There/Here: Architectural Research Practices in Urban and Rural Virginia
January 31 through June 15, 2014
Preview Reception: February 6 from 6-8 p.m.
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, 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 6-8 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 a vast array of original comic book art from his private collection. This exhibit will showcase key artists from the 1950s and 60s as well as artists working today. With the help of the founder of Bristol’s Out of Step Arts Collective, classic comics, private commissions, and original pages never before seen in public will be on display at the William King Museum. This exhibit will feature comic arts past and present with recognizable characters that are sure to surprise and excite fans and newcomers alike.
Artist by Trade: Independent Projects by Barter Theatre Creatives
March 7 – August 17, 2014
Preview Reception: March 6 from 6-8 p.m.
United Company Contemporary Regional Gallery
It takes dozens of creative individuals to put on even one production at the Historic Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. William King Museum wants to pay tribute to the efforts of those on and off stage by giving them a platform to showcase the independent projects that are behind their creative process. This multi-media exhibition will highlight a few of the behind-the-scenes artists that pour their imagination into their work. It’s the Barter Theatre staff like you’ve never seen them before!
Megan Atkinson, Director of Project R.E.A.L. (Performance Art Installation)
Amber Bird, Director of Sales and Services (Crazy Quilt)
Mary Lucy Bivins, Resident Actor (Frakturs)
John Bray, Videographer (Photography)
Mitchell L. Critel, Technical Director (Sculpture)
Hana Lee Goff, Barter Paint Shop (Sculpture)
Whitney J. Kaibel, Wardrobe Assistant
Holly Knowles, Summer Player (Silhouette Project)
Miles Polaski, Sound Designer & Engineer (Interactive Sound Installation)
Derek Smith, Resident Scenic Designer (Painting)
Annastacia Storrie, Scenic Artist
Glenn Stratakes, Carpenter
Helen Stratakes, Properties Master (Fiber Arts)
Nathan Wampler, Creative Specialist (Graphic Arts)
Marcia Williard, Wig Master (Sculptural Wigs)
Eugene Wolf, Resident Actor (Music, Language, and Immersive Installation)
An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia
on Loan from the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond
August 2, 2014 through February 1, 2015
Preview Reception: August 7 from 6-8 p.m.
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?