Changing Exhibitions


The Virginia Man: Respect, Responsibility, Rebellion

May 6, 2016 - January 29, 2017

Do clothes really make the man? The history of Virginia is a complex one. So , too, is the character of the Virginia man. Stories of respect, responsibility and rebellion, preserved in the wardrobes and accessories of prominent and little-known Virginians, will be on display in galleries dedicated to an exploration of public and private character of the Virginia man.


A Chicken In Every Plot

A Chicken in Every Plot

January 28-September 5, 2016

Featuring the work of nationally-known Richmond photographer Alyssa C. Salomon, this exhibition examines the resurging practice of keeping backyard chickens and how our relationship with food sources continues to evolve. A Chicken in Every Plot includes portraits of Richmond-area urban and suburban chickens and the yards in which they thrive, an homage to the quintessential deviled egg, plus household objects and historic photographs from the Valentine's collection.


Steve H

Faces of Freedom, Stories of Service

May 12 - November 13, 2016

This collaborative project with Richmond photographer Mark Mitchell explores local military veterans' service through portraiture and oral histories. Subjects share their stories in conflicts from World War II to the present day and reflect on how these experiences have shaped their lives and values.


 Dayle Dunn

It's All Relative: Richmond Families (1616-2016)

October 2016 - July 2017

What defines a Richmond family in 2016? The classic nuclear family has been left behind along with our black and white television sets and tuna noodle casseroles. This exhibition explores the changing definition and complexion of what makes a family in our Richmond community over the past five centuries.