MCA Art Gallery
All artalks and exhibitions are free and open to the public.
The MCA Art Gallery hosts rotating visual arts exhibitions by emerging and nationally acclaimed artists. The artists have a wide array of quality art media and philosophies with the primary intent of introducing exhibitions not normally seen in our region. These visiting artists actively interact with art students during their campus visits, which also include a major lecture delivered as part of the college’s LYCEUM program. The rotating schedule features three artists each semester. All exhibits and Artalks with the artist are free and open to the public.
As part of the academic program of Emory & Henry College, the gallery presents and interprets fine and decorative arts, providing knowledge, ideas and a resource for learning, research, and life critical to a liberal arts education for the College’s students, faculty and staff, as well as to the region’s communities and visitors. The gallery offers educational programs including lectures, seminars, demonstrations, traditional and electronic publications, and innovative outreach activities, providing a valuable study center to educate, inspire, and increase understanding of art. The gallery staff and Arts Exhibition and Collections Committee (AECC) develop, preserve, research and exhibit the permanent collection of art, which represents an emphasis on contemporary art.
Previously Featured Artists
Jerry Uelsmann, Jack Beal, Virginia Scotchie, Cora Cohen, Richard Jolley, Tom Nakashima, Jennifer Pepper, Anne Austin Pearce, Cort Savage, Barbara Tisserat, James McGarrell, Willie Anne Wright, Jake Berthot, Harvey Littleton, Janet Fish, Dale Chihuly and Sally Mann.
Reclaimed Wood Floor in MCA Art Gallery
Students and alumni may remember the huge American beech tree that once stood between Carriger Hall and Wiley Hall, where the walls of the McGlothlin Center for the Arts are now going up. In the design phase of the building, it was decided that the College would preserve the memory of that magnificent tree by using its wood for the flooring of the Center’s art gallery. For many decades, perhaps more than a century, this distinctive tree occupied the space, shaped the landscape, and provided numerous opportunities for experiences ranging from a shaded study place for college students to tree-climbing fun for local children. Now transformed into a beautiful floor, the tree shapes the gallery space and art viewer experiences in a new way. In a quiet way, it symbolically holds personal memories and collective histories.