Exhibits Archive: 2006

That Moment and This Moment: Installations by Marya Roland and Sayaka Suzuki

This exhibition brings together two innovative installation artists whose works explore the concept of time and express temporal themes.   Marya Roland’s creation Ephyrian Circle approaches these themes via her use of the subject of the myth ...

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Four Sculptors: Greg Bryson, Jon Mehlferber, Catherine Murray and Marvin Tadlock

This exhibition presents works by four of this region’s most innovative sculptors. Employing specific techniques in their applications of metal, polymers, stone and wood, these artists showcase their critical thinking and problem-solving skills through the material they use.

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Virginia Collects: Art from Capitol Square

Virginia’s state art collection is a significant body of work as well as a key component of its physical setting, the 18th-century State Capitol, designed by Thomas Jefferson, and the surrounding public park known as Capitol Square. While the Capitol is closed for renovation and expansion, the Arts Center will showcase 39 pieces from the Commonwealth’...

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Painted Lustre: The Cumbow China Decorating Company

Artists of Cumbow China Decorating Company of Abingdon transformed blank stoneware to lustrous pieces decorated with gold, silver or copper paint. Under the direction of Mabel Cumbow Ruskin, the company developed from a room above the owners’ kitchen in the 1930s to a travel destination on Main Street in the 1940s. The designs, inspired by historical ...

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Fiber-Optic: Textiles in Contemporary Art

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 ...

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Feast and At the Table: The Material Culture of Food

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 ...

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Of Earth & Mind: Contemporary Ceramic Styles of the Region

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 ...

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Formed From Nature: Early Twig Furniture by Regional 20th-Century Artists

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 ...

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Rossini’s Rome: The Recordings of a Neoclassical Etcher

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 ...

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Inside the Outsider

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 ...

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