2010-2011 Exhibits

Helen Suzman, South African Fighter for Human Rights
Presented By: Mark Suzman
Helen Suzman, a life-long citizen of South Africa, was a member of the South African Parliament for 36 years, from 1953-1989, and was one of South Africa's most vociferous and energetic opponents of apartheid.

National Treasure
Hampden-Sydney College's Leaders in Higher Education (Museum Front Gallery)
The thirty-foot linear display will trace the role the College has played in leading and establishing institutions of higher learner.  Examples of the importance our educational innovators have played in state and national education will be accompanied by images and documents forming a collegiate "family tree." 

Acadia
Acadia Series 1
by Beverly Rhoads

National Treasure
Following Seas:  From Pretty Marsh to Great Head (Museum Back Gallery)
Complementing and extending Ken Burns' spectacular documentary, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, the back gallery will show Following Seas: From Pretty Marsh to Great Head,plein air paintings of Acadia National Park made by Virginia artist Beverly Rhoads in 2002 an exhibition of . Established in 1919, Acadia National Park was our nation's first national park east of the Mississippi.  Today Acadia is one of America's premier natural areas, in part because generations of artists have promoted its unparalleled beauty through their paintings, prints, photographs, and travelogues. Inarguably, artists are responsible for promoting tourism to the remote 47,000 acres that constitute Acadia, a park with one of the richest documented visual histories of any natural area.

Central Virginia Arts Program-VMFA
Catching Sunlight With a Paintbrush: The Story of American Impressionism 
Presented byDr. Mary Sweeney Ellett
Refreshements

Central Virginia Arts Program
A Discussion and Presentation on Meinrad Craighead 
Presented by:  Cynthia Devlin
Refreshements

Regional Focus
Beneath This Hill:  Historical Archaeology at Slate Hill Plantation-Birthplace of Hampden-Sydney College(Museum Back Gallery)
By:  Dr. Charles E. Pearson and the Hampden-Sydney Archeology Classes
The exhibit is an archaeological look at the Venable home of Slate Hill as surveyed by Dr. Pearson and Hampden-Sydney students.  Dr. Pearson has conducted archaeological research on historic and prehistoric sites in the southeastern United States for over thirty years. The projects have included studies of prehistoric sites in coastal Georgia and historic plantation sites in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi. 

National Treasure & Global Outlook
Take Our Stand:  the African American Military Experience in the Age of Jim Crow
(Museum Back Gallery)
Take Our Stand is an exhibit from the American Civil War Center that chronicles the Black military experience from the Spanish-American War to the desegregation of the U.S. military in 1948.

Central Virginia Arts Program-VMFA
Brilliant Disorder:  The Works of William Blake
Speaker:  Jeffrey Allison
Refreshments

Central Virginia Arts Program
Beauty and Sophistication: African and African-American Art
Speaker:  Karen Getty
Refreshments

National Treasure & Global Outlook
Hampden-Sydney College Provides:  Alumni Who Have Changed their World
(Museum Back Gallery)
The exhibit features images and documents detailing the great contributions of H-SC alumni to our state, country, and world.

Regional Focus
Student Fine Arts Show
(Museum Back Gallery)
The most popular event held at the Atkinson Museum.  Students display work developed through the Fine Arts Department of Hampden-Sydney College.
Refreshments

Central Virginia Arts Program
Mystery of The Night Café: Hidden Key to the Spirituality of Vincent van Gogh 
Speaker:  Dr. Cliff Edwards
Refreshments