2010-2011

A Cabinet of Curiosities
July 23, 2010 – January 9, 2011
Price-Strongwell Galleries

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, wealthy, educated men set aside entire rooms of their homes to house collections of antiquities, natural history specimens, or other unique objects, often with exotic or novel qualities.  Called wunderkammers, these cabinets of curiosities were the early modern predecessors to the museum of today.  A Cabinet of Curiosities is a wunderkammer of extraordinary material culture from Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee, but with some twists incorporated – are all of these objects’ stories absolutely true?

 

Thinking Postmodern: Selections from the Radford University Art Museum
September 10, 2010 – March 20, 2011
The Legard and United Company Galleries

The Radford University Art Museum houses a diverse collection of works by nationally and internationally recognized artists alongside lesser known artists from our region. Many of these artists produced work toward the end of the Modern Era and during what is now known as Postmodernism. This exhibition celebrates and fosters appreciation for the more inconspicuous movements of the twentieth century; all of which have shaped the art of today. Among the most notable artists to be featured in the exhibition are John Cage, Elaine de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Richard Tuttle, and Hannah Wilke.

This exhibition also marks Radford University’s Centennial Celebration. Our special thanks to the Radford University Art Museum for this collaborative opportunity.

 

To Transgress: Paintings by Betty Clark
October 22, 2010 – April 3, 2011
United Company Regional Art Gallery

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The artist Betty Clark’s paintings are steeped in the rich traditions of the abstract ex- pressionists and are motivated by the desire to find a balance in a disharmonious world. Many of her themes often relate to modern day political and psychological unrest. Her somber gray glazes produce a melancholy haze from which her spirited marks emerge. The frenzied swarms of line and color are indicative of the aggravated hands of their maker. The descriptive titles make clear her trouble with our transgressions and explorations. Yet despite her cynicism, Clark imbues her work with fragility and beauty to reflect on the ephemeral nature of our being with anticipation for renewal.

Betty Clark’s abstract paintings are exhibited in group shows throughout the southeast, and she has had numerous solo exhibitions including the Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC and the Fay Gold Gallery in Atlanta, GA. Clark is the recipient of several grants, and her work is in collections both corporate and private throughout the United States, France, and Sweden. Clark’s studio is located in the Riverside Business Park, Woodfin, NC.

 

Mischief Making: Contemporary Craftsman Jake Cress
January 28, 2011 – June 19, 2011
Price-Strongwell Galleries

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Jake Cress views himself not as a studio craft artist or a sculptor, but as a cabinetmaker, a descendant of the very craftsmen whom the Cultural Heritage Project documents and honors.  The Fincastle, Virginia artisan’s work ranges from the traditional to his more well-known “animated” works – chairs that carve their own arms, clocks that swat at mice with their pendulums, and tables with crutches for legs.  Cress’s truly original approach to his craft removes himself and his work from the enormity often associated with contemporary craft and into a purposefully light-hearted realm.

 

 

Goya, Dali, Warhol: Masterpieces of World Art from The VMFA
April 8, 2011 – July 10, 2011
The Legard and United Company Galleries

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In partnership with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and a statewide celebration of their 75 Years of Collecting in Virginia, William King Museum is honored to host this exhibition of works from nearly every continent and time period.  Works by the signature artists include some of Francisco Goya’s prints, such as The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters, Salvador Dali’s The God of the Bay of Roses, and one of Andy Warhol’s Marilyn silkscreens.  Well-known artists such as George Catlin, John Constable, Utagawa Hiroshige, and Jim Dine will also be represented.  Other highlights include ancient Greek vessels, Indian textiles, African sculpture, and Peruvian jewelry.

 

 

Paper Forest: An Installation by Travis Graves and Jackson Martin
April 22 – September 25, 2011
United Company Regional Art Gallery

web image2Travis Graves and Jackson Martin (Johnson City, TN) create multi-media installations with materials ranging from dirt and plants to steel and video. These disparate materials together incite a dialogue regarding our human footprint and its affect on the environment. Their installations tend cross many genres by fusing Modernist sculpture, Earthworks, video and behind-the-scenes performance in order to call attention to the impact our consumer culture has on the world we live in. Without being overly didactic, the message from these two artists is clear. We must find a way to both embrace where we are culturally and technologically while also preserving and protecting the earth.

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