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The LCVA actively collections the work of folk, self-taught, and outsider artists with two key collections forming its core – the Oppenhimer Collection of Folk Art and the Marion Forgey Line Collection.

Oppenhimer Collection

This collection comprises masterful works made after 1950 by untrained artists who present wholly authentic and original images of their worlds. Their works—often made out of materials at hand, such as dirt, house paint, leftover linoleum and plywood—are expressive, imaginative and powerful. The collection transcends traditional notions of the “fine arts” to exemplify beauty, hope and the power of the human imagination.

Marion Line Collection

Marion Forgey Line (1919-1999) painted luminous pictures of life in the country and family stories. Although she always loved to draw pictures of people, places and animals, it wasn’t until the 1970s that she returned to visual art more decidedly. As a violinist who could no longer play because of arthritis, she felt compelled to express her own sense of beauty, joy and spirituality. Her paintings are scenes awash with bright colors and nostalgic visions of spring flowers, harvest, and wintry wonderlands. 

Longwood Center for the Visual Arts • 129 N. Main St. • Farmville, VA 23901

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