No Small Plans was honored to assist in the promotion of RETREAT, an exhibition organized by renowned artist and urban planner Theaster Gates and presented by Richard Gray and Valerie Carberry Galleries. RETREAT explored "ways in which artists of color perform retreat in diverse forms with manifold meanings and how retreat, both as an act of withdrawal and an act of contemplation, yields a position of strength and perspective when communicated through art."
The exhibition featured artists from Gates' private gathering, the Black Artists Retreat, which took place for its second year in August, 2013. Artists included in RETREAT: Derrick Adams, Elizabeth Axtman, Bethany Collins, Tony Lewis, Kelly Lloyd, Valerie Piraino, Mitchell Squire, Wilmer Wilson IV, and Nate Young. Additionally, a pop up RETREAT exhibition, also organized by Gates, featured the work of Erika Allen and Mitchell Squire at EXPO Chicago.