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Shockoe Artspeak is the podcast of Shockoe Artspace, an independent, non-profit art gallery located in Richmond, Virginia. You can find us online at and in real life in historic Shockoe Bottom.

Shockoe Artspeak is co-hosted by Ryan Lauterio and Dr. Garreth Blackwell, and is recorded live in the Shockoe Artspace Studios across from their main gallery. The music is composed by Johnny Utterback and Chino Amobi. The editor is Drew Webster. The audio engineer is Garreth Blackwell. 

You can follow us on social media on Facebook and Instagram @shockoeartspace. 

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About our Hosts:

Ryan Lauterio is the Director and Curator of Shockoe Artspace. Since its formal launch in 2016, Shockoe Artspace has hosted numerous exhibitions from artists of both local and national acclaim. Lauterio holds a B.A. (‘03) and a M.A. (‘05) in Studio Art from CSU Sacramento, and an M.F.A. (‘09) in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University. Lauterio’s work has been published in New American Painter, Beautiful Decay, and Sick of the Radio and has exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Sacramento, and Richmond—most recently at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and the Taubman Museum. Lauterio’s work is included in several private and corporate collections. Lauterio is also a full-time instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he has taught since 2007 in the School of the Arts Art Foundation program.

Garreth Blackwell, PhD is the Design and Communications Director of Shockoe Artspace. He teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University in the VCUarts Center for the Creative Economy (CCE). Blackwell holds a B.A. (’05) and M.A. (’07) in Journalism from the University of Mississippi where he focused on communication design and a Ph.D. in Media, Art and Text from Virginia Commonwealth University. Garreth is a graphic designer and has owned a design firm for the last 12 years, working with clients on three continents and across multiple industries. He has served extensively on non-profit design boards and regularly volunteers as a professional mentor for design students through Storefront for Community Design.