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

2008-2009 Exhibitions
2007-2008 Exhibitions
2006-2007 Exhibitions
Prior Exhibitions


Extreme Personalities, Elegant Paintings: Works from the Lester Blackiston Collection in the Bishop and Sully Galleries from 29 May - 24 October 2009

Art Kids Exhibition: A World of Photographs in the Main Street Gallery from 29 May - 24 October 2009

Colorforms in the Kids' Activity Room from 17 April - 24 October 2009

I Remember When: Drawings from Camp Unity on the Lower Level from 9 August - 11 September 2009

LCVA Closed for Roof Renovations

Art in Everyday Life: Works from the Homes of the LCVA Advisory Board in Thomas Sully Gallery from 22 January – 19 March 2010

Somewhere Far From Habit in Barbara L. Bishop Gallery from 22 January – 19 March 2010

Benevolent Viruses by Anna Cox occupying the space of the Kids’ Activity Room from 22 January – 19 March 2010

Destination Tessellation in the Main Street Gallery from January 22 –
March 6 2010

Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition on the Lower Level from 21 March – 1 May 2010

Create Like an Egyptian: Works from Cumberland County Elementary School Students in the Main Street Gallery from 21 March – 1 May 2010

Longwood University Art Department Senior Exhibition in the Bishop Gallery from 10 April 10 – 8 May 2010

A Community of Artists Revisited: Selections from the Lester N. Blackiston Collection in the Sully Gallery from 10 April – 30 July 2010

Please don’t feed the plant: Little Shop of Horrors at Longwood University in the Main Street Gallery from 7 May - 1 October 2010

Enduring Legacy: Selected Acquisitions, 2008-09 in the Bishop Gallery from 18 June – 30 July 2010

Extreme Personalities, Elegant Paintings:
Works from the Lester Blackiston Collection
Bishop and Sully Galleries
29 May - 24 October 2009

Richmond citiscapes, Virginia landscapes, and captivating still life paintings were among the works by Virginia artists on display as part of Extreme Personalities, Elegant Paintings:  Works from the Lester Blackiston Collection.

The works in the exhibition were created in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s by some of the best and most interesting painters working in Virginia at the time: William S. Amlong, Phyllis Biddle, Richard Lee Bland, William Fletcher Jones, William Kendrick, Art Kimberly, and Eddie Peters. The paintings entered the collection of the late Lester Blackiston, who held them privately for decades before giving them to the LCVA in late 2006.

The artists in this exhibition, along with Blackison, their patron, were known for their spirited lifestyle as they questioned conformity in a manner in keeping with the Beat movement’s counterculture. In Richmond, the Bohemian scene centered around the Village Café and the Shockoe Bottom neighborhood where theories of painting, poetry, and politics were stridently espoused and simultaneously challenged. For all, life and art were commingled. The art these artists produced was as visually intense as their lives in color, composition, and execution.

Gallerist Robert Mayo told the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “There is no question that Lester’s collection fills an important time in the Richmond art scene when a few really superior artists really began living the artist’s life, living for their work.”  Artist Eddie Peters also recalled, “Lester collected many works of the true Richmond, Virginia, painters who worked from the soul, dedicated to capturing and expressing a realm of their time, a time of Richmond’s awakening to world culture.  (His) collection reflects a portion and spirit of a time past which continues in Richmond’s dedication to breaking the bonds of regionalism and opening itself to world awareness.”

LCVA Director K. Johnson Bowles concluded, “The LCVA is honored to be the stewards of these paintings, most of which have never been shown publicly before.  They showcase works by some of Virginia’s very best artists, which is the primary focus of the LCVA’s collection.”

Art Kids Exhibition: A World of Photographs

Main Street Gallery
29 May - 24 October 2009

Select fourth-graders at Prince Edward County Elementary School participated in a photography program offered by the LCVA's exhibitions manager Alex Grabiec. The kids' best photographs were framed and exhibited in the LCVA's Main Street Gallery. To learn more about this program, visit our ART Kids information page.

Kids' Activity Room
Opened April 17

From hot designs to cool colors, kids will be exploring the "primary” role of color in art.  Finding inspiration in the paintings and prints of Josef Albers, Johannes Itten, and Frank Stella, children will learn about primary and secondary colors, hues, pigments, and color wheels.   Activities will change midway through the run of this Kids’ Activity Room.

I Remember When: Drawings from Camp Unity
Lower Level
9 August - 11 September

The words “I remember when” capture our attention as we wait for the memories or associations that will follow.  Such memories inspired drawings made by approximately ninety adults with disabilities who participated in Camp Unity, organized by Crossroads Community Services.  The Longwood Center for the Visual Arts led the memory drawing art activity for campers and exhibited the drawings during the late summer of 2009.

From May 26 through June 18, Crossroads Community Services sponsored Camp Unity at Twin Lakes State Park and James River State Park, offering 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 their memory drawings.  “Memory has been a strong inspiration for art through the ages,” noted Gresham.  “Even though some of the participants don’t communicate much verbally, the drawings can reveal some of their rich experiences and emotions.”

DyneArt in Everyday Life: 
Works from the Homes of the LCVA Advisory Board

Thomas Sully Gallery
22 January – 19 March, 2010

The LCVA Advisory Board is a group of volunteers elected to further the LCVA’s mission to explore of visual art and its relevance to everyday life. They promote the LCVA’s understanding that works of art are essential records of human history and can influence and enrich every aspect of living. Advisory board members not only further these ideas through service to the LCVA, but they also serve as examples through their own day-to-day lives. How do these volunteers live with art? This exhibition provides concrete examples. LCVA director K. Johnson Bowles, assisted by advisory board VanDerZeemember Michael David Whaley, visited advisory board members and selected one work from each home. Text based upon interviews with the members illuminates why the works are significant to them and how the art connects to their lives.

Works from the following LCVA Advisory Board Members are included: Maurice Beane, K. Johnson Bowles, Ann Bradshaw, Tom Brumfield, Erin Devine, Julie Kline Dixon, Chuck and Candy Dowdy ’69, Larissa Smith Fergeson, Kristin Gee, Jennifer Glavé, Harlan Horton, Ellen Hudgins, Angela Jackson, Heyn Kjerulf, Jane Kline, Jean Lockwood, Margaret Mayo, Richard KleinleinMcClintock, Mitchell Merling, Kelly Nelson, Abigail H. O’Connor, Melissa Panzarello, Emily Pilk, Wilma Sharp, Deborah Slade, Lisa Tharpe, Joy Utzinger, Robert C. Wade, Brad Watson, and Michael David Whaley.

Cushman Somewhere Far From Habit
Barbara L. Bishop Gallery
22 January – 19 March, 2010

The exhibition Somewhere Far From Habit is a collaboration of some of the country’s most inspiring poets and most exciting book artists. The show pairs ten poets with ten book artists, in which the artists are creating one-of-a-kind or limited-edition artist’s books inspired by the poets’ work. In addition, ten artists were hand-selected to create corresponding letterpress printed broadsides (edition of forty-five) reflecting each of the highlighted poems.

SheehySomewhere Far From Habit exemplifies the celebration of life found in both art and poetry, a melding of these artistic communities who share a mutual love: the love of the book. This creative exhibition consists of forty artist’s books and ten broadsides.  Artist’s books are a relatively new art form that expands our notion of a book.  They typically feature printed pages with text, but the form does not always resemble a traditional “book.”  Broadsides, on the other hand, are a centuries-old printing format.  Any form of one-sided printing, such as a poster, can fit the definition.  These broadsides feature letterpress printing, again, a very traditional method in which the letters are imprinted into the paper.

BlountSome of the artist’s books and poetry raise mature themes and in some cases take on challenging forms, referencing racism, guns, and an electric chair.  Adults are encouraged to preview the exhibition before bringing children.

Poets include Robert Pinsky, former U.S. Poet Laureate, and Natasha Trethewey, 2006 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.  Artists include Richard Minsky, founder of the first Center for Book Arts in New York, and Audrey Niffenegger, artist and author of The Time Traveler's Wife.

The exhibition is co-curated by Longwood University professors Mary Carroll-Hackett (Department of English & Modern Languages) and Kerri Cushman (Art Department), along with Cat Parnell of Suffolk University (Boston, MA). Longwood University has offered partial funding and support for the show through the offices of Dr. Charles Ross, Dean of the Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Anthony Koyzis, Dean of Graduate and Extended Studies. The exhibition first appeared at the Pierre Menard Gallery in Cambridge, MA, from November 6 through December 6, 2009.

SpectorThe exhibition features work by the following individuals:

Poets: Michael Burkard, Lucie Brock-Broido, Joy Harjo, Ethelbert Miller, Jason Shinder, Tom Sleigh, Aaron Smith, Robert Pinsky, Liam Rector, Natasha Trethewey.

Book Artists: Ben Blount, Beatrice Coron, Kerri Cushman, Margot Ecke, Karen Kunc, Hedi Kyle, Richard Minsky, Audrey Niffenegger, Shawn Sheehy, Buzz Spector.

Broadside Artists: Macy Chadwick, John Cutrone & Seth Thompson, Caren Heft, Casey McGarr, Steve Miller, Paul Moxon, Chip Schilling, Jessica Spring, Lisa Beth Robinson, Gene Valentine.


VirusBenevolent Viruses by Anna Cox
Occupying the space of the
Kids’ Activity Room
22 January – 19 March, 2010

Artist’s Statement

The Benevolent Viruses are a letterpress, photography and internet project that mimics the structure and behavior of viruses. Biological viruses are normally malevolent invaders, but the Benevolent Viruses are beneficial persuaders. The Benevolent Viruses are short statements imprinted onto cards. The cards are left in public spaces for anyone to take and keep. These art “viruses” are handcrafted responses to the disconnection and anonymity of contemporary life.

Since 2006, I’ve left about five hundred cards throughout public spaces in European and North American cities including Paris, Berlin, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, DC.  I’ve left Benevolent Viruses in places as varied as hospital emergency rooms, public restrooms, the Eiffel Tower, home-improvement chain stores, on piles of dirty linens in hotel corridors, and with tips on café tables. I’ve never returned to a space and found a card still lying there.

The Benevolent Viruses infect people with possibility, transformation, and connection.

About the Artist:

Anna Cox is assistant professor of art at Longwood University.  She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally in cities such as Boston, Los Angeles, New York, and Toronto.  An interview, as well as her photographs, was published in Body of Art by Willoughby and Baltic Fine Arts.  Before her career in academia, Cox was an award-winning multimedia designer for an advertising agency in Chicago.  Cox earned her B.A. from Ohio State University and her M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University.

Destination Tessellation
Main Street Gallery
January 22 - March 6

Drawing inspiration from the patterned designs of M.C. Escher, the Main Street Gallery will invite kids to come make seasonal projects such as snowflakes and stars.  Escher popularized tessellations, patterns that cover an entire art surface without overlapping.  Tile squares and diamonds are among the simplest examples of this art form, but kids will see how other, more complicated forms – including snowflakes, stars, or figures – can interlock and create fascinating designs.  Other activities will explore how mathematical concepts like symmetry and patterns appear in art and nature.

Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition
Lower Level
21 March – 1 May

Each spring the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts sponsors the Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition, a show mounted on the LCVA's Lower Level. The exhibition features work from some 400 students from ten counties, including public, private, and home schools. In 2010, the youth art exhibition ran from March 21 – May 1. There was a free opening reception for the young artists, their families, and the adoring public on Sunday, March 21 from 2-4 p.m. The LCVA would like to express appreciation to the Walter J. Payne Foundation for its sponsorship of our 2010 youth art exhibition.

Create Like an Egyptian: 
Works from Cumberland County Elementary School Students

Main Street Gallery
21 March – 1 May 2010

As part of the Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition, Cumberland County Elementary School students transformed the Main Street Gallery from “Farmville” to “Pharoah,” as part of their Egyptian-themed exhibition.    There will be paper maché pharaohs, Egyptian-style self-portraits, canopic jars, and even a large-scale sphinx.  The works were made by CCES students and will be installed through the leadership of their art teacher Emily Wilson.

Longwood University
Art Department Senior Exhibition

Bishop Gallery
10 April – 8 May 2010

Each spring the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts hosts an exhibition of the work of graduating students from the Art Department.   Combining youthful energy and trained craftsmanship, the exhibition features a wide variety of media and styles. 

Participating Artists:
Alexandra Bobotas, Berkley Dunbrack, Stacy Leeanne Elliott, Carrie Fletcher, Rachel Freed, Erica Hopson, Scott H. Kimble, Hannah Newton, Michele Panchision, Amy Peake, Ashley Phipps, Anna Rizzo, Allen Schaeffer, Michael Shelton, Sarah Spangenberg, Ciarra Stalker, Philip VanEpps, Kenneth Wolfe, and Erica S. Yelland.

A Community of Artists Revisited: 
Selections from the Lester N. Blackiston Collection

Thomas Sully Gallery
10 April – 30 July 2010

Visitors to the LCVA had the opportunity to see most of the paintings in this exhibition when they viewed Extreme Personalities, Elegant Paintings in 2009. But the occasion of the Longwood University senior exhibition, held simultaneously in the Bishop Gallery, seemed a good opportunity to exhibit a selection of the Blackiston paintings again. Like the works in the seniors’ show, these paintings were made by a community of artists who studied and painted together, knew one another’s work, and found inspiration in common sources. The artistic community in this case was drawn together in Richmond during the 60s, 70s, and 80s by the extravagant personality of collector and LCVA donor Lester Blackiston. Shown here are works by five artists in Blackiston’s circle: William S. Amlong, Phyllis Biddle, Richard Lee Bland, William Fletcher Jones, and William Kendrick.

Please don’t feed the plant: Little Shop of Horrors at Longwood University
7 May - 1 October 2010
Main Street Gallery

“Feed me, Seymour,” calls the giant man-eating plant that stars in the hit musical, Little Shop of Horrors.  Following a successful run produced by Longwood University’s Theatre Department in the spring of 2010, Melissa Panzarello and Eric Koger transformed their set design sketches, costumes, and props into an engaging installation in the LCVA’s Main Street Gallery. Highlights of the installation included the actress Audrey’s dress, and puppets from the play that showed four separate stages of the plant Audrey II’s growth.

Melissa Panzarello is Assistant Professor of Theatre and Eric Koger is Associate Professor of Theatre in Longwood University’s Department of Communications Studies and Theatre.  Between them, they designed the costumes, sets, and props for Little Shop of Horrors.  They have previously worked on Broadway and for theatres across the country.

Enduring Legacy:  Selected Acquisitions, 2008-09
18 June – 30 July 2010
Bishop Gallery

Periodically, the LCVA showcases some of its recent acquisitions to the permanent collection.  Displaying a variety of media, styles, and subjects, the works demonstrate the growing strength of the LCVA’s collection. The exhibition featured works given to the LCVA during the fiscal year 2008-09 by the following generous individuals: Valerie Armini, Captain and Mrs. Charles R. Baron, Fritz Brandt, Donna and Tom Brumfield, Phil Grimes, Agnes Lee Lowry-Campbell, William and Ann Oppenhimer, Henry and Bernice Rowe, Thomas E. Scanlin, Karen Siler, Maryann and Homer Springer, and Helen Whitehead.  Flowers for the opening reception were graciously provided by the Buckingham-Dillwyn Garden Club.




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