LCVA exhibits major collection

Published 6:46 pm Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The renowned exhibition, A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America, will conclude its national tour at the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts (LCVA) this summer. The collection of American folk art will be on display Aug. 18-Nov. 4, with an opening reception Aug. 17 from 5-8 p.m.

A Shared Legacy tells the story of the extraordinary work created by self-taught or minimally trained artists in New England, the Midwest, the Mid-Atlantic, and the South between 1800 and 1925. The exhibition, drawn from the Virginia based Barbara L. Gordon Collection, is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, for the American Folk Art Museum.

The exhibition showcases more than 60 works by some of the most admired 19th-century American artists. Included are rare and very fine portraits by such artists as Ammi Phillips and John Brewster, Jr.; vivid still lifes, allegorical scenes and landscapes, including a mature Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks; whimsical trade signs and figure and animal sculptures; unique household objects and distinctive examples of furniture from the German American community. In total, they exemplify the breadth of American creative expression during a period of enormous political, social, and cultural change in the United States.

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A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America has traveled to several prestigious museums, including the Denver Art Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the American Folk Art Museum in New York. LCVA will present programming to compliment A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America, to include gallery tours and lectures.

Visit LCVA’s website at to learn more.