Portraits, Landscapes and Still Lifes

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Portraits, Landscapes and Still Lifes: A Distinguished Collaboration Provided by James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin

This exhibition has been provided by James and Frances McGlothlin, art collectors with a strong commitment to the advancement of art and art appreciation in Virginia.

“We have spent the last decade immersed in the world of American art, never suspecting early on that our desire to learn and appreciate this legacy could result in so meaningful a commitment to Virginia.”—James W. McGlothlin

This distinguished selection of mid-19th, 20th, and early 21st century art features eminent artists ranging from the movements of Impressionism, Realism, Modernism, and Post Modernism. This exhibit will feature works from: William Merritt Chase, Thomas Eakins, Milton Avery, John Sloan, George Luks, Mike Bidlo, Arthur B. Carles, John Leslie Breck, Vic Muniz and Paul Resika. The exhibit will run from Thursday, May 5, to Friday, May 20 in the MCA Art Gallery of the McGlothlin Center for the Arts on the Emory & Henry campus.

“The people of Southwest Virginia are fortunate to have access to this amazing collection of art by some of the most notable artists of their time and of the movements represented by their work,” according to Daniel Van Tassell, Emory & Henry professor of art and curator of the MCA Art Gallery.  “Emory & Henry is privileged to host this rare experience in fine art to the people of this region, so generously provided Mr. and Mrs. McGlothlin.”

Among the pieces expected to be part of the exhibit are Young Girl on an Ocean Steamer, an 1883 painting by William Merritt Chase; Child in Grey, a 1905 work by George Luks, Surf at Gloucester, a work by John Leslie Breck completed in 1891; and Portrait of Frank Macdowell, a painting from 1886 by Thomas Eakins.

 A successful businessman, James McGlothlin became founding partner in 1970 of United Coal Company, which later was merged into The United Company. For the next four decades he served as chairman and CEO and now is sole owner of company. Today, McGlothlin divides his time between business activities and philanthropy. He serves on the Board of Directors of Mountain Mission School in his hometown of Grundy, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the PGA Tour.

 Frances McGlothlin is currently senior vice president of UC Fine Arts in New York. She is a board member of the United Coal Company Charitable Foundation and the James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Foundation. She is a former member of the visiting committee to the Department of Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, a former member of the acquisition trust at the Orlando Museum of Art in Orlando, Fla, and a former member of the Board of Visitors at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

 The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. To set up a group tour, please call 276-944-6333.

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