Image by Kyra Schmidt

Dear Friends,

It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the passing of a dear colleague and friend, Dr. Patrick Shaw Cable, the Museum's Chief Curator and Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Collections.

Patrick's recent passing was unexpected, and we at the Museum are still processing the shock of losing someone so genuinely kind, intelligent, and insightful. We are in contact with his family and will post information regarding memorials as appropriate.

If you ever interacted with Patrick, then you know that art was his passion - from the challenge of digging-down-into-the-books to research an obscure detail to the joy of uncrating wondrous new works from lenders and the excitement of an exhibition opening weekend. And while art was his passion, he also had a true passion for people. He took great joy in touring the galleries with you - teaching you about the works, why he loved them, and why they were important.

Patrick mattered a great deal to us, and we have a feeling he meant a lot to you as well. Our sympathies go out to each and every one of you that were touched in some way by Patrick.

You can read more about Patrick's accomplishments and the impact he had on our community and beyond in this Roanoke Times article:

We invite you to send your condolences to Patrick's family at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Cindy M. Petersen
Executive Director

These are challenging times for all of us, and we miss having you in the galleries and classrooms. While the heart of a museum is its collection, the soul of a museum is its people, with all the energy and passion that they provide.

We hope you and your loved ones are doing well during this uncertain time. We at the Museum firmly believe we will all come through this experience with a deeper appreciation of each other and a renewed sense of what matters most in life - family, community, education, and inspiration spring to mind for us.

Like you, we are closely monitoring the evolving situation with COVID-19 and continue to be vigilant in our efforts to protect you and others while serving our mission. Although our physical doors will remain closed to the public and all on-site programming is postponed until further notice per order of the Governor, we will continue to make an impact in our community, just in a new way.

The Museum is working diligently behind the scenes to bring you impactful art experiences, as we believe in the educational, inspirational, and healing power it can provide. We are hard at work crafting dynamic content and augmenting our online programming to best serve you and help our community remain connected to one another.

Keep an eye on our web site, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube platforms for tours of the galleries, artwork spotlights, collaborative performances with partners such as the Roanoke Public Libraries, Opera Roanoke, and Southwest Virginia Ballet, as well as art lessons for all ages.

We will strive to keep you updated with news about rescheduled programming and opportunities to enjoy YOUR Museum - virtually for now and, hopefully soon, again in person.

Thank you, as always, for your continued support and care for the Taubman Museum of Art.

Be well, and stay safe.

These are unprecedented times for most of us. COVID-19 has upended life as we know it as we watch its progression across the globe.

Like you, we’re listening closely to health experts at the local, regional, and national levels with their recommendations regarding best practices such as enhanced sanitization, social distancing, and more.

After much careful consideration, the Taubman has decided to close to the public effective today, with the tentative plan to re-open Wednesday, April 1.

As a guest at the Taubman Museum of Art, your health, safety and well-being are a top priority while you enjoy your visit with us.

We’re closely monitoring the ongoing situation with COVID-19, with senior Museum administrators meeting daily to discuss the latest developments and recommendations from local, regional, and national health organizations such as the Roanoke Department of Emergency Management, the Virginia Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At this time, the Museum will remain open and offer all scheduled activities unless otherwise noted.

1934 Packard Twelve Model 1106 Sport Coupe Image Copyright Peter HarholdtROANOKE, Va. (Sept. 1, 2018) — Some call them rolling sculptures, others the shape of speed. Ever since the first Model T rolled off Henry Ford’s production line, Americans have had an undeniable love affair with all things automotive. They are far more than forms of transportation; they are transformative works of art. Few can imagine Steve McQueen without his fast cars and motorcycles, after all.

Beginning this fall, guests can fall in love again with the cars and motorcycles that defined the first half of the 20th century with the opening of DRIVE! Iconic American Cars and Motorcycles, presented by Advance Auto Parts and on view at the Taubman Museum of Art Sept. 8, 2018-Feb. 3, 2019.

A special ticketed Grand Opening Night Celebration is scheduled for Sept. 6, and a Member Preview Day is scheduled for Sept. 7.

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