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
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 40 of the 50 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.
400 YEARS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY – JUNE THROUGH DECEMBER 2019
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.
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.