InLight Richmond 2019

inlight 2019

Castaway Collective, CASTAWAY, InLight 2019

InLight 2019 took place on Friday and Saturday, November 15 and 16, 2019 from 7 - 11 PM at Chimborazo Park in the Church Hill neighborhood of Richmond. Projects focused on the social and geographic history of this park including two key moments in the park's history being the location of the largest Confederate military hospital during the Civil War and following Emancipation, hosting a Freedmen’s community for formerly enslaved African-Americans. InLight artists and projects responded to, elaborated on, and proposed new ways of understanding these complex histories.

InLight 2019 included 20 projects, 4 community partners, 10 local food vendors, a local beer sponsor, and will kick off with the Community Lantern Parade.

2019 Artists

Rob Carter
Castaway Collective
Logan Ryland Dandridge
True Harrigan
Ilana Harris-Babou
Victor Haskins
Carrie Morris
New Negress Film Society
Malcolm Peacock
Jarod Perry
Muthi Reed
Eva Rocha
Jonathan Rosen
Noah Scalin
Allicette Torres
Sandy Williams IV.

Community Partners
Dana DuMont
Girls for a Change
Oakwood Arts
Kathleen O'Connor
Studio Two Three



selected by the InLight audience

Castaway CollectiveCASTAWAY

CASTAWAY honors those entwined in the 1925 collapse of the Church Hill Tunnel: We amplify the truths we uncover and imagine what might have been. We bring to light those we lost, both known and unknown. We remember and celebrate the laborers whose stories teach us about our city’s past and challenge us in the present to honor all beings as valuable and worth remembering.

RICHMOND STORY HOUSE unearths and amplifies personal stories from our community. We hold space to collect and share memories that shed light on modern day social justice issues. Guest Collaborator: Wells Hanley.

MILK RIVER ARTS is a working studio where professional artists use creativity to help emerging artists succeed. We create opportunities for the community to join us to exchange ideas, reflect, and deepen our understanding of human connectedness.

Guest Collaborators: Barry O’Keefe, Susann Whittier and Chris Milk Hulburt.



2019 MAP

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InLight Richmond 2018

inlight 2018

Leila Ehtesham and Carl Patow, River City Reflection, InLight 2018

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.


Steven Casanova
Barak Chamo
Sarah Choo Jing
In Kyoung Chun
Logan Dandridge
Eva Davidova and Fan Feng
Leila Ehtesham and Carl Patow
Marta Finkelstein
John D. Freyer and the Recovery Ally Choir
Kei Ito
Bob Kaputof
Michelle Koppl with peoplepuddle
Jubee Lee
Jessica Lynne
Phillip Merritt
Kevin Orlosky
Valerie Guinn Polgar
Beth Reitmeyer with ELEL
Ben Sloat
Amy Smith
Nastassja Swift
Theremin Collective: Zephyr Acosta-Lewis, Laura Cramer, Palmer Foley, and Nicole Horton
Junoh Yu



selected by juror Kimberli Gant, PhD, the McKinnon Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA.

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.



selected by the InLight audience

Amy SmithCommunity 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 MAP

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InLight Richmond 2017

inlight 2017

Younan Ghebrial & Ian Hess, UNION, InLight 2017, Photo by Terry Brown

On November 3rd, 2017, 1708 Gallery’s 10th Annual InLight Richmond illuminated the City's Arts and Culture District along West Broad Street with light-based installations, performances, interactive projects, and a Community Lantern Parade. InLight 2017 took as its inspiration the 1901 Electric Carnival that enlivened Broad Street with a replica of the Eiffel Tower and tens of thousands of lights.


InLight Richmond 2017 selected juried artists: Travis Austin Mark Baker, Chalet Comellas & Clinton Sleeper; Claire Bennett; Todd Berreth, Lee Cherry, Patrick FitzGerald, & Emil Polyak ; Jaclyn Bowie; Shannon Collis & Liz Donadio ; Alex Coyle, Shannon Lowe, & Grace Cummings; Victoria Farr; Younan Ghebrial & Ian C. Hess; Graehound; Tim Harper & Matt Lively; Lori Hepner & Kendra Ross; Wade Kramm; Derek Larson; Chelsea Lee; Robin Mandel; Josh Miller; Josh Rodenberg & Russell White; Rumput: Kyle Dosier, Andy McGraw, John Priestley, Beth Reid, Brandon Simmons, Paul Wilson, & Jessica Zike; Jon-Phillip Sheridan; Jill Taffet; and Sasha Waters Freyer;

InLight 2017 participating community partners: Afrikana Independent Film Festival; Classical Revolution RVA; CodeVA; Tyler Rhodes and Momin Khan; Studio Two Three; and Virginia Reperatory Theatre

InLight 2017 special curated projects: Untold RVA curated by Free Egunfemi ; Maximo Gonzales; and VCU Dance Department: Taylor Diggs and Michelle Koppl


selected by Nat Trotman, Curator of Performance and Media at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Younan Ghebrial & Ian Hess | UNION

UNIONcombines influences from the mythology of Egypt and Ancient Greece, performance and technology to create an all-encompassing installation. Together, artists Ian Hess and Younan Ghebrial have united an array of diverse mediums in order to create a space that is evocative of an ancient era, and modern technology.

Ian C. Hess is the Creative Director at Endeavor Studios. Younan Ghebrial is a master screen printer, business owner, and refugee from Egypt. Through a chance encounter, the two have developed a budding friendship. For the first time, they are teaming up to create a dazzling spectacle for InLight 2017.

Special thanks to Sam Sulkin for music and Eliza Bell (aka) E Renew Me for performance.

selected by the InLight audience

Graehound Periphery

Periphery is a multi-panel installation composed of individually painted, punched, and laminated drawings, each independently backlit according to a randomized algorithm. This system creates an ever-changing display of the work, but never reveals its entirety at one time. The overall structure emulates an Amsler Grid, a tool ophthalmologists used to diagnose retrogressive visual acuity by identifying whether a participant can detect arbitrarily lit areas across their field of vision.

Graehound is a multi-disciplinary visual artist who works predominantly in two-dimensional mixed-media and beadweaving. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2016, she was awarded Best in Show in the 30 Below showcase, juried by Mary M. Tinti, as well as the Merwin Award in the 89th MCAC Exhibition, juried by Joshua Cox and Dawn Gettler. She received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Lesley University in June 2017.

Support of Periphery provided generously by James & Sherry Graehling, Susan Greer Emmerson, Kim Mulligan-White, Holly & Shane Sanderson, Ron Skidmore & Prairie Woodworks.

In memory of Eugene "Gene" Beck, 1934-2017.

InLight Richmond 2016

inlight 2016

Andy Diaz Hope + Jon Bernson, InLight 2016, Photo by Terry Brown

On November 11, 2016, 1708 Gallery's 9th annual InLight Richmond brought light-based installations and performances to Scott's Addition. The exhibition featured 16 artists or artist collectives selected works by Ellina Kevorkian, Artistic Director of Residency Programs at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art as well as 5 special curated projects and 4 community projects.


InLight Richmond 2016 juror selected artists:Andy Diaz Hope and Jon Bernson, Rob Carter, Chalet Comellas, Alexis Courtney, Victoria Fink and Torian Ugworji, Lucy Gillis, Tim Harper and Matt Lively, Leekyung Kang, Bob Kaputof, Arturo Mejia, Lara Mossler, Jon Rehwoldt and Peter Baldes, Tyler Rhodes, Joana Stillwell, Leigh Suggs, Alice Pixley Young

InLight Richmond 2016 curated projects:Adam Brown, Peter Fraser, Miatta Kawinzi, Paul Shortt, Alyssa Salomon and Anne Wright.

InLight 2016 community projects:Art on Wheels, Circe Strauss for Iridian Gallery, Studio Two Three, Afrikana Film Festival.


selected by juror Ellina Kevorkian, Artistic Director of Residency Programs at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art.

Andy Diaz Hope + Jon Bernson | god(s)(dess)(es)

Andy Diaz Hope and Jon Bernson combine elements of sculpture, audio and video to create immersive, multi-sensory environments. Both an object and an experience, god(s)(dess)(es) features a montage of film depictions of gods and goddesses from the past thirty years.

ANDY DIAZ HOPE earned his BA and MA in Engineering from Stanford University’s joint program between the engineering and art departments. He has exhibited nationally and internationally in venues such as the Museum of Art and Design in New York, NY; the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia; and the London Crafts Council, London, England.

JON BERNSON was a 2015 artist-in-residence at the de Young Museum and is a resident playwright at the Playwrights Foundation in San Francisco. Recent projects include Beautification Machine, his collaboration with Andy Diaz Hope, which is now part of the permanent collection at the Nevada Museum of Art.

Both artists are represented by Catharine Clark Gallery.


selected by the InLight audience

Bob Kaputof Cold and Overcast Day

Cold and Overcast Day features a narrative of images and sounds created with light, lenses and objects; flashes of electricity create shadows of ideas, memories and desires and collectively suggest a dreamscape. The soundtrack is produced by placing a speaker downstream of the bulbs to capture the sounds generated by these flashing lights. The images can be singular.But often times images occur in combinations akin to the firing of neurons in the brain.

Kaputof is an Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University currently teaching in the Kinetic Imaging Department. He has taught in both the Design and Kinetic Imaging departments at VCU and led the K.I. Department from 2003-2010. He has screened work at the Dallas Video Festival; the Pacific Film Archives; Berkeley and Mill Valley Film + Video Festival and other venues.

InLight Richmond 2015


Eva Rocha, Object‐Orientalis, InLight 2015, photo by Terry Brown

On November 13th & 14th, 2015, 1708 Gallery's 8th annual InLight Richmond illuminated the grounds of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts including the E. Claiborne and Lora Robins Sculpture Garden. For the first time, InLight Richmond was held for two nights allowing for more light-based artwork and audience engagement. The exhibition featured special curated projects as well as juried works selected by Alex Baker, Director at Philadelphia's Fleisher/Ollman Gallery.


InLight Richmond 2015 juror selected artists: Allison Berkoy, Erika Diamond, Laure Drogoul, Justin Ginsberg, Elizabeth Hamilton, Tim Harper and Matt Lively, Brooke Inman, Matthew Jensen, Benjamin Jones, Robert Lisek, VisuaLabs: Will May, Kevin Cwalina, and Jonah Tobias, Eva Rocha, Joshua Thorud and Anthony Earl Smith, Robert Walz, Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky, Alice Pixley.

Special Projects by:
Jacob Stanley, Derek Larson, Jacco Olivier ,Mark Strandquist, Ander Mikalson and John Dombrowski, Zach Kurth-Nelson, Bohyun Yoon.


selected by Juror Alex Baker, Director at Philadelphia's Fleisher/Ollman Gallery
Alice Pixley Young | Lightgeist

Alice Pixley Young studied at Ringling College of Art and Design and the New York Studio Residency Program, and received an  MFA from the University of Maryland and an MA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Her work has been exhibited at Bullseye Projects in Portland, Oregon, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the 21c Museum in Cincinnati and Louisville, and the Currents International New Media Festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  

In Young’s work, ideas of nature, place and memory are experienced through the layering of media and visual information. Lightgeist addresses the idea of systems, cycles and the change of light within the season. Through a small cityscape “set” and a projected video of flocking birds, she explores the way memory effects the construction of both our psychic and physical environments. Video projection marks autumn moving into winter, overcast days and crepuscular hours- dimming late afternoons and evenings and murky dawns.


selected by the InLight audience
Eva Rocha Object-Orientalis

In Object-Orientalis, Rocha explores the correlation between the de-humanized commercial relationship we have developed with the contemporary art object and the ways we have allowed ourselves to objectify other humans. Rocha is interested in how object-oriented views relate to other social issues, particularly the objectification of women and its implications for human trafficking.

Eva Rocha, a multimedia artist from Brazil, is a graduate student in the MFA program at Virginia Commonwealth University. She brings together her studies and her early experiences as an actress in avant-garde theater in Sao Paulo to create her current work, which utilizes video performance and mapping projection to explore the relationship between objects and cultural perspectives. She was awarded the Theresa Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts in 2015. Her work is in prominent private and public collections in the US and Brazil.


InLight Richmond 2014


Julien Gardair, Camera Locus 7, Monroe Park, InLight 2014, photo by Terry Brown

On November 21, 2014, 1708 Gallery's 7th annual InLight Richmond illuminated Monroe Park, one of Richmond's most historically significant public spaces. The exhibition featured performances, sculpture, large-format projections, and interactive projects selected by juror Denise Markonish, Curator at Mass MoCA.


The InLight Richmond 2014 exhibition featured works by the following artists and artist collectives:
Annie Albagli, Richmond, VA; Woodrow: Joan Biddle, Hannah Kirkpatrick, and Kristi Totoritis, Norfolk, VA; Tiffany Carbonneau, New Albany, IN; Chalet Comellas and Christina Poindexter, St. Petersburg, FL; Sarah Dahlinger, Athens, OH; Brian Davis,Woodbridge, VA; Julien Gardair, Brooklyn, NY; Stacey M. Holloway, Birmingham, AL; Rocky Horton, Nashville, TN; Erin Colleen Johnson, Atlanta, GA; Zach Kurth-Nelson and Mariam Eqbal, Richmond, VA; Ron Lambert, Bloomsburg, PA; RVA Data Hackers: Bob Larrick, Brian Levey, Allison Sands, Courtnie Wolfgang, and Melanie Mullen, Richmond, VA; Marilyn Lowey, Los Angeles, CA; The Medeology Collective: Kelley McClung, James Gladman, and Alessandro Imperato, Savannah, GA; Joseph Reinsel, Flint, MI; Ben Sloat, Allston, MA; forceperunit: Jacqueline Weaver, Michael Cunningham, and Timothy McMurray, Anthony Restaino, Troy, NY; Christopher David White and Marta Finkelstein, Richmond, VA; Claire Zitzow, Richmond, VA


The Best In Show Award, selected by Juror Denise Markonish, was given to Julien Gardiar for his installation, Camera Locus 7 Monroe Park.

The Most Environmentally Conscious Award, also selected by Juror Denise Markonish, was given to Christopher David White and Marta Finkelstein for their collaborative installation Luminous Landscapes.

The People's Choice Award, selected by the InLight audience was given to the Woodrow Collective for their neon installation Treehouse.

InLight Richmond 2013


Julie Hinzmann and Shawn Saharko, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, InLight 2013, photo by Terry Brown

On November 8, 2013, 1708 Gallery's 6th annual InLight Richmond 2013 illuminated the waterways, pathways, walls, sidewalks, green spaces, bridges and terraces found in Shockoe along the Riverfront Canal Walk. The exhibition spanned from the Turning Basin to 17th Street, lighting the way for visitors to view light-based art and performances.


The InLight Richmond 2013 exhibition selected by juror Ken Farmer, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Nuit Blanche New York, featured works by the following artists and artist collectives: Rachel Cohn, Laurids Sonne, and Michael Ashley, Richmond, VA; Chajana denHarder, Brooklyn, NY; Mariam Eqbal, Richmond, VA; Rebecca Ferrell and Joey Tran, Richmond, VA; Ross Fish, Lilli Favaz, and Sean Ludwig, Savannah, GA; forceperunit: Jacqueline Weaver, Timothy McMurray, and Michael Cunningham, Troy, NY; Jason Fugh, Norfolk, VA; Jane Garver and Matt Sigmon, Decatur, GA; Anna and Zoe Golden, Richmond, VA; Julie Hinzmann and Shawn Saharko, Richmond, VA; Chase Jones, Jayne Jones, Maggie Shackelford, and Zach Shackelford, Tallahassee, FL; Joanna Kidd, Davis, CA; Nichola Kinch, Elkins Park, PA; Craig Kraft, Washington, D.C.; Kelly McClung, Savanna, GA; Medeology Collective: Alessandro Imerato, Jim Gladman, Kelley McClung, Atlanta, GA; Karen Niemczyk, Greensboro, NC; Amie Oliver, Richmond, VA; Pilottone: Belinda Haikes, Nathan Halverson, Hassan Pitts, and Jennida Chase, Philadelphia, PA; Plantbot Genetics: Wendy DesChene and Jeff Schmuki, Statesboro, GA; Justin James Reed, Richmond, VA; This Makes Sense (an interdisciplinary VCU Arts undergraduate research team): Michael Flynn, Marcus Massok, Laura Pretzman, Elliot Roth, Perrin Turner, Jihyung Yoon, Taylor Robinson, Dillon Meyer, and Michael Jones McKean (faculty mentor), Richmond, VA; and Jill Taffet, Sarasota, FL.


Ken Farmer is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Nuit Blanche New York, producers of the annual Bring to Light: Nuit Blanche Festival. His collaborative interventions serve to activate urban space, and creatively reimagine public art as a democratic medium. Farmer has cultivated a unique curatorial style through which contemporary art and new media serve as catalysts for social and communal experience. His ambitious vision and place-making sensibility have led to innovative new works and site-specific adaptations with many renowned visual artists, including Vito Acconci, Rita Ackermann, Jonah Freeman, Justin Lowe, Marilyn Minter, and Guido van der Werve.

Prior to Nuit Blanche New York, Ken worked with Project for Public Spaces, a nonprofit organization committed to community-driven activation of the public realm. He is also Co-Founder of DoTank:Brooklyn, a collective of urbanists and artists enhancing the city through positive action and small-scale change. Throughout his diverse projects, Farmer remains dedicated to creating more accessible platforms for artists to engage the built environment.

Farmer's recent activities include She's Crafty, a short residency program through which female artists exhibited their creative processes in the New Museum's lobby window; The Autumn Bowl, an audio-visual series in a former rope factory and skating bowl on the Brooklyn Waterfront; installations for the Red Bull Music Academy New York Performance Series; Kairos, an exhibition at the RBMA Studios; a performance series at the Palais de Tokyo, and the premiere of Marco Brambilla's Megaplex trilogy in St. Patrick's Old Cathedral.


The Best In Show Award, selected by Juror Ken Farmer, was given to Rachel Cohn, Laurids Sonne, and Michael Ashley for their projection piece, Nonesuch Tales of Ardea Herodias.

The Most Environmentally Conscious Award, also selected by Juror Ken Farmer, was given to Julie Hinzmann and Shawn Saharko for their collaborative installation Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

The People's Choice Award, selected by the InLight audience was also given to Julie Hizmann and Shawn Saharko for Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

InLight Richmond 2012


Devon Johnson, Noms de Pays, InLight 2012, photo by Jon Sheridan

On November 2, 2012, 1708 Gallery's 5th annual InLight Richmond illuminated the facades, storefront windows, parking lots and alleyways of Richmond's downtown Arts & Culture District with light-based art and performances.


The InLight Richmond 2012 exhibition selected by juror Melissa Ho, Assistant Curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden featured works by the following artists and artist collectives: Cliff Baldwin, Christie Blizard, Elaine Buckholtz, Johanna Evans-Colley, Tannaz Farsi, Rebecca Ferrell, Charlie Glenn, Norberto Gomez, Nathan Gorgen, Lisa Hein and Robert Seng, Nicole Herbert, Devon Johnson, Nelly Kate, Dave Watkins, Brian McLean, Rebecca Najdowski, Vesna Pavlovic, Jason Peters, Kate Louise Peterson, Phillip Stearns, Sasha Waters Freyer, Jacqueline Weaver, and Timothy McMurray.


Since 2008, InLight Richmond has moved through the city, illuminating and enlivening a different neighborhood each year. For its fifth iteration, this one-night exhibition of light-based art returns to the home district of 1708 Gallery, transforming downtown Broad Street into an extended urban Kunsthalle. On November 2, 2012, visitors to the area's storefronts, alleyways, and vacant lots will discover works by twenty-one artists and artist groups that feature light as material and subject.

Light is perhaps the ideal medium for art that occupies public space and aspires to engage a wide audience. Intangible and radiant, light activates its surroundings, breaking down the division between art object and viewer. Accordingly, many of the works in InLight Richmond encourage social interaction, incorporating the spontaneous participation of the audience. Others combine light with sound—an element which, like light, radiates through space, beckoning and engaging the spectator. A number of works in InLight Richmond address specific sites along Broad Street, using means that range from specialized projection systems to everyday materials such as tape, plastic buckets, and Christmas lights. Film and photography—media dependent on the action of light—form another focus of the exhibition. Several of these works explore the psychological or emotional associations of light, suggesting the photographic image as a metaphor for human memory.

1708 Gallery established InLight Richmond five years ago as an offering to the city, an extraordinary opportunity for the public to experience contemporary art outside of gallery walls. This edition, I hope, fulfills that promise, acting to stimulate the senses and expand our perceptions.

- Melissa Ho


The Best in Show award, selected by juror Melissa Ho, was given to Devon Johnson for his digitally converted 8mm film, Noms de Pays.

The Best in Green award, also selected by juror Melissa Ho, was given to Jason Peters for his installation, Meandering Dynamics.

The People's Choice Award, selected by the audience was given to Nelly Kate and Dave Watkins' for their interactive audio visual installation and performance, Interstitial Transduction.

InLight Richmond 2011


Riley Harmon, Trace, InLight 2011, photo by artist

On October 21, 2011, 1708 Gallery's presented its fourth annual InLight Richmond illuminating Richmond's downtown riverfront and the buildings and grounds at historic Tredegar. The 2011 exhibition was selected by juror Matthew Lyons, curator at The Kitchen, in New York.


18 artists and artist collectives were featured in the InLight 2011 exhibition: Mea Adams, Logan Dennison, Nina Becker, Kathryn Bell, Stefani Byrd, Wes Eastin, Annica Cuppetelli, Cristobal Mendoza, Brian Davis, Paul Mario Elsner, Peter Fraser (with support from Richmond Cycling Corps and Pedal Power), Max Greis, Riley Harmon, Morgan Higby-Flowers, Andrew Kozlowski, Annapurna Kumar, Amanda Long, The Medeology Collective (Kelley McClung, Alessandro Imperato and James Gladman), Dahae Noh, Aaron Raymer, and Jordi Williams.


The 4th Annual InLight Richmond took place on October 21, 2011 along the banks of the James River and within the remnants of the former Tredegar Iron Works. Beginning in 1837, the iron works operated through the Civil War as well as both World Wars, until production ceased in 1952. The site is now home to the American Civil War Center, the nation's first museum to interpret the Civil War from Union, Confederate, and African American perspectives. This portion of the river and its banks, stretching from Dominion Resources to MeadWestvaco and the Federal Reserve, is also crisscrossed by various pathways for industrial, commuter, and recreational transportation by ship, car, train, bicycle, or foot.

Being that 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, we were so pleased that many of the exhibited artists responded to the unique history of this year's site and its structures. Thus the movements of people through the landscape, the transportation of goods, human labor and struggle, as well as historical conflict have been picked up as themes in many of the exhibited works. Others projects explore more idiosyncratic or abstract worlds, while some invite interaction or make use of human-powered technologies to generate light. Overall, whether abstract or narrative, 2D or performative, site-responsive or self-reflexive, the artworks of InLight Richmond 2011 demonstrate the breadth and diversity of the ways that light-based media are being utilized by contemporary artists today.

- Matthew Lyons


The Best in Show award, selected by juror Matthew Lyons, was given to Riley Harmon for his performance, Trace.

The Best in Green award, selected by Michael Pellis, AIA, LEED, was given to Jordi Williams for her installation Shine n' Swim.

The People's Choice Award, selected by the audience was given to Peter Fraser for his collaborative installation Inspiration Generation.

InLight Richmond 2010


Michael Doherty, David Bernstein, Ian Collings, featuring the Starr Foster Dance Project, (In)Visible, InLight 2010

InLight Richmond 2010, the third annual public exhibition of contemporary art inspired by light, took place on October 22, 2010 in Richmond's Shockoe Slip. Guest juror Amanda McDonald Crowley, Executive Director of Eyebeam, NY, selected 39 installations created by 60 artists that present a mix of visual and performance art showcased in a variety of unexpected spaces.


The exhibition features nationally and internationally recognized artists including Alexander DeMaria, Owen Rundquist, Andrew Fiorillo, Ian Bolf, Anita Bacic, Anna Norton, Beth Argent, Birgit Larson, Kell Black, Barry Jones, Clay McGlamory, Cliff Baldwin, David Culpepper, Matt Lively, Dawn Roe, Gary Pennock, Luis Recoder, Sandra Gibson, Hunt Clark, Deborah McClary, Jacob Stanley, Jane Garver, Emma Adair, Jeff Schmuki, Jessica Westbrook, Adam Trowbridge, Kaitlyn Grimsland, Joe Reckley, Richard Kinnard, Karen Niemczyk, Karl Mendonca, Amir Husak, Lori Hepner, Matthew Richard, Alessandro Imperato, Jim Gladman, Kelly McClung, Matt Haddock, Melody Gulik, Andrew Prousalis, Michael Doherty, David Bernstein, Ian Collings, Naomi Kaly, Patrick Gregory, Lincoln Mitchell, Phillip Stearns, Robert Walz, Rocky Horton, Samson Young, Sean Kenny, Emily Herr, Kelley Lowe, Ellie Doughty, Jonathan Tune, Ha Tran, Wendy DesChene and Yuka Otani.


Inlight Richmond takes as its inspiration Nuit Blanche, Light Night, or White Night events now held in over 125 cities around the world. While borrowing conceptually from the phenomena of midsummer White Nights and Festivals of Light, for Inlight Richmond, 1708 Gallery invites artists from around the world to specifically respond to a different geographic location in Richmond, this year, for the third manifestation of InLight Richmond to the historic Shockoe Slip district. Artists were asked to respond to the existing urban infrastructure, bringing art out of the gallery or museum and inserting it into the cultural fabric of the city, inviting artists and audiences alike to explore a specific urban environment in creative, engaging and playful ways.

Shockoe Slip will be transformed by 39 temporary artworks and installations created by 60 artists. Taking as their referent light as a medium but also as an evocation, these works aim to activate the facades, walls, storefronts, doorways, parking lots, and alleyways of Shockoe Slip. While literally lighting up the city, in addition to light artists will employ sound, performance, ceramics, video, electronics, photography, animation, sculpture, and even surveillance technologies to help us re-imagine the urban streetscape in new ways. Inlight Richmond promises to stimulate our senses, as well as guide us in thinking about ways to re-map the city and re-imagine our future in it.

- Amanda McDonald Crowley


The Best in Show award, selected by juror Amanda McDonald Crowley, was given to Michael Doherty, David Bernstein, Ian Collings, featuring the Starr Foster Dance Project, for their interactive performance piece (In)Visible.

The Best in Green award, selected by Michael Pellis, AIA, LEED, was given to Jeff Schmuki for his installation, Incubator NX-1993167 with PNSP.

The People's Choice Award, selected by the audience was given to The Wave Coalition: Emily Herr, Kelley Lowe, Ellie Doughty, Jonathan Tune, and Ha Tran for their collaborative, interactive sculpture Analog Audience.

InLight Richmond 2009


Joshua Poteat and Roberto Ventura, For Grabriel, InLight 2009, photo by Heidi Hess

InLight Richmond 2009, the second annual exhibition of contemporary public art inspired by light, took place on September 25, 2009 from dusk until midnight. Downtown Richmond was once again transformed by visual and performance art presented in various public spaces—including sidewalks and walls, storefronts and buildings—along East Broad and East Grace Street and 5th and 8th Street.


Guest juror Adelina Vlas, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, selected works by the following artists Alex Potts, Amanda Long, Amy Ho, Andy Holtin, Annette Isham, Ashley Hope Carlisle, Constance Thalken, David Forbes, David Sanchez-Burr, Ed Purver, Enrique Maitland, Ernest Jolly, James Long, Jennifer Barnett-Hensel, Joy Taylor, Karl Mendonca, Katrin Jaquet, Matthew McCormack, Michael Dulin, Naho Taruishi, Renata Sheppard, Roberto Ventura, Joshua Poteat, Symmes Gardner, Tiffany Carbonneau, Valentino Giovanni Mancini, and Jay Thomas McGuire.


Taking as its departure point light, both as a medium and as a concept, InLight Richmond offers artists annually the opportunity to create projects that address a specific urban environment in a creative and engaging manner. Inserted in spaces that are otherwise vacant or have a limited usage, the selected works aim to activate the facades, walls, storefronts, doorways, and parking lots located between East Grace and East Broad Streets and 5th to 8th Streets of downtown Richmond.

The 26 international artists selected for the 2009 edition of InLight submitted projects that respond to the landscape of Richmond's city center while also attempting to address more universal issues associated with the contemporary urban context. Diverse artistic practices are represented in this year's selection, and they include video and sound projections, kinetic sculptures, interactive installations, architectural environments, dance and performance art. Intended to stimulate our senses, these works also act as new points of reference on the map of the city. Their ephemeral presence urges us not only to join in the celebration of light but also to claim back and animate, in a creative and memorable way, a part of the city otherwise inactive at night.

- Adelina Vlas


The Best in Show award, selected by Juror Adelina Vlas, was given to Joshua Poteat and Roberto Ventura for their installation, For Grabriel.

The Best in Green award, selected by Michael Pellis, AIA, LEED, was given to Amanda Long for her kinetic video installation, White Light (Phase 2).

The People's Choice Award, selected by the audience was given to Renata Sheppard for her live performance, Prism Sentence.

InLight Richmond 2008


Peter Culley, Eleni Savvidou, Adam Frantzis, Andrew Montgomery, Lighthouse_1_Jackson Ward, InLight 2008, photo by Andrew Montgomery

InLight Richmond was created in 2008 as a way to give something to the community on the occasion of 1708 Gallery's 30th birthday. Thus was born the idea of a one-night, public art exhibition that would offer our community a chance to engage with contemporary art outside the gallery walls. The innagural InLight Richmond was held on September 5, 2008 along West Broad Street in 1708's downtown neighborhood.


The participating artists included Damien Yanessa, Arilelle Angel, Clay McGlamory, Scott Kyle, Miriam Ewers, Leah Jacobson, Robbie Kinter, Megan Vernon, David Grainger, Justin Lincoln, Michael Filimowicz, Janpim Wolf, Tatiana Ginsberg, Amy Glengary Yang, Sabrina Cordovana, Henry Gwiazda, D Group, Christopher Wiedeman, Travis Fullerton, Amie Oliver, Craig Pleasants, Mainica Zander, John Blatter, Suzanne Hall, Tabitha Rone, Matt Greer, Jackie Mancini, Peter Culley, Eleni Savvidou , Adam Frantzis, Andrew Montgomery, Slash Coleman, Richmond Moving Image Co-Op, Gilberto Martinez, Pyramid Studios, Linda Sheridan-Nay, Solar Sculptors United Now, Worn Gallery / Diana Cavanaugh, Michael Lease / ETWN, Tom Chenoweth


The installations, performances and Best in Show award were selected by the InLight committee. Both the Best in Show award and the People's Choice award (selected by the audience) were given to Peter Culley, Eleni Savvidou, Adam Frantzis, Andrew Montgomery for their installation Lighthouse_1_Jackson Ward.