Previous Exhibits

December 1, 2022 - December 3, 2022  

The Art of the Quilt

Sponsored by Bunco Babes, Nancy Baker, Susan Critz, Jerri and Joe DeVault, Sandra Ford, Olivia and Pres Garrett, Libby Kormos, Anne and Gene Madonia, Susan and David Morris, Betty Lou and Ron Pigg, John and Deborah Schupp, Virginia Foothills Quilters Guild and Lynwood Artists

Curated by master quilter Linda M. Fiedler and quilter Betty Blessin, The Art of the Quilt is a showcase of quilted works by artists from across the Southeast. More than 40 artists participate in this biennial exhibition, displaying work from bed coverings to quilted clothing, to non-utilitarian art pieces made purely for the love of the craft.  

Admission Free

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November 5, 2022 - December 3, 2022  

Virginia Foothills Quilters Guild

Sponsored by Bunco Babes, Nancy Baker, Susan Critz, Jerri and Joe DeVault, Sandra Ford, Olivia and Pres Garrett, Libby Kormos, Anne and Gene Madonia, Susan and David Morris, Betty Lou and Ron Pigg, John and Deborah Schupp, Virginia Foothills Quilters Guild and Lynwood Artists

The Lynwood Artists Gallery features work by Virginia Foothills Quilters Guild. This a biennial group exhibition includes everything from wearables to wall hangings to good, old-fashioned bed coverings.

The Lynwood Artists Gallery is curated by Lynwood Artists, an organization for practicing artists in the Martinsville-Henry County area. Its members share a desire to stimulate understanding and enjoyment of fine art and the artistic process, while providing area artists with opportunities to exhibit and further develop their talents.

Admission Free

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November 5, 2022 - December 3, 2022  

A Stitch in Time: Cross Stitch by Marilyn Vaughn

Sponsored by Bunco Babes, Nancy Baker, Susan Critz, Jerri and Joe DeVault, Sandra Ford, Olivia and Pres Garrett, Libby Kormos, Anne and Gene Madonia, Susan and David Morris, Betty Lou and Ron Pigg, John and Deborah Schupp, Virginia Foothills Quilters Guild and Lynwood Artists

Featuring cross stitch samplers by Marilyn Vaughn created over three decades. 

Admission Free

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August 13, 2022 - October 22, 2022  

Private Domain

Sponsored by Toy and Joe Cobbe, Jo and Don Grayson, Nancy and Henry Moore, Barbara and Andy Parker, Barbara and Guy Stanley, Lynn and Noel Ward and Lynwood Artists

This exhibition of large-scale oil-on-canvas figure paintings by Virginia Derryberry explores contemporary aspects of alchemy, the forerunner of modern science. Many of the paintings are multi-panel pieces that use a Renaissance altarpiece format and question the nature of sequential narrative.

The intent is to suggest multiple interpretations rather than straightforward illustration of a specific narrative. At first glance, it seems that a "real" space is being defined, but in fact, the painted images are constructed from multiple viewpoints and lighting systems. Passages of volumetric rendering set next to more abstract, painterly areas result in the creation of a virtual, shifting world where nothing is quite what it seems.

Derryberry’s work is shown regularly in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, and her paintings have been written about in an extensive list of publications including, New American Paintings magazine and Oxford American magazine. She has received such awards as Outstanding Artistic Achievement from the Southeastern College Art Association; Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome; Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award and the Feldman Professor Award for scholarship from UNC-Asheville; and the Annual Artist Fellowship from the Southeastern College Art Association.

Admission Free

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August 13, 2022 - October 22, 2022  

Continuity (Color + Texture)

Sponsored by Toy and Joe Cobbe, Jo and Don Grayson, Nancy and Henry Moore, Barbara and Andy Parker, Barbara and Guy Stanley, Lynn and Noel Ward and Lynwood Artists

Davis Choun is a Raleigh-based artist working in sculpture and digital media. His work is born out of an attraction to discarded or everyday materials, most notably clothespins. After disassembling the clothespins, the wood pieces are then burned, dyed, and/or stained. Using those pieces, he composes a pattern to affix to a panel, allowing the clothespins to interact and layer on one another. His processes of manipulation heavily rely on improvisation and continuity.

Choun was born and raised in Rutherford County in western North Carolina and graduated from the School of Design at NC State University. His work has been supported by various galleries around North Carolina, including Artspace in downtown Raleigh, where he was awarded an Emerging Artist Residency.

Admission Free

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August 13, 2022 - October 22, 2022  

Seasons and Colors of the Appalachian Trail

Sponsored by Toy and Joe Cobbe, Jo and Don Grayson, Nancy and Henry Moore, Barbara and Andy Parker, Barbara and Guy Stanley, Lynn and Noel Ward and Lynwood Artists

In celebration of the 85th anniversary of the completion of the Appalachian Trail, this exhibition is a pictorial guide of the natural beauty of the Appalachian Mountains collected on photographer Bill Booz's thru-hike of the entire 2,160-mile-long trail. This seven-month odyssey took Booz through 14 states and an estimated five million steps to complete.

A landscape photographer who travels the world to capture images of its most beautiful natural places, Booz's photographs transport viewers into some of nature's finest scenes — from delicate details of flowers in the spring to the majesty of the mountains in fall.

On his travels, Booz has visited all 50 states, and far-flung locales like China, Australia and Africa. He has SCUBA dived on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa and hiked on the Great Wall of China. Adventures like tracking Silverback gorillas in Rwanda, swimming with sharks in Central America and monkey’s jumping into his arms in China have all contributed to his amazing experiences. 

Admission Free

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August 13, 2022 - October 22, 2022  

Works by Pat Coleman

Sponsored by Toy and Joe Cobbe, Jo and Don Grayson, Nancy and Henry Moore, Barbara and Andy Parker, Barbara and Guy Stanley, Lynn and Noel Ward and Lynwood Artists

The Lynwood Artists Gallery features work by Pat Coleman.

The Lynwood Artists Gallery is curated by Lynwood Artists, an organization for practicing artists in the Martinsville-Henry County area. Its members share a desire to stimulate understanding and enjoyment of fine art and the artistic process, while providing area artists with opportunities to exhibit and further develop their talents.


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July 1, 2022 - July 29, 2022  

Expressions 2022

Reception sponsored by King's Grant. Best in Show sponsored by Virginia Mirror Company.

Expressions is an annual exhibition of work by artists from southern Virginia and the surrounding regions. This showcase of regional talent features an eclectic mix of work from 114 artists working in watercolor, oil and acrylic, mixed media, drawing, photography and sculpture.

Visit the museum to vote for the People's Choice Award. Winner will be announced after the close of the exhibit.

Admission Free

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Blue Pumpkins, Richard Joyce
March 26, 2022 - May 7, 2022  

No Limits: Brain Injury

Sponsored by by Ann Cardwell, Jerri and Joe DeVault, Suzan and Bill Kirby, Anne and Gene Madonia, Susan and Bill Moore, Susan and David Morris, Betty Lou and Ron Pigg and Lynwood Artists

Richard Joyce is a native of Newport News, Virginia. He grew up on the water and enjoys focusing on nature to this day. He ran the Hampton City Schools Planetarium for 12 years and then owned his own audio visual business until he fell off a ladder in 2003 and had a traumatic brain injury. Even with the numerous challenges he faces every day, he continues to take photographs and enhance many of them through computer programs. In the last few years, he has started painting as well.

He actively donates photos to auctions and enters photos and paintings in art shows across Virginia and recently placed 2nd in the Reynolds Homestead art show.

Admission Free

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Lauren Pond (Ohio)
March 26, 2022 - May 7, 2022  

Looking at Appalachia

Sponsored by Ann Cardwell, Jerri and Joe DeVault, Suzan and Bill Kirby, Anne and Gene Madonia, Susan and Bill Moore, Susan and David Morris, Betty Lou and Ron Pigg and Lynwood Artists

The Looking at Appalachia project was created to rectify the many misconceptions about the Appalachian people that widely took root in the minds of Americans in the early 20th century. 

In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared a war on poverty in the United States and nowhere was this war more photographed than Appalachia. Many of the War on Poverty photographs, whether intentional or not, became a visual definition of Appalachia. These images have often drawn from the poorest areas and people to gain support for the intended cause, but unjustly came to represent the entirety of the region while simultaneously perpetuating stereotypes.

In an attempt to explore the diversity of Appalachia and establish a visual counter point, this project looks at Appalachia fifty years after the declaration of the War on Poverty. Drawing from a diverse population of photographers within the region, this new crowdsourced image archive serves as a reference that is defined by its people as opposed to political legislation.

This project is designed and directed by Roger May and consists of 64 photographs made by 45 photographers, including:

Nathan Armes, Sandy Berry, Josh Birnbaum, Sarah Boal, Rachel Boillot, Matthew Brown, Paul Chambers, Ashleigh Coleman, Rob Culpepper, Cameron Davidson, Ed DeWitt, Tiffany Dodd, George Etheredge, Annelise Ferry, Michelle Frankfurter, Wes Frazer, Amanda Greene, Celia Hamby, Justin Hamel, Joy Hart, Pat Jarrett, Mark Johnson, John Kelso, Nate Larson, Zane Logan, William Major, Pete Marovich, Roger May, Michaela Miller, Lou Murrey, Celina Odeh, Pat Owens, Lauren Pond, Jared Ragland, Cris Ritchie, Laura Saunders, Dennis Savage, Martin Seelig, Stephanie Strasburg, Kristian Thacker, David Torke, Pang Tubhirun, Forest Walingford, Andrew Wertz, Meg Wilson

Admission Free

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Implicit Arches, Deborah Davis
March 26, 2022 - May 7, 2022  

Out of the Darkness

Sponsored by Ann Cardwell, Jerri and Joe DeVault, Suzan and Bill Kirby, Anne and Gene Madonia, Susan and Bill Moore, Susan and David Morris, Betty Lou and Ron Pigg and Lynwood Artists

Moths are the shamans of the night forest, hidden until we seek them.

Deborah Davis brings to light the true character of these nocturnal creatures in paintings that are at once expansive and intimate. Capturing in grand scale the intricate patterns and colors of moths, which are rarely observed in casual encounters at the porch light, Davis lifts the veil of mystery surrounding these nighttime visitors.

 

Admission Free

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February 1, 2022 - May 7, 2022  

Pollination Investigation

Pollinators are an essential part of the natural world. One in three bites of food we eat depends on pollinators. From butterflies and bees to beetles and birds, many kinds of pollinators have evolved within their ecosystems by building unique relationships with plants.

Pollination Investigation is a 14-poster series that takes participants on an exploration of the who, what, when, where, why, and how of pollination by interpreting the unique relationship between pollinators and flowers.

Smithsonian Gardens partnered with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) to release the Pollination Investigation poster series free of charge to educators, thanks to a grant from the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.


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April 1, 2022 - May 7, 2022  

Martinsville Speedway 75th Anniversary Exhibit

On loan from the collection of Dink Gardner

Calling all NASCAR fans! It's Martinsville Speedway's 75th anniversary and Piedmont Arts is celebrating with an exhibit featuring memorabilia from the track's illustrious history.

View the first arial photo taken of Martinsville Speedway, autographed memorabilia including the bumper from Richard Petty's next-to-last race, original signed Sam Bass poster, track patches and pins and more.

Open Race Week!  
April 5 – 9, 2022 10 am – 5 pm

Admission Free

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March 25, 2022 - March 26, 2022  

VMFA On the Road

at Piedmont Arts

VMFA on the Road's Artmobile is a traveling art museum from Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, that brings art to remote corners of Virginia by way of the museum's Statewide Partners program.

Tour Revealing and Obscuring Identity: Portraits from the Permanent Collection, an exhibition examining the complex role of portraiture across cultures and time periods. Beginning with the Japanese artist Kitagawa Utamaro, and concluding with American artist Gordon Stettinius, we consider how artists have used portraiture as a means to both reveal and obscure their sitter’s identity.

Artmobile Schedule  
Friday, March 25 1 – 7 pm
Saturday, March 26 11 am – 2 pm

Admission Free

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Ironing Board Sam, Ninth Wonder of the World, Hillsborough, NC, 2015, Timothy Duffy. Wet-plate collodion photography printed with the platinum/palladium process.
February 1, 2022 - March 12, 2022  

Our Living Past: Platinum Portraits of Southern Music Makers

Sponsored by Gael and Smith Chaney, Cindy and Steve Edgerton, Marty Gardner, Jennifer Reis and Pete Mannen, Barbara and Guy Stanley, The Martinsville Graduate Kappa Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Lynwood Artists

For 35 years, photographer Timothy Duffy has forged a unique vision immortalizing Southern musical heroes and the world in which they live. The founder of Music Maker Foundation — a non-profit that preserves the musical traditions of the South by directly supporting the musicians who make it — Duffy traveled the South to capture this compelling collection of 25 wet-plate collodion photographs, which were printed with the platinum/palladium process.

The exhibit includes portraits ranging from guitar virtuoso and Allman Brothers Band member Derek Trucks and legendary bluesman Taj Mahal to lesser-known blues and soul artists, as well as images of instruments, like former Carolina Chocolate Drops member Dom Flemons' circa 1920 banjo, “Big Head Joe.”

Many of Duffy's subjects are the great, great grandchildren of enslaved people. The blues, gospel and jazz they created under these dire circumstances have profoundly shaped every contemporary form of popular music around the globe. Faced with this history, Duffy's images challenge the viewer to consider issues of racial equity as well as America's cultural heritage.


About Music Maker Foundation

Timothy and Denise Duffy founded Music Maker Foundation in 1994 to preserve and support our nation’s musical traditions by improving the lives of the artists who make them. Music Maker programs serve the most vulnerable artists — those marginalized by age, poverty, race, gender, etc. — because these are the artists least likely to have the resources to share their musical messages with the world. Since 1994, Music Maker has served over 500 musicians whose work spans the entire history of American music: blues, gospel, folk, singer-songwriter, Appalachian string band and Native American. 

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Detail of postcard from Dear B.J.: Postcards from the Pandemic, L.S. King
February 1, 2022 - March 12, 2022  

Dear B.J.: Postcards from the Pandemic

Sponsored by Gael and Smith Chaney, Cindy and Steve Edgerton, Marty Gardner, Jennifer Reis and Pete Mannen, Barbara and Guy Stanley, The Martinsville Graduate Kappa Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Lynwood Artists

Imagine stumbling upon a timeworn box of postcards. Maybe you are exploring a flea market, a museum archive, or even a dusty attic. A sense of voyeurism compels you to look closer and to read the one-sided correspondence on the cards. Perhaps you wonder about the writer, the addressee, and the images themselves. And maybe, just maybe, you find yourself time-traveling as you experience the life witnessed in these intimate missives. 

The Postcards

This is the premise behind Dear B.J.: Postcards from the Pandemic. This series is a creative non-fiction interpretation of life in Appalachia during the COVID-19 pandemic, as imagined by artist L.S. King, through intimate postcard-sized images and written correspondence. Each card features a black-and-white photograph with a backside written to a mysterious B.J. and signed by “ME.” Through these vagaries, King invites the viewer into a shared world. Perhaps you wonder who B.J. is, or maybe you know. Perhaps you relate to the “ME,” who signed the cards. And as you think about it all, perhaps you overlay King's visual narrative over your own. 

The Images

King began photographing her neighborhood during daily walks in March 2020, when social isolation became the normal way of life. These images are purposefully reminiscent of the photography prevalent during the 1918 pandemic, specifically Pictorialism. This turn-of-the-20th-century art movement employed photographic manipulation to heighten grain and increase shadows to enhance an image’s emotive and atmospheric qualities. Such images read like poetry to King and are what she envisioned when working with these photographs. 

Much like the end products of Pictorialism and early tourism memorabilia, King chose to print her artwork using a photo-mechanical process. She finished these as photopolymer gravure prints, a modern incarnation of the historic photogravure practice. Photopolymer gravures involve transferring an image to a light-sensitive printing plate, which is then developed, hardened, inked and paper is pressed onto the plate to create the end photograph.

 

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Let's Dance, Tara Compton
February 1, 2022 - March 12, 2022  

Tara Compton

Sponsored by Gael and Smith Chaney, Cindy and Steve Edgerton, Marty Gardner, Jennifer Reis and Pete Mannen, Barbara and Guy Stanley, The Martinsville Graduate Kappa Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Lynwood Artists

The Lynwood Artists Gallery features the work of local abstract painter, sculptor and jewelry designer Tara Compton.

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October 23, 2021 - January 8, 2022  

Tools of Happiness

Sponsored by Jill and Jay Dickens, Anne and Eric Smith, Barbara and Guy Stanley, King's Grant, Books and Crannies and Lynwood Artists

George Ray Shelton's painting style shows influences ranging from classic masters to contemporary media. Whatever the subject, one thing is clear: his brushes and spatulas are indeed his "tools of happiness."

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Omens, 2017, Georgia Deal, screen print on handmade paper
October 23, 2021 - January 8, 2022  

Print/Imprint: Asheville Printmakers

Sponsored by Jill and Jay Dickens, Anne and Eric Smith, Barbara and Guy Stanley, King's Grant, Books and Crannies and Lynwood Artists

Asheville Printmakers is an independent alliance of artists working out of the Asheville, NC area, who express themselves through the medium of print. The group's work encompass a wide range of processes and content, from traditional to experimental and classic to contemporary. Their printing methods vary from relief printing such as woodblock, linocut, and wood engraving, to intaglio methods such as drypoint, etching, collagraph and photogravure. Some use alternative photographic printing processes such as platinum-palladium and gum biochromate; others employ monotype and variable editions in their work. A common thread is a hands-on involvement in making prints.

Featuring work by Bobbi Allen, Dona D. Barnett, Bette Bates, Anne Battram, Bridget Benton, Anne Bessac, Lisa Blackburn, Kristalyn Bunyan, Laurie Corral, Georgia Deal, Gwen Diehn, Claudia Dunaway, Lisa June Eames, Casey Engel, Martha Ensign Johnson, Maria Epes, Sheryl Gruenig, Clay Harmon, Heather Hietala, Dave Ladendorf, Carol Lawrence, Denise Markbreit, Lauren Miko, Angela Modzelewski, Martha Oatway, Lynn Allison Starun, Jo A. Taylor, Jessica C. White, Chris Whiteman and Ani Volkan.

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Burnham Brothers, Essex, MA (detail), 1962, printed later, Carl Chiarenza (American, born 1935), gelatin silver print. Gift of Carl Chiarenza, 2016.516
October 23, 2021 - January 8, 2022  

Carl Chiarenza

On loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Sponsored by Jill and Jay Dickens, Anne and Eric Smith, Barbara and Guy Stanley, King's Grant, Books and Crannies and Lynwood Artists

Born to Italian immigrant parents and raised in Rochester, New York, Chiarenza’s interest in photography developed early in his childhood. From 1953 to 1957, Chiarenza studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology under the direction of Minor White and Ralph Hattersley. Since the late 1960s, Chiarenza has been a leading figure in a movement that seeks to expand the conceptual boundaries of photography. Chiarenza’s photographs have been included in more than 80 solo and 250 group exhibitions since 1957. His black-and-white photographs, which often contain elements of collage, have continued to challenge notions of landscape, abstraction, visitor perspective, and the very medium of photography itself.

Chiarenza is inspired by both the beauty of and human connections to landscapes, but has been continuously dissatisfied with his outdoor nature photographs. In acknowledging that traditional depictions of landscapes in paintings are constructed, he began to approach his photographs as abstract and emotional constructions that allow us to examine nature in relation to the self.

The key characteristic that came to dominate Chiarenza’s style was nyctophilia, or a preference for and comfort in darkness. His photographs do not offer familiar faces or landscapes; there is no evident cultural or psychological framework for the viewer to build their response. Rather, the lack of specificity and sense of timelessness reminds us that all photographs are constructions of reality that produce various interpretations relative to each viewer. Chiarenza’s work invites individual reflection by forcing us to examine the subliminal workings of the mind. In these photographs, nothing is absolute, leaving all realities subject to each observer.

This exhibition is curated by VMFA Director and CEO Alex Nyerges. These works were all a generous gift of the artist.

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Garment for Remembering the Earth (detail), Jennifer L. Hand
July 31, 2021 - October 9, 2021  

Leaves of the Tree

Sponsored by Lucy and Sergio Amato, Janice and Kelly Cain, Karen and David Jones, Donna and Richard Lawhon, Debbie and Ben Lewis, Ally and Joe Leizer, Nancy and Rob Spilman and Lynwood Artists

Charlie Brouwer and Jennifer L. Hand collaborated to create Leaves of the Tree, a unique exhibition based on life-giving tree leaves.

The title of the exhibition has many connotations for both artists. Their individual and collaborative works have always shared a general concern for humanity's relationship with nature and frequently depict trees, leaves, landscapes and skies. The title also alludes to their familial relationship as father and daughter.

An overarching concept of the exhibition is that we are all leaves of one universal Tree of Life. This is as timely as it is timeless. It reflects the artists’ interest in making art that inspires a sense of community and equality amongst all peoples as we strive to live together on this earth we call home. 

The installation includes hundreds of life-size leaves sewn from donated fabric, suspended from the ceiling and surrounding a large wooden tree trunk form that extends from the museum’s lobby into the galleries. 

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Detail of Warrior Figure (Blood Orange), Jennifer Reis, embellished textile
September 1, 2021 - October 9, 2021  

Narrative by Nature: Leslie Pearson + Jennifer Reis

Sponsored by Lucy and Sergio Amato, Janice and Kelly Cain, Karen and David Jones, Donna and Richard Lawhon, Debbie and Ben Lewis, Ally and Joe Leizer, Nancy and Rob Spilman and Lynwood Artists

Drawn to things that have layers of history, Leslie Pearson is a scavenger for lost or forgotten things. Her work includes many found objects, from handwritten letters, journals and old books to rusty metal, postage stamps, buttons, teeth, animal bones and bits of fabric. Pearson likes to imagine the stories that these treasures hold. She also finds inspiration in organic forms found within the natural world such as pods, seeds, nests, eggs and shells—mostly for the metaphor they hold as keepers, protectors and incubators.

Combining traditional sewing, embroidery and embellishing techniques and materials with found objects, Jennifer Reis creates decorative, iconic objects that exist as female power figures. Her textile works are hand-sewn and beaded, created through a slow-art process; The creative act serving as a meditative process. Reis's work concerns the female form as an ornamented and empowered form existing within a ritualized context. Her work is inspired and informed by fashion, feminism and a Catholic aesthetic rooted in her upbringing as a German-American.

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June 1, 2021 - July 16, 2021  

Picturing Women Inventors

Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is sponsored by Lyda Hill Philanthropies If/Then Initiative and Ericsson

When we think of inventors, most think of Thomas Edison or Alexander Graham Bell. What about women inventors? Although they may not be as well known, women have always solved problems by inventing. The stories on these posters illustrate that the creativity of women inventors ranges across diverse backgrounds and interests throughout American history.

Picturing Women Inventors is a series of eight posters that explores the inventions of 19 highly accomplished American women. Astronauts, computer pioneers, and businesswomen join athletes, engineers, and even teenagers in this remarkable group of inventors. Ideal for classrooms or other learning environments, the poster exhibition also comes with curriculum material developed by Smithsonian educators at the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.

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July 1, 2021 - July 16, 2021  

Expressions 2021

Sponsored by King's Grant, Best in Show Sponsored by Virginia Glass & Mirror

Expressions is an annual exhibition of work by artists from southern Virginia and the surrounding regions. This showcase of regional talent features an eclectic mix of work from more than 90 artists, including watercolor, oil and acrylic, 3D, mixed media and drawing.

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Still Life with French Easel, Jane Iten, NWS. On loan from Paulina Joyce.
March 13, 2021 - May 1, 2021  

Jane Iten Memorial Exhibition

Sponsored by Cece Johnson and Bob Davis, Sarah and Richard Franks, Marty Gardner, Paulina Joyce, Ruth and Dan Leeper, Stephanie and Caleb Moore, Susan and David Morris, Holly and Walt Rhea, Bunco Babes, Water Ladies and Lynwood Artists

In memory of Jane Iten, a local artist and longtime friend of the museum, Piedmont Arts has curated an exhibition of Iten’s work spanning several decades. An accomplished artist and teacher, Iten was a member of the Virginia Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, and Martinsville-Henry County’s artist guild, Lynwood Artists. Iten’s paintings have been included in local and national exhibits and have received many awards, including Virginia Watercolor Society’s Shenandoah Award.

Featuring work on loan from the collections of Carolyn Beale, Amy and Joel Bunn, Judy Carter, Teena Crawshaw, Susan Critz, Richard and Sarah Leeper Franks, Marty Gardner, Dr. and Mrs. Donald Grayson, Gale and Will Gravely, Sheila Hubbard, Paulina Joyce, Ruth and Dan Leeper, Barbara and Andy Parker, Shar and Greg Peitz, Holly and Walt Rhea, Susan and William Sapp, Annelle and Doug Williams, Becki Williams Vasquez, Lucy and AC Wilson, and Julie Work.

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Jessie Ward
March 13, 2021 - May 1, 2021  

Water Ladies

Sponsored by Cece Johnson and Bob Davis, Sarah and Richard Franks, Marty Gardner, Paulina Joyce, Ruth and Dan Leeper, Stephanie and Caleb Moore, Susan and David Morris, Holly and Walt Rhea, Bunco Babes, Water Ladies and Lynwood Artists

Featuring work by members of the Water Ladies, a weekly watercolor class at Piedmont Arts that was founded and led by the late Jane Iten. Including work by Doris Falls, Rebecca Kolinski, Susan Moore, Susan Sapp, Jessie Ward, and Annelle Williams.

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John Salminen, AWS, D.F., Yellow Awning. Winner of AWS Silver Medal of Honor.
April 1, 2021 - May 1, 2021  

American Watercolor Society 153rd Annual Exhibition

Sponsored by Cece Johnson and Bob Davis, Sarah and Richard Franks, Marty Gardner, Paulina Joyce, Ruth and Dan Leeper, Stephanie and Caleb Moore, Susan and David Morris, Holly and Walt Rhea, Bunco Babes, Water Ladies and Lynwood Artists

American Watercolor Society 153rd Annual Exhibition includes 40 paintings, with styles ranging from hyperrealistic to abstract, by artists from around the globe.

Founded in 1866 to promote the art of watercolor painting in America, the American Watercolor Society is one of the oldest and most prestigious art societies in the world. As such, election into the Society as a Signature Member is one of the most sought-after honors in the painting world. Society membership comprises many of the greatest names in painting and includes realist painter Andrew Wyeth, American impressionist Childe Hassam, regionalists Edward Hopper and Charles Burchfield, and virtually every member of the important “California School” of watercolorists, among others.

Each year the Society holds its Annual International Exhibition, a juried exhibition of watercolors from artists around the world. More than 1,100 artists from the U.S. and 32 foreign countries submit their work. This year, 143 paintings were selected for the annual exhibition and 40 paintings were selected to travel on a cross-country tour of six museums and galleries, which culminates at Piedmont Arts.

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Slow (detail), John Kinney
February 2, 2021 - February 27, 2021  

Virginia: Changing Topographies

Sponsored by Susan and Charles Aaron, Dr. Barry Dorsey, Cindy and Steve Edgerton, Jo and Don Grayson, Lynn and Noel Ward and Lynwood Artists

John Kinney's photographic series is based on the expanding development in the rural districts in Northern Virginia. His photos highlight areas being developed, and feature land that many residents hope will never be developed.


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Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California, 1935, printed January 1979, Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984). Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Gift of Andrea Gray Stillman. Photograph By Ansel Adams © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.
February 2, 2021 - February 27, 2021  

Ansel Adams: Compositions in Nature

On loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Sponsored by Susan and Charles Aaron, Dr. Barry Dorsey, Cindy and Steve Edgerton, Jo and Don Grayson, Lynn and Noel Ward and Lynwood Artists

Renowned for his photographs of the American western landscape, Ansel Adams is one of the most celebrated and influential American artists of the twentieth century. Ansel Adams: Compositions in Nature brings together over forty of his most beloved works and places them in context of the artist’s multifaceted career, in which he excelled as an artist, environmentalist, and musician. Additionally, rarely exhibited and unconventional photographs by Adams demonstrate the breadth of his professional and personal interests.

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A Trinity (detail), Jason Franklin
February 2, 2021 - February 27, 2021  

I Am...

Celebrating Black History Month

Sponsored by Susan and Charles Aaron, Dr. Barry Dorsey, Cindy and Steve Edgerton, Jo and Don Grayson, Lynn and Noel Ward and Lynwood Artists

Jason Franklin's work narrates the human condition from an American perspective. He brings to life everyday situations and feelings, like love, family, faith, dreams, and friendship, in extraordinary ways. Much of his work documents unique facets of American life and celebrates the indomitable spirit.

In I Am... Franklin shows glimpses of God's glory and love through people, relationships, and color. Using personal moments with family, friends, and a few historic figures, Franklin visually demonstrates man’s connection with the great I AM, while confirming our collective humanity and community. His quiet, visual stories reflect and imitate the love of the great I AM. 

The Barbershop Series is a coming-of-age narrative that tells the story of the artist's transformation from son to father. Franklin says barbershops are a safe haven for African American men, and it is from this familiar setting that he memorializes his son's first haircut, his father’s last haircut and significant life points in between. Franklin’s gestural brushwork creates movement, but also symbolizes the movement of life — always changing, evolving, living, and dying. This series is a tribute to Franklin’s father, James Cromartie, and his son, Jason Christian Franklin.

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