The Longwood Center for the Visual Arts (LCVA) will honor award recipients for the 2019 Community Achievement in the Arts on Friday, April 26 from 5-8:00 p.m. The awards ceremony is free and open to the public.
The awards, established more than 20 years ago, recognize the individuals, volunteers, businesses, and non-profit organizations that have enriched lives in Southside Virginia through their contributions to the arts.
Rochette's Florist, Marty Dorrill, and the Illyria Theatre Company will receive the Business, Individual and Organization Awards respectively. Linda Trent will be awarded with the Volunteer of the Year. Erin Parker will be awarded Student Volunteer of the Year. Henry Fulcher will be honored with the Barbara Ann Dixon Lifetime Achievement Award.
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.