Opening Reception for Poetic Mystery:Works by James Bumgardner

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

LCVA welcomes guests for the opening reception of Poetic Mystery:Works by James Bumgardner in the lower level on April 14 from 5-8pm. 

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. 

Poetic Mystery: Works from James Bumgardner spans over 50 years of the late artist’s growth and creative development and honors the diligent artist and beloved educator. A complex artist, Bumgardner was at times a romantic idealist and at others an objective structuralist;  at once a formalist and a poet. This retrospective exhibition, curated by Lester Van Winkle and Judith Bumgardner, reflects Bumgardner’s process, as well as the breadth of his talents situated within the historic context of his life.



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.