Fall Line Fest Art Information

Fall Line Fest features the launch of RVA’s art season. Together with celebrated curators, artists and galleries, the Fest will host a diverse collection of displays and performances. For those wishing to start the weekend early, many galleries and other spaces will feature receptions and artist talks Thursday night, September 5th.

Friday, September 6 from 5-9 pm is Richmond’s First Fridays. The monthly celebration of RVA’s arts district is an ideal way to warm up for a weekend of art, music and food. Galleries and spaces are open to the public Friday and Saturday and are displaying special shows and premier artists Fall Line Fest weekend, including:


Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Contemporary Art will feature a limited run of the 4-channel video “Synaptic Bliss” by pioneering video artists Aziz + Cucher. “Synaptic Bliss” will be installed on four screens playing simultaneously and set within PODS storage cubes on the site of the future ICA. An AstroTurf viewing area will be set up in front of the works. Hinting at its future role in the community as a place for the exchange of ideas, the ICA site will serve as a gathering spot for Fall Line Fest, with food and beverage trucks situated on the site.

Candela Books + Gallery

Although not from Richmond, photographer Courtney Johnson carries our DIY sensibility. “Light Lure” consists of large-scale underwater pinhole photographs made at each of the 19 fishing piers along the North Carolina coast, capturing some of our favorite beach vacation spots. Her handmade pinhole cameras were constructed with cookie tins, fishing line and weights, and waterproof tape then submerged into the Atlantic Ocean. The resulting images are wildly colorful, often painterly and always enigmatic; as easily a representation of cellular biology or deep space as the underwater environ it documents. By highlighting both the science and mystery inherent in photography, as well as the vast unknowable waters of this earth, these photographs ignite the imagination.

Premiering in Richmond for Fall Line Fest, Johnson’s work has been featured in the 4th International Biennale of Photography: Fotográfica Bogotá 2011 and is collected among private and public collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Tuanku Fauziah Museum and Gallery, USM, Penang, Malaysia; Lowe Art Museum, Miami, Florida; Presidential Penthouse, New York University, and Fotomuseo, The National Museum of Photography in Bogotá, Colombia. Before it even opens, Light Lure is attracting major attention from seasoned collectors and museum directors.

Candela publishes books on many of their fine artists. Fall Line Fest badge holders will receive 15% off on all of Candela’s stunning photography books.

Live Painting and Street Art Celebration

Hamilton Glass, better known as Ham?, has become one of our most beloved artists. His portrait of our love affair with the James River created at the 2012 RVA Street Art Festival, his restaurant and storefront large scale murals, and his heart for the community always turn our eyes and capture RVA’s unique blend of beauty and grit.

Fall Line Fest is thrilled to feature a new large scale mural by the artist in the center of RVA’s Arts District. Scaling the Emrick Flats building, once a Chevrolet dealership, now a slick luxury condominium, Ham? plans to meld the rich history of the building with the rich current culture of the neighborhood.

Visit 310 N. Adams Street all day Friday and Saturday as Ham? puts the finishing touches on his large scale public art. Ham? will appear again at the 2013 RVA Street Art Festival on September 11th through 15th. Kickoff RVASAF in style during Fall Line Fest, with this premier mural from one of our best.

1708 Gallery

A non-profit space, 1708 is a risk-taker. Always presenting challenging work by contemporary emerging and established artists, the gallery will merge the food and art aspects of Fall Line Fest with their groundbreaking FEED2013. The international juried biennial show captures art’s ability to satiate our souls like a pimento cheese at Pasture.

Jurors Sarah Eckhardt, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, and Corin Hewitt, Assistant Professor, Sculpture and Extended Media, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA have selected five finalists from nearly 375 national and international entries. Each finalist will exhibit multiple works in FEED2013 and will receive an honorarium of $1,000.

Throughout Fall Line Fest weekend, 1708 will display work by the FEED2013 Finalists:

Eleanor Aldrich, Knoxville, TN

Joshua Haycraft, Washigton, DC

Raewyn Martyn, Richmond, VA

Michael Mergen, Farmville, VA

Lior Modan, Richmond, VA

Finally, be around 1708 Gallery for Fall Line Fest’s Saturday afternoon activities and expect the unexpected– performance art, installations, non-visual art engagement and more.

Art 180 and Atlas Gallery

Art 180 is one of Richmond’s favorite groups of community heroes. The non-profit creates and provides art-related programs for young people living in challenging circumstances, encouraging personal and community change through self-expression.

Professional and student artists have joined forces for Fall Line Fest to create visual art on a music medium. “Guitart” will premier Fall Line Fest weekend. Seventeen professional artists and young people will display paintings, each done on the lid of a guitar case. Many of the artists are also celebrated musicians, including Ed Trask, Noah Scalin, Jack Oliver, Mikemetic, Jonathan Vassar, and some surprises.

Art 180’s Atlas Gallery is located at 114 West Marshall Street, directly across from Ham’s mural wall and next to Fall Line Fest music venue, Gallery 5. The area of Jackson Ward will be bumping with art and music for everyone, starting Friday night, September 6th at 5!


Quirk features exhibitions of innovative yet accessible work by local and national artists. The Quirk shop offers a motley collection of cards, gifts, jewelry, books and children’s toys, all with an emphasis on art and whimsy. Fall Line Fest badge holders will receive 15% off all items in the Quirk shop.

Quirk Gallery will show two local artists during Fall Line Fest:

Kendra Dawn Wadsworth earned a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from VCU and her MFA in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania. Wadsworth’s paintings have been featured in solo and group shows throughout the country. She has received numerous awards, including a 2010 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship. She also designed and executed all of the installation art work for the Academy Award winning film, “A Beautiful Mind”. Kendra is a professor at VCUArts.

Raised in the suburbs of Richmond, El Kamino started wall painting/graffiti as a teenager, before landing in art school at VCU. He has recently completed high profile commissions for Converse and the 2012 RVA Street Art Festival, where his “Richmond” piece on the Canal Walk remains a popular photo spot.

Like Ham?, El Kamino will return for the 2013 RVA Street Art Festival September 11th through 15th. See some of his interior work during Fall Line Fest before he goes big the following weekend!

ADA Gallery

ADA Gallery presents the Electric Football Game Art Show, featuring game boards, figures and teams from the popular 20th century board game. Look for archival items and present day creations from artists around the country. The show was curated by RVA music luminary Chris Bopst. Chris is a former member of Richmond band, GWAR, books shows for restaurant and musical venue Balliceaux, and has a music podcast posted every Monday on rvanews.com. Chris will also appear on the Fall Line Fest food panel Saturday afternoon.

Love RVA

At the LoveRVA space, Fall Line Fest will pair a visual art show with a music show. Come see how each art form changes as a result. Motley musical artists Richmanian Ramblers, DJ Mikemetic, Black Liquid, Rattlemouth, and Leverage Models will rattle the art of photographer, painter, medium-buster, James Walker. His artwork is best described in his own words:

“It all starts with photographs. I make pictures of everything. All the time. Snapping photos and drawing pictures and painting and collaging and collecting and gathering information is my way of being enveloped in every second of every day. I try to take as little for granted as possible. There are no projects. It’s just my life. It’s all one big documentary. Thanks for looking.”

The Gallery at Black Iris Music

During Fall Line Fest, The Gallery at Black Iris Music, an interdisciplinary arts space in the heart of Richmond’s Arts District, presents the first ever behind-the-scenes gallery retrospective of the career of influential art/punk/metal group GWAR. “Let There Be GWAR!,” features over 400 objects spanning the group’s three decade-long career, including handwritten lyrics, production drawings, tour ledgers, arrest reports, photography, film, lawsuit transcripts, music videos, set designs, fan letters, acid drawings and album artwork. The exhibit will also include more personal items such as never-before-seen storyboards, genitalia molds and handwritten set lists, as well as personal sketchbooks from members Dave Brockie, Matt Maguire and Bob Gorman. The exhibit is the result of unprecedented access to the archives of the Richmond-based Slave Pit artist collective, from which GWAR originated.