BRISTOL, TN-VA - Now in its eighth year of placing public sculpture in downtown Bristol, Art in Public Places announces that its juror for the 2013-14 exhibit is Emily Smith. Smith is the executive director of 1708 Gallery, a non-profit contemporary art space in Richmond, Va.1708 Gallery organizes six to eight exhibitions per year, including InLight Richmond, its one-night public exhibition of light-based art and performance.
Prior to helming 1708, Smith was the curatorial fellow in modern and contemporary art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Projects at VMFA include the exhibitions, The Ludwig and Rosy Fischer Collection of German Expressionist Art; Matisse, Picasso and Modern Art in Paris; and Labor and Leisure: Works by African American Artists in the VMFA Permanent Collections. Prior to VMFA, she was director of exhibitions at Piedmont Arts in Martinsville, Va., and the assistant director at Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, Va. Smith was an adjunct faculty member in art history at Patrick Henry Community College, Martinsville, Va., and was a critic for a Charlottesville, Va., weekly paper. Smith received a master's in art history from the University of Virginia.
In addition to exhibiting sculpture, Art in Public Places hosts an art competition for students from regional high schools. Their long-term goal is to place permanent sculpture in downtown Bristol to be appreciated for generations to come.