The Ann White Academy Gallery is located at 600 Main Street and is named in honor of Ann White. Exhibits change monthly.
Laura Pharis: "A Winter's Tale" - Mixed Media
January 4-26, 2019
First Friday Opening: January 4, from 5-8 pm
Laura Pharis was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia, and wanted to be an artist from birth. She had the good fortune to have support in this from her mother, Virginia Shear Pharis, and to run into some wonderful teachers all along the way. She received a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Diploma in Special Advanced Studies in Printmaking at the Central School of Art and Design in London, England, and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. During this time, she held several jobs, the artfullest of which was managing the Richmond Printmaking Workshop. She has been a professor in the Studio Art Department at Sweet Briar College since 1990. She was a founding member of One/Off, a group of printmakers who exhibited together for more than thirty years, and has travelled to work in printmaking workshops in London and Ireland. In 2000, she was named Virginia Artist of the Year by the Richmond Women’s Caucus for the Arts. Her art has appeared on the CD covers of Robbie Wells, Mike Seeger, Elke Baker, and Nicolas Ross, and covers of books of poetry by Allison Seay and Susan Hankla. A few of the numerous public collections that include her work are the Federal Reserve Bank, the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Virginia Museum, and Trust House Forte Hotels in Britain. Private collectors include Mr. John Snow, former Secretary of the Treasury, and Kathie Lee Crosby, actor.
Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm and Saturdays by appointment. Request an appointment here. All spaces are fully handicap accessible.