Upcoming Exhibitions


American-Turning-Point-Banner2-702x349An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia
on Loan from the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond
August 2, 2014 – 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?



Cavaliers of Nowhere: Photographs by Tammy Mercure and Dawn Roe
Opening Reception First Thursday, September 4 from 6-8 p.m.
September 5, 2014 – January 18, 2015
United Company Contemporary Regional Gallery

nowhere_squaredThis two-person exhibition connects contemporary photographers Tammy Mercure of Nasheville, Tennessee and Dawn Roe of Asheville, North Carolina. Mercure has been photographing the louder people and places of the Southeast since 2008 in her series entitled Cavaliers I & II. She consistently captures a wayward vision of Appalachia in up-close portraits of low-culture, regional provincialism, and burning recklessness. In quieter places, Roe’s landscapes document overgrown outdoor spaces in her series This is Nowhere. The swarms of kudzu, fallen branches, and unpopulated locales deliver a haunting sense of isolation and abandonment that echoes throughout the Appalachian Mountains.  Through these ongoing photographic projects by Mercure and Roe, this exhibition examines the distinct social and physical realities of rural Appalachia.


Mapping the Cosmos: Jan Hurt and a Constellation of Artists
Opening Reception First Thursday, February 5 from 6-8 p.m.
February 6  – May 31, 2015
United Company Contemporary Regional Gallery 

cosmosWilliam King Museum of Art is proud to host this multi-media exhibition modeled after Jan Hurt’s many collaborative exhibitions from far and recent past- in particular the Tarot Card Art exhibition held at the Starving Artist Café in the late 1990s. Mapping the Cosmos began with thirteen hand-selected artists from the region who then asked one other artist to participate.  The total twenty-six artists randomly selected part of the Cosmos from a hat and were allowed to interpret their topic in any media they choose. The artists then sought out, in light of current knowledge or totally disregarding current knowledge, to re- imagine, explore, and reinterpret the Cosmos.

Nancy Brittelle – Courtney Fall Tomchik
Leila Cartier – Peter Morgan
Shawn Crookshank – Carol Blevins
Kathy Gibian – Olivia Gibian
Jan Hurt – Ralph Slatton
Perry Johnson – Greg Howser
Val Lyle – Loy McWhirter
Pat Mighell – Barbara Kozero
D. R. Mullins – Ron Sachs
Eric Drummond Smith – Lindsey Holderfield
Ray Stratton – Misty Stratton
April Street – Comora Tolliver
Nadya Warthen-Gibson – Tracy Ference




The Proud and the Profane: The Colorful Life, Literature, and Illustrations of Lucy Herndon Crockett
March 6  – August 30, 2015 (Dates Tentative)
Opening Reception First Thursday, March 5 from 6-8pm
Price-Strongwell Galleries 

proudandprofaneLucy Herndon Crockett was born April 4, 1914 in Honolulu, Hawaii and passed away in her Seven Mile Ford, Virginia home on July 30, 2002. She lived in many foreign countries as a young child because her father was an aid to Theodore Roosevelt among other diplomatic positions. In her twenties she studied art in New York City, which advanced her talents as an illustrator and designer. Her service as an American Red Cross worker in the South Pacific during World War II set the stage for her most recognized novel, The Magnificent Bastards, which was later made into a Hollywood film The Proud and the Profane starring William Holden and Deborah Kerr in 1956.After settling in Smyth County Virginia, Crockett became increasingly paranoid of those around her; for example, threatening behavior toward then President John Kennedy led to a period of house arrest.  Crockett left behind more than eight novels, dozens of illustrations, and a collection of letters, newspaper clippings, and many interesting antiques and relics salvaged from her last residence. This exhibition focuses on the many rumors, legends, and artistic talents of the late Lucy Herndon Crockett.


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