Contemporary Gallery


Sheila Pree Bright: 1960Now

Deborah Willis,  curator

June 11 – September  9, 2016
Artist talk and reception Saturday June 11, 6-8 pm

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday–Friday, 12–6 pm . Sat, 10 am – 3 pm

In collaboration with Look 3 Festival of the Photograph, the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center continues its look at the Civil Rights Movement with its presentation of 1960Now photographs by Sheila Pree Bright.

1960Now is an evolution in Bright’s exploration through her lens of the Civil Rights movement. Thus far, this project has taken Bright to Atlanta, Selma 50th Anniversary, Baltimore, Ferguson and Washington D.C where she was on the ground documenting the Black Lives movement. The ultimate goal of 1960Now is to encourage the community to think critically and ignite a dialogue of current social issues between all generations.

The exhibit is presented in partnership with Look3 Festival of the Photograph. It is made possible at the Heritage Center through the generous support of the Blue Moon Fund and albemarle magazine.

The 1963 Danville Civil Rights Movement:

The Protests, the People, the Stories

Tom Cogill, photographer  Emma Edmunds, curator

January 22 – April 9, 2016
Artist talk and reception Saturday January 30, 6-8 pm

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday–Friday, 12–6 pm . Sat, 10 am – 3 pm

This documentary exhibit with portraits by Charlottesville photographer Tom Cogill and text panels by Emma Edmunds tells the story of the civil rights protests, violence, and protracted legal struggle that gripped Danville, Va., in the summer of 1963, the fall campaign of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the role of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in that city.

The exhibit is presented in partnership with the Teachers in the Movement project at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia and with support from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the Elizabeth Stuart James Grant Trust.

Image credit: Danville Register & Bee.


















Fire Hoses on Demonstrators_Danville Register and Bee