Sponge HQ, home to the Sponge project and the experimental Colablablab curriculum, was an interdisciplinary lab, workshop, classroom and project space installed at the VCUarts Anderson Gallery in Richmond, VA.

Professor Hope Ginsburg’s Sponge HQ, an interdisciplinary workshop, project space, and classroom, supplies an excellent model that brought extra vitality to the gallery once it took up residence on our top floor in 2009. As the ever-inventive Richard Carlyon underscores in his video, A Saying of Sorts (2001), quoting the painter Kenzo Okado: “Any activity that releases art from its exclusive history in order to discover it everywhere is worthy of serious attention.”  –Ashley Kistler, “Roundup: Taking Stock of a Long History and the Anderson Gallery’s Final Years” from Anderson Gallery: 45 Years of Art on the Edge, 2016.

Sponge HQ, 2010 – 2016
HOPE GINSBURG Sponge HQ, 2010 – 2016
Sponge HQ windowsill in 2016, with works by Colleen Billing, Hope Ginsburg, and Hyunji Lee

Photo by Mark Olsen of The Art Assignment

HOPE GINSBURG Sponge HQ, 2010 – 2016
Left to Right: Jasmine Calvert, Lindsay Clements, and Jessica Carey working on a felt wetsuit in Spring 2014 for "Thirst" at Proteus Gowanus

HOPE GINSBURG Sponge HQ, 2010 – 2016
"The Bees Would Like to Know You", Sponge HQ indoor bee yard in Summer 2011

Photo by Terry Brown

HOPE GINSBURG Sponge HQ, 2010 – 2016
Photo by Terry Brown

Hexagonal
Sound

Produced for the opening of the Sponge HQ by Joshua Quarles. Sounds from Max Goldfarb's bees in Hudson, NY are part of the score.
Photo by Terry Brown

HOPE GINSBURG Sponge HQ, 2010 – 2016
Photo by Terry Brown

HOPE GINSBURG Sponge HQ, 2010 – 2016
Sponge HQ tank in Spring 2016

Photo by Mark Olsen of The Art Assignment

HOPE GINSBURG Sponge HQ, 2010 – 2016
Photo by Terry Brown

HOPE GINSBURG Sponge HQ, 2010 – 2016
Wayfinding design

HOPE GINSBURG Sponge HQ, 2010 – 2016
Sponge HQ Library, Spring 2016

Photo by Mark Olsen of The Art Assignment

HOPE GINSBURG Sponge HQ, 2010 – 2016
Sponge HQ Library, Spring 2016

Photo by Mark Olsen of The Art Assignment

HOPE GINSBURG Sponge HQ, 2010 – 2016
Poster by Riley Duncan

HOPE GINSBURG Sponge HQ, 2010 – 2016


"Weather Mass Movement" a project by visiting artists SP Weather Station.
Photo by Heidi Neilson

HOPE GINSBURG Sponge HQ, 2010 – 2016


"Weather Mass Movement" a project by visiting artists SP Weather Station. Lecture and pancake breakfast.

HOPE GINSBURG Sponge HQ, 2010 – 2016


"Weather Mass Movement" a project by visiting artists SP Weather Station. Lecture and pancake breakfast.

HOPE GINSBURG Sponge HQ, 2010 – 2016


"Weather Mass Movement" a project by visiting artists SP Weather Station. Lecture and pancake breakfast.

HOPE GINSBURG Sponge HQ, 2010 – 2016


Colablablab II night with visiting lotus experts Kelly Billing and Paula Biles.

HOPE GINSBURG Sponge HQ, 2010 – 2016


Sponge HQ opening, August, 2010.
Photo by Jay Paul

HOPE GINSBURG Sponge HQ, 2010 – 2016


Sponge HQ opening, August, 2010.
Photo by Terry Brown

HOPE GINSBURG Sponge HQ, 2010 – 2016


Sponge HQ opening, August, 2010.
Photo by Terry Brown

HOPE GINSBURG Sponge HQ, 2010 – 2016


Sponge HQ opening, August, 2010.
Photo by Terry Brown

HOPE GINSBURG Sponge HQ, 2010 – 2016


Sponge HQ opening, August, 2010.
Photo by Terry Brown

HOPE GINSBURG Sponge HQ, 2010 – 2016


Sponge HQ opening, August, 2010.
Photo by Terry Brown

HOPE GINSBURG Sponge HQ, 2010 – 2016


Sponge HQ opening, August, 2010.
Photo by Terry Brown

HOPE GINSBURG Sponge HQ, 2010 – 2016
Sponge HQ indoor bee yard, Spring 2016

Photo by Mark Olsen of The Art Assignment

HOPE GINSBURG Sponge HQ, 2010 – 2016
Artist folio for the book "Anderson Gallery: 45 Years of Art on the Edge", 2016

HOPE GINSBURG Sponge HQ, 2010 – 2016
Artist folio for the book "Anderson Gallery: 45 Years of Art on the Edge", 2016

HOPE GINSBURG Sponge HQ, 2010 – 2016
Artist folio for the book "Anderson Gallery: 45 Years of Art on the Edge", 2016

HOPE GINSBURG Sponge HQ, 2010 – 2016
Artist folio for the book "Anderson Gallery: 45 Years of Art on the Edge", 2016

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