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Artist/Curator Conversation: Friday, January 16 5:30 PM

POSTED ON 1.6.2015

Dr. Arturo Lindsay is returning to Charlottesville on Friday, January 16, to take part in a conversation about his life and work with SSG curator, Tosha Grantham. This session is FREE and open to all, and is part of the Gallery’s outreach programming (Dr. Lindsay will be leading a workshop earlier in the day with the local Boys and Girls Club).

Dr. Lindsay has this to say about his approach to art and life “My interest in African retentions in the Americas has brought me to an important personal and professional crossroad where the paths of my spiritual, scholarly, and aesthetic journeys meet. As an artist, I use ethnographic research methods to uncover information people use to order their lives, construct identity, and create culture. My research findings are presented in works of art, scholarly articles, essays, and lectures. I am particularly interested in observing the African spiritual and aesthetic presence grounded in the concept of cultural mestizaje--cross- cultural mixing in Latin America.”

This conversation is presented in the context of Dr. Lindsay’s exhibition, PORTRAITS OF YEMAYA, which is on view in the gallery until the end of January. This exhibition is generously supported by Gardy Bloemers and Nick Duke, and the Worrell Chapman Family Fund at CACF.

A native of Colon, a seaport city on the Caribbean coast of the Republic of Panama, Dr. Arturo Lindsay migrated to New York City with his family at age 12 and settled in Brooklyn. Dr. Lindsay is currently Professor and Department Chair of Art and Art History at Spelman College in Atlanta.  He holds a Doctor of Arts (D.A.) degree from New York University (1990) and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Painting from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1975).  He was the 2006 Distinguished Batza Family Chair at Colgate University and in 2005 he was named the Kemp Distinguished Visiting Professor at Davidson College in Davidson, NC.  In 1999 he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Panama.

Tosha Grantham has significant experience as both a curator and researcher. She has worked on shows that present both contemporary and historical works, and also on projects involving recent technology, performance art, and new media. In addition to curatorial experience, she has worked as an artist, adjunct professor, art consultant, program coordinator and museum educator; she has organized public and member programs for special exhibitions and hosted lectures for public and private art collections. Beyond the visual arts, she has produced projects with musicians, performing artists, dancers, poets, and playwrights. Tosha joined SSG as curator in September 2013.

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Holiday Hours

POSTED ON 12.24.2014

SSG will be open the following days

Dec 30 11 - 6
Dec 31 11 - 5

Closed January 1

Regular Hours Resume January 2

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VMFA Visual Arts Fellowship Talk

POSTED ON 9.17.2014

Second Street Gallery will host a one-session informational talk entitled “How to Apply for a VMFA Visual Arts Fellowship” on Friday, October 10th at 3:30 pm in the gallery.

The talk will be given by Jenny Harding, VMFA’s Fellowship Program Coordinator. Harding will introduce attendees to VMFA’s Visual Arts Fellowship Program, providing a history of this wonderful resource for Virginia’s artists and art students and explain how artists can apply for funding. Three of the artists exhibiting at Second Street Gallery in October as part of the You Are Surrounded exhibition – Heide Trepanier, Warren Craghead, and Sarah Boyts Yoder - have all received VMFA Fellowship awards.

This event is free and open to artists, educators, students, and gallery members. Please RSVP to outreach@secondstreetgallery.org or call 434.977.7284 for further information.

The Fellowship program was the vision of the late John Lee Pratt of Fredericksburg, Virginia; offered through VMFA’s Art & Education Division, Fellowships are still largely funded by Pratt’s generous endowment, and supplemented by annual gifts from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation and the J. Warwick McClintic Jr. Scholarship Fund. Since its creation in 1940, the Fellowship program has awarded almost $5 million to over 1,200 Virginians. In this information session, attendees will learn the ‘ins and outs’ of the application process, how to ensure application materials are complete, and the history behind the program and some of the familiar names who have received awards in the past. The application deadline is Friday, November 7, 2014 – applications are currently online at www.VMFA.museum/fellowships.


Jenny Harding earned a BFA in Fashion Design from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She currently serves as Fellowship Program Coordinator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. For additional information, telephone Jenny at 804.204.2685.

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Recent Outreach with Avery Lawrence

POSTED ON 7.15.2014

Visiting exhibition artist, Avery Lawrence recently led some fun outreach workshops with the Southwood Boys and Girls Club and the Reflections Summer Regional Governor's School. Part of Avery's exhibit included a performance piece; dressed in an inflatable polar bear costume, Avery visited the Boys and Girls Club and led follow-the-leader and Q&A sessions. The Reflections Summer Regional Governor's School visited Second Street Gallery and explored the 'can't shake it' exhibit. The students skyped with Avery on a gallery wall and he led a presentation on creating gifs. The students then went to the Freedom of Speech Wall and created animated gifs of their own. Thank you to Avery and to our outreach sponsors! Check out the student's gifs here and some other images from the outreach sessions below.

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