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Artist Spotlight

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with the Work of Diego Sanchez

National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15th to October 15th and celebrates the culture, history and contributions of Hispanic Americans in this country and our Commonwealth.Spotlight-SEPT.png

DIEGO SANCHEZ, b. 1963, Composition # 148, 2023, Mixed media on panel, Courtesy of Quirk Gallery | Richmond, Virginia

Born in Bogotá, Colombia, South America, Diego Sanchez obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts from the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. Sanchez was the first recipient of the Theresa Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts award and was awarded the Virginia Commission for the Arts 50 for 50 Artists Award in 2017. He has served on several boards including the 1708 Gallery, Art 180, Culture Works, and The City of Richmond Public Art Commission, and is currently the Head of the Art Department at St. Catherine’s School. He is also currently serving on the board of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.

Sanchez’s works have been shown throughout Virginia, and internationally: participating in shows in Peru, Italy, Belgium, Hungary, Colombia, and France. His work is in several collections including the University of Richmond, William and Mary School of Business, VCU’s Anderson Gallery, Sidney and Frances Lewis, Pam and Bill Royall, Media General, First Market Bank, Capital One, Federal Reserve Bank, Markel Corporation, Dominion, and Phillip Morris, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Visit Diego’s website to view more of his work and read his artist statement.

Welcome to the Art Experience

The second installment of the dynamic Art Experience at the Executive Mansion, titled “Do What You Love in Virginia,” highlights the pastimes, places and people that are enjoyed and adored by Virginians and visitors alike. The Art Experience at the Executive Mansion was designed in collaboration with artists, museums, and curators throughout the Commonwealth to educate, excite and inspire those who visit. The exhibition highlights works from a mix of genres and mediums with particular focus on Virginia artists and themes. It is a living display which will evolve and change over time as additional works of art become available and as different parts of the Virginia story become the focus.

An archive of the inaugural exhibit, “The Spirit of Virginia,” is available here.

Use the dropdown menu to view a full list of artworks by room. Click on the name of a piece to view the art and read more about its origin, or use the menu navigation above the search bar to explore each room. 

Fast Facts

The first installment of the Art Experience at the Executive Mansion nearly doubled the number of works of art from 26 pieces to over 48 pieces of hanging art, sculpture and artifacts. Expanding on the initial exhibit, “Do What You Love in Virginia” boasts over 75 works from 37 institutions and independent artists. The Art Experience will continue to grow, with more pieces slated for installation in the coming months.

The Mansion’s Art Experience has quadrupled the percentage of artwork and artifacts that celebrate minority subjects, Virginians, and culture.

We are proud that every single piece in the Art Experience represents some aspect ofVirginia’s vast geography, peoples, places, history and/or culture. Virtually all the pieceswere created by a Virginian, someone who was born in Virginia, lived in Virginia, studied in Virginia, or donated by a Virginian.

Art Partners

A special thank you to our Commonwealth of Virginia art partners and ‘The Art Experience Committee’ of the Citizen’s Advisory Council. Co-chairs: Ann Goettman and Judy Boland.

Living Artists

Museums, Festivals, and other Virginia Resources

Chrysler Museum - Norfolk
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Fralin Museum of Art - Charlottesville
The Fralin Museum of Art
Library of Virginia - Richmond
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Mount Vernon – Mount Vernon
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Virginia Beach Neptune Festival – Virginia Beach
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Taubman Museum - Roanoke
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The Valentine - Richmond
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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - Richmond
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Virginia Museum of History & Culture - Richmond
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William King Museum - Abingdon
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Wilton House Museum – Richmond
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Hampton University Museum – Hampton
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The American Civil War Museum - Richmond
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Colonial Williamsburg – Williamsburg
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Department of Historic Resources – Richmond
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Virginia Humanities – Charlottesville
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The VMI Museum – Lexington
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The Birthplace of Country Music Museum - Bristol
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