Previous Exhibits

Burnham Brothers, Essex, MA (detail), 1962, printed later, Carl Chiarenza (American, born 1935), gelatin silver print. Gift of Carl Chiarenza, 2016.516
October 23, 2021  

Carl Chiarenza

On loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Sponsored by Jill and Jay Dickens, Anne and Eric Smith, Barbara and Guy Stanley, King's Grant, Books and Crannies and Lynwood Artists

Born to Italian immigrant parents and raised in Rochester, New York, Chiarenza’s interest in photography developed early in his childhood. From 1953 to 1957, Chiarenza studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology under the direction of Minor White and Ralph Hattersley. Since the late 1960s, Chiarenza has been a leading figure in a movement that seeks to expand the conceptual boundaries of photography. Chiarenza’s photographs have been included in more than 80 solo and 250 group exhibitions since 1957. His black-and-white photographs, which often contain elements of collage, have continued to challenge notions of landscape, abstraction, visitor perspective, and the very medium of photography itself.

Chiarenza is inspired by both the beauty of and human connections to landscapes, but has been continuously dissatisfied with his outdoor nature photographs. In acknowledging that traditional depictions of landscapes in paintings are constructed, he began to approach his photographs as abstract and emotional constructions that allow us to examine nature in relation to the self.

The key characteristic that came to dominate Chiarenza’s style was nyctophilia, or a preference for and comfort in darkness. His photographs do not offer familiar faces or landscapes; there is no evident cultural or psychological framework for the viewer to build their response. Rather, the lack of specificity and sense of timelessness reminds us that all photographs are constructions of reality that produce various interpretations relative to each viewer. Chiarenza’s work invites individual reflection by forcing us to examine the subliminal workings of the mind. In these photographs, nothing is absolute, leaving all realities subject to each observer.

This exhibition is curated by VMFA Director and CEO Alex Nyerges. These works were all a generous gift of the artist.

Admission Free

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Omens, 2017, Georgia Deal, screen print on handmade paper
October 23, 2021  

Print/Imprint: Asheville Printmakers

Sponsored by Jill and Jay Dickens, Anne and Eric Smith, Barbara and Guy Stanley, King's Grant, Books and Crannies and Lynwood Artists

Asheville Printmakers is an independent alliance of artists working out of the Asheville, NC area, who express themselves through the medium of print. The group's work encompass a wide range of processes and content, from traditional to experimental and classic to contemporary. Their printing methods vary from relief printing such as woodblock, linocut, and wood engraving, to intaglio methods such as drypoint, etching, collagraph and photogravure. Some use alternative photographic printing processes such as platinum-palladium and gum biochromate; others employ monotype and variable editions in their work. A common thread is a hands-on involvement in making prints.

Featuring work by Bobbi Allen, Dona D. Barnett, Bette Bates, Anne Battram, Bridget Benton, Anne Bessac, Lisa Blackburn, Kristalyn Bunyan, Laurie Corral, Georgia Deal, Gwen Diehn, Claudia Dunaway, Lisa June Eames, Casey Engel, Martha Ensign Johnson, Maria Epes, Sheryl Gruenig, Clay Harmon, Heather Hietala, Dave Ladendorf, Carol Lawrence, Denise Markbreit, Lauren Miko, Angela Modzelewski, Martha Oatway, Lynn Allison Starun, Jo A. Taylor, Jessica C. White, Chris Whiteman and Ani Volkan.

Admission Free

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October 23, 2021  

Tools of Happiness

Sponsored by Jill and Jay Dickens, Anne and Eric Smith, Barbara and Guy Stanley, King's Grant, Books and Crannies and Lynwood Artists

George Ray Shelton's painting style shows influences ranging from classic masters to contemporary media. Whatever the subject, one thing is clear: his brushes and spatulas are indeed his "tools of happiness."

Admission Free

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Garment for Remembering the Earth (detail), Jennifer L. Hand
July 31, 2021 - October 9, 2021  

Leaves of the Tree

Sponsored by Lucy and Sergio Amato, Janice and Kelly Cain, Karen and David Jones, Donna and Richard Lawhon, Debbie and Ben Lewis, Ally and Joe Leizer, Nancy and Rob Spilman and Lynwood Artists

Charlie Brouwer and Jennifer L. Hand collaborated to create Leaves of the Tree, a unique exhibition based on life-giving tree leaves.

The title of the exhibition has many connotations for both artists. Their individual and collaborative works have always shared a general concern for humanity's relationship with nature and frequently depict trees, leaves, landscapes and skies. The title also alludes to their familial relationship as father and daughter.

An overarching concept of the exhibition is that we are all leaves of one universal Tree of Life. This is as timely as it is timeless. It reflects the artists’ interest in making art that inspires a sense of community and equality amongst all peoples as we strive to live together on this earth we call home. 

The installation includes hundreds of life-size leaves sewn from donated fabric, suspended from the ceiling and surrounding a large wooden tree trunk form that extends from the museum’s lobby into the galleries. 

Admission Free

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Detail of Warrior Figure (Blood Orange), Jennifer Reis, embellished textile
September 1, 2021 - October 9, 2021  

Narrative by Nature: Leslie Pearson + Jennifer Reis

Sponsored by Lucy and Sergio Amato, Janice and Kelly Cain, Karen and David Jones, Donna and Richard Lawhon, Debbie and Ben Lewis, Ally and Joe Leizer, Nancy and Rob Spilman and Lynwood Artists

Drawn to things that have layers of history, Leslie Pearson is a scavenger for lost or forgotten things. Her work includes many found objects, from handwritten letters, journals and old books to rusty metal, postage stamps, buttons, teeth, animal bones and bits of fabric. Pearson likes to imagine the stories that these treasures hold. She also finds inspiration in organic forms found within the natural world such as pods, seeds, nests, eggs and shells—mostly for the metaphor they hold as keepers, protectors and incubators.

Combining traditional sewing, embroidery and embellishing techniques and materials with found objects, Jennifer Reis creates decorative, iconic objects that exist as female power figures. Her textile works are hand-sewn and beaded, created through a slow-art process; The creative act serving as a meditative process. Reis's work concerns the female form as an ornamented and empowered form existing within a ritualized context. Her work is inspired and informed by fashion, feminism and a Catholic aesthetic rooted in her upbringing as a German-American.

Admission Free

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June 1, 2021 - July 16, 2021  

Picturing Women Inventors

Organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is sponsored by Lyda Hill Philanthropies If/Then Initiative and Ericsson

When we think of inventors, most think of Thomas Edison or Alexander Graham Bell. What about women inventors? Although they may not be as well known, women have always solved problems by inventing. The stories on these posters illustrate that the creativity of women inventors ranges across diverse backgrounds and interests throughout American history.

Picturing Women Inventors is a series of eight posters that explores the inventions of 19 highly accomplished American women. Astronauts, computer pioneers, and businesswomen join athletes, engineers, and even teenagers in this remarkable group of inventors. Ideal for classrooms or other learning environments, the poster exhibition also comes with curriculum material developed by Smithsonian educators at the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.

Admission Free

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July 1, 2021 - July 16, 2021  

Expressions 2021

Sponsored by King's Grant, Best in Show Sponsored by Virginia Glass & Mirror

Expressions is an annual exhibition of work by artists from southern Virginia and the surrounding regions. This showcase of regional talent features an eclectic mix of work from more than 90 artists, including watercolor, oil and acrylic, 3D, mixed media and drawing.

Admission Free

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Still Life with French Easel, Jane Iten, NWS. On loan from Paulina Joyce.
March 13, 2021 - May 1, 2021  

Jane Iten Memorial Exhibition

Sponsored by Cece Johnson and Bob Davis, Sarah and Richard Franks, Marty Gardner, Paulina Joyce, Ruth and Dan Leeper, Stephanie and Caleb Moore, Susan and David Morris, Holly and Walt Rhea, Bunco Babes, Water Ladies and Lynwood Artists

In memory of Jane Iten, a local artist and longtime friend of the museum, Piedmont Arts has curated an exhibition of Iten’s work spanning several decades. An accomplished artist and teacher, Iten was a member of the Virginia Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, and Martinsville-Henry County’s artist guild, Lynwood Artists. Iten’s paintings have been included in local and national exhibits and have received many awards, including Virginia Watercolor Society’s Shenandoah Award.

Featuring work on loan from the collections of Carolyn Beale, Amy and Joel Bunn, Judy Carter, Teena Crawshaw, Susan Critz, Richard and Sarah Leeper Franks, Marty Gardner, Dr. and Mrs. Donald Grayson, Gale and Will Gravely, Sheila Hubbard, Paulina Joyce, Ruth and Dan Leeper, Barbara and Andy Parker, Shar and Greg Peitz, Holly and Walt Rhea, Susan and William Sapp, Annelle and Doug Williams, Becki Williams Vasquez, Lucy and AC Wilson, and Julie Work.

Admission Free

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Jessie Ward
March 13, 2021 - May 1, 2021  

Water Ladies

Sponsored by Cece Johnson and Bob Davis, Sarah and Richard Franks, Marty Gardner, Paulina Joyce, Ruth and Dan Leeper, Stephanie and Caleb Moore, Susan and David Morris, Holly and Walt Rhea, Bunco Babes, Water Ladies and Lynwood Artists

Featuring work by members of the Water Ladies, a weekly watercolor class at Piedmont Arts that was founded and led by the late Jane Iten. Including work by Doris Falls, Rebecca Kolinski, Susan Moore, Susan Sapp, Jessie Ward, and Annelle Williams.

Admission Free

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John Salminen, AWS, D.F., Yellow Awning. Winner of AWS Silver Medal of Honor.
April 1, 2021 - May 1, 2021  

American Watercolor Society 153rd Annual Exhibition

Sponsored by Cece Johnson and Bob Davis, Sarah and Richard Franks, Marty Gardner, Paulina Joyce, Ruth and Dan Leeper, Stephanie and Caleb Moore, Susan and David Morris, Holly and Walt Rhea, Bunco Babes, Water Ladies and Lynwood Artists

American Watercolor Society 153rd Annual Exhibition includes 40 paintings, with styles ranging from hyperrealistic to abstract, by artists from around the globe.

Founded in 1866 to promote the art of watercolor painting in America, the American Watercolor Society is one of the oldest and most prestigious art societies in the world. As such, election into the Society as a Signature Member is one of the most sought-after honors in the painting world. Society membership comprises many of the greatest names in painting and includes realist painter Andrew Wyeth, American impressionist Childe Hassam, regionalists Edward Hopper and Charles Burchfield, and virtually every member of the important “California School” of watercolorists, among others.

Each year the Society holds its Annual International Exhibition, a juried exhibition of watercolors from artists around the world. More than 1,100 artists from the U.S. and 32 foreign countries submit their work. This year, 143 paintings were selected for the annual exhibition and 40 paintings were selected to travel on a cross-country tour of six museums and galleries, which culminates at Piedmont Arts.

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Slow (detail), John Kinney
February 2, 2021 - February 27, 2021  

Virginia: Changing Topographies

Sponsored by Susan and Charles Aaron, Dr. Barry Dorsey, Cindy and Steve Edgerton, Jo and Don Grayson, Lynn and Noel Ward and Lynwood Artists

John Kinney's photographic series is based on the expanding development in the rural districts in Northern Virginia. His photos highlight areas being developed, and feature land that many residents hope will never be developed.


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Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California, 1935, printed January 1979, Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984). Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Gift of Andrea Gray Stillman. Photograph By Ansel Adams © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.
February 2, 2021 - February 27, 2021  

Ansel Adams: Compositions in Nature

On loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Sponsored by Susan and Charles Aaron, Dr. Barry Dorsey, Cindy and Steve Edgerton, Jo and Don Grayson, Lynn and Noel Ward and Lynwood Artists

Renowned for his photographs of the American western landscape, Ansel Adams is one of the most celebrated and influential American artists of the twentieth century. Ansel Adams: Compositions in Nature brings together over forty of his most beloved works and places them in context of the artist’s multifaceted career, in which he excelled as an artist, environmentalist, and musician. Additionally, rarely exhibited and unconventional photographs by Adams demonstrate the breadth of his professional and personal interests.

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A Trinity (detail), Jason Franklin
February 2, 2021 - February 27, 2021  

I Am...

Celebrating Black History Month

Sponsored by Susan and Charles Aaron, Dr. Barry Dorsey, Cindy and Steve Edgerton, Jo and Don Grayson, Lynn and Noel Ward and Lynwood Artists

Jason Franklin's work narrates the human condition from an American perspective. He brings to life everyday situations and feelings, like love, family, faith, dreams, and friendship, in extraordinary ways. Much of his work documents unique facets of American life and celebrates the indomitable spirit.

In I Am... Franklin shows glimpses of God's glory and love through people, relationships, and color. Using personal moments with family, friends, and a few historic figures, Franklin visually demonstrates man’s connection with the great I AM, while confirming our collective humanity and community. His quiet, visual stories reflect and imitate the love of the great I AM. 

The Barbershop Series is a coming-of-age narrative that tells the story of the artist's transformation from son to father. Franklin says barbershops are a safe haven for African American men, and it is from this familiar setting that he memorializes his son's first haircut, his father’s last haircut and significant life points in between. Franklin’s gestural brushwork creates movement, but also symbolizes the movement of life — always changing, evolving, living, and dying. This series is a tribute to Franklin’s father, James Cromartie, and his son, Jason Christian Franklin.

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February 2, 2021 - February 27, 2021  

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence

Celebrating Black History Month

The story of women's suffrage is a story of voting rights, of inclusion in and exclusion from the franchise, and of our civic development as a nation. Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence, a poster exhibition from the Smithsonian, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment and explores the complexity of the women's suffrage movement and the relevance of this history to women, and especially women of color, whose fight required even more persistence. The crusade for women's suffrage is one of the longest reform movements in American history. Between 1832 and 1920, women citizens organized for the right to vote, agitating first in their states or territories and also, simultaneously, through petitioning for a federal amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery. This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative. The Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story, is one of the country’s most ambitious undertakings to research, collect, document display and share the compelling story of women. It will deepen our understanding of women’s contributions to the nation and the world.

More information about the initiative is available at womenshistory.si.edu.


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December 1, 2020 - January 9, 2021  

The Art of the Quilt: Anything Goes

Co-curated by Linda Fiedler and Betty Blessin

Quilts and quilted wearables by 42 artists from across the Southeast are on display in this biennial invitational exhibition, co-curated by master quilter Linda Fiedler and quilter Betty Blessin. Themed Anything Goes, this year's exhibition commemorates the 12th anniversary of The Art of the Quilt.

Admission Free

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Baby Face, Sandie Hundley
December 1, 2020 - January 9, 2021  

Virginia Foothills Quilters Guild

A biennial group exhibition by Piedmont Arts Community Partner, Virginia Foothills Quilters Guild, this exhibit includes everything from wearables to wall hangings to good, old-fashioned bed coverings.

Admission Free

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October 23, 2020  

Opening Reception

Sponsored by Virginia Consortium of Quilters, Virginia Foothills Quilters Guild, Nancy and Milt Davis, Jill and Jay Dickens, Joan and Monty Montgomery, Barbara and Guy Stanley and Lynwood Artists

Join Piedmont Arts for an opening reception in honor of the museum's new exhibits. Free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and light refreshments will be served. Music by Lauren Luther.

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September 1, 2020 - October 10, 2020  

The Garden

Co-curated by Jorge Benitez and Reni Gower

Across the globe and from King to commoner, the garden has provided sustenance and pleasure throughout time in both corporeal and spiritual ways. As in Milton’s Paradise Lost or Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights to Monet’s Giverny or Thoreau’s Walden Pond, artists have often portrayed the garden as an ever-evolving and fertile metaphor for life colored by contrasts. Humble or grandiose; cultivated or wild; lush or arid; ornamental or medicinal; secret or shared; the garden protects and provides as much as it provokes and stimulates. No matter its form during this time of anxiety and uncertainty,

The Garden offers a much-needed refuge and heartening reprieve. In much the same way that a private enclosure or garden setting creates a sheltered contemplative respite, this uplifting and immersive exhibition offers a concrete and time proven alternative to today’s digitally mediated experience. As new research confirms, people report higher levels of health and happiness if they spend a mere 120 minutes per week in a natural setting. So inspired, The Garden can enhance your wellbeing. As it compels you to put down your phone, The Garden will refresh your spirit and quite possibly renew your soul.

The Garden features work by:

  • Jorge Benitez
  • Ruth Bolduan
  • Sally Bowring
  • Cat Crotchett
  • Reni Gower
  • Chris Gregson
  • Melissa Potter
  • Javier Tapia

Admission Free

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October 1, 2020 - October 10, 2020  

Journey

Charlie Knighton’s exhibit, Journey, is in effect a journey on two plains: A journey from woodworking to painting; and the artistic interpretation of Charlie’s physical journeys across the country and world. Charlie’s work is ever-evolving and his artistic process adapts with each new journey upon which he embarks.

Admission Free

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June 11, 2020 - July 25, 2020  

16 Hands: Two Generations, Working Together

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Floyd, Virginia, there is an enclave of craftsmen who, over the past 25 years, have solidified deep friendships as well as a network of creative, technical and professional support. Drawn to the area by its beauty and tranquility, with much determination, they established working studios, vital careers and a way of life. Two Generations, Working Together features work by 16 Hands members Ellen Shankin, Brad Warstler, Silvie Granatelli, Benjie Osborne, Josh Manning, Donna Polseno, Hona Knudsen, Wendy Werstlein, Sarah McCarthy, Seth Guzovsky, Andrea Denniston and Josh Copus.


June 11, 2020 - July 25, 2020  

Dreaming Geometry: An Artistic Exploration of Mathematics

Jon Handy's drawings are based in geometry and impart a sense of purpose and thought. The artist's brilliant mind is evident in his work, and this encourages the viewer to examine each piece searching for answers hidden within his clever mathematical drawings.


January 18, 2020 - March 7, 2020  

TransLight/TransPlace

Like a shaman, Halide Salam dances on surfaces to open passages into the undiscovered world within, and to make meaning of the world without. Her paintings are neither visions nor memories. She paints in silence with no preconceptions, drawings or ideas, relying on what she knows and feels about the natural worlds, and her place in it. Salam moves the paint, through unspoken words as tones, lines and hues, connecting images that arise through a sense of unison within patterns and structures that evolve and emerge through the process of call and response. It is a rhythmic dance on the canvas that opens up various forms of consciousness making visible the invisible, finding harmony through a passage of consciousness. Harmony is the outcome of struggle. There is beauty in struggle. Salam’s work reflects both the beauty of struggle and the moments of rest and solace. Salam received a Masters of Art in painting from New Mexico Highlands University and a Ph.D. in fine arts from Texas Tech University. She is a professor of art at Radford University.


January 18, 2020 - March 7, 2020  

Fragile, Handle with Care

Tawny Chatmon's portraits capture the beauty, innocence and hope of black childhood. She is devoted to creating portraits that are loosely inspired by works painted spanning from the 15th to 20th centuries, with the specific intent of bringing to the forefront faces that were often under-celebrated in this style of work. Chatmon's works almost always begin as photographs she has taken of someone close to her. She then alters her photos in diverse ways, creating a depth of layers using a variety of mediums. She chooses to frame her work in gold vintage, antique and baroque frames that she collects from estate sales, galleries, auctions and private sellers. These frames were constructed during (or are reminiscent of) an era in which framing subjects such as her’s wasn’t a consideration. Recently, Chatmon discovered a common theme amongst the sellers of these frames. Something that is often expressed is their concern over the fragility and the importance of them. She realized that the concern over the fragility of these previously loved frames, was her wish for the subjects she was placing inside of them. Chatmon's photography has been featured in Vogue Bambini, Parenting Magazine and Babytalk Magazine. Her commercial clients include YMCA, Until There's a Cure, National Education Association and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.


January 18, 2020 - March 7, 2020  

Windows of the Soul

Windows of the Soul features original oil paintings by Lynwood Artists member, Loretta Joy Crossman.


November 1, 2019 - January 4, 2020  

Hands, Head, Heart: Jill Jensen

Woodblock prints, found objects, bits of nature and other fragments and images are combined with color and texture in Jill Jensen's bold and powerful quilts. Living in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Jensen uses the region's beautiful vistas, striking sunsets and ever changing flora as inspiration for her work.


December 3, 2019 - January 4, 2020  

Wild and Colorful World of Barbara Kobylinska

Barbara Kobylinska approaches her art with both a studied sense of design and an unapologetic intuition. Her large indoor/outdoor sculptures are adventurous and inventive. With humor and a sophisticated, playful intelligence, she invites the viewer to share her delight in the unexpected. Kobylinska's work has been exhibited in shows across the country and is part of many private collections. She is a member of International Sculpture Center, Washington Sculptors Group, Potter’s Council and Ceramic Designers Association.


December 3, 2019 - January 4, 2020  

Working Men

Danville, Virginia-based photographer Barry Koplen captures workmen on-site at jobs around the city. His full-color photographs are printed on metal, creating a vivid display of color and depth.


August 3, 2019 - October 5, 2019  

FLASHPOINTS : Material : Intent : Fused

Featuring the work of Kristy Deetz, Reni Gower, Jane Nodine, and Daniella Woolf. Enticed by touch, these artists explore a wide range of materials and processes linked through craft and meaning. With a shared focus on encaustic (pigmented hot wax) FLASHPOINTS beautifully underscores where material and intent converse and fuse. Whether a painting, a tapestry, an installation or artist book, the works in this exhibition resonate with a profound tactility echoed through substance, image and idea. The viewer is invited to explore an immersive sensory-filled experience that is defined by more than just wax. FLASHPOINTS is curated by artist and retired Virginia Commonwealth University Professor Reni Gower.


August 3, 2019 - October 5, 2019  

Parts2 | Ed Dolinger

Parts2 acts as an extension of decades of artist Ed Dolinger’s self-imposed creative constraints of composing within a square format, while pursuing abstract expressions through a variety of mixed media. All of the works presented in this exhibit are also confined to a 12-inch square format, beginning as flat collages, assembled with magazine pages anchored with layers of beeswax. As with his earlier mixed media work, it is an elusive pursuit challenging a learning curve of techniques, visually and viscerally melding with poetic puzzle-making. Dolinger has been an active member of the Virginia art community for years. He is a former recipient of a painting fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and has been shown, collected and involved in public arts projects throughout the country.


August 3, 2019 - October 5, 2019  

Life, Love, Art: Collection of Judy and John Matthews

In memory of Judy and John Matthews, longtime supporters and friends of Lynwood Artists and Piedmont Arts, the museum will feature works from the Matthews family's collection of contemporary art.


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