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For Immediate Release: September 14, 2023
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First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin Welcomes New Art Installation to the Executive Mansion

First Lady of Virginia Suzanne S. Youngkin looks up at "The Upperville Gallop” by Sharon Campbell and the “Three Graces at Maymont” by Andras Bality.

RICHMOND, VA – First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin today announced the second installment of the Art Experience at the Executive Mansion. To date, the Art Experience has nearly doubled both in number of works as well as participating art partners, boasting over 75 pieces from 37 institutions and artists across the Commonwealth.

“There is simply no better way to highlight our rich cultural and natural beauty than through the talents of Virginia artists,” said First Lady Suzanne S. Youngkin. “Art ignites the spirit and is good for the soul.”

Expanding on the project's first installment, “The Spirit of Virginia,” the second iteration of the Art Experience, “Do What You Love in Virginia” highlights the pastimes, places and people that are enjoyed and adored by Virginians and visitors alike. The new installment features 19 institutions, 12 individual artists and 6 private lenders from each region of the Commonwealth with diverse backgrounds and artistic talents.

Designed in collaboration with artists, museums, and curators throughout the Commonwealth, “Do What You Love in Virginia” fulfills the Art Experience's goal of comprehensively representing Virginia's past, present and bright future through increased artist representation.

Artwork and featured pieces include fabric displays, oil and acrylic canvas portraits, photographs, magazine covers, leather ornaments and more from across the Commonwealth’s expansive landscape. These featured artwork and artifacts span centuries, bringing to life Virginia’s unique and continuously evolving story.

Continuing contributing museum partners include: the Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and The Valentine in Richmond; Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk; Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke; Fralin Museum of Art in Charlottesville; the William King Museum of Art in Abingdon; Hampton University Museum in Hampton; the Mariner’s Museum and Park in Newport News; and art featured from the Wilton House, the Library of Virginia and Mount Vernon with more coming online each month.

The new contributing partners include: the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol; the American Civil War Museum in Richmond; Virginia Humanities; Department of Historic Resources; Reynolds Gallery in Richmond; Colonial Williamsburg and the Virginia Military Institute Museum in Lexington.

The Executive Mansion also features works of independent Virginia artists.

To see the full installation online, click here.

No reservations are needed to visit the mansion. Visit the mansion website regularly for updates on tour times throughout the year.

Judy Boland, co-chair of the Art Experience Committee of the Citizen’s Advisory Council, stands with the First Lady.

 “Beach Scene” by Robert Barbee, “Shoveling Oysters” by Ed Hatch, and “Little Nickel” by Andras Bality are displayed on the wall of the Executive Mansion

"Do What You Love in Virginia" art installation pictured on display in the Executive Mansion.

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