44 of the 49 pieces of artwork Queena Stovall produced over the course of an 18-year career, as well as several items familiar to her studio, such as her easel and paint stand.
The first exhibition of its kind in that it displays nearly all of Stovall’s work in one exhibit.
Lively and intricate paintings that use bright colors and careful strokes to depict vignettes featuring crop harvests, canning for the winter, cooking, livestock auctions, baptisms, and funerals. Each painting opens a window into Stovall’s world and magnifies a way of life that over time has vanished.
“Stovall’s paintings are remarkably evocative and unique,” observes VMHC/VHS President and CEO, Jamie O. Bosket. “Her work speaks to a distinctive cultural experience found in rural Virginia and illustrates her deep love for family and neighbors and her sense of place.”
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Banner Lecture with the exhibition’s curator Ellen Agnew: Thursday, June 14, 2018 (12:00 pm –1:00 pm). Buy Tickets.
Queena Stovall studied at Randolph Macon Woman’s College under artist Pierre Daura. However, Daura was so impressed with her natural style of painting that he advised her to stop taking his classes so she could develop her own style without influence. In 1956, Stovall displayed her first solo exhibition at the Lynchburg Art Center. Her artwork can now be found in the collections of Lynchburg College, the Fenimore Art Museum in New York, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the New York State Historical Association. She was honored by the Library of Virginia in 2010 in the Virginia Women in History presentation for her contributions to folk art.