1708 Gallery Names New Royall Family Curator


A recent press release notes that 1708 Gallery has named Park Christopher Myers as the Royall Family Curator. This three-year position, supported by Pam and Bill Royall, with foundational assistance from CultureWorks, "reflects the gallery’s aim to expand its programming, to forge stronger relationships with artists, to invest more intentionally in artists’ development, and to thoughtfully engage our diverse audiences," according to the release.

Executive Director Emily Smith said in a statement that "Myers’ contributions will extend beyond the exhibitions and programs that he presents through 1708. He will be an advocate for and ally of emerging artists and also established artists working in an emerging way. We are thrilled to welcome him to our team."

"As 1708 Gallery approaches its 40th Anniversary I am excited to tap in to the long history of artists and supporters," Myers said in the release. "In addition, I look forward to broadening the scope at 1708 both in exhibitions and public programming. I aim to bring a dynamic, multidisciplinary, and inclusive approach to each aspect of this position, and to dive in to the vibrant contemporary art community of Richmond and 1708 Gallery."

Here's a little more on Myers' background:

Park Myers is a curator from Houston, TX, formerly based in New York City. He studied Film and Video at the Maryland Institute College of Art and holds an M.A. from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. He has organized exhibitions and worked on projects in many places, among them Actual Size, LA, Komplot, Brussels, the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, Steamboat, CO, the Hessel Museum of Art in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, and the Copenhagen Art Festival. Publications include The Cure, published by Komplot, and Dear Helen published by CCS Bard. He is a co-founder of aCCeSsions an online journal for exploration in interdisciplinary curatorial practice. Myers’ current research directions involve embodied cognition, complex systems, non-traditional forms of exhibition contextualization, and the interaction of these fields of study with contemporary art.