Out in the Open: Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
Aug. 5 – December 2018
Opening Reception: Aug. 4 from 6-8 p.m.
William King Museum of Art is proud to announce the winners of our Out in the Open: Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. WKMA’s permanent Sculpture Garden consists of seven works, with the three winners of the Out in the Open competition added on August 5, 2016. The newest sculptures are on display until December 2018.
Thomas R. Schiff: Virginia 360°
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
Thomas Schiff: Virginia 360° 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.
Iron Designs by Marc Maiorana
February 3 – May 14, 2017
Opening Reception First Thursday, February 2, 2017
United Company Contemporary Regional Gallery
earned a BFA in Metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois. He was a resident artist at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and has taught at numerous institutions including Penland School of Crafts among others along the east coast. Maiorana has been published in several Schiffer books of contemporary metalwork, and was also featured in the publications American Craft, Gourmet, Dwell, Food and Wine, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Recently, Maiorana’s ironwork was exhibited and permanently acquired by the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery
Southern Class by Travis Donovan
February 2 – April 2, 2017
Opening Reception First Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 6 – 8 p.m.
This body of work investigates masculinity, class, and the complex emotions and tensions linked with the shifting manifestations of each in the American South where traditions are melding with the contemporary. Donovan interrogates tropes and stereotypes associated with economic class distinctions and masculinity typically encountered as a male growing up in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Juxtaposing criticism and pride, Donovan utilizes humor and an acerbic look at materials, objects, and actions to challenge notions of social standards and to complicate and generate new discussions around gender, status, and identity.
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.