Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Membership Associate

Second Street Gallery, a nonprofit, contemporary gallery,
is seeking a part time Membership & Development Associate.

SSG is a nonprofit contemporary gallery situated in downtown Charlottesville. Founded in 1973, we are one of the oldest surviving nonprofit galleries in the country focused on the art and ideas of our times. SSG serves the community with continuous exhibition and outreach educational programming, and is open and free to the public Tuesday through Saturday. We showcase new work by living contemporary artists, and host over 20 outreach sessions in public schools and with after school clubs each year. We are funded primarily though grants, membership dues, sponsorships, and special events.

Position Description

Primary responsibility is to manage the gallery’s Membership activities. This includes managing the member and donor database; processing new memberships, renewals, solicitations and other mailings; providing grant writing and research support to the gallery director; and some record-keeping and general duties in the office. The position includes occasional physical work.

This is a part time position – 15 hours per week. There is some flexibility in terms of days and times worked. There will also be opportunities for additional hours, especially during exhibition installation, special events and, most importantly, exhibition openings as part of the monthly ‘First Friday’ celebrations.

What we are looking for

• Experience with database and spreadsheet applications
• Experience with Macs
• Good interpersonal skills – on the phone and in person
• Good communication skills
• Discretion – you will be dealing with confidential information

Previous experience in a nonprofit, or in a museum or gallery would be useful, as would a BA in an appropriate field such as art history, arts administration, marketing or business studies. Enthusiasm will get you a long way, too.
A flexible attitude is key to this position. We are a small team in a small office, so chemistry is key. We all have job descriptions, but sometimes we all have to just jump in and help get a huge painting on the wall or collect food for an opening.

How to apply

Please send a letter of interest, resume or CV, and references to Steve Taylor, Director, 115 Second Street SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Or to

For more information about the gallery, please see our website

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Hopefully by now you all know that you can view the works for our upcoming LIVE BENEFIT AUCTION on the website, but we wanted to just whet your appetite for the SILENT AUCTION as well...

Look for works by these artists and more:

George Andrews
Kiki Andrews
Nancy Bass
Lynne Brubaker
Cynthia Burke
Warren Craghead
Trish Crowe
Gabe DeLoach
Aaron Eichorst
Ron Evans
Stacey Evans
Cyndi Gusler
Jennifer Kelley
Michael Kreuger
Corwin Levi
Will May
Judy McLeod
Tim Michel
Steve Miller
Lydia Moyer
Nina Ozbey
Mara Sprafkin

and more...

And just to make sure that everyone is clear on our new format for this year's auction:

The MAIN EVENT will take place on Friday evening, April 8th. You can start the night with a pre-auction three-course dinner at the X Lounge, then move on to cocktails and hors'd'oeuvres at the gallery, followed by the LIVE and SILENT auctions. If you are interested in tickets to any of these, please see the website or call the gallery for info.

In advance of this event, we are offering a few teasers to build the anticipation, and to ensure the democracy of our venture...
on MARCH 24, 5:30 pm in the gallery, our Curator, Rebecca Schoenthal will be in conversation with Philae Knight, Head of Special Projects at Phillips dePury & Co Auction House in New York. The two will discuss how to start, build and grow a collection and the role that auctions can play.

Totally FREE on First Fridays, April 1, you can view all the works in the live auction, but also enjoy the fun of bidding, at our inaugural NEW COLLECTOR'S silent auction. No ticket needed, starting prices on these pieces range from $30 to $300!!!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Mark your calendars: Two Pre-Auction Talks in March

Ever wondered how the auction world really works - what goes on behind the scenes, how those prices get so high? Ever thought about how to start collecting art yourself or building a collection?

In anticipation of Second Street's New Art Auction on April 8, SSG will host a pairing of talks meant to answer these questions, as well as engage, and inspire you to develop your eye, build your collection, and participate in the excitement of the auction process.

On March 9, Victoria Pouncey will present a talk titled "Demystifying the Auction Process."  Pouncey was Senior Vice President and International Head of Proposals at Christie's. During her 17 year career at the auction house, she worked on the sales of important works by 19th and 20th century masters including Monet, van Gogh, Picasso, Johns, Rothko and Lichtenstein. She left Christie's in May 2008 to move to Charlottesville with her husband and young daughter.

The evening will begin at 5:30pm with the talk beginning at 6pm.  The talk is free to members with a suggested $8 donation for non-members.

On March 24,  SSG will host Philae Knight, head of Special Projects at Phillips de Pury and Company, and Rebecca Schoenthal, Curator at Second Street Gallery who will be discussing the mechanics of, and philosophies behind, building an art collection at any level.  This event will also promote the New Collectors component of the New Art Auction which showcases unique and affordable contemporary art. 

The evening will begin at 5:30pm with the discussion beginning at 6pm..  The talk is free to members with a suggested $8 donation for non-members.

Please RSVP to or call 977-7284. 

We look forward to sharing these great topics and talks with you.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bomb Landscape + Monsterface reviewed in The Hook by Laura Parsons

 We are thrilled to share this insightful review with you! Visit the link below for the original article or read the full text below. Make sure to plan a visit soon.

Parson's review of Bomb Landscape + MonsterFace in this week's Hook

 "A friend once confided that while she was heating water she realized she could simply put her newborn in the pot and boil the baby. She was mortified, but the truth is everyone has dark thoughts. A primal self lurks within that is monstrous and unspeakably brutal, full of fear and the will to survive. That we keep it at bay is what defines our humanity.

Artist Josephine Taylor grapples with her dark imaginings by expressing them on the page, venting basic fears and impulses while controlling them with refined lines and delicate pigments, transforming them into something wondrous. Her stunning large works on paper currently hang at Second Street Gallery.

The 11 images in Taylors’s “Bomb Landscape + Monster Face” belong to two bodies of work. The three nearly floor-to-ceiling drawings from Taylor’s “Bomb Landscape” depict a post-apocalyptic world where humans have become primitive, competing with wild animals and living in makeshift dwellings crafted from fragments of the past. Taylor masterfully lets the page do much of the work by creating reverse silhouettes from the negative space, inking in black backgrounds with barely visible strokes that shift direction to heighten the tension in each image.

Using translucent colored inks, Taylor details facial expressions and sex organs in her nude human figures and emphasizes the eyes and mouths of her snarling Tasmanian Devil-like beasts. Though spare, Taylor’s observation of these elements is meticulously realistic and provides contrast with the dynamic white strands of hair, eyelashes, and tips of fur.

In the diptych, “Bomb Landscape #5,” four animals on the left face off against two men and a woman on the right. Wearing an empty-eyed pelt, one man clasps his hands in seeming supplication to the snapping beasts, while the woman lurches over him, her face contorted as she casts a net while being penetrated from behind by the second man, who looks fearfully upward— his posture and expression exactly echoed by an animal on the left. The scene pulses with desperation and anxiety, yet Taylor’s technique mesmerizes with its beauty.

In her “Monster Face” series, Taylor introduces more color to re-imagine benign family scenes and children’s portraits as ghastly. She removes skin and distorts features, but her lines and colors are delicate and lovely despite the horrific content of her images.

Taylor’s ability to render menacing visions with undeniable beauty is nothing short of breathtaking and speaks to the humanizing power of art."

- by Laura Parsons

Josephine Taylor’s exhibition, “Bomb Landscape + Monster Face,” is on view through February 26 at Second Street Gallery, 115 Second St. SE. 977-7284.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Shots from January First Fridays - Josephine Taylor & Kevin Everson

reflection of Josephine Taylor's "Bomb Landscapes."

Josephine Taylor posing in front of her "Bomb Landscapes."
 First Friday patrons watching Kevin Everson's "The Equestrians."
"Bomb Landscape" dyptych admirers

Crowds swelling after the artist talk.
 Contemplating the end of "The Equestrians."

Second Street welcomed over 350 patrons to kick off 2011 with two new exhibitions. The Main Gallery features large scale drawings by Josephine Taylor and the Dove Gallery is showing a new film by local artist and professor Kevin Everson.  Please plan a visit soon. Josephine Taylor's, "Bomb Landscape + Monster Face," and Kevin Everson's "The Equestrians will be on view from January 7-February 26, 2011.  SSG is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11-6pm.

-photo credit to John Mitchell Photography-