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

2011-2012 Exhibitions
2010-2011 Exhibitions
2009-2010 Exhibitions
2008-2009 Exhibitions
2007-2008 Exhibitions
2006-2007 Exhibitions
Prior Exhibitions


Enduring Legacy
Highlights from New in the LCVA Permanent Collection 2009-10

Miller Galleries
April 9 - August 19, 2011

The LCVA is fortunate to receive gifts of art that enhance the breadth and depth of the university’s holdings. Each year, the LCVA is honored to be given works that are intended to be shared with its constituents, both at the University and the community at large. The 2009-10 academic year proved to be another wonderful year where collectors and artists alike generously provided inspirational and beautiful works. Additionally, some works were purchased the benefice of contributions made solely for that purpose.

Contributions of art in 2009-10 were made by Richard Altice, M. Jane Brooke (1963), Donna and Thomas L. Brumfield Jr., Louise Cochrane, Kenneth M. Coleman, Martha Cook, Drs. Raymond and Patricia Cormier, I. B. Dent, Wally DuChateau, The Dorothy M. Gillespie Foundation, Phil Grimes, Heyn and Sandy Kjerulf, Karen Kunc, Elizabeth LeSueur, Longwood University Alumni Association, Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Mayo (Margaret Thomas Mayo 1952), Dr. and Mrs. Henry C. Rowe (Bernice Beazley Rowe 1970), Donna Taylor, Angus Wall, Geoffrey Wall, Marcie Wall, Jane Ware, the Estate of Barbara Watson, Michael David Whaley, and Helen Whitehead.

It’s Not Just a. . .

Works from the LCVA Permanent Collection

Barbara L. Bishop Gallery and Thomas Sully Gallery
10 June – 19 August 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, 10 June 2011, 5-7 p.m.

This exhibition explored objects seen in everyday life such as teapots, vases, and jewelry to prove how artists can take a simple, often functional concept and create something fascinating, beautiful, and wholly individualistic.


If I Ran the Circus: Exploring Folk Art @ the LCVA

Kids' Activity Room
September 9, 2011 – January 6, 2012

Kids came to make their own folk-art inspired art at the LCVA, from designing face jugs to working with notched wood to crafting with found objects.


Three-Ring Circus: Highlights from the William and Ann Oppenhimer Folk Art Collection
September 9, 2011 through January 6, 2012

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Come one, come all to the greatest show on earth (of folk art, that is)! Be prepared to be amazed and awed by a spectacular collection of art by some of the most famous (and infamous) folk artists of the last 60 years.  As part of the exhibition, the LCVA also hosted events from the annual meeting of the Folk Art Society of America in September 2011.

In 2008 William and Ann Oppenhimer of Richmond established the Oppenhimer Folk Art Collection at the LCVA. The Oppenhimers are national advocates for the appreciation of folk art and folk artists through their work founding and leading the Folk Art Society of America, publishing an educational journal on behalf of the Folk Art Society of America, lending works in their collection for exhibitions at institutions of higher learning, and disseminating educational information by organizing and leading lectures, workshops, and conferences. In the fall and winter of 2011, the LCVA hosted an exhibition that highlighted works given for the Oppenhimer Collection as well as promised gifts. 

Works in the collection were created by self-taught artists active since 1950 and feature some of the most well-known folk artists such as Minnie Adkins, Linvel and Lillian Barker,  Miles Carpenter, William Dawson, Howard Finster, James Harold Jennings, Anderson Johnson, S.J. Jones; Charley, Noah, and Hazel Kinney; Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Mose Tolliver, and Malcah Zeldis, among many others.

The LCVA would like to acknowledge the generosity of: Ann Bradshaw ’04, Otis and Fran Brown, Lynne and Jim Browne, Donna and Thomas L. Brumfield Jr., Centra Southside Community Hospital, Genevieve and Hank Chenault, Raymond J. and Patricia P. Cormier, Karen and Walter Emroch, Harriet G. Finkelstein, Everett and Kristin Gee, glavé kocen gallery, Clair and Rob Hamner, Ellen and Terry Wayne Hudgins ’84, j fergeson gallery (Jarrod and Larissa Fergeson), Angela M. Jackson, Jane and Lowry Kline, Longwood University Division of Student Affairs, Longwood University Office of the President, Longwood University Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Randall Lott and Nancy McCall, Dr. and Mrs. Wayne McWee, National Endowment for the Arts, Alex and Kathryn Nyerges (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts), William and Ann Oppenhimer, Emily Pilk, Deborah C. Quirk, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Brad and Virginia Watson, Ted and Jean Weiller, Gerard Wertkin, Michael David Whaley, and John and Mary Helen Willett.




My Family:
Art Made at Camp Unity

Miller Gallery
January 29 - February 24, 2012

For the fourth year, the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts partnered with Crossroads Community Services to offer art activities for adults with intellectual disabilities.  The resulting paintings are on exhibition at the LCVA, which will hold a free, public reception on Sunday, January 29, from 2-3 p.m.

Throughout the summer and early fall, Crossroads Community Services sponsored Camp Unity at Holliday Lake State Park and James River State Park. The LCVA’s Curator of Education Emily Gresham offered art activities for the participants.  Gresham guided campers to make a painting and write about special people in their families.  “We talked about family in a very broad way,” explained Gresham.  “Family might be your mother or brother, but a helpful nurse or an encouraging friend can be like family, also.  The paintings they created in response are touching, personal, and beautiful.”

The exhibition is generously cosponsored by Ellery & Robin Sedgwick and Walter & Joan Witschey. The featured painting was made by Andy J.

Trace: Works on Handmade Paper by Amy Jacobs
Main Street Gallery
February 3 - March 10, 2012

Amy Jacobs
is currently Studio Manager, Artist Collaborator, and an Instructor at Dieu Donné Papermill in New York City. She attended the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina in the two-year Core Fellowship Program before attending Columbia College Chicago, where she received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts. She has assisted well-known paper, book, and print artists at workshops such as Haystack, Ox-Bow, Penland, and Chateau du Pin in Angers, France, and has taught at schools including the University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy, the University of Louisville in Kentucky, Columbia College Chicago, East Carolina University, Asheville BookWorks, the Center for Book & Paper Arts in Chicago, the Printmaking Center of New Jersey, and the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, Connecticut. Her work is exhibited nationally and internationally and was featured in the 2010 edition of Hand Papermaking magazine’s “Handmade Paper in Motion” juried portfolio and the summer 2011 issue of Surface Design Journal.


YAMAnnual Area Youth Art Exhibition
Lower Level
March 25 - April 21, 2012

The Longwood Center for the Visual Arts is proud to present Start with Art, Learn for Life, the Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition.  This year’s display consists of 523 works of art by students in grades K-12 from public and private schools within a ten-county region. Art teachers contributed their students’ works from public, private, and home schools in the counties of Albemarle, Amelia, Appomattox, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway, Powhatan, and Prince Edward. The exhibition is made possible by generous support from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.

Longwood University Art Department Senior Exhibition Senior Art
Bishop & Sully Galleries
April 14 - May 12, 2012

A compilation of four years of hard work, individual commitment, and endless creativity will be on display at the Longwood University Art Department Senior Exhibition from April 14 – May 12 at the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts. The exhibition will feature photography, graphic design, and ceramics by more than twenty young artists who will graduate from Longwood University with an art degree in May.

Participating artists include David Abbott, Brittany Claud, Jessica Cox,  Sarah Croughwell, Andrea Damiano, Alan Dunaway, Colleen Festa, Kyle Fowlkes, Irene Girgente, Amanda Haymans, Taryn Langmead, Colleen MacRae, Michelle Maddox, Nancy McDonald, Stefanie Pishock, Kristen Rawls, Darlene Rogers, Alan Satkowski, Kaitlyn Smith, Meg Spencer, Emily Staskiel, Alyssa Strackbein, and Beth Thompson.

Longwood University Alumni Art Exhibition &
Longwood University: A Picturesque Campus
Bishop, Main Street & Sully Galleries
June 8 - September 8, 2012

The Longwood Center for the Visual Arts is hosting a Longwood University Alumni Exhibition celebrating the talents of its graduates. Running concurrently will be Longwood University: A Picturesque Campus, featuring artworks that celebrate the university’s people, places, and spirit. An opening reception in honor of both exhibitions will be held on Friday, June 8, from 5-7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

YoDamaskParticipating artists include: Avis Addleman ’80, Linda Jones Arthur ’71, Kathy Barclay ’72, Sharon Bass, Shirley Blackwell, Bruce Bogese, Ann Bradshaw ’07, Keith Brydie ’01, Ursula Burgess, John Burke, Brian Cagle ’04, Mary Alice Carmody-Diana ’71, William Clarke, Frances Coates ’69, Jo Ann Courter, Wygant Courter, Sara Layman Cubberley ’05, Kerri Cushman, Lou Ann Kemp Daniel ’75, Lindsay Decker ’10, Marianne Dennison, Amy Eason ’10, Jeremy Elder ’99, Tray Eppes, Rick Erickson, C. Maurice Franck ’84, Deborah Carrington Frazier ’75, Michael French ’98, Garth Fry ’02, Alex Grabiec ’07, Shawn Grove ’93, Elizabeth Hadfield ’68, Charles Hartwill, Amanda Haymans ’12, Kay Hofler ’69, Milly Youngblood Horner ’78, Joanna Huff ’05, Sara Hutchinson ’97, Elizabeth Jones ’82, Ronda Lamb Jones ’88, Matt Keener, Jeanie Collin Keys ’73, Nancy Lockwood ’78,  Christian Lombardini, Martha Pennington Louis, Margaret Manuel ’83, Anne Charlton Miller ’47, Monty Montgomery ’98, Keith Moore ’81, Susan Davenport Ober ’70, Brandon Ortwein ’98, Emily Overstreet ’06, Chris Parks ’92, Patricia Peregoy ’67, Mary Phillips ’00, Ashley Phipps ’10, Julie Hamlett Poole ’05, Linda Putney ’08, E. Harrison Smith Ravn ’99, Ophelia Ellen Redmond ’02, AE Reed III ’95, J.M. Reed ’05, Katie Rhine ’08,  Ashley Dueñez Riemann ’05, Linda Rorer ’72, Linda Sauvé ’85, Melinda Schissler ’07, Nicole Scott ’07, Julie Shield, Penny Shumaker ’92, Sarah Spangenberg ’10, Jessica Spence ’05, Jason St. Peter ’03, Donna Stables ’76, Margaret Stombock ’68, Tori Batalo Swartz ’05, Heather Swenson ’10, Kathy Sykes ’91,  Bonnie Thomas Trent ’80, Claire Utzinger, Eve Utzinger, Joy Utzinger, Dawn Vass ’81, John Walrath ’02, Ashley Webb ’07, Marianne Wells ’72, Margaret Whorley ’73, Pam Wilkinson,  Stephanie Wirt ’97, and Carley York ’10.

The exhibitions are made possible thanks to the following sponsors:
Grant & Terry Avent, Dr. & Mrs. Paul T. Barrett, Bob Blackman & Kelly Nelson, Diane Bottoms Boxley ’72, Dr. & Mrs. Walter R. & Tamara Chitwood ’68, Cook-Cole College of Arts & Sciences, William F. & Martha J. Dorrill, Dr. Chapman H. Frazier ’86 & Dr. Deborah C. Frazier ’75, James C. & Ann Harris Gussett ’80, Mrs. Mary Jo Dollins Hendricks ’73, Felix A. & Rita Berryman Hughes ’74, Mrs. Rebecca Kelso Jessee ’71, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph T. Knox,  Drs. Michael & Anne Lund ’67, Mr. & Mrs. Gerald & Abbey O’Connor, Ken and Marie Perkins, Hunter R. & Patsy Kimbrough Pettus ’50, Rochette's Florist and Elizabeth A. Stokes ’42.

Seeing Spots: An Interactive Installation
Kids' Activity Room
April 14 - November 10, 2012

This room is inspired by the work of internationally known artist Yayoi Kusama, whose trademark is working with polka dots.  Born in Japan, Kusama’s paintings, sculptures, and installations have been exhibited around the world.  Specifically, this room is based on the obliteration room, a popular interactive children’s project Kusama developed for the Queensland Art Gallery in Australia






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