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Announcing UnBound8! Participating Artists!

Announcing UnBound8! Participating Artists!


Holly Roberts, “Spring Waiting” Mixed Media, 24 x 20 inches 

UnBound! features a wide array of photographic techniques from both emerging and established artists, both locally and abroad. We are very proud to bring you a compelling selection of photographic work for the eighth year in a row!

Candela Gallery is excited to announce the 2019 UnBound! Participating Artists.

Thomas Alleman
Asiya Al-Sharabi
Sophie Barbasch
Wes Bell
Patricia A. Bender
Jaclyn Kolev Brown
Tommy Bruce
Jay Boersma
Gary Burnley
Adrian Burrell
Jo Ann Chaus
Will Douglas
Emily Earl
Jessica M. Kaufman
Louviere + Vanessa
Kat Kiernan
Noelle Mason
Elizabeth McGrady
Anne Arden McDonald
Moira McDonald
Mark Peter McKnight
Kendall Messick
Fortune Monte
Nadiya Nacorda
Nancy Newberry
Alex Nyerges
Natalie Obermaier
Alissa Ohashi
Christos Palios
Paula Riff
Holly Roberts
Michelle Rogers-Pritzl
Ken Rosenthal
Kyra Schmidt
Heather Evans Smith
Jerry Takigawa
Raymond Thompson
Amanda Tinker
Emily White
Sara J. Winston


Sheri Lynn Behr
Magda Biernat
Michael Cardinali
Maureen Drennan
Katherine Finkelstein
Łukasz Gniadek
Christopher Kardambikis
Kent Krugh
Kerry Mansfield
Sam Margevicius
Andy Mattern
Kristen Matuszak
Maya Meissner
Colleen Mullins
Harrison Walker



Tommy Bruce, “Atmus Frolicking” Archival Pigment Print, 16 x 22 inches

DEAR LEADER: MAY 3 – JUNE 14, 2019

MAY 3 – JUNE 14, 2019


Michael Light, “008 STOKES/19 Kilotons/ Nevada/1957,” 2003


“This is the way the world ends,
Without a chance to make amends.”  


Dear Leader is a multimedia exhibition that casts a light on the existential weight of nuclear proliferation and the harrowing threat of nuclear violence. These fears generate a deep undercurrent of uncertainty that rests underneath our daily lives. The participating artists seek to provide personal reflections on the past and ask us to consider, if just for the moment, the present and future concerns of nuclear proliferation against our current geopolitical landscape. 

Eight artists – Linda Alterwitz, Takashi Arai, Cornelia Hesse-Honegger, Kei Ito, Michael Light, Noah Scalin, Paul Shambroom, Elin O’Hara Slavick – blurring the line between art and activism, survey the magnitude of this subject from different vantages. Michael Light draws his work directly from photographic archives of nuclear bomb tests from 1945 and 1962. Elin O’Hara-Slavick affixes shadows and time through photograms and rubbings of places and objects that survived the aftermath of Hiroshima. Takashi Arai’s video 49 Pumpkins highlights the pumpkin bombs, used in target testing throughout Japan during, suggesting all the possible ‘ground zeros’ of World War II had Japan not surrendered. Cornelia Hesse-Honegger‘s scientific drawings delicately detail the effects of nuclear fallout on a number of insect species living in radioactive locations such as Chernobyl. Noah Scalin renders permanent shadows of nuclear physicists, lighting matches to create images captured in carbon. Kei Ito, a third generation Hiroshima survivor, explores the connection of his family history and long-term effects of nuclear radiation. Linda Alterwitz builds layered portraits from medical imaging machines creating an intersection between science and the human psyche. Between 1992 and 2001, Paul Shambroom made photographs of nuclear weapon facilities throughout the United States, a document of the American military-industrial complex, which grows even more problematic as it ages.  

Simmering concerns of nuclear catastrophe for future generations fuel the work and support for this exhibition. Our hope is that Dear Leader, contributes to the ongoing international dialogue about the risks of nuclear confrontation, the deterioration of arsenals globally, the volatility of nation states and, ultimately, the consequences of reckless leadership.

Support for Dear Leader,  has been generously provided by Michael Schewel.


(L) Kei Ito, “Sungazing 59/108,” 2015. Edition of 3. Archival Inkjet Print w/ Burnt Wood Frame, 8 x 10 inches
(R) Kei Ito, “Sungazing 85/108,” 2015. Edition of 3. Archival Inkjet Print w/ Burnt Wood Frame, 8 x 10 inches

For more information please contact the gallery at 804.225.5527 or [email protected].

UNBOUND8! Call for Submissions

UNBOUND8! An Invitational & Juried Exhibition

July 5 – August 3, 2019

This annual summer group exhibition is the only open call we hold each year and is dedicated to featuring a wide range of photographic artworks and fine art photography and artists’ books from 40-50 fine art photographers. UnBound! generates opportunities and exposure beyond the traditional group or juried show by providing a collection opportunity for artists. 

During the exhibition, an annual gala event is held to raise funds, which allows Candela to purchase select works from the exhibition. Works acquired by the event proceeds are then added to the gallery’s Candela Collection. The mission of the Candela Collection is to support photographers through the purchase of original photographic work and to actively pursue opportunities to donate said works to notable permanent collections. The Candela Collection currently includes 62 photographic artworks and 11 fine art photography books.

Our hope is that photographers will support our UnBound! exhibition with their active participation just as we hope to support their work and careers in return. All accepted artists will have their artwork featured at Candela Gallery, a gallery space in the downtown arts district of Richmond, Virginia.


Deadline for Submissions:  April 19th, 2019
Notification of Acceptance:  May 6th, 2019
Accepted work should arrive at Gallery no later than:  June 21st, 2019

Please follow directions carefully:

– Candela Books + Gallery is looking for photographic work. We will also showcase a selection of photobooks. Feel free to submit both!

– Only email submissions will be accepted. Though we may inquire further about the work.

Send submissions to: [email protected]

– Subject Line:  UnBound8! Submission!

Include up to 4 reasonably large JPG images of work in the body of a single email.
Also include a resume and artist statement, if applicable. Inclusion of an artist statement is strictly optional.

– Book Submissions – Send a pdf and/or images with text excerpts. Whatever it takes to get a sense of the object across.

– For each image include:



(Full Description of Object would be excellent, i.e. sepia toned gelatin silver photograph OR archival pigment print OR unique paper photogram… etc.)



Photographer’s Name:


City, St., Zip


Phone Number:

Email Address:

Artist Website:


For all work selected for exhibition:

Accepted work should be for sale.

Candela gallery will retain a 50% sales commission from the sale of work to any patron other than the collection itself. All funds raised from ticket and raffle sales for the UnBound8! event will be used to purchase work for the Candela Collection.

Candela reserves the right to not exhibit work that is significantly misrepresented during the submission process.

Accepted work should be presentation ready when it arrives at the gallery.

Accepted work should arrive at our gallery no later than June 21st, 2019.

Accepted work should include return postage. (Note: When possible please include return shipping in one of two ways: a pre-processed FedEx label that includes the requisite bar code, or a UPS shipping document.)

We will return unsold work within two weeks after the exhibition closes.

Ship work to:

Candela Books + Gallery
214 West Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220

For all Collected Work:

Candela will record all relevant history for the artwork in question.

Candela will file a CV, resume, artist statements, bios for each collected photographer.

Candela reserves the right to feature the work within Candela’s gallery space.

Candela will properly insure the collection.

Candela need not seek approval before any specific artwork is loaned to an outside organization for exhibition or donated to any other permanent collection.  But Candela will make a reasonable effort to contact a specific photographer to indicate that their work has been exhibited and or acquired by another permanent collection or institution. Candela also reserves the right to reproduce the work in support of said exhibitions and will make an earnest effort to notify photographers when such reproductions occur and provide resulting tear sheets when possible.


Ervin A. Johnson   #InHonor
January 4 – February 16, 2019

Ervin A. Johnson, “Joshua,” Mixed Media Print, 56 x 42 inches

Opening Reception & Artist Talk  |  Thursday, January 3rd, from 5 – 8 pm
First Friday Art Walk  |  Friday, January 4th, from 5 – 9 pm

Candela Gallery is pleased to open 2019 with #InHonor, a solo exhibition by Ervin A. Johnson. Spurred by personal experiences as a queer black man and the killing of black people across America, #InHonor is a series of photographic mixed media portraits that stand as a visceral response to racism and police brutality done to the black body.

Created out of a need for social practice and in a way to honor Blackness, Johnson began #InHonor around the time of the Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner protests. Influenced by the abstract expressionist movement, Johnson forcibly and fervently removes pigment from the original photographs and meticulously reconstructs the canvas with various layers of skin-toned colorant. The resulting, distressed portraits are arresting, mirroring physical and symbolic gestures of trauma and renegotiation.

Erecting forms of strength and resiliency born out of tragic violence, Johnson constructs a monolithic series that lives and breathes in the public realm. The hashtag title highlights social media’s powerful role throughout our current culture, addressing truths about past and current events and a mean to seeking justice.

Ervin A. Johnson was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He completed his MFA in photography at Savannah College of Art and Design. Johnson is the recipient of the 2016 Critical Mass Solo Exhibition Award, 2017 Critical Mass Finalist, and the 2016 Diane Dammayer Fellowship. Most recently exhibited at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon, Arnika Dawkins Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, and Detroit’s Wright Museum in Detroit, Michigan.

Ervin A. Johnson, “George,” Mixed Media Print, 56 x 42 inches

Announcing… One Day Projects Exhibition + Book Release

And light followed the flight of sound


Matt Eich, from And light followed the flight of sound

Candela Gallery is pleased to announce it’s second collaboration with One Day Projects founder and creators, Eliot Dudik & Jared Ragland. One Day Projects promotes creative dialogue by challenging artists to collaboratively produce and publish innovative projects within a 24-hour time period. And light followed the flight of sound is their third collaborative artist book inspired by both the natural wonder and symbolic possibilities of the 2017 solar eclipse. The book features photographs by 52 artists and is presented as a 30-foot-long, hand-bound accordion with an enclosed saddle-stitched zine and essay.
Candela Gallery will exhibit the book alongside a selection of works by 23 artists from the project.

GALLERY TALK + BOOK RELEASE  |  Thursday, November 1st, from 5-8pm
OPENING RECEPTION  |  Friday, November 2nd, from 5-9pm

On August 21, 2017, the total solar eclipse provided a rare opportunity for people across the United States to experience a collective encounter. Despite the prevalence of contemporary political and cultural polarization, more than 215 million Americans – 88% of the country’s total population – stood side by side and looked skyward together, sharing in a quieting, unifying act.

Inspired by both the natural wonder and symbolic possibilities of this unique occurrence, photographers from inside and outside the path of totality were invited to document and share their experiences. The resulting book, And light followed the flight of sound, features 85 images by 52 emergent and established photographic artists. Edited, designed and produced by Jared Ragland and Eliot Dudik and presented as a 30-foot-long, hand-bound accordion with an enclosed saddle-stitched zine and essay by art historian Catherine Wilkins, Ph.D., University of South Florida, the limited edition of 150 copies is printed on digital offset, covered in a foil-stamped cloth, and comes housed in a clear Mylar sleeve, also foil stamped. As the book is removed from its sleeve, the foil stamps mimic the passage of the moon in front of the sun.

Production of And light followed the flight of sound was made possible by a grant from the College of William & Mary Dean’s Fund; portions of the book were edited during a workshop with students from Duke University’s MFA in Experimental & Documentary Arts program.

The book’s title references E. M. Forster’s 1909 dystopian novella, The Machine Stops, in which the human species has become completely reliant upon technology to provide sustenance, deliver information, and mediate relationships. Today, life imitates art, and technology – which once promised to democratize knowledge and provide deep connection – has infiltrated the most intimate moments of our lives, increased individual isolation, provoked partisanship, and proliferated fake news.

“In an age in which even acceptance of scientific knowledge has become incomplete, divisive, and politicized, the 2017 solar eclipse marked a sought after, albeit temporary, restoration of reason and scientific truth,” writes art historian Catherine Wilkins, Ph.d. “The photographs found in And light followed the flight of sound seek to restore viewers’ senses through an embrace of firsthand experience and critical visual reckoning of terrestrial – or celestial – facts.”

Ben Alper
Aaron Canipe
Caleb Churchill
Daniel Coburn
Joy Drury Cox
Eliot Dudik
Matt Eich
Lisa Elmaleh
Annie Laurie Erickson
Adam Forrester
Jill Frank
David Goldes
Meg Griffiths
Thomas Locke Hobbs
Devin Lunsford
Lisa McCarty
Brittany Nelson
Greta Pratt
Jared Ragland
Tom Rankin
Justin James Reed
Sara J. Winston
Keith Yahrling

Click here to order a copy of And light followed the flight of sound

One Day Projects
Don’t Take Pictures Interview

Caleb Churchill, from And light followed the flight of sound

Announcing… Anne Arden McDonald: ATOM | PLANET

Anne Arden McDonald:  ATOM | PLANET

Anne Arden McDonald, “Cluster,” 2016. Cameraless Gelatin Silver Print, 24 x 20 inches

GALLERY TALK  |  Thursday, November 1st, from 5-8pm
OPENING RECEPTION  |  Friday, November 2nd, from 5-9pm

Candela Gallery is pleased to present ATOM | PLANET, a solo exhibition by Brooklyn-based artist, Anne Arden McDonald. Within this series McDonald creates photographic works imbued with celestial and atomic aesthetics. Approaching her darkroom process like a sort of alchemy, McDonald captures a dialogue nebulously drifting between mediums by testing materials and techniques through experimentation, noting variables, and observing the results, and amending processes.

Completely camera-less and without a conventional negative, McDonald layers nontraditional materials like bleach, clusters of soap bubbles, and/or hundreds of household spices and cleaners, steering the creation of these unconventional images. Each unconventional photogram is further manipulated through a series of techniques – scrubbing, evaporating or decaying – illustrating the circuitous nature of life, death, and what comes after. The resulting photographs, with a rather magnificent spherical quality, are McDonald’s manifestation of both the macro- and micro-cosmos within our universe.

(L) Anne Arden McDonald, “Molecule,”Cameraless Gelatin Silver Print, 20 x 16 inches
(R) Anne Arden McDonald, “Fragility,”Cameraless Gelatin Silver Print, 38 x 34 inches

Announcing CHANNELS: Courtney Johnson | Lisa Kokin | Willie Anne Wright

Courtney Johnson |  Lisa Kokin  |  Willie Anne Wright

Exhibition  |  September 7th – October 20th
Preview Reception + Artist Talks  |  Thursday, September 6th, from 5 – 8pm
Opening Reception  |  Friday, September 7th, from 5 – 9pm

Candela Gallery is pleased to present CHANNELS, a group exhibition featuring photographs and mixed media works by Courtney Johnson, Lisa Kokin, and Willie Anne Wright. The exhibition features three artists whose work evokes a transformative experience; each imbued with elements of salt, filament, or flora to create new forms. 

CHANNELS opens September 7th with an artist reception on September 6th, from 5-8pm and runs through October 20th.

Courtney Johnson, “Badwater Basin 28% salinity,” 2017. 14 x 20 inches
Salted Paper Print with Badwater Basin Water

COURTNEY JOHNSON As in her Lightlure + Cycle of Cities series, Johnson continues to pull at the threads between modern technology and experimental, alternative photographic processes. Through a honed scientific process, Salt is the eponymous product of salted paper prints and salt water from various locations selected across a salinity continuum. Johnson guides the chemistry of the natural materials and their effects on each photograph.

Lisa Kokin, “Best Wishes,” 2001. 69 x 91 inches, Mixed Media, Sewn Collage with Found Photographs

LISA KOKIN Sewn Found Photographs is a collection of photographic tapestries that stand as relics for a time that has long since passed. By literally stitching together vintage photographs of anonymous people, Kokin assembles nostalgic homages, interwoven with themes of identity, familial hierarchy, and social and societal rituals.

 Willie Anne Wright, “The Lovers,” 2016. 11 x 14 inches, Lumen Print

 WILLIE ANNE WRIGHT Crediting Pamela Coleman Smith as a strong spiritual and artistic guide, Wright re-envisions the complete major arcana as a set of photograms. Long enamored with manifesting a supersensory undercurrent in her photographs, Wright’s lumen prints document the blooms from her beloved Brugmansia plant alongside Smith’s tarot cards. Channeling The Tarot conjures an aura not unlike an encapsulated spiritual transcendence.

Announcing Candela’s UnBound7! Exhibition & Fundraising Gala!


Candela Gallery is excited to announce UnBound7!, Candela’s annual juried & invitational exhibition. UnBound! features a wide array of photographic techniques from both emerging and established artists, both locally and abroad. We are very proud to bring you a compelling selection of photographic work for the seventh year in a row!


Michael Abramson
Pascal Amoyel
Addison Brown
Susan Burnstine
Kimberly Chiaris
Christopher Colville
Cynthia Connolly
Brian Culbertson
John Cyr
Catherine Day
Jon Feinstein
Gabriel Garcia Roman
Torrance Hall
Frank Hamrick
Rachael Jablo
Michael Jackson
Mark Kelner
Tarrah KrajnaK
Pablo Lerma
Andy Mattern
Noelle Mason
Ruben Natal-San Miguel
David Pace + Stephen Wirtz
Lydia Panas
Rachael Phillips
Diane Pierce
Lissa Rivera
Shane Rocheleau
Wendi Schneider
Jennifer Shaw
Carla Shapiro
Heather Evans Smith
Krista Svalbonas
Rob Tarbell
Athena Tasiopoulos
JP Terlizzi
Martin Wannam
Emily White
Sara J. Winston
Lloyd Wolf
Woody Woodroof

FROM 7 – 11 PM

Candela Gallery will celebrate the summer exhibition by hosting our annual fundraising gala. The proceeds raised will be used to purchase select photographic works from the UnBound7! exhibition. The event allows us to continually build the Candela Collection and generate unique opportunities and exposure for participating artists. Candela’s promise is to eventually donate the collection to a notable art institution.

Event tickets ($50 per person or $90 per couple) are being sold in advance online and at the gallery. Visit our website, stop by the gallery, or call 804 225 5527 for your ticket!
Raffle tickets ($10) will also be available in advance and at the event.

We are always thrilled by the support and overall enthusiasm for the event. This years’ gala will offer libations, eats, and entertainment; including live music from The Sweet Potatoes, mouthwatering back alley fried chicken, adult snow cones, custom ice cream flavor courtesy of Charm School and any other action packed surprise we can come up with before then. Our annual summer party has earned its reputation as a legendary good time. Be there!

Please feel free to show your support for a good cause by buying raffle tickets even if you can’t attend the event… your ticket will pay forward to some sweet unsuspecting stranger at the party, AND you’ll be helping us collect photography! 

Shane Rocheleau, “Broken Stake,” 2016. Inkjet Print, 40 x 32 inches 
Wendi Schneider, “Island,” 2017. Archival Pigment Print on Vellum over White Gold Leaf, 11 x 16.5 inches
Lydia Panas, “Reanna,” 2013. C-Print, 30 x 30 inches
Rachel Jablo, “Untitled,” C-Print Photo Collage, 20 x 14 inches
Athena Petra Tasiopoulos, “Spirit,” 2018. Archival Pigment Print w/ Hand Painted Embellishments
in Wax Pastel, Acrylic, Graphite, and Colored Pencil, 8 x 8 inches

SOLSTICE | Oakwood Arts’ Benefit Auction at Candela Gallery


Top Row (L to R): Details of work by Susan Worsham & Sheila Pree Bright
Bottom Row (L to R): Details of work by Priya Kambli & Lorie Novak

The SOLSTICE Summer Benefit Auction includes work from a variety of international and local artists. The live auction features artists from countries including Cuba, Vietnam, India, and Malawi; artists represented in the collections of institutions including but no limited to MoMA, the Artist Pension Trust, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

SOLSTICE Summer Benefit Auction
Saturday, June 23rd, 7-11pm
Candela Books + Gallery
214 West Broad Street
Purchase Tickets & RSVP Here

Oakwood Arts is a new non-profit located in Richmond’s East End that makes art and creative careers accessible to all through experiential education, inspirational programming, and community engagement.

Click here to learn more about Oakwood Arts.
Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Email [email protected] to learn more.


Asiya Al-Sharabi
Alexandre Arrechea
Shelia Pree Bright
S. Ross Browne
Liz Cohen
Linda Connor
Cynthia Henebry
Priya Kambli
Tony Labat
Massa Lemu
Tuan Mami 
Lorie Novak
Diego Sanchez
Taravat Talepasand
Aaron Terry
Dennis Winston
Susan Worsham 


A huge THANK YOU goes out to all who have submitted work to our UnBound7!exhibition. Again this year, we had a ton of great submissions to consider and we appreciate the opportunity to bring such an ambitious show to our audience here in Richmond.


Michael Abramson
Addison Brown
Christa Blackwood
Susan Burnstine
Kimberly Chiaris
Christopher Colville
Cynthia Connolly
Brian Culbertson
John Cyr
Catherine Day
Jon Feinstein
Torrance Hall
Rachel Jablo
Michael Jackson
Mark Kelner
Andy Mattern
Noelle Mason
Ruben Natal-San Miguel
David Pace & Stephen Wirtz
Lydia Panas
Rachel Phillips
Diane Pierce
Lissa Rivera
Wendi Schnieder
Jennifer Shaw
Carla Shapiro
Heather Evans Smith
Krista Svalbonas
Rob Tarbell
Athena Tasiopoulos
JP Terlizzi
Martin Wannam
Emily White
Lloyd Wolf
Woody Woodroof


Pascal Amoyel
Frank Hamrick
Pablo Lerma
Shane Rocheleau
Sara J. Winston

 We will be contacting accepted artists individually about which specific artworks we wish to exhibit next week. We are also in the process of confirming the last few invited artists and those names will join the line up in the coming days.

Thanks again for allowing us to consider your work. And please come to celebrate this exhibition and the new additions to the Candela Collection this summer. The gala event this year will be held on Saturday, July 28th, 2018. 

More information about the show and gala event will come out as soon as we iron out details with the participating photographers.

Many thanks for the opportunity to view and to consider your work! 

– Gordon Stettinius & Ashby Nickerson