This contemporary art collection, comprising more than 450 works, came to LCVA through the generosity of Jackson L. Blanton, a native of Tamworth in Cumberland County. Blanton retired in 2003 from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond as vice president and community affairs officer, a role in which he promoted economic development in underserved communities. In addition, he developed the bank’s fine arts program and served as curator of its art collection, which includes more than 1,000 artworks.
The collection is eclectic and includes the work of a variety of Virginia artists, along with nationally known talent in media such as sculpture, painting, prints and drawings. Represented artists include Maurice Beane, Nell Blaine, Richard Carlyon, Gene Davis, Harriet Fitzgerald, Ann Lyne, Albert Paley, Rubin Peacock, Beverly Pepper, Donald Sultan and Nancy Witt.