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Timothy Duffy: Blue Muse, Preserving the Roots of the American South

June 1, 2021
Timothy Duffy: Blue Muse

Using a photography process invented in the United States in the nineteenth-century, Timothy Duffy creates masterful one-of-a-kind tintype portraits of American musicians, preserving the faces of American roots music for future generations. 


April 18, 2021
Veronica Jackson

Veronica Jackson will be giving an artist presentation on May 11, 2021 at 6:30 pm via Zoom.
For anyone interested in receiving a zoom link, please contact info@danvillemuseum.org.

Veronica Jackson’s work is autobiographical, stems from her position as a black woman marking space, and responds to the travails of her ancestors. She has a multidisciplinary visual-art practice based on an interpretive exhibit design, and architecture career spanning more than three decades. Jackson tells stories using quotidian objects such as felt-lined bulletin boards, clothing, hair, handmade paper, timecards, and text. Her work addresses several internal queries arising from her plight as a black woman in America: What does it mean to be invisible? How does the designation of invisibility affect her identity and sense of self?


David A. Douglas Exhibition: Shadows of Place

November 22, 2020
David A. Douglas Exhibition

Working at the intersection of drawing, painting and photography, David A. Douglas creates large-scale works that explore the power of place. Depicting personally significant landscapes on a monumental scale, Douglas offers the viewer the opportunity to enter his visual world and experience the potency that underlies each moment. – Nancy Sausser (Exhibitions Director and Curator at Mclean Project for the Arts, Mclean, VA)

VMFA on the Road: An Artmobile for the 21st Century

July 14, 2020
VMFA on the Road: An Artmobile for the 21st Century

July 14 - July 17, 2020

The much beloved Artmobile has returned but redesigned for a new generation! VMFA on the Road is a mobile interactive art space that will bring works from the VMFA’s art collection to communities across the state. This dynamic educational space features hands-on activities and digital inter-actives to inspire participants throughout the Commonwealth—from infants to infinity!

Tobacco Trade That Built Hearth & Home

June 30, 2020

The exhibition “Tobacco Trade That Built Hearth & Home,” which opened on July 1, 2020, profiles not only Sutherlin, the brothers Dibrell and Penn, and the marriage of F.X. Burton to Alice Shelton, whose union also forged a singular tobacco alliance, but it also recounts the sagas of seven other tobacco titans and their homes in the alcove just outside the Museum’s lower (Schoolfield) gallery. Walls nearby are lined with other artifacts and memorabilia echoing Danville’s unique role in marketing and processing tobacco. The installation includes an 1899 Sanborn (Fire Insurance) Map, covering much of a large wall, keyed to identify local tobacco trades flourishing some 120 years ago. These included prizeries, auction warehouses, factories, companies, stemmeries, storage facilities, and box factories then in the city—a total of seventy-seven (77)!

Download the Tobacco Trade That Built Hearth & Home Press Release