Organized by 1708 Gallery, InLight Richmond is a FREE, public exhibition of light-based art and performances. Each year, InLight Richmond features performances, sculpture, video, and interactive projects that illuminate pathways, walls, sidewalks, green spaces, and kicks off with the Community Lantern Parade. InLight was created in 2008 on the occasion of 1708 Gallery's 30th birthday. Thus was born this free, public art exhibition that offers Richmond the opportunity to engage with contemporary art outside the gallery walls and to experience the city in new and unexpected ways.
InLight 2018 took place on Friday, November 16, 2018 from 7PM to Midnight AND on Saturday, November 17, 2018, from 7pm to 10PM, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. And in recognition of 1708 Gallery's 40th Anniversary, InLight 2018 focused on ideas of Community.
2018 AWARD WINNERS
BEST IN SHOW
selected by juror Kimberli Gant, PhD, the McKinnon Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA.
image courtesy 1708 Gallery
Leila Ehtesham and Carl Patow | River City Reflection
River City Reflection illuminated the public’s wishes for the future of Richmond through interactive reflection and delight. The public expressed their wishes by sending written expressions down a cascade of water into a pool, that represents the collected community hopes for the future. All wishes will be archived soon on their website.
Leila Ehtesham holds a BFA in Fine Arts from Parsons The New School for Design. Her art has been displayed in solo and group exhibitions along the East Coast, most recently in Wild Art at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. More about here and her work at www.leilaehtesham.com
Carl Patow is currently pursuing a MFA Kinetic Imaging at VCU. Patow’s digital images and relational artwork have been exhibited both nationally and internationally including the permanent art archives of Duke University and the Minnesota Public Media Film Vault. More about him and his work at www.carlpatow.com.
NEW MARKET PEOPLE'S CHOICEselected by the InLight audience
image courtesy of the artist
Amy Smith| Community Garden
Community Garden was made of 1,000 clay flowers that emit a soft light from the center of each bloom. The semi-transparent paper clay petals allow light to pass in some areas, with varying degrees of intensity, and cast fractured shadows on the ground, on other flowers, and on visitors as they pass through the piece. Harmony is found in the garden as it is viewed from afar, while from up close the light of each flower interacts unpredictably with those around it. The beauty of the garden lies in the individuality and chaos created by each bloom.
Photos of the flowers from Smith’s community garden were posted using the hashtag #1708communitygarden. Smith will be collecting all the images and have them archived at www.amymariesmith.com.
Amy Smith attended VCU School of the Arts, where she received the Peach Tree Merit Scholarship, and the Theresa Pollack Memorial Scholarship. In 2016 she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting in Printmaking, and in 2017 showed her work in a solo exhibit in Artspace’s Smallspace Gallery. She has participated in group shows at Glave Kocen Gallery, Gallery5, and has work in the Capital One collection in Richmond, VA.
2018 PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
Sarah Choo Jing
In Kyoung Chun
Eva Davidova and Fan Feng
Leila Ehtesham and Carl Patow
John D. Freyer and the Recovery Ally Choir
Michelle Koppl with peoplepuddle
Valerie Guinn Polgar
Beth Reitmeyer with ELEL
Theremin Collective: Zephyr Acosta-Lewis, Laura Cramer, Palmer Foley, and Nicole Horton