Exhibits Archive: 2015

Mapping the Cosmos: Jan Hurt and a Constellation of Artists

William King Museum of Art is proud to host this multi-media exhibition modeled after Jan Hurt’s many collaborative exhibitions from far and recent past- in particular the Tarot Card Art exhibition held at the Starving Artist Café in the late 1990s. Mapping the Cosmos began with thirteen hand-selected artists from the region who then asked one other artist ...

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The Proud and the Profane: The Colorful Life, Literature, and Illustrations of Lucy Herndon Crockett

Lucy Herndon Crockett was born April 4, 1914 in Honolulu, Hawaii and passed away near her Seven Mile Ford, Virginia home on July 30, 2002. Her father, an aid to Theodore Roosevelt, provided for art lessons in New York lending to her talents as an illustrator and designer. Her service as an American Red Cross worker in the South Pacific during World War ...

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Fortune, Courage, Love: Arts of Africa’s Akan and Kuba Kingdoms

Organized by William King Museum of Art Curator Leila Cartier, in collaboration with Richard B. Woodward, Curator of African Art the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, this exhibition highlights the spectacular arts of African royalty. Linking history, statesmanship, and tradition, this exhibition will focus on the extraordinary design of regalia and related arts of the Kuba kingdom in the ...

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Into the Green

“We all crave story, a narrative that will see us safely through the dark forest of our lives. We know that we will confront dragons there as well as evil witches, greedy kings and a very few kindly helpers. We know that if we can only win through to the other side of that wood then we will come ...

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Backcountry Makers: An Artisan History of SWVA and NETN

Abingdon’s own scholar, Betsy K. White, brings to life the material-culture heritage of southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee in her recent publication Backcountry Makers: An Artisan History of Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. This exhibition will include biographical sketches sampled from the seventy-five makers included in the book —potters, weavers, spinners, quilters, embroiderers, cabinetmakers, metalsmiths, clocksmiths, gunsmiths, and ...

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Schools of Thought: Paintings and Drawings from the King University Museum of Fine Arts

In December 2003, King University Trustee Neal Caldwell and wife Alice (Morrow) Caldwell (’51) presented King with a group of works from their personal art collection. Since that time, the University has continued to receive gifts from the Caldwells, forming an impressive collection that now features more than 360 original pieces of art and 65 artifacts spanning centuries, genres and media. These original ...

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Roadside Attractions: The Weird and Wonderful Worlds of Mark Cline

For over thirty years, Waynesboro native Mark Cline has covered commonwealth and country with a vast array of delightful, fantastic, and (occasionally) horrific creatures. From alien, ghost, and pirate attractions to Broadway plays, museums, and national television, Cline’s creations have captivated a worldwide audience. Roadside Attractions:The Weird and Wonderful Worlds of Mark Cline explores the life and ...

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Normal: Nazi Germany in Found Photographs

World War II saw the systematic, state-sponsored murder of over eleven million people, including Roma, homosexuals, the disabled, and more than six million Jews. The crimes perpetrated during the Holocaust were monstrous, but the men and women who conceived and carried out these atrocities were not born monsters. Dan Lenchner, a New York-based photographer, has amassed ...

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Bill Rutherfoord: Allegory of No Region

Organized by the Taubman Museum of Art, this exhibition presents the culmination of eight years of concentrated labor producing a massive painting project by one of Southwestern Virginia’s most respected artists. Eleven large scale colorful and densely populated paintings invite the viewer into a complex interweaving of narrative, symbol, and form. Inspiration is drawn from ...

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Cherry Bounce: Appalachian Art, American Politics

In the American Republic few things are more universal than our collective interest in and disdain for democratic politics. Whether we are imagining our ancestors reading broadside newspaper articles to one another on the steps of their local post offices or our peers today engaging collective, almost stream of conscience debates through the various mediums of ...

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