Staff & Board of Directors


Emily Smith

Executive Director

Prior to coming to 1708, Emily was the Curatorial Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts where she worked from 2007 until 2010. Projects at VMFA include the exhibitions, The Ludwig and Rosy Fischer Collection of German Expressionist Art; Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art in Paris; and Labor and Leisure: Works by African American Artists in the VMFA Permanent Collections. Prior to VMFA, she was Director of Exhibitions at Piedmont Arts in Martinsville, Virginia (2004-2007) and the Assistant Director at Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, Virginia (2003-2004). Smith was an adjunct faculty member in art history at Patrick Henry Community College, Martinsville, VA and was a critic for a Charlottesville, Virginia weekly paper. Smith received a MA in Art History from the University of Virginia in 2002.

Park Christopher Myers

The Royall Family Curator

Park C. Myers is the Royall Family Curator at 1708 in Richmond, VA. He has organized exhibitions and facilitated projects at Knockdown Center, NY; Actual Size, LA; Komplot, Brussels; the Judd Foundation; the Hessel Museum of Art; and the Copenhagen Art Festival. Publications include On-Curating, The Cure, (Komplot) and Dear Helen (CCSBard). He is a co-founder of the online journal aCCeSsions. Myers with Xavi AcarĂ­n established XP, a dialogical exhibitions platform. His research aims to develop new curatorial and institutional strategies informed by the study of complex adaptive systems and attendant shifts in sociocultural infrastructure and architecture. Myers holds a B.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art and an M.A. from CCS Bard.

Erin Willett

Gallery Coordinator & Operations Manager

Erin Willett was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia and completed her BFA from VCU in 2011 in Painting & Printmaking with a minor in Sculpture. Jack of all trades, Erin has worked in cabinetry, construction, web development, graphic design, customer service, hospitality, and commercial galleries. Her artwork has been exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions in Richmond and is held in the collection of numerous individuals and organizations including Capital One. She served as the Project Manager for 1708 Gallery's InLight Richmond from 2012 to 2015 and was the Gallery Assistant of Reynolds Gallery in 2015.

Nava Levenson

Gallery Assistant

Nava Levenson is a multidisciplinary artist, organizer, and collaborator based out of Richmond, VA. Nava has been a resident at Torpedo Factory Art Center and Elsewhere Museum and Residency. Nava has exhibited across the state of Virginia as well as North Caroline and Washington D.C. Their artistic practice deals in materiality, object history, and gendered labor as it relates to construction and homesteading. Nava has been the InLight Project Manager at 1708 since 2018. As well as working in arts administration, they teach at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond and have experience in construction, renovation, upholstery and fabrication. Nava holds a BFA in Sculpture and Fiber Arts from James Madison University.

Board of Directors

1708 Gallery's Board of Directors consists of a majority of professional artists. The dedication of this active Board has been a key element in the long-term success of 1708 Gallery. The Board of Directors and an active executive committee lead the governance process. 1708 Gallery is dedicated to developing best practices in governance. The Board participates in strategic planning, development initiatives, and oversight of the programmatic activities of 1708 Gallery, in partnership with the professional staff.

  • Matt Spahr


  • Julie Weissend

    Immediate Past President

  • Molly H. Dodge

    President Elect

  • Caroline Wright


  • John Henry Blatter


  • Nupa Agarwal
  • Janis Allen
  • Susie Ganch
  • Hamilton Glass
  • Paige Goodpasture
  • Susan Jamieson
  • Michael Lease
  • Matt Lively
  • Lucy Meade
  • Haley McLaren
  • Sarah Rebekah Byrd Mizer
  • Valerie Molnar
  • Paul Monroe
  • Enjoli Moon
  • Maureen Neal
  • Amie Oliver
  • Brian Palmer
  • Pamela Kiecker Royall
  • Kendra Wadsworth
  • Courtnie Wolfgang


Emeritus Council

  • Rob Acosta-Lewis
  • Pam Anderson Sutherland
  • Susanne Arnold
  • Jay Barrows
  • Lora Beldon
  • Brad Birchett
  • Ruth Bolduan
  • Sally Bowring
  • Mark Bryant
  • Tom Chenoweth
  • Sara Clark
  • Stephen Clark
  • Don Crow
  • Janet DeCover
  • Jan Delaney
  • Sally Dunn
  • Christopher English
  • Susan Ferrell
  • Pam Fox
  • Travis Fullerton
  • Joan Gaustad
  • William Gravitt
  • Chris Gregson
  • Suzanne Hall
  • John Haddad
  • Karen Kincaid
  • Sandy Kjerulf
  • Cyndi Massad
  • Robert McAdams, Jr.
  • James Miller
  • Cindy Neuschwander, in memorium
  • Michael Pierce
  • Louis Poole
  • Terrie Powers
  • Celia Rafalko
  • Elaine Rogers
  • Fiona Ross
  • Alyssa Salomon
  • Diego Sanchez
  • Laura Leigh Savage
  • Anne Savedge
  • Mary Scurlock
  • Joe Seipel
  • Michelle Smith
  • Bob Steele
  • Russell W. Sterling II
  • Gordon Stettinius
  • Georgianne Stinnett
  • Elizabeth B. Stutts
  • Javier Tapia
  • Michele Walter
  • Jennifer Van Winkle
  • David Whaley
  • Susann Whittier
  • Willie Anne Wright