Each year, all Longwood visual arts majors create a senior professional project that often forms the core of what will become their professional portfolio. Longwood Center for the Visual Arts has the privilege of presenting these culminating works. Point of Departure: Longwood University Department of Theatre, Art, and Graphic and Animation Design 2019 Senior Exhibition celebrates the beginning of the next stage of their life journey, the time they have spent at Longwood, and their growth as individuals, artists, and citizen leaders.
The Working Artist program is designed to provide studio artists a facility, mentoring and additional support to develop a body of work at Longwood University. This program increases Longwood University students' access and exposure to working artists. It also raises greater cultural awareness and appreciation for art as a viable vocation.
Point of Departure is made possible in part by Longwood University’s Cook-Cole College of Arts & Sciences.
All LCVA exhibitions and programs are made possible through the generous support of the Wells-Fargo Foundation, the Walter J. Payne Foundation, Anne Carter & Walter R. Robbins, Jr. Foundation, the E.B. Duff Charitable Lead Annuity Trust, Southside Electric Cooperative, Gantt Insurance & Auto Owners, Walmart, Julie Dixon and Guy Dixon, Navona & David Hart, Real Living Cornerstone, Helton House, and Haley Auto Mall.
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.