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We are excited to announce our NEW EXHIBIT very soon!!!

Danville Art League Show Fall's Back

August 29, 2018

Danville Art League Fall Exhibition and Opening Reception


The Danville Art League (DAL) is holding its annual fall juried exhibition, Fall’s Back, at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History beginning October 28, 2018.  


This fall’s event is one of DAL’s two major exhibitions each year; and is open to all artists. Historically, professional artists and faculty from throughout the region participate, including Lynchburg, Central and Southside Virginia and North Carolina amateur and professional artists. The year’s exhibition is similarly expected to draw participants from throughout those same locales and beyond. The Show prospectus is sent to all arts organizations in the region.  Whether a beginner or professional, DAL encourages everyone to enter.


The DAL is pleased to announce the continuation of the categories of photography/digital photography and 3-D (sculpture, jewelry, pottery, mixed media, metal work, et al), accompanying the painting category. Cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded pending the number of artists in those categories.


The public is invited to join DAL members and participating artists at the opening reception for Fall’s Back at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History located at 975 Main Street in Danville, Virginia on Sunday, October 28, 2018, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the show which includes paintings in oils, acrylics and watercolor, as well as photography/digital photography, graphite and charcoal drawings, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and more. The exhibit will be an exciting mix of traditional and innovative techniques and expression.  Award winners will be announced at the reception. Those interested receiving a show prospectus or sponsoring the exhibition should contact Exhibition Chairman Jim Jennings at 434-489-1179 or email


DAL is honored to announce this year’s judge is Eva Palmer.  Palmer grew up in Danville, VA. She was graduated from George Washington High School and Averett College. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with a concentration in art from Old Dominion University and Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts Degrees from James Madison University.


Palmer is a former Professor at Liberty University teaching Drawing, Painting, Design, Aesthetics, Art and has many honors in the realm of the arts.  She speaks widely in both domestic and international art conferences, most recently in Rome, London, Paris and Los Angeles and has numerous publications to her credit.  She is an accomplished painter and sculptor whose works have been entered in national juried shows and is also is sought as a judge and critic for exhibitions.  


The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History has been a long-time supporter of DAL. In fact, it has supported DAL since 1980. That was the year a group of local artists gathered together and created this organization to support the arts and the local artists in the community and throughout the region.  Throughout the years DAL has provided opportunities for local artists to display their works, learn new techniques, and to promote visual art.  DAL now has over 70 members and is always welcoming new artists. DAL invites artists of all ages and genres to join, along with those who support the arts or those who just want to learn more about the arts.


To join the Danville Art League, or for more information, find us on Facebook or inquire at DAL, P.O. Box 10202, Danville, VA 24541.  You can also call the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History at, 434- 793-5644 or stop by at 975 Main Street in Danville to pick up a brochure.


The Danville Art League, Inc. wishes to recognize the sponsorship of the Virginia Commission for the Arts as well as the assistance and cooperation of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History for providing facilities for the reception and this exhibition.

Pictured is the 2017 Best in Show winner, “OUT,” a watercolor by Jane Carter.

Pictured is Eva Palmer

Danville Museum’s Development/Executive Director

December 1, 2017
Katherine Milam

The new Danville Museum Development/Executive Director is Katherine Milam, a native of Baltimore, Maryland and resident of Danville since 1990.

Kathy attended Friends School of Baltimore and graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History of Art.  She is a certified paralegal and certified in nonprofit management through Duke University Continuing Studies. 

She was previously employed by Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services as agency Grant Writer and as Development Coordinator for the Danville Museum. 

She is active in several long-standing civic organizations, and served as President of Danville-Riverview Rotary, Garden Club of Danville, and Danville Concert Association.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Dan River Nonprofit Network.  She is married to Circuit Court Judge Joseph Milam and is the mother of Walton Milam, an attorney in Richmond, and Wallis Milam, a high school teacher in New Orleans. 

Kathy is happy to be serving in a leadership role within an organization dedicated to the arts and local history.  She welcomes participation in the Danville Museum’s activities by all sectors of the community.   

Belcher Induction into Danville Hall of Fame

August 3, 2015
Belcher Induction into Danville Hall of Fame

You are cordially invited to the Danville Hall of Fame, induction Ceremony for Ronnie Belcher, Saturday, August 8, 2015, 3:00 p.m. in the Danville Museum auditorium.

 Ronnie Wayne Belcher was born in Ringgold, Virginia on August 7th, 1941 to Thomas Belcher and Ruby Woodall Belcher who lived at 333 Myrtle Ave of Danville. In high school, he moved to Alabama and enlisted in the Army in August of 1962.

 At the start of Belcher’s military career, he went through basic training and was selected in May of 1963 to join the White House Communications Agency serving the President’s and Vice President’s offices. Belcher served at Camp David and Homestead Air Force base where he ran the communications for the presidential retreat home on the base that was used by Nixon and offered to other high powered military officials. A key responsibility was to ensure the President and Vice President could always communicate with each other and the White House. He would travel in advance of the Chief of State to get and secure communications for our government and its officials to keep the leaders of our country in constant connect from 1963-1982. Belcher completed a 19 year career in the White House when most military personnel are rotated out every 6 years, a distinction held by only a few.   He began his position with the Kennedy White House and retired with the Regan administration to enjoy civilian life again.   He currently resides in California and returns to Danville for family reunions.

 The event, which includes a reception, is free and open to the public. Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History is located at 975 Main Street. Visit their website,, or call (434) 793-5644 for more information.


A Conversation with Emmet Gowin with Lecture and Slides

July 22, 2015
A Conversation with Emmet Gowin with Lecture and Slides

“A Conversation with Emmet Gowin with Lecture and Slides” will take place Monday, July 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History. Gowin, who’s photography is exhibited in numerous museums worldwide, was recently inducted into the Danville Hall of Fame. Previously a professor at Princeton University, his presentation will be an eye-opening experience into how the artist sees the world through the lens. The handicapped accessible event is free and open to the public in the museum’s auditorium at 975 Main Street, Danville.