Multiple Impressions: Native American Artists and the Print
September 26, 2003 – November 30, 2003
The Legard & United Company Galleries

Multiple Impressions is an exhibition of lithographs created by Native American and Canadian First Nations artists at the University of New Mexico’s Tamarind Institute between 1970 and 1999. Drawing on works from the Tamarind Archive, housed with the collections of the University Art Museum, the exhibition features more than two dozen prints by 13 artists and includes both figurative and abstract modes of expression.




Themes Worthy of the Lifetime of One Man: George Catlin’s Views of Native American Life
September 26, 2003 – November 30, 2003
The Legard & United Company Galleries

Themes Worthy of the Lifetime of One man is an exhibition of works by American artist George Catlin, whose images of Native American Indians fascinate our modern eyes as much as they astounded their audiences in 19th -century America and Europe. We are grateful to the Statewide Exhibition Program of the Office of Statewide Partnerships, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, which circulates this exhibition across Virginia with generous funding from the Paul Mellon Endowment.




Hometown Stars: Southwest Virginia’s Recording Legacy 1923-1943
July 12, 2003-January 11, 2004
Price-Strongwell Galleries

Singers and musicians from Southwest Virginia made some of the first country, blues, and gospel records in America, and their artistry helped shape the Golden Age of 78 r.p.m. records. While most of these musicians never achieved any great degree of fame (with notable exceptions, such as The Carter Family), by the early 1940s they had cut over 1,200 love songs, sentimental songs, ballads, hymns, blues numbers, novelty songs, and string band tunes. Few other parts of the country rivaled such a volume of commercially recorded folk-based music in the pre-World War II era. The exhibition showcases the careers of these recording pioneers, through photographs, posters, sheet music, musical instruments and other memorabilia. Early phonographs and radios are also featured. Organized by the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum of Ferrum College. On view through January 11, 2004 at William King Regional Arts Center.




Artists From the Beverley Street Studio School
August 29, 2003 – January 4, 2004
The United Company Contemporary Regional Gallery

Paintings, drawings and prints by 19 faculty and student artists working in the Beverley Street Studio School .

Located in Staunton, Virginia, the Beverley Street Studio School is not in the high school sense; the term “school” here does not apply to a physical structure. Nor is it a school in the art school senses, where students enroll into a course of study and proceed after graduation into their careers. The Beverley Street Studio School is a complex environment and it calls out for a description beyond that of an art school or an artists’ co-op. This is a school in the big philosophical sense, i.e. East Coast, West Coast, or School of Athens. More specifically and meaningfully, it is a “body of persons that are…united by a general similarity of principles and methods.” The term also “denotes in the first place those whose training was obtained in the same locality; but in the main this local association is understood to imply more or less community of doctrines or style.”




Designed for Light
December 12, 2003 – April 18, 2004
The Legard & United Company Galleries

Art Glass & Lamps-tulip

If art glass ever had a golden age it surely came at the close of the 19th century and flowed into the first quarter of the 20th. This was a period in America and Europe where developments in the sciences increased the vocabulary of artists in how they could enchant this material. Designed for Light showcases art lamps and glass from the studios and workshops of Galle, Tiffany, Loetz, Handel, Steuben and more, all from the collection of Hubert & Melba Gilliam.








A Well-Dressed Bed: The Material Culture of Sleep
February 6, 2004 – July 11, 2004
The Glenn C. Price & Strongwell Galleries

A Well-Dressed Bed: The Material Culture of Sleep, is an exhibition that has taken the fairly simple conceptual idea of 19th century bedsteads and bedcovers and expanded it for a rather full explanation of the bedroom through the objects that tell its story.





April 16, 2004 – September 5, 2004
The United Company Regional Art Gallery

Metal/Southeast is an exhibition of thirty-seven objects by seven artist teams. Each has demonstrated a commitment to working in ways that are thought to be more a part of our past than our present cultural experience. While widespread historical hand traditions were made obsolete by newer technological processes, in the hands of today’s craftsmen, such skillful practices enhance creativity. Handcraft – with its traditions of refined manual skill, intimacy with natural materials, resourceful use of scarce raw material, and a community spirit of sharing with others – embodies the spirit of making which runs through all creative acts.







Quilt National 2003: The Best of Contemporary Quilts
May 7, 2004 – August 12, 2004
The Legard & United Company Galleries

Quilt National 2003 is the thirteenth in the series of biennial international juried exhibitions to be mounted by the Dairy Barn Southeastern Ohio Cultural Arts Center, Athens, Ohio. Quilts included in this exhibition were selected from more than 1450 works from 676 artists from 47 states and 20 countries. Nearly half of the works are by artists who have not been in previous Quilt National exhibitions.

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