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Upcoming Exhibitions

Learn about upcoming exhibitions at the Virginia Museum of History & Culture. 

Inside Looking Out: The Art of Queena Stovall — May 12, 2018 THROUGH October 14, 2018

Hog Killing, 1959 Emma Serena “Queena” Stovall Courtesy of Daura Gallery, Lynchburg College Lynchburg-area artist Emma Serena “Queena” Stovall (1887-1980) began painting at the age of 62, and became a well-known folk artist. Her meticulously detailed paintings document life in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and record the endless, life-sustaining chores of a country farm; the joys of family at home, work, and prayer; and the customs and events of her community. She is one of the American folk painters whose work is an invaluable visual history of a way of life that, because of social and economic changes, no longer exists. This exhibition features 44 of the 49 pieces of artwork she produced over the course of an 18 year career.

Inside Looking Out is curated by the Daura Gallery, Lynchburg College, with support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Painting, "Slave Hunt" by Thomas Moran, 19th century (accession  number: 2000.161)Our upcoming major exhibition explores the African American experience in Virginia from the arrival of the first Africans in English North America in 1619 to the present day. Throughout this 400-year-long history, African Americans have played a pivotal role in shaping America’s national identity and culture. This exhibition focuses on key Virginians and Virginia events that defined the meaning of American democracy, equality, and justice.

Collections Drive

Brochure, 1955 NAACP Freedom Day. (Accession number 2003.234.5) In conjunction with this exhibition and with our ongoing commitment to tell the stories of all Virginians, we are asking for the public’s help to build the museum’s collections to better preserve the complex experience of African Americans in Virginia.

We are particularly interested in items that represent:

  • African American achievements in Virginia politics, business, culture, and other arenas in the 20th and 21st centuries

  • life under Jim Crow segregation

  • the Civil Rights Movement

  • expressions of black pride

  • the recent fight against persistent racism and injustice as seen in the Black Lives Matter movement and Charlottesville protests

If you have objects (such as documents, letters, family mementos, personal effects, and images) that you would like to share with the museum, please contact Dr. Karen Sherry, Curator of Exhibitions, at (804) 342-9683 or ksherry@VirginiaHistory.org


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