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
William 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
Lucy 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.