History

621 Gallery is a nonprofit arts exhibition and programs space located in Railroad Square Art Park in a former 1940s lumber warehouse. The original gallery space was established in 1981 and then incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1989.

The governing force behind 621 Gallery is the Board of Directors who are members of the Tallahassee community with an interest in sustaining the arts. With the help of dedicated volunteers and interns 621 Gallery continues to be the primary outlet for contemporary arts in the region.

Mission

621 Gallery is committed to bringing contemporary art, artists, ideas, and programs to the North Florida and South Georgia region. Offerings include monthly educational programming for children and adults, literary readings, musical, theatrical and dance performances, as well as participation several times a year in outdoor festivals at Railroad Square. 621 Gallery presents the work of 150-250 incredible local and national artists annually in a variety of formats, including solo and group exhibits (2-4 exhibits per month), from September through June each year. We do our best to showcase a balanced mix of established and emerging artists.

Local Connections

621 Gallery continues to reach out and connect with students, families, artists, and local businesses (e.g. Black Dog Cafe, Sweet Grass Dairy, Miccosukee Root Cellar, Sweet Pea Cafe, FASTSIGNS Tallahassee, Black Fig Catering, etc.) through exhibitions, events, and programming.

Programming

Programming at 621 Gallery includes: literary reading series, evenings of music, theater, dance, and various other performances, involvement with FSU Schools of Theater, Dance, and Visual Arts, First Friday opening receptions, family workshops, and more!

Funding

621 Gallery is funded by local and regional grants, art sales, and fundraising events. To date, 621 Gallery hosts 4 fundraising events, annually.

 

Meet The staff

Lauren Baker | Executive Director (2017 – Present)

Baker received her MFA in Fine Art at Florida State University. While in school she join the Board of Directors and served for 3 years. She takes a lot of pride in the Tallahassee arts community and providing support for emerging artists. As well as directing the Gallery, Baker is an Adjunct Professor in the Art Department at FSU. 

Brittany M. Watkins | Board of Director President

Brielle Williams | Board of Directors Treasurer

Hannah Schwardron | Board of Directors Secratery

Hannah Schwadron has served on the 621 Gallery board of directors since 2015 and is Assistant Professor of Dance at the School of Dance, where she teaches coursework in dance history and critical theory, choreography, and performance. She writes and dances on themes related to humor and politics, subjects she explores in her first book, The Case of the Sexy Jewess: Dance, Gender, and Jewish Joke-work in US Pop Culture (Oxford University Press, 2018). Other essays have appeared in Choreographic Practices, PARtake Journal, Liminalities, Oxford Handbooks Online in Music, Oxford Handbook on Dance and Politics, and Perspectives in American Dance. Her collaborative dance film Klasse (2015), made with director Malia Bruker and a cast of middle school students, won the Production Grant from Dance Film Association (NYC), and has been shown at American Dance Festival (Durham and Boone), Antimatter [Media Art] (Victoria, BC), Tiny Dance Film Fest (SF), Israelitische Töchterschule (Hamburg), Third Coast Dance Film Festival (Houston), where it won the Spirit of the Festival award, and ScreenDance Miami, where it won the Audience Choice award. Her second dance film Between I and Thou (2017) documents an improvisation dance practice with collaborators from Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Germany, and the US on the subjects of migration, relationship, and exchange.  Hannah’s writing on the project has been published in Dancer-Citizen Journal, Issues 3 (2016) and 4 (2017). Hannah curates an annual creative development lab called Field Studies in Brooklyn, NY, which offers dance artist-scholars an opportunity to workshop writing and performance projects in an atmosphere of group experimentation and peer review.

Christian Perez | Board of Director Member

Richard Ensor | Board of Director Member

621 ANNEX

The 621 ANNEX is dedicated to programs, special events, and rotating pop-up exhibitions by the community. We often feature the work of student artists in this 18′ x 80′ space, as well as dance, music, and experimental performances.

NAN BOYNTON MEMORIAL GALLERY

The Nan Boynton Memorial Gallery is located inside 621 Gallery. This intimate gallery is dedicated to the memory of Nan Boynton, original founder of Railroad Square Art Park and 621 Gallery. Her vision of a community of artists working together became the Railroad Square Art Park that you see today.

RAILROAD SQUARE ART PARK

Hosting more than 80 studios, galleries, and small shops, Railroad Square Art Park is the creative haven of many Tallahassee artists and other small businesses. Railroad Square hosts the city’s most exciting “First Friday Gallery Hop” on the first Friday of each month. Visit their website for more information: www.railroadsquare.com