There/Here: Architectural Research Practices in Urban and Rural Virginia
January 31 – June 15, 2014
This exhibition parallels two architectural research projects: Tyler King’s Richmond-based initiative, from which the exhibit takes its title, and Vivian Coletti’s extensive documentation of Washington County.
There/Here began in 2011 with a grant from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts to explore the past, present, and future of forty vacant buildings in downtown Richmond. For King, the buildings served as curated works within the confines of the city, and were documented in Richmond’s first and only online inventory dedicated to vacancy. To debut Coletti’s donation of her extensive historical survey records for the Virginia Division of Historic Landmarks to the William King Museum of Art, recently labeled the Coletti Papers, King will bring them into conversation with his Richmond-based project. Together, the projects parallel the approach of two architectural historians working nearly twenty years apart to reveal the evolution of research methods, as well as the relationship between rural and urban Virginia.
Tyler King, an Abingdon native, received a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University after a semester of coursework in Urbanism at Bauhaus – Universität Weimar in Germany.
European Modern: Master Artists from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
August 23 – December 29, 2013
Hand-selected works from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will travel to Abingdon for this extraordinary exhibition. Visitors will have the opportunity to delight in the drawn and painterly techniques that span generations of important European artists as they journeyed away from the defined edges of Neoclassicism and toward the uninhibited marks of the Modern Era. Artists on view include Neoclassicists, English Painters, and German Expressionists. Become acquainted with works by the famous French Impressionists such as Degas, Cezanne, Toulouse Lautrec, Van Gogh, and many other memorable names from art history.
Great and Small: Nineteenth Century Diminutive Objects from the Region
August 29, 2013 – January 12, 2014
The tradition of making diminutive furniture, or miniature furniture, has origins in Europe and was brought to this region through our early American ancestors. This exhibition will bring together a sampling of nineteenth-century diminutive furniture from Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. Commonplace furnishings such as desks, chests, sugar boxes, and chairs were made on occasion – some with simple materials and ingenuity while others fine timber and carpentry skill. Today, these diminutive pieces are considered rare, and therefore greatly admired when presented. Other pieces such as pottery, baskets and toys will offer a full view of historic life on a miniature scale.
From These Hills: Contemporary Art in the Southern Appalachian Highlands
October 18, 2013 – February 16, 2014
United Company Regional Art Gallery
William King Museum celebrates the diversity of artistic talent in the Southern Appalachian Highlands. From These Hills is a biennial exhibition series begun just one year after the Arts Center opened in the spring of 1992. This biennial exhibition invites artists in all stages of their careers working in Southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee, Western North Carolina and parts of Kentucky and West Virginia to submit their work for consideration. The exhibition always boasts a wide range of mediums and subjects, yet always forms a unified voice regarding the significance of living in this notable time and place.
Guest Curator Steven Matijcio is the curator of contemporary art at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and received an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York. Matijcio has held positions in a number of important galleries and museums including the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the National Gallery of Canada. Matijcio was awarded a prestigious Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award in 2010, and was chosen from an international field of candidates to take part in curatorial residencies in Gwangju, South Korea and Berlin, Germany. In 2012, Matijcio was named the Curator of the 4th Narracje Festival in Gdansk, Poland, which projects large-scale video art across the city. He has lectured on theory and criticism, written for numerous catalogs and journals, and was commissioned by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to curate one of their first online exhibitions.