European Modern: Master Artists from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
August 23 through January 5, 2014
Opening Reception: September 5 from 6-8 p.m.
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.
From These Hills: Contemporary Art in the Southern Appalachian Highlands
October 18, 2013 – February 16, 2014
William King Museum of Art continues to celebrate the diversity of regional artistic talent with its biennial exhibition, From These Hills: Contemporary Art in the Southern Appalachian Highlands, a major exhibition of new works by artists working in all media in Southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee, Western North Carolina, Southern West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky. The 2013 exhibition will open in The United Company Contemporary Regional Gallery of William King Museum of Art, Abingdon, Virginia, on October 18, 2013, and will continue through February 16, 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 primarily from Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. Commonplace furnishings such as desks, chests, pie safes, 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 discovered. Other pieces such as pottery, baskets and small portraits will offer a full view of historic life on a miniature scale.
January 31 through 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.
Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find: the Comic Art Collection of Shelton Drum
January 24 through June 29, 2014
Preview Reception: February 6 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Shelton Drum, owner of the Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find comic book store and founder of the renowned annual Heroes Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, brings William King Museum of Art a vast array of original comic book art from his private collection. With the help of Neil Bramlette, founder of Bristol’s Out of Step Arts Collective, classic comics, private commissions, and original pages showcasing key artists from the 1950s and 60s as well as artists working today will be on display for the first time. Featuring comic arts past and present, this exhibit is full of recognizable characters that are sure to surprise and delight fans and newcomers alike.
An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia
On loan from the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond
August 2, 2014 – February 1, 2015
From 1861 through 1865 Virginia stood at the center of a military and social revolution. How we define freedom, liberty, patriotism, and nation today is directly related to the diverse experiences of the individuals who participated in the war. This exhibition encourages visitors to consider how a single event, separated from us by 150 years, so fundamentally reshaped American society that its impact is still experienced today. What was gained by the Civil War, what was lost, and what is left for us to resolve?
An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia consists of two 1,500 square-foot gallery traveling exhibitions—Waging War and Surviving War—that together feature over 200 objects and 17 state-of-the-art audiovisual programs.
Fortune, Courage, Love: Arts of Africa’s Akan and Kuba Kingdoms
On loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
March 28 – July 12, 2015
Organized by William King Museum of Art Curator Leila Cartier, in collaboration with Richard B. Woodward, Curator of African Art the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, this exhibition highlights the spectacular arts of African royalty. Linking history, statesmanship, and tradition, this exhibition will focus on the extraordinary design of regalia and related arts of the Kuba kingdom in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the kingdoms of Ghana’s Akan people. Traditional masks, personal jewelry, woven textiles and other regalia bring the customs of African kings to our region.