Aboriginal Art in C-Ville Weekly

POSTED ON 2.4.2020

Read more about our exhibition "By The Strength of Their Skin" and related exhibitions of Aboriginal art in Charlottesville HERE. Thank you to C-Ville Weekly and Erin O'Hare for the feature!

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Open for Submissions: Teeny Tiny Trifecta 3

POSTED ON 1.14.2020



Second Street Gallery is currently accepting submissions for our Season 47 Juried Exhibition, Teeny Tiny Trifecta 3, to be held in the Dové Gallery from September 4 to 25, 2020.

Teeny Tiny Trifecta 3 kicks off the gallery’s 47th Season and will consist of three works of art by each artist in a wide range of styles, techniques, and mediums, all measuring 9 inches or smaller.

Last year’s exhibition featured 85 artists and was a huge success, with over 750 attendees at the opening reception and 1,500 visitors to the exhibition during the month it was on view. Over two-thirds of the work sold to (mostly local) collectors during the course of the exhibition. 

See images and a list of exhibiting artists from last year's show HERE.

This year we are pleased to announce a new feature of the Teeny Tiny Trifecta 3 adjudication process. Selected artists will have the opportunity to be nominated for three awards totaling over $800 in prizes: 

The Curator’s Choice (selected by Executive Director Kristen Chiacchia)
The Juror’s Choice (selected by a committee of local arts professionals)
The Audience Choice (selected by the public)

PLEASE NOTE: this will be the only open call for applications to exhibit at Second Street Gallery in 2020. There will be a separate call for artists for a small group show of 5-10 artists that will be held in Dové Gallery in June 2021. 

Access the full press release HERE.



Each artist will have three works of art on display for the exhibition. Artists MUST submit 3 works of art for inclusion in the exhibition.

Each artwork should measure NO GREATER than 9 x 9 inches, INCLUDING frame or matting. Any artwork that exceeds these size requirements will not be included in the installation. Please note that all photography and works on paper must be framed. Sculpture will also be considered, with dimensions 9 x 9 x 9 and under.

Each work of art will be priced at $100.

The artist and Second Street Gallery will split the commission price 50/50 for any works of art sold during the exhibition.

The exhibition is open to all artists, with preference given to artists living in Charlottesville and the state of Virginia. While the exhibition is open to all, please note that delivery of artwork to Second Street Gallery and return of all unsold work is the full responsibility of the artist.

All artwork must be delivered to Second Street Gallery READY FOR INSTALLATION. Second Street Gallery is not able to attach hanging hardware to works of art once received.

Artwork will be available for sale first come, first served at the Invitation Only VIP Preview on Thursday, September 3, 2020. A First Friday Opening Reception will be held on September 4, 2020 and will be open to the general public.

All works that are not sold at the VIP Preview or at First Friday will be available for purchase in person and online, beginning Saturday, September 5, 2020.

After the close of the exhibition, any unsold works of art may be collected during regular gallery hours beginning on September 26, 2020. Any artwork that is not collected by October 6, 2020 becomes the property of Second Street Gallery. Second Street Gallery will not be responsible for the return shipment of any works of art.
Completed Artist Form. Available for download HERE.
Curriculum Vitae (Artist Resume) - not to exceed more than 1 typed page.
Artist Statement - not to exceed 1 typed page.
3 images, suitable for online publication. Images MUST be the works you intend to exhibit in the show. Images also MUST be individually labeled with artist’s last name, title, date, and orientation. If you participated in Teeny Tiny Trifecta in the past two years, you CANNOT use previously submitted work. 
Application fee of $30 ($20 for members of Second Street Gallery). The fee may be paid via check made out to Second Street Gallery or submitted electronically HERE. Checks should be mailed to Second Street Gallery, 115 Second Street SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902.
All applications should be submitted digitally to Applications that are sent to any other email address will be discarded. Applications will not be accepted in person or via mail. Any mailed applications will be discarded. 
You will be notified via email if your application is incomplete.
The deadline for submission is June 1, 2020. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Artists will be notified of acceptance to the exhibition no later than July 1, 2020.
If you are accepted to participate in the exhibition, you will receive an artwork submission form to complete. Your 3 artworks and accompanying form must be received by Second Street Gallery no later than August 1, 2020. NO EXCEPTIONS.


Submissions will be juried by Kristen Chiacchia, the Executive Director and Chief Curator of Second Street Gallery. Since being named the gallery’s curator in February of 2017, Ms. Chiacchia has curated exhibitions by artists such as Lana Guerra, Madeleine Rhondeau, John Grant, WAXenVINE, Adejoke Tugbiyele, Paul Brainard, Peter Alexander Benedetti, Judith Pratt, a group show of 12 local artists from Charlottesville, the group show Inside the Artists' Studio, SSG’s 2017 Triennial Auction Selections, as well as the inaugural Teeny Tiny Trifecta exhibition.

Prior to joining Second Street Gallery, Ms. Chiacchia was Director at Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art in New York, where she organized exhibitions of work by Ed Ruscha, Joan Mitchell, Hew Locke, Andres Serrano, Farideh Lashai, Erik Benson, and a number of group shows featuring Abstract Expressionist Masters.

Ms. Chiacchia received her BA in the History of Art & Architecture from the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her MA in Modern and Contemporary Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies at Columbia University. She also completed a Certificate in Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts at New York University


Founded in 1973, Second Street Gallery is the oldest nonprofit (501(c)3) contemporary artspace in Central Virginia. SSG's primary mission is to enliven Virginia through access to the best in contemporary art and artists and to inspire new ways of thinking, seeing, and doing.

All proceeds from application fees and commissions generated by Teeny Tiny Trifecta 3 go towards funding the exhibition as well as other artist-led outreach programs throughout Season 47.

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Second Street Critique with Hannah Cattarin

POSTED ON 1.9.2020

Taking place once a month, lunchtime crits at Second Street Gallery give artists a chance to get constructive feedback on their work from a practicing artist or arts professional in a supportive and open environment.

Hannah Cattarin, Assistant Curator, The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia will be the guest critic on Thursday, February 13 from noon - 1pm.

Hannah Cattarin holds a Master’s Degree in Art History and Theory from the University of Essex in Colchester, England. Her curatorial interests include contemporary art and the enhanced visibility of LGBTQ+ and women artists. She is the curator of Otherwise, an exhibition inspired by the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising that was on view at The Fralin from August 9, 2019 through January 5, 2020. Before joining the curatorial department at The Fralin she served as the curatorial assistant at the University at Buffalo Art Galleries where she was a contributor to the exhibition Wanderlust: Actions, Traces, and Journeys 1967-2017 (MIT Press 2017). Previously, she was Collections Manager and Assistant to the Estate at Tony Conrad Archives in Buffalo, NY; Documentation Assistant at Essex Collection of Art from Latin America in Colchester, England; and Registrar at the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University in Lewiston, NY.

Spaces to present at lunchtime crits are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Artists will have 10 minutes in which to gain feedback on their work. It is recommended that artists show just one or two works and allocate most of the 10 minutes to receiving feedback from the group.

Sign up HERE

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Tanya Minhas: Nature Tells Its Own Story Opening Reception

POSTED ON 12.20.2019

Join us on February 7 from 5:30 - 7:30pm for the First Friday reception for the exhibition "Tanya Minhas: Nature Tells Its Own Story" in SSG's Dové Gallery.

Minhas grew up in Karachi, Pakistan, and moved to the United States to attend Princeton University. She subsequently attended graduate school at Columbia University where she began to paint portraits in oils. Minhas ventured away from figurative painting, making repetitive drawings using ink, paint, and yarn about the unseen miniscule energies that subtly direct our lives. Minhas’ work explores feelings of enforced separations, transformation, dislocation, entanglement, resuscitation and the contrasting and varied faces of beauty, destruction, rebirth, and love. Minhas’ medium of drawing is a visual expression of her own life force and spirit.

Minhas’ work explores feelings of enforced separations, transformation, dislocation, entanglement, resuscitation and the contrasting and varied faces of beauty, destruction, rebirth, and love. Minhas’ medium of drawing is a visual expression of her own life force and spirit. She has a longstanding and continuous fascination with the etheric nature of life forces in all sentient beings. Her recent art practice explores the state of harmony between the internal and the external, the visible and the invisible, and how the strength of one’s intrinsic life force affects this harmony, offering an impetus to balance our internal lives with an increasingly tempestuous external world. She is interested in the composition and states of matter, and in its transformation, direction and redirection via forces that are unseen to the human eye but are fully experiential in their effect.

Minhas’s exhibition in the Dové Gallery will include a selection of new work completed specifically for Second Street Gallery. The show will be held simultaneously with By the Strength of Their Skin, the highly-anticipated exhibition held in conjunction with shows at the Kluge-Ruhe, Fralin Museum of Art, and the Rotunda at the University of Virginia. The exhibitions in both the Main and Dové Galleries will mirror one another, both thematically and visually, and encourage a dialogue between the two spaces.

The exhibition at Second Street Gallery is curated by Kristen Chiacchia and is made possible in part by Lia Norton and Michael Livermore.

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