Fiber-Optic: Textiles in Contemporary Art
July 21 – November 5, 2006
The United Company Contemporary Regional Gallery


This exhibition presents the work of four unique artists (Denise Burge of Cincinnati, OH, Ardyth Davis of White Stone, VA, John W. Lefelhocz of Athens, OH and Jen Swearington of Asheville, NC) practicing within the American fiber art movement. Each employs specific techniques in the practice of their craft and are thought provoking in the subjects they explore. They are recognized individually in their approaches to the use of fiber in contemporary art while using visual and stylistic vocabularies that broaden the approaches to material, pattern, texture and technique. Not confined by applied-art traditions, these artists use not only materials commonly employed in the development of quilts and tapestries, but unorthodox substances that heighten the conceptual basis in their work.




Feast and At the Table: The Material Culture of Food
October 27, 2006 – January 7, 2007
The Glenn C. Price & Strongwell Galleries


Feast explores the relationship between food and art in cultures around the world. This special exhibition draws from the rich resources of VMFA’s permanent collection to demonstrate ways in which food has nourished and inspired mankind through the ages.

Set within the global context Feast explores, At the Table will demonstrate Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee’s material culture of food. From garden to kitchen to table, artisans created tools to prepare and consume food including wooden bowls and fine cast silver.




Of Earth & Mind: Contemporary Ceramic Styles of the Region
November 17, 2006 – April 8, 2007
The United Company Contemporary Regional Gallery


This exhibition examines the work of six regional ceramicists, Hank Goodman, Silvie Granatelli, George Handy, Richard Hensley, Donna Polseno, and Ellen Shankin, who have made their individual marks on the ceramic movement and are all prime examples of the contemporary ceramicist. Tradition conscious, yet highly attuned to the inherent evolution of ceramic aesthetics and styles, these artists work with natural clay in ways that prize both form and function. Their wares are not merely for observation, nor do they serve an exclusive functional role, but they exist in that medial fulcrum of the modern definition of fine art. For this reason, these artists perpetuate an artistic binary through their work that characterizes a relationship between the earth and the mind.




Formed From Nature: Early Twig Furniture by Regional 20th-Century Artists
January 26 – July 8, 2007
The Glenn C. Price and Strongwell Galleries

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This exhibition will explore twig furniture made in the Appalachian mountains of Southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee, West North Carolina, and West Virginia in the early 20th century. Artisans created twig furniture from mountain laurel, hickory, and burled woods. They twisted, notched, and painted the natural material to make forms such as clocks, chairs, tables, and doll furniture. Tourists to the mountains purchased the rustic furniture for summer cabins and as souvenirs for their city homes.







Rossini’s Rome: The Recordings of a Neoclassical Etcher
March 2 – May 20, 2007
The Legard and United Company Galleries


This exhibit will showcase a series of etchings by the 19th century Italian artist Luigi Rossini. Formally educated as both an etcher and architect, Rossini compiled this group of etchings between 1819 and 1823. The series beautifully represents his mastering of both etching and architectural draftsmanship as he recorded the excavation of Roman ruins. Views of sites throughout Rome are included with images of the Colosseum, the Basilica of Maxenitus and Constantine, the Pantheon, and Capitoline Hill. Exhibit organized by Blair-Murrah Exhibitions.




Inside the Outsider
April 20, 2007 – June 17, 2007
The United Company Regional Art Gallery


Inside the Outsider showcases the work of two regional artists whose work categorizes them as being outsiders: Abingdon native Ollie Cox and Richard Bay from Radford, Va. “Outsider” artists, classified by their abilities to exist beyond the scope of inclusive artistic traditions, are most noted by their unorthodox styles and how they achieved these styles. Their approach to art is raw and reflected in their painting styles and assemblage techniques.




Stardust Rising: The Art of Charles Vess
June 2, 2007 – September 9, 2007
The Legard and United Company Galleries


Stardust Rising will showcase work by the award winning and internationally known illustrator Charles Vess. The exhibition will coincide with the release of the major motion picture Stardust. Vess is a local artist living in Abingdon, whose talents have earned him international fame as an illustrator for comic books and fantasy writings. Stardust, a graphic novel written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Vess, is currently in production to become a major motion picture scheduled for international release. The exhibition at the Arts Center will showcase a wide array of objects from Vess’s own collection of work as well as objects/artwork used in the creation of the novel.






From These Hills 2007: Contemporary Art in the Southern Appalachian Highlands
June 29 – September 30, 2007
The United Company Regional Art Gallery

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From These Hills is a major exhibition of new works by artists working in all media in Southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee, Western North Carolina, Southern West Virginia, and Eastern Kentucky. This exhibition is guest-curated by Dr. Howard Risatti, a renowned writer, art critic, curator, and theorist residing in Richmond, Virginia. The 2007 exhibition features: Anne Armentrout, Bristol, VA; Charlie Brouwer & Jennifer Collins, Willis, VA & Radford, VA; Joseph Champagne, Bristol, VA; Lee Coburn, Glade Spring, VA; Joshua Coleman, Cleveland, TN; Elaine Fleck, Roanoke, VA; Lou Haney, Johnson City, TN; John Hilton, Kingsport, TN; Mary Alice Kelly, Kingsport, TN; Bonnie Moreno, Christiansburg, VA; Baldwin True North, Riner, VA; Mindy North, Riner, VA; Alison Pack, Radford, VA; Pat Pilchard, Boone, NC; Robyn Raines, Cedar Bluff, VA; Thomas Schram, Asheville, NC; Gay Smith, Bakersville, NC; Misty Stratton, Wise, VA; Marvin Tadlock, Bristol, VA; and Mary Tartaro, Blacksburg, VA.

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