SEDIMENT
208 East Grace Street
Richmond VA 23219-1716
Mission Statement

Sediment is an artist-run gallery with a focus on relevant and engaging contemporary art by emerging and established visual and performance artists whose work embraces interdisciplinary, multimedia and collaborative approaches to creative production. In addition to monthly gallery exhibitions, Sediment hosts experimental music events, public workshops and presentations that expand the possibilities for cultural production and innovative ways of working.

A multifunctional space, SEDIMENT is home to a gallery, storefront, artist studios and rehearsal space. In addition to regular exhibitions, SEDIMENT also hosts experimental music events, workshops and presentations that expand the possibilities for cultural production and innovative ways of working. The storefront at SEDIMENT sells artist publications and albums by local and national artists and is home to a library of experimental music and zines from around the world–available for public reference.

 
Web and Social Media
Multi-Media Comments An archive of all Sediment's exhibitions, events, and other activities is available on our website at http://www.sedimentarts.org/exhbitions/
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Claire Zitzow
Board Chair Claire Elizabeth Zitzow
Board Chair Company Affiliation VCU Arts
Contact Information
Address 208 East Grace Street
Richmond, VA 232191716
Telephone 804 819-1759 1
Fax 804 819-1759
E-mail sedimentarts@gmail.com
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $35,700.00
Projected Expenses $29,700.00
Statements
Mission

Sediment is an artist-run gallery with a focus on relevant and engaging contemporary art by emerging and established visual and performance artists whose work embraces interdisciplinary, multimedia and collaborative approaches to creative production. In addition to monthly gallery exhibitions, Sediment hosts experimental music events, public workshops and presentations that expand the possibilities for cultural production and innovative ways of working.

A multifunctional space, SEDIMENT is home to a gallery, storefront, artist studios and rehearsal space. In addition to regular exhibitions, SEDIMENT also hosts experimental music events, workshops and presentations that expand the possibilities for cultural production and innovative ways of working. The storefront at SEDIMENT sells artist publications and albums by local and national artists and is home to a library of experimental music and zines from around the world–available for public reference.

 
Impact

In the first year of operation, SEDIMENT organized eight exhibitions and six performance events featuring local and international artists. SEDIMENT supports regional artists’ work while also believing that the growth of the creative community in Richmond is improved by supporting and engaging with artists from around the world. Continuously attracting artists from the region and nationally through open calls and invitations for curated exhibitions, SEDIMENT has proven to provide excellent art programs. Future financial support from donations and grants as a new non-profit will continue to sustain the gallery exhibitions as well as increase public programs such as workshops and lecture series over the coming year. With exhibitions, events, and workshops scheduled a full year ahead, SEDIMENT will be a consistently engaging element in Richmond’s cultural fabric.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Renovations to the location at 208 East Grace Street completed by SEDIMENT’s artists included refinishing floors, building storefront shelving, painting the gallery, removing and replacing lighting, building gallery and studio walls, and many other functional improvements.
  • Eight exhibitions featuring the work of artists who excel in their practice. Several of our artists have shown internationally, received prestigious grants, and/or had their work featured in museums around the country.
  • Six performance events by experimental musicians who are some of the most important artists in their field–many of whom have performed in galleries, museums, and universities around the country. These events are donation-based and are very well attended–making it possible for SEDIMENT to pay performers and maintain this activity.
  • CultureWorks Capital Improvement Grant in the full amount of $2500 for improvements to the gallery walls, storefront shelving, and blinds.

 

Needs

HONORARIUMS

Honorariums allow SEDIMENT to attract artists with ambitious visions. Amounts vary depending on the artist's location, type of work, etc. Between $200-$600 per exhibition/event. SEDIMENT currently supports some costs through a private donation, gifted for this purpose.

LECTURE/WORKSHOP SERIES

Creative producers from a variety of fields are considered for leading workshops, discussions, and lectures. Between $100-$300 each, allowing for four per year. These programs will be partially supported by attendance fees.

PUBLICATIONS

Books allow an exhibition to live-on and are a valuable contribution to the artist's future. Publications remain for sale in SEDIMENT’s storefront, partially offsetting the cost of production. Costs between $300-$600 per publication.

EQUIPMENT

Providing quality, functioning equipment is a top priority. Currently our main equipment is loaned by supporters. Owning quality equipment is necessary to continue supporting the work of new media artists. A sound system, projectors, and related equipment total $3,050.

VOLUNTEERS

SEDIMENT would like to have two consistent volunteers to assist with gallery sitting, installing exhibitions, reception activities, and event photography.

Background

In October of 2013 two local artists, Claire Zitzow and Gary Stevens, began renovations of a 1930s commercial building at 208 East Grace Street in the Monroe Ward neighborhood of Downtown Richmond. With their limited budgets, assistance from private donations and a small amount of loans, they renovated the building to be the beautiful and functional space it is today. Reaching-out to the local community, Zitzow and Stevens provided a base of creative production for artists and musicians. Now the building supports not only the storefront and gallery of SEDIMENT, but also basement rehearsal space for four musicians, two artists studios, and a tattoo studio.

Gary, a tattoo artist with over twenty years of experience, works out of the rear studio called East Grace Studios. Also a musician and promoter who has organized festivals and music events in Richmond and Hampton for over twenty years, Gary is SEDIMENT’s event coordinator–bringing exceptional experimental music to the city. Claire Zitzow is also a practicing artist, a former alumna of VCU Arts, and currently an adjunct professor at VCU. Zitzow has lived around the country, attended several artists residencies, and has taught art at the University of San Diego, California while in graduate school and the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her ten years of growing relationships with other artists and organizing exhibitions has brought her to be SEDIMENT’s Director and Gallery Coordinator.

Several other artists have been a part of SEDIMENT’s history over the course of this first, pivotal year, and many others have provided various skills and assistance concerning legal, financial, and organizational advice. SEDIMENT began from modest means with high ambitions and a huge heart for the creative community in Richmond. We will continue to remain modest to some extent concerning budgets and organizational aspects–we do not anticipate needing a large Board of Directors or staff to continue our current programming. Becoming a non-profit was an important discussion for SEDIMENT as there are limited resources for a non-commercial art spaces to continue supporting exhibiting and performing artists. After one year of programming, we are confident to continue to provide unique and exceptional opportunities for creative practices in Richmond.

Board Chair Statement


Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
Tri-cities Region
Richmond, City
Statewide
National
International
Board Chair
Board Chair Claire Elizabeth Zitzow
Company Affiliation VCU Arts
Term Aug 2014 to Aug 2024
Email zitzowce@gmail.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Paloma Barhaugh-Bordas Member
Dana Ollestad Volunteer
Claire Zitzow SEDIMENT
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 2
Governance
Board Term Lengths 10
Board Term Limits 1
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Comments
SEDIMENT was initiated by Claire Zitzow, with assistance from Gary Stevens, Kim Zitzow. Since March of 2015, Dana Ollestad has served on the Board of Directors and volunteer's his time as Technical Coordinator and co-curator. At this time SEDIMENT has three Board Members, and expects over the next year to grow a Board of at most five professionals. Board member selection is still under development, but is not a hinderance to continue exceptional programming over the next year. The main challenge in not having a larger board at this time is in the limited time availability for the Executive Director to spend for writing grants and securing funding resources.
Executive Director
Executive Director Claire Zitzow
Experience

Claire Zitzow is a VCU alumna with bachelor's degrees in Fine Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies and a master's degree in Fine Arts from the University of California, San Diego. Zitzow is the recipient of several awards including a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Undergraduate Fellowship and a university-wide John Roos Memorial Scholarship from VCU in 2007. Claire has participated in several residencies including the renowned Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Residency in 2011. She was a Columbus State University River Fellow Resident Artist and a visiting artist at the University of Colorado, Boulder from 2011-2012.

Zitzow has organized group exhibitions in Southern California and Miami and was a member of an artist-run gallery in San Diego for three consecutive years. Currently Claire is an adjunct professor in the Art Foundation Department at VCU and maintains her art practice while directing SEDIMENT.
Staff
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 3
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Programs
Description SEDIMENT organizes eight to nine exhibitions per year featuring the work of local, national, and international artists. Exhibitions are considered through open calls for submissions, as well as specifically curated by SEDIMENT's Gallery and Event Coordinators.
Population Served US
Budget $5,500.00
Description

Creative producers from a variety of fields are considered for leading workshops, discussions, and lectures that are open to the public. Examples include electronic music device building, back-packing tool building, urban gardening, zine making and others that coincide with overall exhibition programming.

Population Served Adults
Budget $1,200.00
Description SEDIMENT hosts experimental music events throughout the year that feature artists who often present their work outside of traditional venues, exploring music as installation art, performance art, and audience interaction. 
Population Served Adults
Budget $5,000.00
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $35,700.00
Projected Expenses $29,700.00
Endowment Value $26,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
Audit Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$10,985----
Administration Expense$15,062----
Fundraising Expense$1,453----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.24----
Program Expense/Total Expenses40%----
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%----
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$72,562----
Current Assets$28,194----
Long-Term Liabilities$24,000----
Current Liabilities$2,747----
Total Net Assets$45,816----
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities10.26----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets33%----
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
VDAC Application FormView
Comments
Organization Comments SEDIMENT has been in operation since December 2012, and just recently received non-profit status as of August 2014. Therefore, the organization lacks financial documents for the past three years. 
Foundation Comments
  • Received tax-exempt status in 2014.
  • Financial analysis performed on financial statements prepared internally by the organization.