Borrowed View: The Nisso Screen & Waste Not: Art from the Scrap Heap
July 25 – October 22, 2000
The United Company Contemporary Regional Gallery

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Borrowed View is the culmination of a workshop sponsored by Nisso Industries Corporation Ltd. and led by “minimalist” sculptor Jiro Okura. The workshop took place in 1997 at Nisso’s “Glass Pyramid” demonstration facility in Shiga Prefecture near Kyoto, Japan. Forty-two Japanese and American participants collaboratively executed the workshop paintings.

Waste Not clearly illustrates a way of giving back value to discarded objects, but not in the usual consumer’s concept of value. Waste Not is about an aesthetic and cross-cultural process- which is defined by the act of recovering and transforming cast-off debris into works of renewed meaning, utility, devotion, and arresting beauty.




Fire & Ice: Considerations in Contemporary Studio Glass
June 22 – September 9, 2001
The Legard & United Company Galleries


Fire & Ice show cases the incredible variety and diversity being produced by today’s studio glass artists, and the artists who have chosen to work in this challenging and fragile material.

Featuring work by: Valerie and Rick Beck, Gary Beecham, Shane Fero, Jon Kuhn, Robert Levin, Harvey Littleton, Kate Vogel and John Littleton, Mark Peiser, Richard Ritter, and Yaffa and Jeffrey Todd.








From These Hills 2001: Contemporary Art in the Southern Appalachian Highlands
May 18 – August 19, 2001
The United Company Contemporary Regional Gallery

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Held biennially, this competitive exhibition showcases new works by artists living and working within a 100-mile radius of Abingdon. The 2001 exhibition will present an in-depth look at 11 regional artists, chosen on the basis of their body of work, not particular pieces. The selection process included interviews and studio visits.

Artists represented in the show are: Suzanne Adams-Ramsey, Big Stone Gap, Va.; Greg Bryson, Blacksburg, Va.; Jennifer Leah Collins, Radford, Va.; Anita M. DeAngelis, Johnson City, Tenn.; Elizabeth Johns, Bristol, Tenn.; Robert Levin, Burnsville, N.C.; Pat Pilchard, Boone, N.C.; Alison Slein, Blacksburg, Va.; Ray Stratton, Wise, Va.; Suzanne Stryk, Bristol, Va.; and Paul Vincent, Abingdon, Va.

The show’s guest curator is Leah A. Stoddard, director of Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, Va., and a former curator of the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.




Homes of the Highlands: Selections from the Phelps Collection & Life on a Miniature Scale: Historic Models of Early Settlement Architecture
September 22 – December 31, 2000
Glenn C. Price & Strongwell Galleries


Homes of the Highlands features more than 30 black & white images of homes in Russell and Washington County,Va., all taken by T.R. Phelps during the first quarter of the 20th century. They include mostly log homes, traditional rural frame homes, and a stately Abingdon brick home. Several additional images focus on material objects, generally included as props in portraits taken outside of people’s homes.

Life on a Miniature Scale features miniature scale models created from 1935 to 1942 by Paul A. Walker while he was in Big Stone Gap,Va., with the Lonesome Pine Civilian Conservation Corps. Commissioned by Congressman C. Bascom Slemp, these scale models of historic buildings in Southwest Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee include log cabins, taverns and private homes, as well as a scale model of Tazewell County’s Fort Witten.




Mary and Ed Scheier: Potters for America
January 12 – May 13, 2001
The Glenn C. Price & Strongwell Galleries

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Mary and Edwin Scheier were at the forefront of the American studio art pottery movement of the 1950s and 60s and their works are internationally recognized.

Less well known is that the Scheiers began their life as potters in Glade Spring, Va., where they established their first body of work, Hillcrock Pottery.

This exhibition showcases, for the first time, the early Hillcrock Pottery days, as well as later work on loan from the Currier Gallery of Art, the major collector of their work.





Pattern on Pattern: Marilyn Hower and Paul Vincent
October 31, 2000 – February 4, 2001
The United Company Contemporary Regional Gallery

Features artworks by two of the Center’s resident studio artists and showcases their use of pattern as both focal point and background motif. Hower is a fiber artist, Vincent works primarily in watercolor.








Quilt National ’99
November 14, 2000 – February, 25 2001
The Legard and United Company Galleries


Quilt National ’99 features 21 contemporary quilts chosen from the 86 winning entries in this most recent international competition. This exhibition is produced and circulated by the Dairy Barn Southeastern Ohio Cultural Arts Center, Athens, Ohio.









Robert Broderson
February 16 – May 6, 2001
The United Company Contemporary Regional Gallery


Paintings by Robert Broderson (1920-1992) opens at William King Regional Arts Center on Feb. 16 and continues through May 6, 2001 in the United Company Contemporary Regional Gallery. This exhibit will give regional audiences an opportunity to appreciate an artist whose work is best known to other artists and to collectors.

Broderson’s career spanned the heyday of Abstract Expressionism in the late 1940s and early 50s. The non-objective work that was evolving during this period influenced his figurative work. This climate encouraged a more immediate painterly style, allowing a high degree of emotionalism to be articulated through highly charged, aggressive brushwork.

This retrospective of the artist’s career reflects his homage to the darkness of Goya, the beauty and progressiveness of Cezanne, and the playfulness of Picasso




Speed: Two Exhibitions from the World of Motorsports
July 28 – November 5, 2000
The Legard & United Company Galleries

This special exhibition commissioned by the Arts Center features photographs shot by National Geographic photographer David Alan Harvey this past March during Nascar’s annual spring visit to Tennessee for the Food City 500. Here are the drivers, the fans, the vendors, the sponsors: all of the elements which contribute to this dynamic sport.

Jesse Alexander: Forty Years of Motorsport Photography

Considered by some to be the Ansel Adams of motorsports, Jesse Alexander began his career in photography almost half-a-century ago. His work has appeared in all of the prominent automotive publications, including Car and Driver, Road and Track and Automobile Magazine, as well as Newsweek and Sports Illustrated.




The Actor’s Image: The Japan-Virginia Society Collection of Ukiyo-e Prints
March 9 – June 10, 2001
The Legard & United Company Galleries

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The Actor’s Image is an exhibition of more than 70 woodblock prints created in 19th-century Japan. Featuring Kabuki theater and its famous actors, these prints offer a rich array of compelling images that invite viewers into the lively and fascinating world of Japanese art and theater.

Kabuki first appeared in Japan during the late 1500s. Based on traditional tales of tragedy, romance and honorable behavior, Kabuki performances found a second vehicle for expression in the exquisite ukiyo-e paintings and prints of the Japanese Edo period (1615-1868). Alive with drama, vibrant with color, and intense with emotion, these vigorous prints have inspired artists from the impressionists to modern-day masters, and continue to enchant viewers today.




The Banjo in Virginia
May 25 – October 14, 2001
The Glenn. C Price & Strongwell Galleries

On loan from The Blue Ridge Institute& Museum of Ferrum College, Ferrum,Va.

Over three centuries of banjo history are showcased in this exhibition, from the instrument’s African roots to its current status as a symbol of Anglo-American rural culture. Numerous instruments, vintage photographs, sheet music, and audio clips offering examples of musical and playing styles are included.

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