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Art Experience

Welcome to the Art Experience

This dynamic exhibition features artwork and artifacts that portray the spirit of Virginia - its past, its present, its landscape, and its people. 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.

Hover your cursor over the black icons in each room to find out the name of each painting or sculpture. Click the icon to view the art and learn more about its origin.

Fast Facts

The Executive Mansion has nearly doubled the number of works of art from 26 pieces to over 48 pieces of hanging art, sculpture and artifacts! We are thrilled that more pieces are 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 of Virginia’s vast geography, peoples, places, history and/or culture. Virtually all the pieces were 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. Members: Flora S. Cardwell, Linda Garbee and Stan Rayfield.

Chrysler Museum - Norfolk
Chrysler Museum of Arts logo
Fralin Museum of Art - Charlottesville
The Fralin Museum of Art
Library of Virginia - Richmond
Library of Virginia logo
Mariners’ Museum & Park - Newport News
The Mariners Museum logo
McLean Project for the Arts – McLean
Mclean Project logo
Taubman Museum - Roanoke
Taubman Museum of Art logo
The Valentine - Richmond
The Valentine logo
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts - Richmond
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Logo
Virginia Museum of History & Culture - Richmond
VHMC logo
William King Museum - Abingdon
William King Museum logo
Wilton House Museum – Richmond
Wilton House Museum logo
Hampton University Museum – Hampton
Hampton University Museum Logo