Stay Warm with First Fridays Art Shows

MSHR performs at the Anderson on January 26, 2018.

Looking for some arts events this February? The first Friday of every month is Richmond’s First Fridays art walk, when galleries and cultural centers keep their doors open late for exhibitions and special events. We’ve compiled a list of some of the VCUarts affiliated events happening around town on February 2, 2018, and what’s open throughout the month.

Opening reception for Alex Chitty: After (the sun-drenched neutral that goes with everything)
The Anderson, 907 1/2 W Franklin St, 5–9 p.m.
Exhibition by Chicago-based sculptor Alex Chitty.
Open to the public until Mar. 3

MSHR: Source Fold Compositor
The Anderson, 907 1/2 W Franklin St
Open to the public until Mar. 3

2018 Black Lives Matter show
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1000 Blanton Ave, 5:30 p.m.
Open to the public until Mar. 16, church hours permitting

“Teach Appreash”: VCUarts Art Education Panel Discussion and Ball
The Byrd Theater, 2908 W Cary St, 5:00 p.m.
Try Me Gallery, 1623 W Main St, 6:30 p.m.
Guests include artist Paul Rucker and art educators Joni Acuff, Alfonso Grant and Amy Kraehe. RSVP at

VCUarts Art Education Alumni and Friends reception
The Depot, 814 W Broad St, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Sara Wilson-McKay, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Art Education, invites alumni and friends to a reunion reception.

VCUarts MFA Open Studio: Photo + Film, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Fashion
Pollak Building, 325 N Harrison St, 5–7 p.m.

VCUarts MFA Open Studio: Sculpture + Extended Media, Kinetic Imaging, Craft, Painting + Printmaking
Fine Arts Building, 1000 W Broad St, 6–8 p.m.

Student exhibition by Kathryn Lien and Jessica Lawrence: Always Already
Sponge Gallery, third floor of The Anderson, 907 1/2 W Franklin St
Opening reception, 5–9 p.m.
Open to the public until Feb. 13

Kinetic Imaging Undergraduate Video I: Duality of Sites
Gallery A, first floor of The Anderson, 907 1/2 W Franklin St
Opening reception, 5–9 p.m.
Open to the public until Feb. 9
Closing reception Feb. 9, 5–9 p.m. with live sound + noise performance at 6 p.m.

Kinetic Imaging senior Malik Radford: Canvas to Cotton, a wearable art experience
Thread Count, 209 E Broad St, 6–10 p.m.

For more information on other First Fridays events, as well as a list of local parking spots and restaurants, visit

Photo: MSHR performs for an audience at The Anderson on Jan. 26, 2018.


February 2, 2018