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"The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity."

Art is at the center of everything we do at the LCVA.

Art is a way for artists to express themselves and their unique perspectives on the world. This means that every piece of visual art you encounter is a glimpse into someone else’s creativity and imagination, which can be pretty inspiring.

Beyond that, visual art has the power to challenge and disrupt societal norms and expectations. Art can challenge the status quo, push boundaries, and make us question what we know and believe. This can lead to important conversations and even social change.

Additionally, visual art can be a way to connect with others and build community. It can bring people together around shared interests and passions, and foster a sense of belonging and connection.

Let’s not forget that visual art can simply be beautiful to look at! It can inspire awe and wonder, and bring joy to our lives.


Here you can find a selection of our past, present, and future Exhibitions.

Past exhibitions include art from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Corinna Luyken, Longwood University Department of Theatre, Art, and Graphic & Animation Design Faculty, youth art from Start with Art, Learn for Life: The Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition, and more.

We keep an updated list of current and upcoming exhibitions on our events page.


More than 95% of the Longwood Center for the Visual Art’s collection has been contributed by Longwood alumni and friends with the intention that art encourages learning, fosters and understanding of the interconnection between disciplines, and emphasizes the importance of history and culture in a healthy, democratic society.

Art on Campus

Longwood University has been collecting art for more than 100 years with the express intention of sharing its collection with students, faculty, staff, and visitors. In recent years, the university has committed to exhibiting portions of its collection in every academic building on campus.

An official steward of Longwood University’s art collection, the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts exhibits art throughout the campus. In this role, the LCVA presents a wide range of subjects and forms to illustrate art’s capacity to affect people’s lives.

Art on campus is available for public viewing during normal business hours when the university is open.

Online Catalogue

View our online collections database!

Keyword searches allow you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalogue records online. Advanced searches allow you to be more specific; you can search for a word or phrase within a category or use multiple categories.

You can also shuffle images. This is a great way to browse the full collection and get more information about anything you see just by clicking the image thumbnail. 

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The Longwood Center for the Visual Arts is a 501(c)(3) organization. All contributions may be tax deductible.

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