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Black and white photo of children playing a board game outsideROANOKE, Va. (July 20, 2021) — The Taubman Museum of Art is pleased to present Vantage Points: Contemporary Photography from the Whitney Museum of American Art, on view now through Oct. 10, 2021. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, this exhibition features a selection of photographic works from the 1970s to the mid-2000s that highlights how photography has been used to represent individuals, places, and narratives. Drawn exclusively from the Whitney’s permanent collection, this presentation includes approximately twenty artists, including Diane Arbus, Gregory Crewdson, William Eggleston, Nan Goldin, Peter Hujar, Lyle Ashton Harris, Robert Mapplethorpe, Lorna Simpson, Andy Warhol, and Carrie Mae Weems.

These artists began working at a time when photography was becoming increasingly integrated into the art world. Technological developments permitted them to use many different photographic processes and to print their works in various sizes, including ones that would create an immersive impact. The photographs included in this exhibition range from seemingly straightforward representations to those with an imaginative or conceptual perspective that challenge traditional notions of photography as revealing a singular reality.

Mannequin wearing blue dress and necklace standing in front of oil painting of woman in black dress

ROANOKE, Va. (April 2, 2021) - The Taubman Museum of Art is pleased to present Opulence and Fantasy: Couture Gowns and Jewelry of Mindy Lam, a special spotlight exhibition in conjunction with the Museum's annual Women's Luncheon benefit. The exhibition is on view May 14-June 13, 2021, and is free and open to the public.

A celebrated artist and jewelry designer, Mindy Lam is known for her meticulously handcrafted jewelry featuring her signature woven metal lace adorned with precious metals, semi-precious stones, Swarovski crystals, rhinestones and more. From couture pieces for the red carpet to ready-to-wear for an evening out, Lam's work is beloved by tastemakers and fashion influencers the world over.

national medal 250ROANOKE, Va. (March 18, 2021) — The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced today that the Taubman Museum of Art is among 30 finalists for the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The Taubman Museum of Art is one of only two institutions in Virginia to be selected as a finalist for this award, and one of only five art museums in the nation.

The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that demonstrate significant impact in their communities. For more than 25 years, the award has honored institutions that demonstrate excellence in service to their communities. Since 1996, only 170 institutions have been recipients of the honor. Past winners can be viewed on the IMLS web site.

SAS ThumbRoanoke, Va. (July 20, 2020) - Over the past six decades, the Sidewalk Art Show has become a beloved tradition for our community, infusing downtown Roanoke with energy, creativity, and excitement. Thousands visit the show each year to peruse the artists' tents, discover new treasures, and make new friends. 

Traditions must evolve sometimes, and that's where we find ourselves with the Sidewalk Art Show this year. Given the current situation with COVID-19, the Governor's order to limit gatherings, and our commitment to our community's well-being, the Taubman Museum of Art has made the tough decision to cancel the on-site, physical show scheduled for August 15-16. 

But don't despair! You still will be able to purchase fine art works and support artists, only this year in a virtual form. 

Just recently launched, the new Sidewalk Art Show Online Art Sale features a range of works available for purchase, including jewelry, fine art photography, painting, sculpture, and more. Proceeds from the sales benefit both the artists and the Museum, supporting the arts in Roanoke and beyond. You can visit the shop online at shop.taubmanmuseum.org

On August 15-16, you can experience the show in a new way on our website and social media channels. We will connect you with artists through virtual, live experiences such a Q+A's, demonstrations, studio tours, and more. You'll get an insider's peek into the artists' work spaces, learn about their creative processes, and see the new projects they're working on. Additional details about this digital experience will be shared soon, so stay tuned! 

As always, we're grateful for your ongoing support of the Sidewalk Art Show and the Taubman Museum of Art. We also are deeply appreciative of the continued support of our presenting sponsor, American National Bank and Trust, lead sponsor Blue Ridge Beverage, and supporting sponsor LinDor Arts for this year's virtual Sidewalk Art Show. 

While we look forward to the day when we can all gather again on the streets of downtown to celebrate our love of art, we also look forward to sharing these wonderful new virtual experiences with you online. 
 
[Image credit: 61st Annual Sidewalk Art Show Grand Home Furnishings "Best in Show" Award Winner]

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.

After our doors closed in mid-March, we pivoted to provide a number of virtual programs to keep you connected with your museum. Like you, though, we’ve missed those conversations in the hallways, the questions in the classrooms, the stories in the galleries.

Now that we have entered Phase Two of the Forward Virginia timeline, we’re pleased to announce that the Taubman Museum of Art will re-open to the public on Friday, July 3.

In line with the Governor’s guidelines, you’ll be able to enjoy the Museum in a more intimate way, with fewer guests in the building, but truly impactful experiences all the same. During Phase Two, the Taubman will be open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am-5 pm and Sundays from 12-5 pm, with free general admission still available to all.

As always, your health and safety are top priorities for us at the Taubman. Here’s what we’re doing to keep you and others safe during your visit:

• Face coverings will be mandatory for all staff and for all guests who are 10 years or older
• Guest numbers will be limited in all spaces to prevent gatherings
• All group tours, classes, and activities are postponed for now
• High-touch areas such as Art Venture and the Education classrooms will remain closed
• Clearly marked entry, exit, and walking paths will be labeled on doors and floors to help ensure social distancing of at least 6 feet between parties
• One party at a time will be permitted in the elevators
• Enhanced cleaning and sanitization of high-touch surfaces and restrooms will occur regularly
• Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the Museum
• Clear partitions between guests and staff at the Visitor Services Desk will provide an extra layer of protection for check-in and questions
• Individual art kits with lessons and supplies will be available upon request at the Visitor Services Desk in lieu of children’s and group art-making activities (free for Members and for a small donation for other guests)

Virtual classes and exhibition spotlights will continue on the Museum’s web site and social media channels for you to enjoy on those days we’re closed to guests. Rest assured that we’re taking that time to do deep cleaning and sanitization before your next visit.

We always welcome questions, suggestions, and ideas from our friends. Please reach out to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you for your support and dedication. We can’t wait to see you in the galleries again soon!

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