June 8, 2019 thru June 8, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Come on out and be a part of our 21st annual Art on the Lawn!!!

Music by Will Harold and Christian Hall 10-11am

Big Bump & The Stun Gunz 12-4pm

Raku pottery demonstration by Lori Bidgood

Book signings by Kathryn Galloway and Glenn Scarboro

Children's Activities with Michelle Bloomer

Children's Moral Painting with Wenn Harold

Come on out for great Art, Music, Crafts, Food, and much more.



Muses of Stone: Women Lost to Time's Embrace

June 7, 2019 thru August 4, 2019

Born in Monterey, CA 1956, reared in Maryland with convenient proximity to the National Gallery (my mother had her BA in art history from Wellesley, ’52).  I began painting at 8, silkscreen printing in 1971, and photography in 1974, photo silkscreen in an industrial shop in LA in 1975; BA in fine arts Haverford College, 1978, printmaking and photography; went back to California in 1979, and made silkscreen prints constantly, MFA  California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA 1989, printmaking. Working from my photographs of sculptures in Photoshop, using layers much as I ever did in screen printing but more precisely.  It’s a must to do the printing myself, because it’s my job to make with all the skill I can. I use the same uncoated French paper in making these photo prints that I used in silkscreen printing, the image comes out just slightly softer, fleshier, analog, than the digital image. I moved to rural Georgia from California in 2012.  I doubt I’d have begun this contemplative work if I had remained in busy California; I see no end to it.

After photographing live models and hand pulling photosilkscreen prints for 45 years I now photograph and “bring to life” female portrait statues.

These women’s stories are legion, many heartbreaking, some are sweet.  They were allowed to show emotions forbidden to men, so are a record of how life felt then: childbirth often fatal, disease swept many away, famines and wars ever possible. I find who they were, who sculpted them, why. Several views may combine for a 2D image, even as we mentally combine views of sculpture to comprehend them. These forgotten women:  I am their medium, this is my calling. It feels as though some feminine power chose me and it’s burning me up. To remember them is to honor them; I depict them to celebrate them. I hope you can’t stop looking at them.

 They deserve remembrance.

 I work from my raw images in Photoshop on an iMac, using layers much as I ever did in screenprinting but more precisely.  It’s a must to do the printing myself, it’s my job to make with all my skill.




Derby Day

May 4, 2019 thru May 4, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Derby Day

Grab your hats, place your bets, and join The Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History for our 4th Annual Derby Day! 

When/Where: ‪Saturday, May 4, 2019‬ on the lawn of the Sutherlin Mansion
Time: ‪4-8pm‬

Giddy up for:
-Live music by Norm and Sarah
-Southern BBQ and all the fixin’s
-Cash bar: Wine/Beer/Mint Juleps/Additional signature cocktails (Non-alcoholic options also available)
-Horse race “betting”, on the actual Kentucky Derby race, based on a 50/50 raffle
-Hat contest with fabulous prizes!
-Caricature drawings of guests in their finest Derby Day attire!
-Raffles for special giveaways throughout the event
-Live broadcast of the 145th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs – the most exciting two minutes in sports!

Tickets: $40 in advance/$45 at the door

♦️One ticket includes entrance to the event, food, and a drink ticket for beverage of your choice.

Call the Museum now to reserve your tickets: ‪434.793.5644‬

You can also order tickets online:

Tickets are also available for sale through DMFAH board members, as well as Vintages By The Dan and Danville Toyota.
If you or your business is interested in sponsoring this event, please contact the Museum for sponsor package information. We appreciate the support of our community! 


12 Angry Men

April 7, 2019 thru April 7, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12 Angry Men

12 Angry Men, A staged reading by 12 Impassioned Women of the Dan River Region.

Over the weekend of April 5-8, 2019, play readings of Reginald Rose’s drama “12 Angry Men” will be presented in 1,000 different venues all over the country by impassioned women. Smokestack Theatre Company is proud to be selected as part of this national event and excited to bring this staged reading to the Dan River Region. For more info on 12,000 Voices visit www.12000voices.com.

Doors open at 5:30pm, First come, first served.

Open to the Public, Free Admission - Suggested Donation - $20

Meet the Cast next door at Crema & Vine open late to the public!

12 Angry Men By Reginald Rose, adapted by Sherman L. Sergel
Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois



April 6, 2019 thru April 6, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM



April 5, 2019 thru April 5, 2019
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM


A Night at the Races & A Day with the Artist

March 18, 2019 thru May 26, 2019
Bob Zirillo Exhibition

A Night at the Races-A Day with the Artist, an equestrian and landscape themed art exhibition by American Impressionist artist, Robert W. Zirillo, opens at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History on March 17, 2019, and remains on display through May 26, 2019.  The exhibition corresponds with the museum’s annual Derby Day celebration on May 4!  

Mr. Zirillo’s website, zirilloart.com, where images of his artwork may be viewed states: “His Impressionistic style of painting captures all the beauty, grace and excitement of thoroughbred racing which brings the canvas to life.        

Horse racing is not his only passion.  Bob also paints landscapes, seascapes, still lifes as well as equine polo paintings with all the same color, excitement and movement. His artwork can be found in private collections across the United States.  Bob and his wife of forty-two years, Lynda, reside in North Carolina.                                                                                                                  


Bob Zirillo Opening

March 17, 2019 thru March 17, 2019
Time: 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Bob Zirillo Opening

Come one come all to the opening Reception of Bob Zirillo's exhibition "A Night at the Races" and "A Day with the Artist."

Reception is from 2:30-4:30pm.

This exhibition features impressionistic paintings of landscapes and Horse racing.  


Storytelling Festival

February 2, 2019 thru February 2, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Storytelling Festival

The Motley Consulting Group and The Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History presents


The 18th Annual Storytelling Festival

Keeping The Oral Tradition Alive

Saturday, February 2, 2019

10:00am until 1:30pm 

Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History

975 Main Street, Danville, Virginia

Free to the public * for information & directions

(434) 793-5644 * www.danvillemuseum.org



Tyris Jones, Willa Brigham, Barbara Martin, Carrington Kay

Revonda Crow, LaTanya Pattillo, Gary Nichols, Fred Motley, 

Kummba African Dance Company.


Pediment Publishing

January 12, 2019 thru January 12, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The Museum is teaming up with Pediment Publishing to gather photographs from 1800 to 1939. If you have any photographs that you would like to show in this book about Danville & Pittsylvania County history, please come by the museum on Saturday, January 12 from 11am to 2pm and Wednesday, January 16 from 10am-noon. We look forward to going down memory lane with everyone and helping this publication tell a great story about our area.