Thomas Sully Collection

Lilly Martin Spencer (1822-1902) Untitled (Portrait of a Little Girl) n.d. Oil on board 1982.15 Gift of Arthur J. Phelan, Jr.

The American Art Collection currently contains more than 400 works. The collection originated with nine Thomas Sully works given by Jeanne Sully West of Buckingham County, Virginia in 1971. Mrs. West was a direct descendent of Thomas Sully (1783-1872), one of America's most important portrait painters. Other works in the American Art Collection consist of paintings, works on paper, sculpture and decorative arts. Among others the collection includes work by Thomas Sully, James McNeill Whistler, Robert Rauschenberg, Gene Davis, Anna Hyatt Huntington, Lilly Martin Spencer, Sam Maloof, John Garland Brown, Albert Pinkham Ryder, Homer Martin Dodge, John Neagle, and Eastman Johnson.

Location

North Main Street

The LCVA is a 20,000-square-foot exhibition center featuring two rotating galleries that have shown works of worldwide importance, including the award-winning Reflecting Centuries of Beauty: The Rowe Collection of Chinese Art, the nationally traveled Pre-Columbian Art from the Mississippi Museum of Art, and a steady stream of solo and group exhibitions for nationally known artists such as Faith Ringgold, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Lesley Dill, David Macaulay, and Kojo Griffin.

The LCVA also dedicates one gallery to a permanent exhibition of stunning African art, part of the Ziegler and Brumfield Collections of African Art. In 1997 Robert Ziegler, a longtime resident of Africa, established this collection with twenty-six important pieces. In 1999, Thomas and Donna Brumfield donated an additional eighty-eight works of African art. The collection includes an impressive array of statues, masks, drums, baskets, and garments, covering four geographical areas, twelve countries, and twenty-seven cultures. A catalog of this collection, Telling Objects: African Art from the Permanent Collection of the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, is available.