The Longwood Center for the Visual Arts (LCVA) is located on the corner of Third and Main Streets in historic downtown Farmville. Once a Roses Department Store, the renovated 27,000-square-foot facility is a state-of- the-art museum. The facility contains permanent and temporary exhibition galleries as well as an education center and administrative offices.
The facility features four main galleries: the William T. and Harriet Butterworth Miller (Class of 1951) Gallery, the Barbara L. Bishop Gallery, the Thomas Sully Gallery, and the Main Street Gallery.
Exhibitions of works from the LCVA permanent collection can also be found throughout the Longwood campus. Look for the Cole Collection of nineteenth-century Bohemian and European Glass, English pottery, and Meissen porcelain in Ruffner Hall; nineteenth-century photogravures in Grainger Hall; and the Rowe Collection of Chinese Art in Lancaster Hall. Temporary exhibitions include Highlights from the Annual Youth Art Exhibition in the Hull Education Building and outdoor sculpture on Brock Commons.
The Miller Gallery
The Miller Gallery is named for longtime friends and major contributors to the LCVA. The Miller Gallery features selections from the LCVA’s diverse permanent collection.
The Bishop Gallery
The Bishop Gallery honors the memory of the late Barbara L. Bishop, Longwood alumnus and Art Department faculty member, who was the driving force behind the LCVA’s establishment.
The Sully Gallery
The Sully Gallery recognizes the works of the nineteenth-century painter given to the LCVA by his descendent, Jeanne Sully West. Both the Bishop and Sully gallery host temporary exhibitions of regional, national, and international importance.
The Main Street Gallery
Formerly a Roses storefront, the Main Street Gallery serves as a gallery for contemporary installations by artists who involve the community in creating their works.
Kids Activity Room
The LCVA facility also houses informal and formal classroom settings. Adjacent to the Bishop Gallery, the Kids’ Activity Room brings exhibitions alive in a decorated space focused on themes developed in the temporary exhibitions. Instruction and an abundance of free art materials allow families to create projects to take home after their visit. LCVA’s lower level includes a formal classroom used for professional development workshops for teachers, classes, summer studio, and tour-related hands-on activities. A large multi-purpose room hosts lectures, events, and popular free family workshops.