Upcoming Exhibits

Slow (detail), John Kinney
February 26, 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 26, 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 26, 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 26, 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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Still Life with French Easel, Jane Iten. 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, Betty Blessin, Amy and Joel Bunn, Susan Critz, Richard and Sarah Leeper Franks, Marty Gardner, Dr. and Mrs. Donald Grayson, Gale and Will Gravely, 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, and Julie Work.


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Jane Iten
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.


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John Salminen, AWS, D.F., Yellow Awning. Winner of AWS Silver Medal of Honor.
March 13, 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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May 22, 2021 - July 17, 2021  

Expressions 2021

Offering an eclectic mix of styles and media, this annual open-entry, judged exhibit features work by more than 100 local and regional artists.


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