Past Exhibitions

January 22, 2022 to April 10, 2022
“Our lives—our real lives—are made almost wholly of attempts at tenderness. We work hard on behalf of those we love, daydream about their future happiness, go out of our way to save them even the slightest pain, comfort them when the pain arrives just the same.” -George Saunders*
October 8, 2021 to January 24, 2022

Spanning decades of artistic development, People of the Tides: The Art of Michaela Goade is a testament to the artist’s commitment to her heritage, craft, and the subjects she illustrates. Her art work preserves stories and traditions of contemporary Indigenous nations as well as highlights the themes and lessons learned from the land, in particular Southeast Alaska, her ancestral Tlingit home. Time — both human and natural — are central in her art as well.

August 28, 2021 to January 2, 2022

The House We Build is an exhibition about family and a family exhibition that invites visitors to witness their intergenerational conversations through the art that emerges as a result of their dialogue. When James’s daughter, Indigo, was about three she began to ask her father questions about life. They would talk to each other about their experiences, which are reflected in their respective artwork. Years later, younger sister Zoe joined these evolving conversations.

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August 28, 2021 to January 2, 2022

Future Planets expands upon dialogue between children and their parents. This concurrent exhibition, which is curated by James Williams II, provides emerging artists ages 3 to 15 a space to showcase their limitless imagination and creativity. Their renowned artist parents are exhibiting alongside them. Future Planets features drawing, paintings, sculptures, videos, and installations created both individually and collaboratively by:

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December 4, 2020 to December 4, 2021

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John Mooney (VA, 1843-1918), Luray Caverns, n.d., oil on canvas. Collection of the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, American Art Collection, gift of Bob and Margaret Mayo, 2016.2.15.
May 28, 2021 to August 15, 2021

Highlighting works from the LCVA’s permanent collection, Main Street Museum: Virginia Landscapes and Sites considers the commonwealth’s narratives and natural beauty. In combining familiar landmarks in Richmond with the serene Blue Ridge Mountains and the coast, the works invite visitors to delve into the landscapes first hand. Maps and coordinates will be provided of the landscapes so that visitors can see for themselves what the site looks like and compare it to the artist’s representation.