The William King Museum of Art is a visual arts and cultural heritage museum serving the residents of Abingdon and the surrounding communities as well as visitors who are seeking enjoyable and enriching visual arts experiences. The Museum’s mission is to develop original contemporary and fine art exhibitions that celebrate the diversity of artistic talent and current trends in our region; to preserve the cultural heritage of the region through original exhibitions and our permanent archives; and to provide an extensive arts education program that serves school and public audiences both inside and outside of the Museum. We are committed to being a forum for social and cultural engagement in the community and hosting visual art exhibitions and programs of local, national and global significance that are intellectually, socially, culturally and physically accessible to everyone—particularly for those with little or no other access to the arts.
The William King Museum of Art’s vision is to become widely recognized as the leading visual arts and cultural heritage museum in the region and the forum for social and cultural engagement in Abingdon and the surrounding communities. The Museum will draw visitors from around the country to see the diversity of artistic talent in the region and learn about the cultural heritage of Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. A growing number of residents and visitors will support visual art exhibitions and programs of local, national and global significance hosted for the enjoyment of the community. The Museum will be nationally known for taking a leading role in promoting arts education as an essential element of childhood development and adult enrichment by offering a wide selection of stimulating, hands-on programs presented with spirit and imagination. Through exhibitions and programming, WKMA will become a destination for the exchange of ideas and a place to interact with artists and scholars from within and outside of the region.
The staff and Board of Trustees of WKMA are committed to advancing the arts and serving humanity through living and teaching our core values:
- Leadership and Excellence – We honor integrity and high standards
- Collaboration – We celebrate team synergy built on trust
- Respect and Compassion – We honor each individual’s unique abilities and sensibilities
- Inclusiveness – We welcome all members of our community and visitors
- Professionalism and Scholarship – We encourage creativity, education, analysis, documentation, and communication, promoting knowledge and life-long learning.
Adopted by Board of Trustees, May 2014