Past Exhibits

Hometown Stars: Southwest Virginia’s Recording Legacy 1923-1943

Singers and musicians from Southwest Virginia made some of the first country, blues, and gospel records in America, and their artistry helped shape the Golden Age of 78 r.p.m. records. While most of these musicians never achieved any great degree of fame (with notable exceptions, such as The Carter Family), by the early 1940s they ...

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Artists From the Beverley Street Studio School

Paintings, drawings and prints by 19 faculty and student artists working in the Beverley Street Studio School.

 

Located in Staunton, Virginia, the Beverley Street Studio School is not in the high school sense; the term “school” here does not apply to a physical structure. Nor is it a ...

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Multiple Impressions: Native American Artists and the Print

Multiple Impressions is an exhibition of lithographs created by Native American and Canadian First Nations artists at the University of New Mexico’s Tamarind Institute between 1970 and 1999. Drawing on works from the Tamarind Archive, housed with the collections of the University Art Museum, the exhibition features more than two dozen prints by 13 ...

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Themes Worthy of the Lifetime of One Man: George Catlin’s Views of Native American Life

Themes Worthy of the Lifetime of One Man is an exhibition of works by American artist George Catlin, whose images of Native American Indians fascinate our modern eyes as much as they astounded their audiences in 19th -century America and Europe. We are grateful to the Statewide Exhibition Program of ...

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Crazy for Hollywood: Popular Culture & American Film Stars, 1926-1962 The C. Robert Weisfeld Collection

Local collector C. Robert Weisfeld has been intrigued with Hollywood memorabilia for more than three decades, acquiring clothing, shoes, accessories, photographs and print materials from stars of the grand era of film, the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

 

Objects featured in the exhibition include both personal items of ...

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From These Hills 2003: Southwest Virginia Artists & Their Neighbors

Celebrating the diversity of artistic talent in the Southern Appalachian Highlands, From These Hills: Southwest Virginia Artists & Their Neighbors 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. ...

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Curious Notions, Fanciful Whims: Folk Art from the Southern Highlands

The Arts Center is honored to have this opportunity to present the folk art collection of Howard Campbell, allowing us to see the work of the region’s outsider artists as seen through his perceptive lens. In 1994, very early in the fieldwork for the Cultural Heritage Project, Howard Campbell’s most extraordinary collection was documented and ...

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Stefano della Bella: Baroque Printmaker

This exhibition of approximately 20 prints features the work of Baroque artist Stefano della Bella (1610-1664), a prolific creator of landscapes, city scenes, battles, animal studies, mythological subjects and fantasies. A skilled draftsman and accomplished etcher, he created an extensive body of work of thousands of images through the patronage of the Florence court and Medici family. ...

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That Happy Land: Two Exhibitions Celebrating the Natural Beauty of Virginia’s Heartland

That Happy Land Views of the Valley: 19th Century Landscapes by Edward Beyer: Edward Beyer was born in 1820 in the German Rhineland. He studied art at the Dusseldorf Academy and painted in Dresden until he left for America around 1850. Beyer’s small details and tiny figures depict the rural Virginia ...

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The Riches of Family: An American Journey from Slavery to Prosperity and As Long as the Waters Flow: Native Americans in the South and East

As Long As the Waters Flow: Native Americans in the South and East: thirty-six large black and white photographs by North Carolina photographer Carolyn DeMeritt provide a beautiful documentation of many well-known and not-so-well-known Native American tribes in the southern United States. Frye Gaillard, a North Carolina author, has written ...

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Upcoming Exhibits

WKMA continually brings new and exciting exhibits and artists to the museum experience. Explore what's next for us.

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Permanent Collection

View works from our Permanent Collection of art, part of the WKMA experience year round, featuring our most enduring pieces.

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Sculpture Garden

The Sculpture Garden is a beautiful part of our museum grounds experience, and part of our permanent collection of art.

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Past Exhibits

View previously exhibited work at the William King Museum of Art, a retrospective of past shows and galleries.

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