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Della Watkins News ThumbROANOKE, Va. (July 31, 2017) — The Taubman Museum of Art Board of Trustees announced today the resignation of Executive Director Della Watkins, effective Sept. 8, 2017.

“The Board is thankful to Della for her leadership, dedication and hard work,” said Leon Harris, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “She represents everything you’d want in a great leader, from savvy business acumen to a kind, caring management style. While we’ll certainly miss her at the helm, we’re fortunate to have a very strong leadership team who will see the Museum through to its next chapter.”

Watkins joined the Taubman Museum of Art in 2013. Under her leadership, the Museum earned reaccreditation from the American Alliance of Museums; completed build-out of the last remaining gallery space that now hosts major national traveling exhibitions; reclaimed financial stability through steady fundraising and aggressive budgeting; and forged new collegial partnerships in Roanoke and beyond to champion the region’s arts and culture community.

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ROANOKE, Va. (June 19, 2017) — The Taubman Museum of Art is pleased to present two major projects by New York-based sculptor Paul Villinski (American, born 1960), an artist known for his site-specific installations and transformative use of found materials: the large-scale sculpture titled Passage and the solo retrospective Farther, highlighting several new works made specifically for the Taubman Museum of Art.

“Undercurrents of loss and rebirth are present in much of Villinski's work,” said Amy Moorefield, the Museum’s deputy director of exhibitions and collections. “Creating work with materials harvested from found sources, the artist evokes magic and wonder for our visitors.”

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ROANOKE, Va. (June 3, 2017) -- The Taubman Museum of Art is pleased to announce the 59th Annual Sidewalk Art Show award winners.

This year’s judge, Adam Justice, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, N.C., selected the winners.

“Judging a show of this caliber and with this history is never easy, but always rewarding,” said Justice. “I like to think all museum curators appreciate the opportunity to get beyond the gallery walls to see and experience the true creative essence of a specific region and community -- I know I do. It has been a great experience to meet all of the artists and work with the Taubman staff to make some tough decisions as judge. Despite whether they received an award, all of these artists should be proud of their work. Likewise, this community should be proud to call this festival and the Taubman Museum of Art their own. Today, I got the distinct impression that is most certainly the case.”

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ROANOKE, Va. (May 12, 2017) – The Taubman Museum of Art is pleased to announce the 59th Annual Sidewalk Art Show June 3-4 in downtown Roanoke. The show runs 10 a.m.–5 p.m. each day.

The annual event, which occurs the weekend after Memorial Day on the streets surrounding the Taubman, is a premier destination for fine art shopping that offers visitors the opportunity to meet and talk with exhibiting artists.

This year, more than 100 artists from across the country will display and sell original artwork including paintings, prints, watercolors, etchings, mixed media, fine art photographs, fine crafts and sculpture.

The event will feature artists from as far away as California and Canada, with a strong representation of local and regional artists who are known and loved in the community.

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ROANOKE, Va. (April 5, 2017) - Part rally, part performance, and part auction, the Taubman Museum of Art's third annual Monster Art Rally Thursday, April 20, is a fun night out to discover talented local artists in Virginia's Blue Ridge. The event is free and open to the public.

More than 30 artists will gather at the Museum to create original drawings as guests watch. Guests can get a close-up look at the artists’ creative process and learn more about what inspires their work. At the end of the evening, all of the works will be put up for auction for only $50 each. The work goes to the "bidder" who draws the highest card from a deck of cards.

“Monster Art Rally is one of my favorite events of the year since it features original artwork at an affordable price from local artists we love and love to support!” said Stephanie Fallon, adult education manager. “All purchase funds from the event will directly support adult education programs at the Museum, so it’s a great event for a great cause.”

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