Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009

May 1, 2009 Deadline for Exhibition Proposals

1708 Gallery is announcing a May 1, 2009 postmark deadline for exhibition proposals. 1708 Gallery is seeking exhibition proposals from emerging and established artists (students are not eligible) and curators for its 2010 exhibition season. Artists and curators may submit proposals for single or group shows of all media.

  • Exhibition Proposal - Be specific about what work you wish to show at 1708 Gallery (no longer than one page). See for a gallery floor plan.
  • Images of your work: The show should be no more than 3 years old and indicative of what you wish to exhibit at 1708 Gallery. Digital Images: Send 10 to 20 images in jpeg format only (no larger than 1024 pixels in any direction at 300 dpi). All image files are to be numbered to correspond to image list and include artist’s last name (ex. 01SmithXXX.jpg). Label the CD with your name. Video/DVD: Send 5 to 7 clips lasting no more than 3-4 minutes each. (Digital media in mpeg format only). In addition to the clips, you may send one complete work if longer than the 3-4 minute limit. Label the video/DVD with your name. (Please also include one digital image in jpeg format on a CD.)
  • Image List - a numerical listing including artist's and/or curator's name, title, date, dimensions, medium.
  • Resume and bio
  • Artist or Curatorial Statement
  • Special Needs- If necessary, an explanation of any special installation, equipment, and/or funding requirements with exact amounts listed.
  • Contact Information - Name, address, phone number(s) and email address of the artist(s) and/or curator(s) involved in the proposal.
  • S.A.S.E. For return of materials. (If not included, materials will not be returned).
  • $20 entry fee - paid by check made out to 1708 Gallery or call the gallery to pay by credit card.

Only complete proposal packages will be considered. Please label all materials with the artist's/curator's names. Review process may take up to 6 months.

1708 Gallery is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution providing access to exhibitions, arts and education programs.

For more information, please contact: Tatjana Beylotte at or 804/643-1708.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Opening Friday, April 17, 2009

1708 Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition featuring Jeremy Drummond and Rod Northcutt opening this Friday, April 17th at 1708 Gallery. Both artists will give an artist talk at 6:30pm on April 17, 2009 at 1708 Gallery followed by a public reception.

Jeremy Drummond’s 65-Point Plan for Sustainable Living, a collection of 65 aerial images depicting every Canadian Province and US State will be on view. Each image portrays a single subdivision that has been digitally reconstructed into an enclosed geographical space, with no roads leading in or out.

Maryland by Jeremy Drummond

As an installation, these images are displayed to loosely reflect their original geographic and spatial relationship – functioning as a re-mapping of Canada and the USA. As a multiple, these images are printed as an edition of standard postcards.

South Carolina by Jeremy Drummond

Contemporary suburban environments are architecturally designed as spaces one can only experience through the window of a moving vehicle. Physical connections to space are reduced only to points of departure and arrival, often resulting in isolation and ambivalence towards the environment in which one exists. With contemporary web-based technologies, a total collapse in space and time has rendered physical experience obsolete.

Jeremy Drummond received a BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Western Ontario and in 2003, a MFA in Art Media Studies from Syracuse University. His work has been exhibited widely in festivals, galleries and museums throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Since 2001, he has curated close to 50 programs of independent video for festivals, galleries and museums in North America and Europe. He is represented by ADA Gallery and teaches in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Richmond (Richmond, VA).

Luddite by Rod Northcutt

Rod Northcutt mixes the languages of biology, woodworking, and social theory to create sculptures, drawings, and site-specific installations that explore and illustrate social analogs between humans and the natural world. Rod Northcutt’s work is founded in scientific methodology, biological and cultural symbiosis, and the social history of making. It is evidence of a long-standing interest in the anthropology of systems, be those systems of art, material culture, or the animal human dialogue.

In this body of work, through a series of drawings, Northcutt illustrates the tools and methods (with beaks, teeth, mandibles) of animals, specifically indigenous design/builders (beavers, termites, woodpeckers, etc.) as they “make”. On an additional level, the sculpture and installations cite human social events and situations as prepared scenes. Some of the smaller presentation pieces and tools have been created in the style of commemorative gifts for beaver-centric labor societies and fraternal organizations.

Schools of Architecture and Design detail by Rod Northcutt

Also on hand are tools that appear to be “beaver made” suggesting a historical archive of natural construction science.

Rod Northcutt received his MFA in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and BFA in painting and drawing/biology from The University of North Texas. He has exhibited nationally and internationally at the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art: Chicago, DePaul University Museum of Art, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, and many others. He designs furniture and structures under the name of onesixtyfourth design and works collaboratively with green/sustainable design collectives including Material Exchange and Experimental Station.

Accommodations for the artist is provided by Linden Row Inn.

Friday, April 03, 2009

on view: "Garden of Earthly Delights" at the Linden Row Inn

Garden of Earthly Delights celebrates the rites of spring and the cyclical nature of creativity. The exhibition includes a series of globes created by noted artists to commemorate 1708 Gallery's thirtieth anniversary as well as sculpture, painting and drawing. Please note 100 percent of the sale each globe will benefit 1708 Gallery's Exhibitions and Educational Programming. This exhibition is free and open to the public through May 24. The satellite exhibitions at 1708 reflect the nature of Richmond. It is a city of contemporary art and artists who pursue their work in a historic setting.

Please visit this link for biographical info on each artist and detailed photos of each globe depicted in this exhibition. Stay tuned for an announcement of a special Earth Day Event in the lovely courtyard of the Linden Row Inn.

Crows by Mark Chatterly
installed in the courtyard of the Linden Row Inn.

Work by the following artists is featured in
Garden of Earthly Delights:

Sally Bowring
Courtesy of Reynolds Gallery
Fiona Ross
Courtesy of ADA Gallery
Michael Pierce
Harry Kollatz, Jr.
JoAnne Fridley
Greig Leach
Sandra Luckett
Rosemary Jesionowsky
Carolyn Henne
Kathryn Henry-Choisser
Ruth Bolduan
Kelly Gotschalk
Julyen Norman
Terrie Powers Miller
Tom Chenoweth
Lynn Murphy
Sarah Clark
Amie Oliver
Matt Lively
Mark Chatterly
Courtesy of Glave-Kocen Gallery
Sayaka Suzuki

Julyen Norman's Globe for 1708

Harry Kollatz's Pathfinder installed underneath
Float #2 by Fiona Ross

Greig Leach's On Top of the World

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Melting Pot is generously contributing a percentage of their dinner sales to 1708 Gallery on March 26, 2009. Supporting 1708 Gallery has never been this easy and delicious! Call 741-3120 to make a reservations (reservations are recommended but not required). Thanks!

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Alert, Awake, Eyes Open: Rain or Shine

Stacy Searcy

1708 Gallery presents Rain or Shine an exhibition featuring Kate Bingaman Burt, Sarah Hollis, Ryan Mulligan and Stacy Searcy.

The exhibition opens this Friday, March 6th with an artist talk at 6:30pm followed by a reception with the artists.

The artists in the exhibition insist on the daily act of art making. These four artists are adamant about the cyclic habit and its necessity to the context of their work. Moreover, each artist intends their work to be viewed in series or multiples because the form of production demands context. Like journaling, it is a self imposed regiment with no compromise. It is definitive and resolute about the necessity of routine. The limits of the day demand inventiveness. These perpetual devotions universalize the creative habit. These four workaholics are addicted.

Kate Bingaman Burt is an Assistant Professor of Art at Portland State University. She
received an MFA from the University of Nebraska and a BA from the College of the
Ozarks. For the last four years, she has produced drawings inspired from her daily
purchases, no matter how mundane. Binagman-Burt’s work explores the relationship
between people and their possessions as well as the consumer culture. Her work has
been featured in the New York Times, the Boston Globe as well as on National Public
Radio. More information about her work can be found here:

Chicago artist Sarah Hollis questions the notion of what constitutes a book in her
work “If Found, Please Return.” This project is a compilation of scanned material, both
art and text, from her sketchbooks which allows for the viewer to see the entire work
simultaneously. The work tests the boundaries of narrative, reading and authenticity.
Hollis is a graduate of Art Academy of Cincinnati and earned an MFA from the University
of Cincinnati.

VCU graduate Ryan Mulligan is back in town to show his low-tech installations. An
assistant professor of art at the University of Cincinnati, his work draws from
autobiographical resources as well as his obsession with pop culture and history which
relies on dark comedy and the mythologizing daily experiences. Full of humor and
playfulness his work is highly energetic and off-kilter explorations of private fears
displayed as Wunderkammers.

Chicago architect Stacy Searcy uses her camera in order to capture the ever changing
sky. A desire to record this evolution became the driving force behind this body of
artwork. Beginning on February 1, 2006 and continuing each day to the present, she has
faithfully captured a small portion of this infinity through her camera lens. A linear form
of documentation, the photographs serve to acknowledge a geographical place and a
precise time. A native of Cincinnati, Searcy has a BA in Fine Arts from the College of
Mount St. Joseph, a post-Baccalaureate certificate in painting from the Art Institute of
Chicago as well as a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Puchase Your Tickets Today for Save Planet Art

You may purchase tickets to 1708 Gallery's 19th Annual Art Auction Benefit this Saturday, February 28th online or by calling 643-1708. Tickets will be waiting for you when you arrive at 1708 Gallery on February 28.

To Purchase Tickets Using PayPal:

Ticket Options

1708 Gallery’s biggest fundraiser of the year, Save Planet Art, will be presented on Saturday,
February 28, 2009 at 7:00pm. Frances Lewis, long time supporter and art collector, is
serving as the Honorary Chair of this event.

52 works of art by the area’s best emerging and established artists will be available through a live auction. The silent auction features 30 Globes, each created by a different
artist who has contributed to 1708 Gallery's thirty years of presenting new art in Richmond. A
sampling of these artists includes founding members Joseph Seipel and Tom Chenoweth,
Peter Culley, Ruth Bolduan, Eleanor Rufty, Sandra Luckett, Carole Garmon, Chris Chase and
Louis Poole. To see images of the Globes, go HERE.

This auction is a great opportunity to build your art collection at reasonable prices while supporting 1708 Gallery’s exhibitions and programs. Proceeds of the auction directly support 1708 Gallery’s exhibitions and educational programs.

Save Planet Art is dedicated to the memory of William Fields.

The auction exhibition opened February 20th and is on view through February 28th. The bidding for the Globes in the silent auction started on February 20th and will end at 7:45pm on February 28, the day of the auction. 1708 Gallery is open every day from 9 am - 5:00pm. Feel free to come see the work and start bidding on the Globes. We also accept bids for the Globes over the phone or by email and we also accept absentee bids for the work in the live auction. Please contact us if you have any questions at 643-1708.

A preview of the work in the live auction:

Details for Saturday, February 28, 2009.
Sponsor Preview (for $250 tickets and up) 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Doors Open for Regular Ticket Holders: 7:00pm
Live Auction Starts: 7:45pm
Silent Auction Ends: 7:45pm

1708 Gallery is located at 319 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219.

To view Brick Weekly's photo essay of the preview click here.

photo/art credit: Michael Pierce

Thursday, February 19, 2009

SAVE PLANET ART and toast the artists, too!

Julyen Norman
"Globe for 1708"

Thirty artists are working to "save the planet with an old box of art supplies," to sum up Ronnie Sampson's simple update on Facebook after agreeing to tackle the "global aspect" of 1708's 19th annual art auction "SAVE PLANET ART."

Please join us at 6:30pm tomorrow evening, February 20, to toast over 70 artists who are participating in 1708's annual benefit auction. To see a preview of the globes that have been recycled for this year's silent auction you can visit the blog which documents this effort:

One can begin bidding at the preview on Friday, the 20th if you want to insure that you'll go home with a piece of Planet Art! Individual tickets and sponsors are still available for the live and conclusion of the silent auction on Saturday, February 28. Please join us to celebrate 1708 Gallery's thirty years of showing new art in Richmond!

questions? 804.643.1708

Tatjana Beylotte, 1708 Gallery Executive Director, and Amie Oliver,
Save Planet Art Co-Chair and Artist.

Monday, February 09, 2009

InLight Richmond: Call for Artists

1708 Gallery invites emerging and professional artists, national and international, working in all media and disciplines to submit proposals for InLight Richmond, the second annual exhibition of contemporary public art inspired by light. Preferences will be given to proposals that involve, investigate, interpret, or are inspired by light, either as a medium or as an abstract idea. Existing work, as well as proposals for new projects will be considered. The work will be selected by guest juror Adelina Vlas, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Awards include $1500 Best in Show; $1500 Best in Green; $500 People’s Choice Award. Deadline is March 31, 2009. Entry fee is $30.

For more information, please click here.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Josh Bonnett: 1708 Gallery Graduate Artist Forum Nominee

Josh Bonnett
"In today’s technological and media saturated world images and information are mediated through multiple filters and are eventually presented as some kind of truth or fact of reality. This idea of mediation and the process of abstraction, both in terms of what the mediated image is and what abstraction in art can, or historically functions as are the major investigations of my work. "

Josh Bonnett is an MFA candidate in painting at Virginia Commonwealth University's School of the Arts. He was nominated by his department to be a part of the fourth annual 1708 Gallery Graduate Artist Forum.

Friday, January 30, 2009

John Hendershot: 1708 Gallery Graduate Artist Forum Nominee

"I’m interested in the relationship between memory, experience, and the individual perspective. By recalling remembered events from my life I communicate to the viewer my interpretation of those events through the use of abstracted visual and aural imagery. The events range from the everyday mundane, to the profoundly traumatic. My motivation is to begin a dialogue between myself and the viewer over how we communicate in memory, how we remember past events, and the importance this has to our own individual histories."
-John Hendershot

Images above are stills from John Hendershot's videos. He is an MFA candidate at VCU Photo and was nominated to be a part of 1708 Gallery's Fourth Annual Graduate Artist Forum.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Our own FaBUloUs LYNDA RAY!!

Lynda Ray
Whitewash, 11.3 x 9", encaustic

When you are up in NYC, stop in at the NYU Small Work show to see 1708 Gallery board member Lynda Ray's work...

NYU 32nd Small Works
80 Washington Square East Galleries
On View: January 31st through March 13th
Opening Reception: On Saturday, January 31st. From 12 - 4pm
Hours: Tuesday 10-7, Wednesday & Thursday 10-6, Friday & Saturday 10-5

Juror: Daniel Ferris, Director, Stephen Haller Gallery

Andrew Mausert-Mooney

""Flok" is a 16mm short film about two brothers that travel around their town collecting dead birds in hopes to make they fly again. Meanwhile, a woman tries to get away while Jesus rides along. I am currently working on an experimental narrative film about a father and a son who deal with loss by creating their own personal history. They take a trip to Lumberton, North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Mountains to claim their ancestry."

Andrew Mausert-Mooney is a post-baccalaureate art student making video art at University of Virginia. He was nominated by his department to be a part of 1708 Gallery's Fourth Annual Graduate Artist Forum.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Stephanie Benassi: 1708 Graduate Artist Forum Nominee

"Pulling themselves through openings, rattling and scurrying in the walls. When I don’t see them I know they are there. I spray the premises with poison with no regret and to no avail. Nothing stops them from coming in or makes them leave. When one is seen I become furious, at thirty I begin to imagine hundreds, maybe thousands."

Untitled 1-4 from The Stain Series
Light Jet Print – 24 x 24 2008

Stephanie Benassi is a VCU Arts Photography MFA candidate, nominated by her department to be a part of 1708 Gallery's Fourth Annual Graduate Artist Forum.

Aaron McIntosh: 1708 Graduate Artist Forum Nominee

Romance novel pages, gel medium. 17" x 20." 2008.

Aaron McIntosh is a VCU MFA candidate in the Department of Craft and Material Studies, nominated by his department to be a part of 1708 Gallery's Fourth Annual Graduate Artist Forum.

Golnar Adili: 1708 Gallery Graduate Artist Student Nominee

Golnar Adili:
"This piece was born out of two previous interests of mine; the airplane as a vessel which separates the sensuous body from the void of the sky. The technical aspect of cutting and re-organizing different images was born out of my research fellowship to study the contrast between inside and outside spaces of Tehran due to the Islamic Republic's totalitarian control over the public lives of its citizens. To juxtapose inside and outside in one image, I cut images of inside and outside of windows and intermixed them to see the different spaces at once. These studies led to the Time collages presented. Here I fragmented consecutively taken photographs, and played with the density and expression of time in remounting the pixels on a grid. The result is of a slowly changing sky-scape through the airplane window documenting 12 seconds time at once. In other words, The final collage is a raster image of four minutely different photos intermixed homogeneously. In these collages, I'm interested in conveying a quiet sense of suspense, and a static explosion of time."

Golnar Adili is a fifth year post-baccalaureate art student at University of Virginia. She was nominated by her department to be a part of 1708 Gallery's Fourth Annual Graduate Artist Forum.

Andrea C. Donnelly: 1708's Graduate Artist Forum Nominee

Andrea C. Donnelly
"Typically I work in the format of large-scale weavings, using both the transparency and physicality of thread layered within image to create a quiet yet unavoidable body/spirit presence in space. The Forum Show has given me the opportunity to explore the elements I engage in my fiber work, specifically layering, line, and positive/negative space, on a different scale. The Systems Meditation Series is an intimate study of the intersections of natural and man-made pattern and disruption of pattern. Bricks and roots, library shelves, skin cells…these systems are reorganized, distilled into careful and curious white-on-black line drawings."

Andrea Donnelly is a VCU Craft and Material Studies MFA candidate, nominated by her department to be a part of 1708 Gallery's Fourth Annual Graduate Artist Forum.

Below: Quietly, Quietly
Size: 87" x 47"
Medium: Handwoven cotton, pigment-painted warp

Below: Systems Meditation 1
Size: 5” x 7”
Medium: scratch board

Hiromi Takizawa: 1708's Graduate Art Student Forum Nominee

Installation photographs of "Crossing the Pacific".

Hiromi Takizawa is an MFA candidate in VCU Arts Craft and Material Studies Department. She works primarily in glass and installation art and was nominated for inclusion in 1708 Gallery's Fourth Annual Graduate Artist Forum.

Jill Zevenbergen - 1708's Graduate Art Student Forum Nominee

Jill Zevenbergen: "My work reflects everyday, banal experience while simultaneously creating a new natural, reality. Photographs taken during road trips or walks capture usually unnoticed moments. The landscape is pared down to its essential forms and flattened to create geometric shapes and patterns The photographic images combined with the geometric residue, give both an intellectual and emotional analysis of the American landscape. These interventions create a surprise that forces a reprocessing of the information and help make sense of created and inhabited spaces.

Jill Zevenbergen is an MFA candidate at VCU's Department of Painting and Printmaking. She was nominated by her department to participate in the Fourth Annual Graduate Artist Forum at 1708 Gallery.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

In the Gallery Jan/Feb - Nichole Maury & Christopher Quirk


EXHIBITION DATES: January 9 - February 14, 2009

OPENING RECEPTION TO THE PUBLIC: January 9, 2009, 7-10 pm

1708 Gallery starts the New Year with an exhibition of paintings and prints by Christopher Quirk and Nichole Maury.

Christopher Quirk’s paintings are about the viewer’s experience. “Discordant components and qualities in each painting pose questions for the viewer, suspending resolution, and provide a
space for the viewer’s own meditations. The idea is to give, not tell, and for the painting to provide an experience that unfolds over time.”

Christopher Quirk lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His paintings have been exhibited since 1990, in galleries both in the United States and abroad. He holds an M.F.A. in Painting from the Tyler School of Art in Rome and Philadelphia, and an M.A. in Liberal Education from the Graduate Institute of St. John’s College in Santa Fe.

Nichole Maury explores the now fine line between printmaking and drawing. She uses her own printed imagery as well as found printed materials in her work. She creates a new truth by
juxtaposing printed and drawn marks in order to serve her own need to establish order. “The result is a network of self-imposed, visual systems that live in fear of chaos, but are nonetheless
infiltrated by the attraction to disorder.”

Nichole Maury lives and works in Kalamazoo, MI where she is an Assistant Professor of Art and Coordinator of the Printmaking Area at Western Michigan University. She received her M.F.A. in Printmaking from the University of Iowa.

Refreshments at the Opening provided by Chipotle.

Nichole Maury

Christopher Quirk

Call 804.643.1708 for more information ....