2016 – 2017

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Home: One Family, 200 Years of History
March 3 – July 10, 2017
Opening Reception First Thursday, March 2, 2017
Price-Strongwell Galleries

In 1859, David Droke built a farmhouse in Piney Flats, Tennessee as part of his carpentry apprenticeship. From that time onward, the house and its history have been passed down from generation to generation of Droke children who have lived in the house, worked the land, and remembered and added to the story of their family. This exhibit traces the last two hundred years of Appalachia and America through the story of one family and the material culture they collected over two centuries—from the Civil War to the Great Depression and beyond. This house is our history— it’s American history, regional history, and family history but it’s more than that. It’s home.

Connoisseur: Private Collecting in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee

Opening Reception: April 6, 2017 from 6 – 8 p.m.
March 29 – August 13, 2017

Connoisseur – “A discerning judge of the best in any field.”  “A person who is especially competent to pass critical judgments in art, particularly one of the fine arts.”

A connoisseur is one who has developed an acute perception about a particular style or genre of art, one who has acquired a discerning knowledge about the characteristics of the works they collect. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the William King Museum of Art has created an exhibit to honor connoisseurship in our region, highlighting the collections of twelve connoisseurs living in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. This exhibition is both eclectic and broad in scope, representing movements, artists, and time periods from around the globe from Asian carving and French Rococo design to 18th century English silver and American social realist paintings. The common thread, of course, is the work itself, each piece revealing the passion and discerning eye of its collector, each collector a living embodiment of what it means to be a true connoisseur.


Roadside Attractions: The Weird and Wonderful Worlds of Mark Cline
February 5 – June 26, 2016
Opening Reception: February 4, 2016 from 6-8 p.m.
Price-Strongwell Galleries
For over thirty years, Waynesboro native Mark Cline has covered commonwealth and country with a vast array of delightful, fantastic, and (occasionally) horrific creatures. From alien, ghost, and pirate attractions to Broadway plays, museums, and national television, Cline’s creations have captivated a worldwide audience. Roadside Attractions:The Weird and Wonderful Worlds of Mark Cline explores the life and work of this Rockbridge County-based artist through drawings, photos, video, and large-scale fiberglass creatures ranging from King Kong and Humpty Dumpty to Frankenchicken and the artist himself.


Normal: Nazi Germany in Found Photographs
March 4 – July 17, 2016

Opening Reception: March 3, 2016 from 6-8 p.m.
United-Legard Galleries

World War II saw the systematic, state-sponsored murder of over eleven million people, including Roma, homosexuals, the disabled, and more than six million Jews. The crimes perpetrated during the Holocaust were monstrous, but the men and women who conceived and carried out these atrocities were not born as monsters. Dan Lenchner, a New York-based photographer, has amassed an impressive collection of found photographs, snapshots of Germans in the 1930s and 40s. The subjects are mostly anonymous, unremarkable except that they wear the uniform and fly the flag of a government that has become synonymous with evil. This exhibition asks us to consider what human beings are capable of when the fundamental principles of right and wrong are overthrown in a concentrated, bureaucratic effort. What deeds are deemed acceptable when they are looked upon with favor by leaders and citizens alike? How were these perverted and sadistic acts perpetrated when “the many were neither perverted nor sadistic?” These photographs explore the lives of Germans who were, as Hannah Arendt writes, “terribly and terrifyingly normal.”

* Photo Courtesy of Dan Lenchner

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¡Viva Appalachia!
Dates: April 8 – August 7, 2016
Opening Reception: April 7, 6-8 p.m.
United Company Contemporary Regional Gallery

The cultural landscape of Appalachia has become increasingly diverse as the Latin-American population continues to grow throughout the United States. This group of artists working in the region shares their experience of our divergent cultures coming together through photography, sculpture and other media.

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Bill Rutherfoord: Allegory of No Region
Organized by the Taubman Museum of Art
August 5 – December 18, 2016
Opening Reception | First Thursday, August 4, 2016, 6-8 p.m.
Price-Strongwell Cultural Heritage Galleries

Organized by the Taubman Museum of Art, this exhibition presents the culmination of eight years of concentrated labor producing a massive painting project by one of Southwestern Virginia’s most respected artists. Eleven large scale colorful and densely populated paintings invite the viewer into a complex interweaving of narrative, symbol, and form. Inspiration is drawn from artistic and literary figures as divergent as Jean Cocteau, Jasper Johns, and Joel Chandler Harris while historical references extend from Jamestown to Fort Sumter to the BP Gulf oil disaster. The reclaimed character Brer Rabbit leads the viewer on an epic journey across three centuries of heroism and trickery both comic and tragic ultimately creating historical and contemporary allegories and conundrums that lead to an investigation of the very nature of identity, culture and history – personal and public, regional and national, high and low.

realmsimage1Realms of Earth and Sky: Indian Painting from the 15th to the 19th Century
Exhibit is on loan from The Fralin Museum of Art
Opening Reception: September 1, 2016, 6-8 p.m.
September 2 – December 1, 2016
United-Legard Galleries

Realms of Earth and Sky represents a number of different painting traditions from the Indian subcontinent, with pieces that range in date from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century. Although most of these works are on paper, select paintings in the collection are on cloth. The exhibition will explore various themes, including the stylistic relationship between Mughal and Rajput painting and the function of book illustration. Portraiture, religious and literary texts, and Ragamala paintings are particularly well represented in the The Fralin collection of Indian painting. Highlights will include a rare sixteenth century imperial Mughal painting by Khem Karan, a Rasikapriya illustration done by the famous seventeenth century Mewari artist Sahibdin, and a portrait of the Guler ruler, Raja Bishan Singh, attributed to Nainsukh.

Image is attributed to Leaf from a Rukmini-haran (Abduction of the Rukmini series): The Brahman Messenger Delivers Rukmini’s Message to Krishna, c. 1790-1800 – Courtesy of the Fralin Museum of Art

This exhibit is sponsored by: Johnston Memorial Hospital



Cherry Bounce: Appalachian Art, American Politics
Opening Reception: September 1, 2016, 6–8 p.m.
September 2, 2016–January 15, 2017
United Company Regional Gallery

In the American Republic few things are more universal than our collective interest
in and disdain for democratic politics. Whether we are imagining our ancestors
reading broadside newspaper articles to one another on the steps of their local
post offices or our peers today engaging collective, almost stream of conscience
debates through the various mediums of the internet age, we are an intensively
political people, not merely among our elites and ivory—tower intellectuals, but
almost universally. Our culture is that of democratic—republicanism, with its equal
shares of beauty and muck.


Virginia 360° Photographs by Thomas R. Schiff
Exhibit is sponsored by The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Opening Reception:  January 5, 2017, 6-8 p.m.
December 19, 2016 – March 12, 2017
United-Legard Galleries

Virginia 360° Photographs by Thomas Schiff  is an exhibition of 40 panoramic photographs of well-known sites across Virginia on loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Using a Hulcherama 360 panoramic camera – manufactured in Hampton, Virginia – Schiff seeks to immerse the viewer in Virginia’s visually rich and exceptional historical built environments, arising from beautiful natural environments. Thomas Schiff, from the accompanying publication:

“Virginia is an ideal subject for the photographer… the pictures in this volume reflect the simplicity and symmetry of the neoclassical architecture of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, the University of Virginia Academical Village, and the Virginia State Capitol. The marvelous cities of Richmond, Charlottesville, and Williamsburg, which add luster to any pictorial document of this resplendent state, boast many fine edifices that are as glorious as the urban environments they occupy. And the rural presidential retreats of Monticello and Mount Vernon complement the beauty of Virginia’s misty highlands and its green and golden valleys.”

Schiff, an accomplished photographer, has been intrigued by panoramic images for more than twenty years. An Ohio native, Panoramic Ohio (2003) was Schiff’s first publication to feature a state as its subject – Virginia 360° is the second, and Schiff’s eighth panoramic photography book.

Virginia 360° is sponsored by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and supported by funding from Highlands Union Bank.

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