1708 Gallery, Inc.
319 W. Broad Street
Richmond VA 23220
Mission Statement 1708 Gallery’s mission is to present exceptional new art. 1708 Gallery is committed to providing opportunities for artistic innovation for emerging and established artists and to expanding the understanding and appreciation of new art for the public.
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Installation detail from Matthew Friday, The Liberty of Empire, January 7 through February 12, 2011
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Emily H. Smith
Board Chair Lucy Meade
Board Chair Company Affiliation Venture Richmond
Contact Information
Address 319 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Telephone 804 643-1708
Fax 804 643-7839
E-mail info@1708gallery.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1980
Former Names
1708 East Main, Inc.1980
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $340,000.00
Projected Expenses $320,000.00
Mission 1708 Gallery’s mission is to present exceptional new art. 1708 Gallery is committed to providing opportunities for artistic innovation for emerging and established artists and to expanding the understanding and appreciation of new art for the public.
1708 Gallery's top accomplishments of the past year include receiving a prestigious two-year grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; facilitating the 3rd annual InLight Richmond, which brought 6500-7000 visitors to Shockoe Slip; organizing the inaugural Monster Drawing Rally, which drew approximately 300 visitors to 1708 Gallery to watch the 76 participating artists draw in hour-long intervals; and the Arts for All exhibition that took place in May 2010 and that featured artwork from clients of The Daily Planet and ARC.
1708 Gallery's goals for the current and future year include: launching its on-line publication that is funded by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and that will feature written analysis by outside writers--essays, interviews--in conjunction with all exhibitions; successfully transitioning from a working board to a governing board; implementing new curatorial initiatives to allow for a more diverse and proactive exhibitions and programs schedule; facilitating the 4th annual InLight Richmond, scheduled for October 21, 2011; and organizing the next installment of Arts for All, for which 1708 Gallery will partner with OAR Richmond to facilitate workshops and to create a public mural.
1708 Gallery is currently raising funds for InLight Richmond 2015, 1708's 8th annual one-night exhibition of light-based art, performances, and community projects that is free to the public. InLight 2015 will take place on the grounds of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
1708 is also fundraising for its 2015-2016 season of exhibitions and programs--the season begins in September. Support of the season provides critical assistance to 1708's artists through honorariums and exhibition support like PR, installation materials, and reception costs.
1708 is always looking for new volunteers.  Volunteers provide important assistance for many 1708 programs from InLight to Monster Drawing Rally to First Fridays Art Walk openings.  In addition, they help with installations of exhibitions, special projects like the Auction, and general administrative support.
1708 Gallery was founded by a group of impassioned artists in September 1978. A group of rising stars from Virginia Commonwealth University including Joseph Seipel, Richard Carlyon, Gerald Donato, Tom Chenoweth, James Bradford and Davi Det Thompson were looking for a space for the risk-taking work of contemporary artists.
They founded 1708 Gallery, a non-profit arts organization, run by artists, in a flood-damaged Richmond warehouse at 1708 East Main Street. And they showcased an exciting mix-alternative art forms, large-scale pieces — not driven by commercialism.
1708 Gallery personified the post Vietnam Era, America after Watergate, showing art that questions, challenges, and redefines traditional boundaries. Just as New Yorkers turned to Franklin Furnace, Richmonders turned to 1708 Gallery for experimental work and an alternative to the comfortable art scene. In its original Shockoe Bottom location, 1708 Gallery contributed to the stabilization and redevelopment of that area.
The past 32 years reflect trends other alternative spaces experienced. 1708 Gallery fought the culture wars, transitioned across generations, and adapted to a new cultural climate and funding demands. 1708 Gallery has kept its edge and has become a vital force in its community. In 1993, 1708 Gallery acquired and renovated a historic building at 103 East Broad Street in the heart of Richmond's historic retail district. In September 2001, the Gallery moved to its current location at 319 West Broad St.
Today, a combination of guts, maturity, and openness defines 1708 Gallery, one of the oldest artist-run galleries in the nation. 1708 Gallery's mission to expand the understanding, development, and appreciation of new art remains firm, as does our passion for incubating new art and new artists.
1708 Gallery continues to connect the community to the work of living artists and is a leader among Richmond's art scene. A thoughtful juxtaposition of works showcases the best of our times, building new audiences and new art spaces in our wake.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
In general, 1708 Gallery's main audience is the Metro Richmond region. However, as 1708 Gallery's exhibitions, in particular InLight, grow, this audience is beginning to expand to include a more regional body.
Board Chair
Board Chair Lucy Meade
Company Affiliation Venture Richmond
Term Aug 2016 to July 2017
Email lmeade@venturerichmond.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
Elissa Armstrong Artist and Virginia Commonwealth University
John Henry Blatter Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Molly Dodge Capital One
Kathryn Henry-Choisser Community Volunteer
Susan M. Jamieson Bridget Beari Designs
Michael Lease Artist, VCUarts Anderson Gallery, VCU
Matthew Lively Artist
Haley McCall Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Lucy Burwell Meade Venture Richmond
Sarah Rebeka Byrd Mizer VCUarts - Art Foundation Program
Valerie Molnar Virginia Commonwealth University
Paul Monroe Retired
Maureen Neal The Daily Planet
Amie Oliver VCU
Pamela Kiecker Royall Royall and Company
Matthew Spahr Virginia Commonwealth University
Kendra Wadsworth Artist
Julie Weissend Dovetail Construction Company
Caroline Wright Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 19
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 14
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 80
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Emily H. Smith
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 40
Contractors 3
Retention Rate 66
Organization has a Strategic Plan?

1708 offers a full schedule of exhibitions that are free and open to the public. Each exhibition season presents a diverse range of ideas, practices, and media from painting to site-specific installations. 1708’s exhibitions and programs reflect the most current ideas in contemporary art, and in turn, question and push the boundaries that define contemporary culture, from social to political ideas. The exhibitions also create an arena in which 1708’s audiences can engage, be challenged and be inspired. 1708 believes that the purpose of new art is to offer a path for navigating the world, to provide another avenue for perception, and to teach us how to see.


InLight Richmond, 1708’s annual, one-night exhibition of light-based art, takes contemporary art into the public sphere. Each year, InLight moves to a different site in Richmond. A call for entries is issued, inviting artists to submit proposals for light-based projects that respond to the site. A juror reviews the submissions and selects the best projects. Integral components of InLight include the lantern workshops and the Community Lantern Parade. In the months before InLight, 1708 organizes workshops at organizations and events like the Children’s Museum of Richmond, the Visual Arts Center, SCAN, First Fridays, Second Street Festival, and area schools. Participants in all of the workshops are invited to walk in the Community Lantern Parade that kicks off InLight. In 2010, approximately 6500-7000 visitors participated in the lantern parade and / or experienced the 36 installations that filled alleyways, storefronts, sidewalks, and vacant spaces in historic Shockoe Slip.


Inspired by a similar event in San Francisco, the Monster Drawing Rally invites regional artists to participate in this energetic event. Artists are assigned one of four hour-long shifts. For each shift, the assigned group of artists had an hour to complete a drawing (or several drawings). The finished works were immediately hung on the gallery walls for display. The event is open to the public who may come and watch the artists at work. Finished drawings are available at a flat price, thus leveling the playing field for both emerging and established artists.

Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $340,000.00
Projected Expenses $320,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$44,200$10,510$9,840
Individual Contributions$200,380$196,014$138,997
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1$1$1
Membership Dues$28,650$27,780$32,849
Special Events($57)($4,499)($10,930)
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$260,981$261,593$232,695
Administration Expense$44,811$41,642$44,899
Fundraising Expense$52,589$47,966$41,679
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.101.051.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses73%74%73%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue22%24%30%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$195,781$156,741$137,726
Current Assets$187,493$153,321$135,413
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$5,326$1,758$1,255
Total Net Assets$190,455$154,983$136,471
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities35.2087.21107.90
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from Form 990s.
  • Form 990 for FY 2013 prepared by Emily Smith, Executive Director.
  • Financial statements prepared by the organization.
  • Revenue from "Individuals" may also include corporate and foundation support.