2017 Progress Edition
These local businesses support the local arts, theater, and entertainment in our region.
William King Museum of the Art
William King Museum of Art Celebrates 25 Years
William King Museum of Art opened its doors on March 29, 1992, following a two-year renovation of the historic William King school, and years of planning by local citizens who wanted to preserve the facility by using it to promote the arts in the region. What began as an artist cooperative and arts center has become a nationally-accredited fine arts institution, the only one in far Southwest Virginia. WKMA hosts over 20 exhibitions each year in its Cultural Heritage, World Fine, Contemporary Regional, Panoramic, and Student Galleries. In addition to its in-house programming, the Museum’s award-winning VanGogh Outreach program provides arts education to every second-grader in 13 Southwest Virginia school districts. In December of 2017, the Museum plans to debut a new, permanent gallery that will house the Cultural Heritage Collection, the flagship asset of the Cultural Heritage Project, launched in 1994 by WKMA Founder and Director Betsy White.
William King Museum of Art will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its opening this spring on March 29 with a series of events, including the opening reception of Connoisseur: Private Collecting in Southwest Virginia & Northeast Tennessee on April 6; “Hike the Hill,” a community active lifestyle and health-awareness walk on April 15, as well as a plain air lawn party on the same day; and the installation of WKMA’s collection of original O. Winston Link photographs in the Findlay House on April 22.
William King Museum of Art is located at 415 Academy Drive, off West Main Street or Russell Road, in Abingdon. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the William King Museum of Art is a partner of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, a member of the Virginia Association of Museums and is funded in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.