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ROANOKE, Va. (Aug. 22, 2017) — The Taubman Museum of Art is pleased to present the special banner exhibition, Play: Toys Reimagined as Art highlighting artists who use toys to create delightfully transformative experiences for “the kid in all of us.” This ticketed exhibition is on view Sept. 10, 2017-Feb. 18, 2018, with a member-exclusive preview day Saturday, Sept. 9.

Play features site-specific installations and sculptures by six artists working in diverse media from crayons to building blocks and inflatables.

“With its highly interactive and engaging artworks and related activities created especially for families, Play focuses on the similarities between how children and adults experience various playful habits of invention, such as curiosity, imagination and problem solving,” said Amy Moorefield, deputy director of exhibitions and collections.

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ROANOKE, Va. (Aug. 7, 2017) — The Taubman Museum of Art is pleased to present Tangled: Fiber Art Now! featuring the work of 11contemporary artists who are redefining how we perceive fiber arts such as knitting, quilting, crocheting and felting. The exhibition is on view now through Feb. 11, 2018, and is free and open to the public.

Tangled features sculptures, installations, video and performance work using fiber-based materials. It offers an eclectic mix highlighting our connections to nature, the richness and diversity of our culture, our body and our environment through artists who are revolutionizing the use of textiles and fiber,” said Amy Moorefield, exhibition curator and deputy director of exhibitions and collections at the Taubman Museum of Art.

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ROANOKE, Va. (Aug. 7, 2017) — The Taubman Museum of Art is pleased to present Jared Soares: Hip Hop Roanoke, a photography exhibition documenting the personal, behind-the-scenes moments of Hip Hop artists working on their craft while aspiring to move from a local to national stage.

The exhibition is on view now through Feb. 25, 2018, and is free and open to the public.

The community is invited to meet Soares Oct. 6, 2017, when he delivers an artist talk about his work. The talk is $8 for the general public and free for members. A special, free performance by celebrated Hip Hop artist Poe Mack, who is featured in the exhibition, will follow Soares’ talk.

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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