Art and Museums

Arts and Education
9:44 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Virginia's Traveling African Art Exhibit

Credit Aldine S. Hartman Endowment Fund

When it comes to ethnicity, the largest group of people in Virginia—about 20% -- trace their ancestry back to Africa, but kids in our schools learn relatively little about African history, arts and culture.  Now, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will offer a lively supplement to the curriculum -- taking children on a virtual trip to Mali, Ghana and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

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Arts & Culture
7:35 am
Mon February 23, 2015

UVA Exhibits Lucian Freud Etchings

Head of an Irishman, 1999. Lucian Freud
Credit The Collection of William and Donna Acquavella

Some big names are gracing the University of Virginia’s art museum this month. 

Lucian Freud was the grandson of Sigmund Freud, who encouraged him to become an artist.  The younger Freud left Germany with his family when Hitler came to power and settled in England, where he painted a diverse group of people; from the civil servant he called Big Sue to Mick Jagger’s fashionable wife.

“He had a fascination for pregnant women, and he painted Jerry Hall and Kate Moss, who were best known as tall, sleek models, in the third trimester of their pregnancy.” 

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Artist Celebrates Life
4:30 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Noah Scalin's Skull-A-Day

Silver Wire Skull
Credit Artist Noah Scalin

It’s been seven years since Richmond artist Noah Scalin launched a project that would bring him international fame.  The mission: to draw, paint or sculpt a skull a day.  Now, those works are collected in a new book that illustrates how one idea can jump start a career. 

Some artists discover their true nature late in life.  At 42, Richmond resident Noah Scalin says he’s always known art was his calling.  After all, both of his parents were artists.

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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
12:22 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing

Credit Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

This week, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts  will paint the town red, opening a massive new show from China.   The Forbidden City offers  a look inside the palace that two dozen Chinese emperors called home.

Chinese music, paintings, sculptures and calligraphy will take center stage at the Richmond museum when The Forbidden City show opens Saturday, October 18.  Director Alex Nyerges has been to the real thing many times to marvel at 1.8 million works of art on its walls and grounds.

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Celebrating the Wilderness Act
4:00 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Swimming Pool Art

The Shenandoah National Park made a surprising announcement last week - inviting people to apply for an artist-in-residence program. 

During this - the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act - the park wanted to celebrate its year-round residents and invite artists to record the natural beauty of the place. 

The winner will have two weeks in September, all expenses paid, to live and work in the Shenandoah.
Near Charlottesville, another artistic happening is underway. 

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