Testimony: Amber Groome

September 24, 2016 to January 8, 2017
Amber Groome at LCVA

Testimony: Amber Groome is an intimate exhibition featuring the contemporary outsider artist’s meticulously crafted sculpture and assemblage. Testimony addresses the challenges and stigma of living with mental illness, and the secrecy that often accompanies it. The artist’s intensely personal work is simultaneously private and revealing, fragile yet bold, and is best experienced in smaller settings. Like Elly MacKay and Susan Jamison, Amber Groome’s work evokes a dreamlike world—but one with a distinctly different set of visions. On view September 24, 2016 – January 8, 2017. Opening reception on September 23, 5-8 pm.

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.