Exhibitions and Programs




     Made Possible by The Friends of Art: Building a College Collection
     opens September 14; on view through December 11

For a PDF of the annotated checlist click here.

     For a PDF of the exhibition introduction click here.

Please note that no opening reception is planned for this

     Reception for the Sweet Briar community, friends, neighbors and College
     supporters Friday, October 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
     All are welcome, no reservations required.

     This exhibition will feature about 50 works— paintings, prints, and
     photographs — acquired through the generosity and leadership of
                                                       The Friends of Art of Sweet Briar College from 1937 to 2015.
                                                       The mission of this philanthropic group of alumnae and college supporters is
                                                       to foster the study of the visual arts on campus. The artworks purchased
                                                       through its membership funds have formed the core of the Sweet Briar
                                                       College art collection for nearly 80 years and its leaders' exemplary service
                                                       as stewards of this vital teaching resource have spurred the collection's
                                                       growth through additional individual gifts. 

                                                       image: William Glackens (1870-1938), Daisies and Anemones, ca. 1930, oil
                                                       on canvas, 24 1/2 x 20 in. First purchase made possible by The Friends of Art
                                                       of Sweet Briar College, 1937.


     Art for the People: Propaganda and Public Service
     opens January 21; on view through April 29
Opening reception Thursday, January 21, 5-6 p.m.
     All are welcome, no reservations required.

     image: Konstantin Eliozev, Chto Dal Oktiabr’ Derevne
     (What Did The October Revolution Give the Village?)
, 1927
     color lithograph on paper, 20 7/8 x 27 5/8 inches. Transfer
     from Cochran Library.


     Anne Hanger: Landscape Abstractions
     opens September 17; on view through November 18

     Opening reception and gallery talk September 17, 5-6 p.m.
     All are welcome, no reservations required.

     For information about the artist, see www.annehanger.com.   

     image: Anne Hanger, January 27, 2015, inkjet print, 8 x 8 in.
     Courtesy of the artist.



Cynthia Henebry: Photographs
opens February 4; on view through March 25 (Please, dates may shift slightly.)

Opening reception and gallery talk February 4, -6 p.m.
All are welcome, no reservations required.

For information about the artist, see www.cynthiahenebry.com.


     Studio Art Students' Exhibition
     opens April 1; on view through April 29

     Opening reception Friday, April 1, 5-7 p.m.
     All are welcome, no reservations required.




     image: Class of 2015 studio art majors Hollie Halford (l) and Chloe Bandas (r).



     We Are Sweet Briar: A Community Rises
     opens August 27; on view through October 18
For a copy of the exhibition checklist click here.

     The spring and early summer of 2015 saw extraordinary events unfold
     at Sweet Briar College. This installation will feature mementos from
     that period of upheaval, chiefly protest banners made by students
     and alumnae and a selection of photographs by Meridith de Avila
     Khan that document the all-too-human aspects of the crisis.

     This current Benedict Gallery show is conceived as a "bookend" to                        one that debuted in this gallery in March 2015, Landmark, Symbol,                        and Tradition: An Interactive Installation for the Sweet Briar Community that
     featured poignant artifacts and gave campus residents a opportunity to
     share their thoughts.

Please note that Landmark, Symbol, and Tradition has been
                                                              reconfigured, enhanced, and re-installed at the Sweet Briar Museum,
                                                              where it will be on view throughout the fall semester. The Sweet Briar
                                                              Museum is located in the lower level of Boxwood Alumna House. Fall
                                                              semester hours are anticipated to be Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
                                                              1-4 p.m. Free. Call 434-381-6248 for tours or special visiting

                                                       image: Selection of correspondence returned to the President's Office
                                                       during the spring of 2015.

     In the Shadow of Paul Mountain: E. Hunt Barrett's
     Views of Sweet Briar

     opens October 22; on view through December 13

     Please note that no opening reception is planned for this exhibition.

     Elizabeth Hunt Barrett was an accomplished, but reclusive,
     professional painter who moved to Amherst County from the
     Northeast in the early decades of the 20th century. Her full biography
     remains frustratingly elusive to researchers. She and her painter
     husband settled just across the road from Sweet Briar, near what is
     now the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and they kindly opened
                                                                    their home to the College's homesick students. She made a specialty
                                                                    of views of campus from the hill at Mt. St. Angelo (now home to the
                                                                    VCCA) and these became extremely popular with students, alumnae,
                                                                    and faculty. This exhibition will feature a variety of her studies that
                                                                    have found their way back to campus as gifts and bequests.

                                                                    image: Elizabeth Hunt Barrett, Dusk over Sweet Briar from Mt. St.
                                                                    Angelo, 1931, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches. Collection of the Sweet
                                                                    Briar College Art Collection and Galleries; Gift of an anonymous
                                                                    donor, 1966.

Sweet Briar Celebrates Amherst I
opens January 28; on view through March 13

Sweet Briar Celebrates Amherst II
opens March 17; on view through April 24



Academic Year

Pannell Gallery: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m.;
Babcock and Benedict Galleries: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Please note, the galleries are closed to visitors for all College exam periods and vacations, including winter break (late December-late January), spring break (mid-March) and summer vacation (mid-May to late August).

The galleries are open evenings and weekends for special events and College programs as announced.

Free admission. Community and class tours and College program use of the gallery spaces available on request.
For tours and event scheduling please call (434) 381-6248 or email [email protected].

The entrance to Sweet Briar College is approximately 13 miles north of Lynchburg, Va., on U.S. Route 29 (business) and 3 miles south of the Route 29 intersection with U.S. Route 60 at Amherst, Va.

Pannell Gallery is located on the main floor of the Anne Gary Pannell Center (the former Refectory), on the Upper Quad near the chapel.

Babcock Gallery is located off the lobby in the Babcock Fine Arts Center, next to the Williams Gymnasium and across the street from the Guion Science Building.

Benedict Gallery is located in the lobby of Benedict Hall, next to Cochran Library.