Saturday, February 06, 2016


new direct positives from local artist Tom Condon.
fresh from the darkroom, these one offs are the lensless, witchy offspring of material improvisation and long hours.

Tom received his BFA in Painting from Virginia Tech and his MFA in Photo & Film at VCU Arts here in Richmond. Tom has received a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Grant in Printmaking and a recent fellowship at The Vermont Studio Center. He is currently a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Richmond.

228 West Broad Street 
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Hours: Tues. - Fri.  12 - 5pm and Sat. 12-4pm or by appt.
contact  for more information

Friday, September 04, 2015

Rachel Hayes' STRAIGHT TIPSY exhibit opens Sept. 4, 2015 at ADA gallery in Richmond, Va.

Rachel Hayes is a VCU MFA Painting grad (2006) living at the moment in Roswell, NM. and has shown at ADA since 2005.

Rachel will be showing new works created while at the Roswell Residency during the past year.
Intensely colorful, hand sewn, collaged fabric and plastic are the hallmarks of Rachel Hayes' work.
 WIth a devotion to these materials and her process, this fiber-based sculptor/painter touches on
 traditional craftwork such as quilting and stained glass while radiating an unbridled play of light
 created by the funky sewn fusion of these materials and her own gleeful spirit.

Monday, July 20, 2015


 Like a tiny pool of thought in a constant stream of information, how do we make space? Tell dog jokes. Not jokes about dogs, tell jokes to dogs. They especially like physical comedy. Dog Jokes is a show of animated projections, videos and paintings by DEREK LARSON.

With DOG JOKES Derek Larson returns to ADA for his second solo show. He's currently in Richmond teaching a summer program at VCU and has concurrently been in residency at ADA gallery since June. His latest video sculpture pieces continue to hop boundaries not only in terms of genre, but that they also consciously contrast and intermix the physicality of sculptural form with the immateriality of projected light: transferring light and moving images onto fixed physical structures, whose presence and fixity are in turn challenged by their relation to the projected or animated imagery and to their precarious free-standing placements in space. The sharpness of Larson's imagery and the vividness of his palette brilliantly masks a quiet contrast to the often fleeting nature of his elusive references and the fragile questioning of phenomena and their representation in his work.

#DerekLarson #ada #the_ada_gallery
#Richmond #RVAarts

Friday, June 19, 2015



Originally from Miami, James Trotter refers to himself as an art school dropout; he briefly attended Kansas City Art Institute, and continues to live and work in Kansas City. Nonetheless, Trotter has been celebrated for his witty, funny, mixed media drawings and installations that demonstrate his all-consuming passion for popular culture in all forms. As Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Associate Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago notes, Trotter’s work “appears to be trying to get at the daily struggles that beset everyone as part of the human condition. Perhaps this angst is what turns him to music and toys, the safe-havens of childhood fantasy and escape.”
In addition to his studio practice, creating colorful, densely layered drawings and toy “shrines,” Trotter is an avid collector of toys, records, and comic books. Images of and from these objects make their way into his artwork, while the records are used by his alterego Superworlf, an acclaimed DJ in his own right.  
James Trotter’s work has been exhibited at ADA Gallery in Richmond, Virginia, Grand Arts Gallery in Kansas City, MO, solo shows at Mulherin + Pollard in New York, NY (2010, 2011, 2013) and at the NADA Art Fair in Miami, FL,  in 2011 and at numerous fairs with ADA gallery since 2010. He awarded a $10,000 grant by the Charlotte Street Foundation for his drawings in 2007. Trotter currently lives in small town in Missouri. 

Read what associate curator of the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago) 
wrote about Jimmy Trotter for the Charlotte Street Foundation in 2007.

When looking at James Trotter‘s drawings it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that his artistic pursuits began as a child drawing Star Wars characters and writing graffiti while visiting his grandmother in Brooklyn. His interest in popular culture—music, comics, toys, garage sales, flea markets, and e-bay—find their way into his burgeoning toy collection and prolific drawing practice; he has made more than 500 drawings so far this year.
Originally from Miami, Trotter briefly attended KCAI and has stayed in Kansas City, making a career as DJ Superwolf, playing 1960s and 70s soul and funk records and dealing rare 45s overseas in the U.K. and Japan. Trotter maintains a three-pronged engagement to popular culture through drawings, toy installations, and music. His drawings range from quick line sketches to more elaborate constellations of cartoon characters in the vein of R. Crumb, along with food, corporate logos, body parts and records overlapping and interacting and fighting to make sense. Trotter is peculiarly un-precious about his work, which is strewn all over his studio and pinned to the wall. Trotter’s insistence that there are no “corrections” in his drawings demonstrates the conviction of his mark-making using only ink or gouache. He does not use pencil or erasers, although he has developed a recent fondness for white-out as an additional layer to the work. Concerns of conviction and correctness translate into the subject of Trotter’s work as well. He frequently voices his frustration with the United States, not in terms of politics, but more social frustration with political correctness and being afraid to say what one really thinks. While his views may seem brusque, he appears to be trying to get at the daily struggles that beset everyone as part of the human condition. Perhaps this angst is what turns him to music and toys, the safe-havens of childhood fantasy and escape. He collects vintage toys and records from the 1970s and 1980s: seeking out specific toys he couldn’t afford as a child, while others recall the abundance of free candy and toys symbolized by Halloween and Christmas. A tree-house overflowing with his toys, lights and a miniature train embodies the notion of a child’s (and perhaps adult’s) utopia of innocence. At first, I thought Trotter’s work must be a critique of consumption, but it is not. It is about value and resuscitating value into objects, ideas, and memories that are so quickly discarded.
Julie Rodrigues Widholm
Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

ada gallery 228 west broad street richmond, virginia 23220

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Paintings/ Props/ Intermediaries, 60,16x20" acrylic and mixed media on canvas, approx: 214 x 108", 2015

Paintings/ Props/ Intermediaries
Through May 30, 2015

ADA Gallery is pleased to present "Paintings/Props/Intermediaries," an exhibition of new works by artist Bruce Wilhelm presented as a wall of sixty equally-sized paintings laid out in a symmetrical grid.
This new installation of works is a continuation of Wilhelm's interest in presenting groupings of his paintings as compendiums of visual puns rife with double meanings and re-purposed contexts searching for the accidental rhyme, the lost thread, or the forgotten punch-line. All the works can stand alone as independent works but viewed together they work with and against one another to produce new intersecting lines of thought and visual challenges for the viewer to assemble in the mind. This set of works addresses the eye's processes of scansion as one reads the wall as if perusing an anthropological collection, an appendix, or almanac of scrambled samplings of American life and mass media, mixing the hand-rendered with intimations of the world of mass reproduced images. His varied stratagems on display are a collage of thought processes that include foam pasted graphics torn from reference, incidental snapshots without context, faux science textbook detail images, absurdist takes on figuration, and vague graphic design concepts gone astray.
These paintings can be seen here as 'props'-- objects that serve as propositions or proposals for concepts and a multiplicity of personas or artistic identities. They serve as intermediaries of a kind between the artist and his desire for role-play-- the task of the painter he seems to suggest here is to engage oneself in a constantly shape-shifting survey of identities, formal strategies, art historical perspectives, personas, and invented personal histories that question the orthodoxies of the 'presentation' of artistic identity as a coherent, easily readable subjectivity.

Bruce Wilhelm earned his BFA in Painting and Printmaking at the Virginia Commonwealth University in 2004 and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012. He has appeared in New American Paintings Magazine and He has twice won the Virginia Museum Fellowship grant. As an undergrad, He received the Theresa Pollack Scholarship award in 2003 . He has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions including at Nudashank, Baltimore; Projekt 722 in Brooklyn and solo shows at ADA's former sister gallery Mulherin+ Pollard in New York City as well as numerous shows at ADA Gallery in Richmond, VA. Bruce is represented by ADA gallery and has been featured with the gallery at international art fairs in Dallas, London, Basel, Switzerland and New York City since 2006.

He currently lives and works in Richmond, Virginia.


Bruce Wilhelm
Born 1981, Richmond, Virginia

2012  MFA Painting, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2004  BFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA


2013 Humor Me, Mulherin + Pollard, New York, NY
          The Other Bruce-n-nial, ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA
2012  Feelings for Dead Tree Thinklings, Mulherin + Pollard, New York, NY
2011 Mulherin + Pollard, New York, NY,"Air-Lock"
2010 Mulherin + Pollard, New York, NY, "Friends and Family"
Scope Miami, ADA Gallery, Miami FL
2009 Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA “Friends of Painting” 
2008 ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA “Side Effects May Vary” 
2007 ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA “Multiple Realities”

Featured Art Fairs
2015 Dallas Art Fair, ADA gallery
2009 Scope New York, New York, NY with ADA Gallery
 2008 Scope Miami, Miami, FL with ADA Gallery
Scope Basel, Basel, Switzerland with ADA Gallery

Group Exhibitions
2013 Contemporary Drawing Today, Fort Worth Drawing Center, Fort Worth, TX
2012  Black Foliage, Nudashank, Baltimore, MD
           Supernatural, Projekt722, Brooklyn, NY
           Shared Southern Stories, Emily Amy Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
2009 Phyllis Stein Art, Los Angeles, CA “Paper” Root Division, San Francisco, CA “Retractions”
2008 Meyer Gallery, Cincinnati, OH “Pass Me The Muster” Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA 
“Action.Stop.Action” Scope New York, New York, NY with ADA Gallery 
Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA “Works on Paper”
2007 Mccaig and Welles, New York, NY “Robots” 
Scope Miami, Miami, FL with ADA Gallery 
Flashpoint Gallery, Washington DC, “Anonymous 3”
Creative Partners Gallery, Bethesda, MD “Trawick Prize”
2006 Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA “Reinventing the Game” 
Scope London, London, England with ADA Gallery

Awards and Distinctions

2008 Pew Wish List Award, Artblog, Philadelphia, PA, 
Fallon and Rosof JC Reynal Finalist, Bordeaux, France
2007 Trawick Prize, Creative Partners Gallery, Bethesda, MD 
2006 VMFA Fellowship, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond. VA 
2004 VMFA Fellowship, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond. VA

ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA


Saturday, March 07, 2015


Hey Blogger Art People!
Ada gallery,  the little engine that could gallery from Richmond Virginia is at it again! 
We're at VOLTA NY for our fourth year and featuring new paintings by our artist & friend Brian Novatny. Brian's a Brooklynite from Ohio via Yale's art program.  We've been showing him since about 2010 at our gallery in Richmond and our former gallery in NYC , Mulherin + Pollard. Our show in late 2010 - or was it 11- was reviewed by Roberta Smith for the New York Times and we had a good review in ArtInfo from our last exhibition at Mulherin + Pollard back in June of last year. 
So if you're in NY at the moment, please pop in VOLTA and find us. We're in booth E-7. 
here's some of the new works. 
Oil On Canvas, 42 X 48", 2015

 A Smoldering Tantrum
14 X 14", Oil On Board, 2015

Prairie Vagabond
Oil On Canvas, 58 X 50", 2015