truppe Fledermaus, as they stage absurdist performances in various locations including Europe, England, America, and Japan. Kahn and Selesnick are a collaborative artist team that specialize in creating fictitious histories set in the past or future.
In Give, metalsmith Jaydan Moore gives new life to found tableware while highlighting the marks of previous use. Isa Newby Gagarin’s series Sundial At Midnight references time though her abstract paintings.
“My new exhibit is an inspired series that uses narrative portraiture to depict ideas and principles that assist us all in navigating life, shows us we are not alone, and that we have a loving Creator who wants to teach us The Way.” --Stanley Rayfield
For the past decade, Jared Clark has been creating assemblages that blur the line between painting and sculpture. Clark’s primary materials are ordinary objects, ranging from detritus to collectibles, such as cardboard boxes, discarded refrigerators, and paintings by amateur artists.
In New Work, Nancy Blum presents wildly detailed floral drawings in which she layers colored pencil, ink, and gouache over creamy white paper. Imagery of magnified flowers, atomic particles, and abstracted plants float seamlessly from piece to piece, fabricating a seductive scene of nature and form.
In Theorems and Poems, Andrea Donnelly unravels the systematic process of weaving to convey its organically poetic, lyrical nature. Her thread works manifest as geometric compositions, abstracting text and form as she weaves, unweaves, and reweaves pigmented thread on her loom.
Randolph-Macon College will host "Timeworn Walls and Open Wounds: A Bill Fisher Retrospective". The late Bill Fisher was a highly respected, much loved painting professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. His retrospective in the Flippo Gallery represents the first major showing of his work since his passing in April 2017.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, November 10, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Thomas Van Auken often paints places where humanity is implied but not present—highways, utility lines, construction sites, and abandoned buildings—symbols of urban development or suburban decay. His observational renderings of commonplace, manmade environments prompt the viewer to look closely at those sites we frequent yet rarely notice.
Craft + Design is the Visual Arts Center of Richmond’s annual contemporary craft show, which showcases the museum-quality craft of 130 artists. In 2017, the event moves to Main Street Station’s newly renovated train shed.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, November 17, 7-9pm
Iridian Gallery presents the premier retrospective exhibit of outsider art by J. Alan Cumbey. His visually arresting drawings twist together confessional, provocative and socially conscious elements with joyful, rhythmic fantasy worlds filled with technicolor objects, patterns, creatures and people at play, influenced by the pop and counterculture he loved since his childhood in rural Virginia. Later works turn inward as he processed the outbreak of a mysterious “gay plague” and ultimately, his own declining health. This retrospective will be the first public viewing of his art, and includes drawings from 1982 until his death in 1992 from diabetes and AIDS.
This workshop, led by Curriculum Lab creator Jonathan Lee, is a series of hands on/minds on activities that use art practices to address visual and information literacy skills; focusing on critical thinking, problem based enquiry, awareness of personal biases, and research/discovery techniques
The Richmond Photographer Storytelling event is an opportunity for photographers from around Richmond to share their passion through their images that inspire them. We will be joined by Stephanie Dowda and Ansel Olson.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, December 1, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Alex Nyerges, director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, presents photographs taken in 2016 and 2017, documenting his travelogue from Richmond, Virginia to California, Europe, Cuba, China, Australia, and beyond.
Proceeds of this exhibition benefit the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and their educational programs, special exhibitions and statewide services that the museum offers 365 days a year.
1708 Gallery presents the 8th Annual Monster Drawing Rally, a live art fundraiser for exhibitions and programming at 1708. Part performance, part art-bazaar, part party, Monster Drawing Rally offers the Richmond community an exciting opportunity to watch their favorite artists at work. Originally conceived by Southern Exposure in San Francisco, the event consists of 3 one-hour shifts with 20+ artists working simultaneously each hour. Once an artist completes a drawing, it is hung on the wall for viewing. Visitors may purchase completed works of art for $65 each.
The Visual Arts Center of Richmond is kicking off a new open studio access program with Open Studio Happy Hour. Guests can tour our 15 professional art studios to see what we have to offer.