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 & BOD

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

Brittany M. Watkins is an interdisciplinary artist based in the Southern United States. Since obtaining her Master’s Degree of Fine Art in 2016, Watkins has held several solo exhibitions, participated in artistic collaborations, in addition to curating and jurying group shows. She received the Juried Panel Prize ($25,000) in ArtFields 2017 for her installation titled: <Accept [(Self) + Elsewhere] and was later invited to create a public art installation as a featured artist at TRAX Visual Art Center during ArtFields 2018. Mentionable residency participation and grants include a merit grant to attend The Vermont Studio Center in May 2018, followed by an eight-week invitational solo-residency with an honorarium and solo show at 701 Center for Contemporary Art. 

 

Richard Ensor | Vice President of Board of Directors

Richard has received his MFA in studio art at Goldsmiths University of London in 2018 and currently works as the Sculpture Lab Manager at Florida State University. Richard has been serving on the Board of Directors since January 2019 and is now acting Vice President of Board of Directors. Richard has exhibited his work throughout the south east, New York, and London. Utilizing a background in sculpture, Richard has volunteered to head a project to restore 621 Gallery’s collection of outdoor sculptures on view at Railroad Square Art Park. In addition to the work he does as a board member, he feels that using his technical background is another value he can contribute towards the Tallahassee arts community.

“My goal for serving on the board is to advance contemporary art in the region and to make sure that 621 Gallery can continue to provide programming that is both contemporary and cutting edge.”

 

Christian Perez | Secretary of Board of Directors
Christian Perez is a careful iteration of Torreya and Tupelo nesting rentals in a sunbelt. An avid writer and outdoors habitué, he can often be found at his favorite sinkhole or campsite along the Florida karst. A deep believer that life and glamour proliferates small spaces, he works to empower writers to find their voice, challenge their style, and gain confidence in public speaking. He keeps his koans beside a coffee kettle, is a big-time sour beer crony, is probably napping next to his cats Marceline and Margaret right now, loves making family dinner, and wants you to read at the next Literary Salon.

Brielle Williams | Board of Directors Treasurer
Working with artists, entrepreneurs, students, and community members who are passionate about their crafts and their pursuit of artistic education is where Brielle Williams’ passion lies. As a marketing professional and Arts Administration FSU graduate, Williams is working to build bridges across disciplines in order to improve lives and increase the accessibility of the arts for all people.

“I allow the principles of servant leadership to guide my practice and inform my decisions. As a leader in my field I strive to empower artists with the tools necessary to realize their vision and to share that vision with the world.”

 

Hannah Schwardron | Member of the Board of Directors

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.

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