About Us

William King Museum of Art is an ever-changing gallery and gathering space in the vibrant arts and cultural community of Abingdon, VA. Our exhibitions range from contemporary art made right here in our Appalachian region to fine art from all around the world.

WKMA is also home to the Betsy K. White Cultural Heritage Research Archive, one of the most thorough documentations of the rich decorative arts legacy of Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee in existence. This research is reflected in our two cultural heritage galleries, which celebrate that legacy.


William King was an early settler who came to America in 1784 at the age of fifteen. For five years, he served as an apprentice to a merchant in Philadelphia before leaving to find his fortune, first traveling on horseback to Fincastle, VA, where his father, Thomas King, had settled several years earlier. Soon thereafter, he returned to Ireland to collect ...

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William King Museum of Art (WKMA) is a visual arts and cultural heritage museum serving residents of Southwest Virginia & Northeast Tennessee as well as visitors to the area. The museum’s mission is to provide arts education, exhibit fine art, and preserve the region’s cultural heritage. WKMA will maintain its historic facility and accreditation by the American Alliance of ...

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Board of Trustees

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William King Museum of Art provides opportunities for employees to enrich their love of the arts while contributing their skills and talents to a creative and energetic work environment.

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Our Director

Learn more about Betsy K. White, Executive Director of William King Museum of Art, and her dedication to serving the arts and museum communities both statewide and locally.

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