Come see our studio artists!
The Museum’s studio artist program is open to visual artists working in all media. While taking advantage of large, well-lit studios, artists provide opportunities for school and public audiences to observe art in process. Studio Artists are also available during our First Thursday hours from 5–9 p.m. Swing by for a discussion or to see our artists at work!
Val Lyle’s focus is in contemporary and public art. Lyle graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ringling College of Art and Design with her BFA , MFA from East Tennessee State University. After graduation Lyle moved to New York City where she exhibited and maintained an artist studio for eight years. She has received several National Endowment for the Arts/Tennessee Arts Commission grants and has had numerous solo exhibitions in museum, non-profit and alternative spaces. Lyle has numerous commissioned outdoor and public artworks. She is represented in museum, corporate and private collections. She has been a professor of college studio art (sculpture, ceramics, drawing, painting, and crafts) and lecturer for fourteen years.
Val’s studio is located in the Patch Whisky Building on the Museum grounds.
Alan O’Neal is a painter and visual artist. O’Neal has lived and worked in Virginia most of his life. O’Neal earned a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1971 majoring in painting and printmaking. From 1997-2001 he studied in the transpersonal studies MA program at Atlantic University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with a concentration in fine art. O’Neal’s paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Anderson Gallery at VCU, the Marsh Gallery at the University of Richmond, and Plant Zero, Richmond, Virginia; University Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia; Second Street Gallery, McGuffey Arts Center, and Angelo Charlottesville, Virginia; Fine Art and Artists, Washington D.C.
Alan’s studio is located on the second floor of the Museum.
Margaret Gregg is an experimental visual artist. Gregg got into the arts when she discovered a love in decorating for Christmas and parties as a child. Dance, liturgies, and festivals decorations followed. Gregg would design posters and publications related to the events. She then progressed into more interactive forms, such as film, video and theatre which were more focused on specific cultural, regional, and political themes.
Gregg studied at various learning centers with great people. She created a production line of hats and clothing in order to support herself. She believes that sharing a studio space at William King Museum of Art will continue to open more creative adventures on her path.
Margaret’s studio is located on the second floor of the Museum.
Cecelia Pippin is a painter and ceramic artist. Currently, Pippin’s focus is in painting with oil, watercolor, and alcohol inks. Pippin has been a professional educator all her adult life. Her specialty is instructing in the art process with youth and adults. Pippin is a Washington County Master Gardener and, while teaching, always tries to impart environmental and plant education into lessons. Pippin earned a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Virginia and takes continuing education classes at Penland School of Arts and Crafts in Penland, NC and Odyssey Center for Ceramic Art in Asheville, NC.
Cecelia’s studio is located on the first level of the Museum.
My name is O. Lynn Price & I am 73 years young. I have been creating art for as long as I can remember. I am a self-taught portrait sculptor. I have two grown daughters, Lisa and Lori, & I have worked with children extensively. I take very seriously working with children, your children, your prized possessions, and I will treat them thusly. I look forward to finding that little spark of talent, drive and imagination in a child that will someday add much beauty to this old world.
Lynn is a studio artist at WKMA located on the first floor of the museum. He now offers fully-instructed and self-instructed classes in his studio. For additional information contact Lori Rouse at email@example.com or (276) 628-5005 ext. 114.
RONALD BAYENS is considered one of the most sought after portrait artists in the country. He has been painting professionally for 25 years and his work hangs in public and private collections throughout America, Canada, and Europe. His published work is sold worldwide.
Ronald was born in 1965 in Toronto, Canada, and began painting in Junior High School. He continued with his education by attending the Ontario College of Art and Design where he won many awards and was chosen to apprentice for two years with Michael John Angel, a classical painter and renowned art teacher who is now the director of the Angel Academy in Florence Italy.
Ronald’s work follows the school of “impressionist realists” which include artists John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn, and Joaquim Sorolla. The method he practices stresses accurate drawing as well as the color theories of the French Impressionists.
Following in the footsteps of the great masters of the past Ronald not only is an accomplished portrait painter but also paints landscapes, figurative, genre, still-life’s as well as etching. “If I can see it, I want to paint it”, he often tells his students.
Ronald came to The United States from Canada in 1995 to pursue a career in portrait work. The southeast had a long and proud tradition of portraiture that continues to this day. He was quickly embraced by the South and has been an in-demand portrait artist ever since. With hundreds of satisfied clients, word spread quickly and now Ronald is regarded as one of the leading artists in the country. His portraits and fine art hang in many leading Universities, Museums, hospitals and private homes.
Pat McCarthy recently joined the William King Museum of Art as an Artist in Residence. This is an exciting new chapter in her painting life of over forty years.
When she retired as a professor from Appalachian State University, she wanted to develop new skills as an artist. Although she painted architectural and figurative subjects for many years, her most recent work is much more abstract.