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Friday, October 16, 2015

2015 ART IN LITERATURE: THE MARY LYNN KOTZ AWARD
Friday, October 16, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
Place: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Reynolds Lecture Hall, Fee, $8. Tickets may be purchased online at http://vmfa.museum/calendar/

Hear New York Times best-selling author Susan Vreeland speak about her latest novel, Lisette's List, the 2015 winner of the Art in Literature prize, awarded jointly by the Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Set in the beautiful Provencal town of Roussillon, France, Lisette's List tells the story of three artists, three centuries, and three wars and explores the power that art has to help us understand and make sense of the world. Vreeland will discuss how art has transformed her life as well as informed her historical fiction, which includes Girl in Hyacinth Blue and Luncheon of the Boating Party, among other works. Reception and book signing in the Marble Hall follows the talk.


Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation
Monday, July 06, 2015 — Saturday, March 26, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby and Exhibition Hall, Free

Even as the Civil War was still being fought, the status of almost a half-million African Americans in Virginia began to change. No longer were they someone else's property—they were free. They anticipated the promise of change from their former status as slaves: the promises of education, political participation, and full citizenship. Yet, in their struggle to achieve these goals, freedmen and freedwomen faced the hostility of their former masters and the society that had long benefitted from their labor. Union troops and U.S. government officials reconstructing the Southern states were often indifferent. What challenges did African Americans face in their struggle to achieve what they believed freedom would bring them? What obstacles blocked their efforts to gain citizenship? How successful were African Americans during Reconstruction in claiming their objectives? Did the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution significantly aid them in their struggles? The Library of Virginia's exhibition Remaking Virginia: Transformation through Emancipation offers a look at the changing world Virginians faced during Reconstruction. Radio One is the exclusive radio sponsor for Remaking Virginia.