Information about some of the LCVA's previous exhibitions may be found here:

2009-2010 Exhibitions (those that have ended)
2008-2009 Exhibitions
2007-2008 Exhibitions
Exhibitions Prior to 2006


Riveting Influences: An Art + Science Collaboration in the Main Street Gallery, July 1 - September 6, 2008

It's Giving Me the Creeps! Art in the Permanent Collection that Scares the Staff in the Bishop and Sully Galleries, September 5 - November 1, 2008

National Ghoullery of Art in the Kids' Activity Room, September 5 - November 1, 2008

A Few of My Favorite Things: Portraits Made at Camp Unity in the Lower Level Gallery, September 14 - October 10, 2008

No Free Lunch in the Main Street Gallery, September 20 - November 8, 2008

Longwood University Art Department Faculty Exhibition in the Sully Gallery, November 21 2008 - January 31 2009

The Inner Eye: Folk Art of India from the William and Ann Oppenhimer Collection in the Bishop Gallery, November 21 2008 - January 31 2009

An Eye on India in the Kids' Activity Room, November 21 2008 - January 31 2009

Candyland in the Main Street Gallery, December 5, 2008 – January 31, 2009

Ultraluxe: The Offerings for the Third LCVA Gala Art Auction in all galleries, F ebruary 23 – 28, 2009

Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition in the Lower Level Gallery, March 29 - May 9, 2009

Africa: Art and Animals in the Main Street Gallery, March 29 - May 19, 2009

Art Department Senior Exhibition in the Bishop and Sully Galleries, 18 April – 9 May 2009


Riveting Influences:  An Art + Science Collaboration
July 1 – September 6, 2008
Main Street Gallery
Previously shown at the Vespine Gallery in Chicago, this summer installation raised questions about our environment, revisiting a comparison made decades ago by scientists Paul and Anne Ehrlich, which begins:  If you were sitting on a plane and noticed rivets being removed from the wing, would you be alarmed?  Presenting images of birds whose species status is extinct or endangered, the exhibition further explores the analogy:  should we be alarmed when elements of our ecosystem are threatened?  The installation was a cross-disciplinary collaboration by Longwood artist Kerri Cushman and biologist Alix Fink, completed with the assistance of LU students Alex Grabiec, Kristen Herndon, Michael McAteer, Laura Nodtvedt and Kari Wilson.  The multi-faceted exhibition included an oversized artist book, photography, handmade papers, plenty of rivets – and riveting ideas.

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My Father's Stroke #2It’s Giving Me the Creeps! 
Art in the Permanent Collection that Scares the Staff
Bishop and Sully Galleries
September 5 - November 1, 2008

Good art should evoke a response from the viewer, whether a smile, a sigh – or a scream?  That’s the question underlying the newest exhibition at the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, entitled It’s Giving Me the Creeps:  Art from the Permanent Collection that Scares the Staff.  The exhibition will open on Friday, September 5, with a free public reception from 5 – 7 p.m.

The works range in subject matter from a Frankenstein-like figure to challenging questions about social justice to plain-old eerie representations of the world around us.  Works shown were created by an equally wide range of artists, from living artists in our own community to past masters such as American painter Thomas Sully.

“Our summer exhibition of traditional paintings was elegant and lovely,” observed LCVA Director K. Johnson Bowles.  “This show is completely different, which is not to say that some of these works aren’t lovely or elegant.  We want to offer the community a broad range of art and to showcase the diverse riches of our own permanent collection.”

Staff made their selections for the exhibition based on their strong reactions to various pieces in the museum’s collection.  Among these was My Father’s Stroke #2, by Hampden-Sydney artist David Dodge Lewis.  Various staff members responded to the piece, which shows, in their interpretation, a figure “visited by violence.”  Lewis himself explains, “My father suffered a debilitating stroke in 1988 that paralyzed his right side and reduced his speech to primal sounds….  While I was waiting for my time [to visit him in the hospital], I made a series of drawings based on my anxiety about his condition.”

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Ghoullery activityNational Ghoullery of Art
Kids' Activity Room
September 5 - November 1, 2008

While the grown-ups explore It’s Giving Me the Creeps, kids will find their own slightly scary scene at the National Ghoullery of Art in the Kids’ Activity Room.  Is the museum haunted, or is it just that famous artists like Edvard Munch expressed strong emotions like fear and sadness?  Kids will explore examples of famously creepy art and will scare up some of their own shockingly good art projects.

Made possible through a gift from Green Properties and Charlotte & Janet Green.

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portrait of CharlieA Few of My Favorite Things: Portraits Made at Camp Unity
Lower Level Gallery
September 14 - October 10, 2008

From June 2 through June 27, Crossroads Community Services sponsored Camp Unity at Twin Lakes State Park to offer recreational opportunities for adults with disabilities.  To round out the traditional camp activities such as swimming, volleyball, and archery, the LCVA’s Curator of Education Emily Gresham offered art activities for the participants. 

Working with four sessions of campers, Gresham guided them through the process of creating self-portraits.  First, campers worked with partners to create an outline of themselves on a large sheet of paper.  Then participants created a list of their favorite things, inspired by the song from The Sound of Music.  Next, explained Gresham, “The campers took turns sharing their lists with the group… ‘I like circles,’ or ‘I like ice cream.’  The rest of the group would clap and cheer – it was very touching, very affirming.”  As the final step of creating the interior portrait, participants drew symbols for their favorite things within the outline on paper.  “I knew I was going to like the art because it was an interior portrait of some special people,” continued Gresham.  “But as it turns out, I liked the art on its own merits, too.  That’s one of the amazing things about art – even people with so-called ‘disabilities’ can find expression and can find ‘abilities’ they might not have previously experienced.”
Camp director Jerry Brickeen was so pleased with the project that he proposed an exhibition of the artworks, an idea that Gresham and Johnson Bowles embraced enthusiastically.  An opening reception for the 80-some artists, their friends and families, and the community at large was held on the afternoon of Sunday, September 14. 

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No Free Lunch
September 20 – November 8, 2008
Main Street Gallery

While many Americans worry about the war in Iraq, the economy, and who will be the next president, there are some very important challenges we face in our own community. In conducting research on the demographic makeup of the LCVA’s constituency, the staff found some interesting and distressing facts about poverty and the needs of our children. At Prince Edward County Public Schools, 59 percent of the children receive free or reduced lunch through the National School Lunch Program. Installed in the Main Street Gallery, No Free Lunch was created to illustrate the needs of children.  We also hope to encourage people in the community to help build a stronger community by supporting economic development and giving to local organizations such as FACES, SCOPE/Meals on Wheels, or Habitat for Humanity.

This exhibition was made possible with the assistance of ARAMARK Corporation, which provides dining services for Longwood University.

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Longwood University Art Department Faculty Exhibition
Thomas Sully Gallery
21 November 2008 - 31 January 2009

Like their colleagues in other academic disciplines at Longwood University, art department faculty members teach full loads throughout the academic year and conduct research in their areas of specialty. For the art department, that means delving into the process of creating works of art aesthetically and technically. As they instill in (and insist from) their own students, their work is grounded in exceptional craftsmanship and use of materials which support the meaning and intent of their work. The range of service to Longwood and experience in the field of art is great; the longest 32 years and the shortest brand-new, but all have a deeply felt commitment to their professions as educators and artists. This year’s participants include Mark Baldridge, K. Johnson Bowles, Jessica Broad, John S.J. Burke, Anna Cox, Kerri Cushman, Erin Devine, Randy Edmonson, Elisabeth Flynn-Chapman, Amos Kennedy, Wade Lough, Kelly Nelson, Denise Penick, Christopher M. Register, and Homer Springer.

The Inner Eye:
Folk Art of India from the William and Ann Oppenhimer Collection

Barbara L. Bishop Gallery
21 November 2008 -
31 January 2009

The Inner Eye features drawings of daily life in rural India by the family of Gahesh Jogi and Teju Ben as well as traditional painted scrolls by Montu and Joba Chitrakar. In addition, it includes other works collected by William and Ann Oppenhimer during their travels to India, including the works of Pradyumma Kumar, Sona Chitrakar, Govind Jogi, Prakash Jogi, and the renowned folk artist Nek Chand.

Organized by the University of Richmond Museums, the original version of this exhibition was co-curated by Richard Waller, Executive Director, University Museums, and Kristen Malanoski, ’08, history and art history double major, University of Richmond, and 2007 Arts and Sciences summer research fellow in the University Museums. This exhibition is co-sponsored by the Longwood University Office of Multicultural Affairs and International Student Services.

An Eye on India
Kids' Activity Room
21 November 2008 - 31 January 2009

From architecture to animals, the Kids’ Activity Room will turn an eye on the icons of India.  Young artists will find inspiration in the elegant splendor of the Taj Mahal, the exotic beauty of tigers, and in the vivid palette of India.  Kids can sit on pillows or try on colorful saris as they take a passage to India via the LCVA.

Main Street Gallery
December 5 – January 31, 2009

With visions of sugarplums (whatever those might be), the LCVA staff will create a magical winter workshop.  Set in a fantastic landscape inspired by gumdrops, candy canes, and licorice, our art activities will focus on gifts that children can make for parents, neighbors, grandparents, or friends.  Now isn’t that sweet?

Ultraluxe: The Offerings for the Third LCVA Gala Art Auction
February 23- 28, 2009

Represented in the auction were more than 150 works made by local, regional, national, and international artists working in a wide variety of disciplines. From porcelain to portraiture, with fans, furniture, and photography, the items on auction varied in subject matter, materials, style, and era.

Artists whose work appeared in the auctions include:  Isabelle Abbot, Avis Addleman LU ’80, Edwilda Allen, Amy Alliston, William Bryan Alsworth, Richard Altice, Edith Montgomery Arbaugh, Laura J. Ashworth ’07, Curtis Badger,  Alicia B. Barbrey, Sharon Bass, Jack Beaverland (Mr. B), Barbara L. Bishop ’61, Ann Bradshaw ’04, Alison Brandon, Jessica Broad, Ursula C. Burgess, Jennifer Byrne, Brian Carley ’09, Jerry Carney, Paul Charlton, Grayson Chessar, Earline Cheyne, Sara Clark, William Clarke, Frank Cole, W. Craghead, Guy Crittenden, Dalek, Marianne Dennison, Cynthia Devlin, Jessica Eisfelder, Tray Eppes, Rick Erickson, Carolyn Ferguson, Pam Fox, Raymond Geary, Charles Dana Gibson, Alex Grabiec ’07, Jen Grabiec, Chris Gregson, Windaman Grunt, Charles Hartwill, Mary Haskell-Cosby, Elizabeth Haskell-Garner, Brece Honeycutt, Mary D. Jackson, John Jessiman, Miriam Keates-Reid, Carylon Killebrew, Ray Kleinlein, Judith Lasley-Doan, Nancy Leitch, Janice Lemen, David Dodge Lewis, Nancy L. Lockwood, Ann Lyne, Kathleen Mack, Rita Mattia, Steven Meeker, Laura Mellusi, Michelle Miller, Evangeline Montgomery, Cynthia Morehead-Smith, John Murphy Jr., Kelly Nelson, Albert Newsam, Alison Overton, Thelma J. Paterson, Sidney J. Paterson, Mark Perry, Terri Priest, Christopher M. Register, Jim Ryan, Alyssa Salomon, Foon Sham, Julie Shield, Joan Soderlund, Julie Anne Sprinkle, Mark Sprinkle, L. Staiger-White, Christina Stratman, Robert M. Sully, Donna Taylor, Carla and Shaun Terry, P. M. Thorne, Theodora T. Tilton, Ed Trask, E. Tronnes, Jane Turney, Joy Boettcher Utzinger, Kazaan Viveiros, Helen P. Warriner-Burke ’56, Maggie Whorley, Pam Barnes Wilkinson, Sandy Willcox, and Willie Anne Wright.

Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition

Lower Level Gallery
29 March - 9 May

The 2009 area youth art exhibition consisted of nearly 500 works of art by students in grades preK-12 from public and private schools within a ten-county region. The exhibition was as diverse as the artists involved, featuring paintings, drawings, photographs, weavings, ceramics, mixed media, fiber art, sculpture and collage.  Art teachers contributed their students’ works from the counties of Amelia, Appomattox, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Halifax, Lunenburg, Nottoway, Powhatan, Prince Edward, and the Five-County Home School.

Africa: Art and Animals

Main Street Gallery
Opened 29 March

Africa:  Art and Animals was an exhibit created with the combined talents of more than a thousand Prince Edward County Elementary School students under the leadership of art teachers Cricket Edmonson and Joy Utzinger. Featuring masks and mudcloths and more, this installation featured the colors, sights, and vitality of Africa.

Art Department
Senior Exhibition

18 April – 9 May 2009
LCVA Lower Level

Combining youthful energy and trained craftsmanship, the Longwood University Art Department Senior Exhibition opened at the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts on Saturday, April 18, with a free, public reception that attracted nearly 400 people.  The exhibition features diverse works by more than thirty young artists who will graduate in May. 

Artworks are in varied media, including ceramics, graphic design, jewelry, photography, and a mixed media installation.  The students’ sources of inspiration are just as diverse, such as nature, geometry, fitness, and a concern for the environment.

Participating artists are Jake Ambrose, Jennifer Bapties, Andrea Bryant, Brian Carley, Chris Day, Melissa A. Dorton, Kelly Fitzgerald, Katherine Flickinger, Ingrid S. Hale, Liz Hale, Adrienne Heinbaugh, Ryan Higginbotham, MacNeill James, Amanda King, Ashlee L. McConnell, Janice Omadeke, Michelle Owen, Jennifer A. Planchak, Megan Quick, Cory Schaeffer, Kristin C. Schiller, Alex Schladt, Will Semonco, Daniel Singleton, Kara Spence, Heather Sutherland, Allison M. Webber, Amy Williams, Kari Wilson, Rachel Wolfe, and Carley York.




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