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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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