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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)


Tobacco Trade That Built Hearth & Home

June 30, 2020
Tobacco Trade That Built Hearth & Home

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


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

June 29, 2020
VMFA on the Road: An Artmobile for the 21st Century

Dates: July 14, 2020 - July 17, 2020

Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm

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!

The mission of VMFA on the Road is to engage intergenerational Virginia audiences by delivering the opportunity for interaction with authentic objects through hands on activities, immersive digital experiences, and associated programming.


Camilla Williams Exhibit Extended Through January 2021

January 12, 2020
Camilla Williams Exhibit Extended Through January 2021

The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History (DMFAH) would like to announce the Camilla Williams Exhibition, made possible through a generous Make More Happen grant from the Danville Regional Foundation. The Camilla Williams exhibition highlights the relationship this New York City Opera diva had with her hometown, Danville, and explores the difficult path to frame in a racially divided South during the Civil Rights protests.


Camilla Williams: Trailblazer. Activist. International Opera Star.

January 12, 2020
Camilla Williams Exhibition

Exhibit Summary

The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History (DMFAH) would like to announce the Camilla Williams Exhibition, made possible through a generous Make More Happen grant from the Danville Regional Foundation. The Camilla Williams exhibition highlights the relationship this New York City Opera diva had with her hometown, Danville, and explores the difficult path to frame in a racially divided South during the Civil Rights protests.