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Annual Membership Meeting
October 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
2018 Annual Membership Meeting Coming Soon with a new VMFA guest speaker!
The re-election of three members and the election of new members to the Museum’s Board of Directors and the election of Museum Officers
It is almost time for the museum’s annual membership meeting. This meeting has been held on the Third Thursday of October for the past 37 years. The Annual Membership meeting serves an important role in the museum’s operations as it is the meeting in which we elect new board members and/or re-elect current board members. We strongly encourage each and every one of our members to come and show their support! Following the regular business meeting, there will be a guest speaker from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and refreshments will be served.
Jeffrey Ruggles, a cultural historian and photographer will give a presentation on the famed 19th-century artist Edward Beyer and his impact on Central Virginia.
About the speaker
At Virginia Historical Society, Mr. Ruggles was Curator of Prints and Photographs 2002–10. His Photography in Virginia (2008) is a companion book to a 2008–09 exhibition at VHS. Other VHS exhibitions included Early Images of Virginia Indians (2003), Organized Labor in Virginia (2010), and The Virginia Manufactory of Arms (2005-15). His current project is “Lithographic Views of Virginia.” Mr. Ruggles is an administrator at the Virginia Center on Aging at VCU in Richmond.
About the artist
Edward Beyer came to the U.S. from Germany after the Revolution of 1848. For several years Beyer, a graduate of the Düsseldorf Academy, traveled around the northeast U.S. and Ohio, sketching, painting oil landscapes, and exhibiting a moving panorama. In the mid-1850s, Beyer traveled to Virginia where he made panoramic oils in the western part of the state. For a number of towns, Beyer’s view remains the best single historical representation. Around 1857-58, he produced Album of Virginia, a portfolio of 41 lithographic views. In the Album, especially, Beyer’s vision was that of a European liberal who saw the world as a Jeffersonian idealist.