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1708 Gallery announces The Hair Craft Project winners

Jamilah Williams, left, won first place for Best in Show, and Ife Robinson, right, won second place.
Jamilah Williams, left, won first place for Best in Show, and Ife Robinson, right, won second place. courtesy of 1708 Gallery

Artist Sonya Clark, chair of the Department of Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, led The Hair Craft Project at 1708 Gallery.

The project closed earlier this month and originated from the idea that hairstyling is the primordial textile art form.

“The project aims to break down barriers by crossing boundaries between hair salons and art galleries as sites of aesthetics, craft, skill, improvisation and commerce,” according to a press release by the gallery.

1708 Gallery recently announced that Kamala Bhagat was awarded the People’s Choice Award for canvases and Ife Robinson was awarded the People’s Choice Award for photography. Both stylists received $250.

Best in Show awards were judged by photography of the canvas. Jamilah Williams received first place and $500 and Robinson received second place and $250.

First place for Best in Show canvas went to Bhagat and second place went to Chaunda King.

Other stylists featured in the project were Dionne James Eggleston, Marsha Johnson, Anita Hill Moses, Nasirah Muhammad, Jameika Pollard, Ingrid Riley and Natasha Superville.

1708 Gallery is located at 319 West Broad Street and can be reached at 804/643-1708. Gallery hours are Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.