Second Street Critique

POSTED ON 8.29.2019

Calling all local artists! New lunchtime crits at SSG!

Taking place once a month, Second Street Critique will give artists a chance to receive constructive feedback on their work from a practicing artist or arts professional in a supportive and open environment. September’s crit will be led by Emily Smith.

Emily Smith is the Executive Director of 1708 Gallery, a non-profit contemporary art space in Richmond, Virginia. At 1708, Smith has curated projects with Bethany Collins, SV Randell, Molly Lowe, Adam Shecter, Tameka Norris, Jessica Segall, and Avery Lawrence, among others. Prior to 1708 she was the Curatorial Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Projects at VMFA include the exhibitions, "The Ludwig and Rosy Fischer Collection of German Expressionist Art" and "Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art in Paris". Prior to VMFA, she was Director of Exhibitions at Piedmont Arts in Martinsville, Virginia and the Assistant Director at Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, Virginia. She has served on the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts grants review panels and is a statewide speaker for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She is also a board member of Virginians for the Arts. Smith received a MA in Art History from the University of Virginia in 2002.

Spaces to present at lunchtime crits are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. 4 artists will have 10 minutes in which to gain feedback on their work. It is recommended that artists show 1 or 2 works and allocate most of the 10 minutes to receiving feedback from the group.

Participation isn’t mandatory – you’re welcome to simply come and view the works and take part in the discussions or just observe! If you wish, bring your lunch. The discussion will start at 12 pm and will last about an hour.

Admission is FREE, but advance sign up is required. Limited
to 20. Only 4 people will be guaranteed a spot to have their work discussed by the group. Sign-ups for the following month’s crit will open up at the end of the session, giving attendees first dibs at next month’s spots.

NOTE: We do not validate parking. However, the first hour of parking is FREE at the Water Street Garage (across the street, diagonal from the gallery).

Sign up HERE.

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