Richmond, Virginia (July 31, 2017)An exhibition of photographs by Virginia-based artist Matt Eich, called “The Invisible Yoke, Volume III: The Seven Cities Photos,” opens today at Richmond International Airport (RIC). The show will be on view in the first level of the terminal through January 2018.Eich photographs his family, his circle of friends, and even total strangers. They are unknown to us as viewers, yet we relate to them. This may be surprising at first, but it is precisely what Eich is after. It is less the person than the moment that lets us into his work, but we soon ally with strangers we will never meet and find we have experienced a parallel moment. These images are from Eich’s series The Seven Cities, set in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia where the artist spent his childhood.
Eich now lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his family while working on longform photographic essays about family, community, and the American condition. He is the recipient of a 2017 VMFA Visual Arts Fellowship, among numerous other grants, fellowships, and recognitions.
You can view more of his work at www.matteichphoto.com.
2015 marked the 75th anniversary of VMFA’s Fellowship Program. This exhibition is a celebration not only of this landmark but also a celebration of this selected VMFA fellow who has made impressive contributions to the arts in Virginia.
About Richmond International Airport (RIC)
Richmond International Airport (RIC) is one of the most modern, well-equipped airports in the eastern United States, offering nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe. More than three million passengers and 100 million pounds of cargo travel through RIC annually, utilizing more than 100,000 square feet of warehouse/office space and 1,000,000 square feet of ramp space. For more information, please visit www.flyrichmond.com.
About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA)
With a collection of art that spans the globe and more than 5,000 years, plus a wide array of special exhibitions, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is recognized as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. The museum’s permanent collection encompasses more than 23,000 works of art, including the largest public collection of Fabergé outside Russia and one of the nation’s finest collections of American Art, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. VMFA is home to acclaimed collections of English Silver and Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, British Sporting and Modern & Contemporary art, as well as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. In May 2010, VMFA opened its doors to the public after a transformative expansion, the largest in its 75-year history. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus fun after-hours events. VMFA’s Statewide Partnership program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. VMFA is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free. For additional information, visit www.vmfa.museum.
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