Who we are
1708 Gallery is committed to expanding the understanding, development and
appreciation of contemporary art and it strives to give public exposure and
opportunity to emerging and established artists. 1708 offers an
opportunity for the public to investigate and discover the most recent
developments in contemporary art. Through diverse exhibitions such as ART
COUNT 2000, educational programs and services for artists and the
community, the gallery provides a forum for dialogue that contributes to the
development and creation of culture.
the Second Oldest Artist Run Organization in the United
With a unique board of directors that is a combination of
artist members and community members there is a dynamic dialogue
that bridges the realm of what is possible with realistic goals.
Artist members are professional artists who determine and
participate in the fulfilling of 1708 Gallery's mission. 1708
Gallery's community members are those that provide pro bono
services to the organization, serve on committees and
participate by supporting the programs that support 1708's
mission. Associate artists are those who desire to participate
in 1708 Gallery by volunteering their time at special events and
opening receptions and by providing financial support.
Associate artists are selected through a slide review process
and are voted in by Artist members. They are invited to
participate in 1708's off site community exchange
exhibitions at Wella USA. Associates are invited to
participate in Associate artist exhibitions as well as annual
fundraising group shows.
All of the effort extended by the artists and community members
results in exhibitions that range from in-depth one person shows
of painting and sculpture to large comprehensive group
exhibitions and include numerous environmental installations,
performances, video and film presentations, and reading series
for writers and include other cutting edge non-commercial new
These programs and exhibitions have been presented, free to the
public, six days a week, ten months a year and have been
presented with the highest professional practices and standards.
In 1978, twenty-one artists in Richmond, Virginia pooled
their resources to open Virginia's first artist-directed gallery. Founded and
incorporated as 1708 EAST MAIN, Inc.; the membership set out to provide a forum
for "cutting edge" art that was not being adequately represented in
for-profit galleries. Since its inception, 1708 has provided exhibition
opportunities for more than 2000 artists primarily from Richmond.
|by Amie Oliver, project
facilitator and chair