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Douglas holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. in arts management and finance from Binghamton University. She was curator of collections and exhibitions and curator of contemporary art at UVa’s Art Museum and has taught African American, contemporary and art theory. Her scholarship focuses on artists of the African Diaspora. She has served on numerous boards, task forces and commissions in Charlottesville and at UVa.
You have been a doctoral student and a museum curator in Charlottesville. What made you decide to stay in Charlottesville to lead the Jefferson Center ?
I don’t know that I’ve ever decided I wanted to stay in Charlottesville. I can’t have the life that I have here, as easily as I have it here, anywhere else. I have been able to work here in my chosen field and I have had the jobs. I wanted to be a curator, so I was a curator at the university art museum. I wanted to be a director of an institution, and I’m a director here. If I wanted to live in other places, there would certainly be a lot more competition for me, maybe more choices, but I pretty much do what I set out to do. I greatly appreciate that. I met my husband here.
Why did you want to direct an institution; what does that role allow you to do that you might not be able to do as part of a larger organization?
I don’t have many limits. If I get an idea, what stands between me and the idea is my capacity; before I had staff, I did this largely on my own. We run this place still very entrepreneurially. The ability to do all the things we do, we were lucky in the beginning to have a program grant from Blue Moon, and that allowed us to be very aggressive and strategic and set ourselves up to be the place that we do now. My board is very supportive of what it is that we are trying to do. What I have here is the freedom to think as broadly and widely as we want to, and the trust and the expertise that I bring here is real, which is something that I didn’t have at he university -- there was always someone that felt they were a better curator or a smarter historian than me. Here, I feel trusted and, so under those circumstances, we’re able to produce. It doesn’t hurt to be the one that created it, or that no one else knows what you’re doing, because you’re the only one who knows what you’re doing. There are not many people that have my CV. ... When we created the heritage center, it wasn’t to be this small quiet place in this nowhere town; we have aspirations to be like a Shomberg [Center for Research in Black Culture] or like a Walker Arts Center [in Minneapolis], largely because I know people at the Shomberg and the Walker and these are my colleagues, and so I am confident in my relationships as well, that when I call someone and say I need help, I am confident that we can get it.
What would you want some one who is new to Charlottesville to know first about what you do, and how do you situate that against the forces of UVA and Monticello?
This was something created by other people who had in mind what we are going to be; there was some notion that this was going to be an art museum, and we are an art institution... we are also a convener and we use our exhibits as a means to engage in a conversation that is about Charlottesville and is beyond Charlottesville. We are not limited to a space, because the African-American community is not limited to space, which is why we have the lighting outside and why we do things like the walking tours of Confederate monuments with myself and [Jalane] Schmidt. Theoretically, what we are doing is creating value for a culture in this community that has historically been undervalued and ignored; I am not a gatekeeper, but an advocate. We survive into our sixth year [as a center] knowing that we are doing something not done since the 1960s and 70s in Charlottesville, which is creating a civic space for black people.
What is something that you wish you had known about running a nonprofit , art institution and cultural center before you started?
We are a startup in every way. If anyone asked me what’s my next move, it will not be a startup. It’s hard, it’s 24 hours a day of worrying about your baby. If it needs to be cleaned, you clean it. If somebody needs to be there at 8 o clock, you’re there too. The desire to work at an industry standard means that you’re the one leading it all the time. It’s exhausting. I had never done a startup before. There are many things I didn’t know how to do and do now, and happily there are many things that I no longer have to do because of the great staff that I have. We are open 300 days of the year for a reason; institutions that cannot keep that schedule usually close, they become useless, people cannot count on them being open and they stop coming. Our longevity depends on at least my willingness to know that I have to be here.
historical sites
  • albemarle charlottesville historical society
    • Offers walking tours of historic downtown Charlottesville starting from the McIntire Building at 200 Second St. NE, from April 20 through October. The Court Square Walking Tour starts at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday. Tours cost $5. In October, the society also leads a Spirit Walk by lantern through downtown and Maplewood Cemetery, where visitors meet colorful figures from Charlottesville’s past. Peruse the society’s exhibits at no charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The library is open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. (434) 296-1492; albemarlehistory.org.
  • albert and shirley small special collections library
    • At the University of Virginia on McCormick Road, adjacent to Alderman Library, the library features literary and historical collections of more than 16 million objects, including rare books, maps and manuscripts. Want to see a leaf of the Gutenberg Bible or an illuminated manuscript from the 14th century? There are ongoing exhibits, featured lectures and a permanent display of the Declaration of Independence. Hours vary due to the academic calendar. Free. (434) 243-1776; small.library.virginia.edu.
  • barboursville vineyard and ruins
    • 17655 Winery Road in Orange County. Home of Gov. James Barbour from 1822 to 1842, and designed by Thomas Jefferson, the mansion burned on Christmas Day 1884, but the ruins remain as a Virginia Historic Landmark. The winery’s tasting room is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Daily self-guided tours of the ruins are free. (540) 832-3824; bbvwine.com.
  • exchange hotel and civil war medical museum
  • hatton ferry
    • On the James River in southern Albemarle, the last hand-poled ferry in operation in the U.S. has been crossing the river for more than 140 years. The ferry runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday from mid-April to the end of October and most federal holidays during that season. 10120 Hatton Ferry Road, on Route 625, west of Scottsville. The cost is $5 per person or $10 per car. Rides depend on water levels and weather. (434) 296-1492.
  • james madison museum of orange county heritage
    • 129 Caroline St. in Orange. Contains many of Madison’s personal items, papers and furnishings. The first history museum to honor Madison periodically offers free lectures and music events. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $5.50 for adults and $2.50 for ages 6-17. (540) 672-1776; thejamesmadisonmuseum.net.
  • michie tavern
    • 683 Thomas Jefferson Parkway near Monticello. Once was a stop on a stagecoach route, and dates back to 1784. Originally located in the Buck Mountain area of Albemarle, the structure was moved 17 miles and reopened at its present location in 1928. A Virginia Historic Landmark, the house, restaurant and shops are open 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, except for Christmas and New Year’s Day. Midday fare (Southern fried chicken, pork barbecue, stewed tomatoes, cornbread and biscuits, etc.) is served from 11:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Individual tours are $6, $5 for seniors, AAA members and active military and $2 for children 6 to 11. Discounts are available when combining lunch and a tour. Shoppers also can check out the Tavern-Museum Shop, Metal Smith Shop, Clothier and General Store, all housed in historic structures. The General Store is inside the circa-1797 Meadow Run Grist Mill. (434) 977-1234; michietavern.com.
  • old stone jail museum
    • 14 Stone Jail St. in Palmyra. This center for learning about Fluvanna County history is open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday during the summer. The jail, built in 1828, was designed by Gen. John Harwell Cocke, a friend of Thomas Jefferson. Tours also are available of the Holland Page Place, a restored post-Civil War log cabin is open by appointment and on the first Sunday of the month from June through September. Admission by donation. (434) 589-7910; fluvannahistory.org.
  • the paramount theater
    • In November 1931, The Paramount Theater opened its doors to the community, becoming a recognizable landmark in Charlottesville. After closing in 1974, the community banded together to save the Theater from the wrecking ball, and in 2004 The Paramount re-opened as a nonprofit performing arts center with a vision to educate, enchant, enrich, and enlighten the community. Since 2004, the Theater has welcomed more than 1,000,000 visitors to more the 2,500 events. To learn more about The Paramount or to purchase tickets to an upcoming event, please call (434)-979-1333 or visit www.theparamount.net.
  • pine knot
    • At 711 Coles Rolling Road, near Keene in southern Albemarle, this was the rustic retreat of President Theodore Roosevelt. The cabin is listed on both the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. Visitation is by appointment only. Inquiries can be made to Pine Knot, P.O. Box 213, Keene, VA 22946. (434) 286-6106. Find more details at visitcharlottesville.org.
  • rapidan camp
    • Herbert Hoover and his wife came to their summer retreat in the mountains while he was president. Located in the Central District of Shenandoah National Park, the retreat has been restored to the way it looked in 1929, just before the stock market crashed. A National Historic Landmark, three of the site’s 13 original buildings still stand. It is accessible to hikers starting from the Harry F. Byrd Sr. Visitor Center near Big Meadows. There also are 2.5-hour ranger-guided tours from late May through early September. Hike to the retreat or call ahead to reserve a bus ride. Admission to Skyline Drive is $10 per person or $25 for a seven-day vehicle pass. (877) 444-6777; nps.gov/shen.
  • scottsville confederate cemetery
    • . In 1914, the Daughters of the Confederacy erected a statue to honor the 41 Confederate soldiers who died in the Scottsville hospital in 1862-1863. The brass and granite memorial includes the names and home states of 40 of those soldiers. scottsvillemuseum.com/cemeteries.
  • scottsville museum
    • Located at 290 Main St. in Scottsville, the museum preserves the heritage of this historic James River town. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday from April through October. Free. (434) 286-2247; smuseum.avenue.org.
  • walton’s mountain museum
    • At 6484 Rockfish River Road (Route 617) in Schuyler, hometown of the late Earl Hamner Jr., creator of the Emmy Award-winning series “The Waltons.” The long-running TV show was based on Hamner’s family and their home in Nelson County. Open 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Admission is $10 for ages 6 and older. Call ahead for group reservations. (434) 831-2000; walton-mountain.org.

  • famous people
    • history
      • Julian Bond

        A leader in the civil rights movement, the late Bond was a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1960 and led protests against segregation in public facilities. He was chairman of the NAACP from 1998 to 2010, taught history at UVa and was a professor-in-residence at American University.

      • Lawrence Eagleburger

        The first career foreign service officer to become secretary of state, Eagleburger moved to the area in 1990. A protégé of Henry Kissinger, he held high-ranking positions for every president from Richard Nixon to George H.W. Bush. He was named secretary of state in 1992 and also served as Jimmy Carter’s ambassador to Yugoslavia.

      • Sally Hemings

        A slave at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, she tended to one of his daughters during his stint as ambassador to France and likely was the Founding Father’s intimate companion and bearer of several children. Journalist James Thomson Callendar is said to have first suggested the story after being passed over for a government job in Jefferson’s administration.

      • Patrick Henry

        The patriot orator who made the ultimate ultimatum — liberty or death — moved from Hanover County to Louisa County in 1764. As a member of the House of Burgesses, he argued for liberalized voting rights, opposed the British Stamp Act and represented Virginia in the First Continental Congress. He served in the state militia during the American Revolution and in assorted government posts afterward.

      • Thomas Jefferson

        The third president of the United States, Jefferson arranged the Louisiana Purchase, started Lewis and Clark on their expedition, wrote — with just a little help from a committee — the Declaration of Independence, served as a leader in the American Revolution, became a successful farmer and was a self-taught architect. He founded the University of Virginia and wrote the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom.

      • John “Jack” Jouett

        He rode through the briars and brambles to warn members of the Virginia legislature — Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, Benjamin Harrison and Thomas Nelson, who all had signed the Declaration of Independence and who came to Monticello to escape the British at Richmond — that the Redcoats were coming after them. For his act of bravery, Jouett received a sword and two pistols. An Albemarle County middle school was named in his honor.

      • Lewis, Clark and Sacajawea

        Lewis, Clark and Sacajawea. Meriwether Lewis grew up in Albemarle County and, after a successful military career, trekked his way to fame at Jefferson’s behest, traveling from St. Louis through the West and eventually to the Pacific Ocean and back. The quest, which likely could not have been completed without the knowledge Sacajawea provided to the explorers, was one of discovery, sending back to Jefferson a variety of Native American items and handicrafts, animal hides, heads and bones, flora and fauna. It also was a quest to discover what lands might be available to the new country and to learn of the people who populated those areas. William Clark, who co-led the expedition, was born in Caroline County. His grandfather had property near the Rivanna River, and Clark’s son and daughter-in-law inherited some of the property, Buena Vista, near Stony Point.

      • James Madison

        A Jefferson protege and the fourth president of the United States, he helped craft the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights and fought in the War of 1812. His wife, Dolley, did not invent the snack cake. She did, however, throw galas in Washington that were the talk of the 1800s. The Madisons’ Orange County home, Montpelier, later was owned by the DuPont family and recently has been restored.

      • James Monroe

        The fifth president’s home, Highland, is just up the road and over the mountain from Jefferson’s Monticello. Monroe oversaw the Missouri Compromise and warned Europe that further colonization of the American continent would not be tolerated, hence the development of the Monroe Doctrine.

      • Antonin Scalia

        The late Supreme Court justice was a professor at UVa’s law school during the late 1960s and early ’70s. (Among some of the notable students who attended law school here were Robert F. and Ted Kennedy.)

      • Zachary Taylor

        The nation’s 12th president is believed to have been born at Montebello near Gordonsville. He died in office, leaving the country with Millard Fillmore, the 13th president.

      • Kathryn C. Thornton

        This former astronaut earned both her master’s degree and doctorate at UVa. She went to work for NASA in 1985 and flew on the space shuttles Discovery, Endeavour and Columbia. She is a faculty member at UVa.

      • Alexander Vandergrift

        He led his troops to victory at the Battle of Guadalcanal in World War II and became the 18th commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. Born in Charlottesville, he attended the University of Virginia. During his military career, he was awarded the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Medal.

    • literature
      • David Baldacci

        The lawyer-turnedauthor has penned multiple best-selling novels and several screenplays. The UVa graduate serves as a national ambassador for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

      • Rita Mae Brown

        A social activist for gay and lesbian rights, this entertaining speaker and author has won several prestigious awards. Along with her cat, Sneaky Pie, the Nelson County resident has written a successful series of mystery novels.

      • Rita Dove

        A former poet laureate of the United States, Dove won the Pulitzer Prize in 1987 for “Thomas and Beulah.” The UVa professor has written several collections of poetry, as well as a play. And in 2016, Dove was short listed in the poetry category for a National Book Award.

      • William Faulkner

        He spent 1957 to 1962 as writer-in-residence at UVa, purchasing property nearby and dividing his time between Central Virginia and his home state of Mississippi. The Pulitzer Prize winner renewed his love of foxhunting at the Farmington Hunt Club and worked on several screenplays and novels while living here.

      • George Garrett

        A Virginia poet laureate, the late UVa professor was the author of numerous books, short stories, pieces of criticism and compilations of poetry.

      • John Grisham

        The Albemarle resident, Arkansas native and former Mississippi lawyer is a best-selling author whose forte is legal thrillers, but he also has branched out to write a Christmas story and nonfiction. He’s a baseball fan and funded the building of Cove Creek Park, a youth baseball complex near Covesville.

      • Jan Karon

        The best-selling author of the “Mitford” series about Father Tim and a fictional community in North Carolina used to live in a historic home in southern Albemarle that she renovated.

      • Edgar Allan Poe

        He dropped out of UVa to pay some debts and write poems and stories that still have readers raving. His onetime quarters at UVa have been turned into a display room.

      • Mary Lee Settle

        A well-respected writer, the late Charlottesville resident founded the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and was a founding member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. She taught at Bard College in New York and served as a visiting lecturer at UVa, as well as the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

      • Peter Taylor

        A pre-eminent author of short stories and an award-winning novelist, the late Charlottesville resident won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel “Summons to Memphis.” He taught literature and writing at UVa.

      • Charles Wright

        This UVa professor emeritus won the National Book Award in 1983 for “Country Music: Selected Early Poems.” In 1998, he brought home a Pulitzer for “Black Zodiac.” In 2014, he was named poet laureate of the United States.

    • entertainment
      • billy campbell

        People magazine named this Western Albemarle High School grad as one of the World’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 2000. He has starred in TV shows such as “Once and Again” and “Dynasty.” His film credits include “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” and “The Rocketeer.”

      • Miriam Cooper

        This silent-film actress starred alongside Lillian Gish in D.W. Griffith’s epic “Birth of a Nation.” Friends with Carole Lombard and Charlie Chaplin, she appeared in more than 20 silent films. After retiring from acting, she moved to Charlottesville in the 1950s, where it has been said that she started a women’s writing club. She died at a local nursing home in 1976.

      • Katie Couric

        This well-known journalist lived on the Lawn during her days at UVa. Before becoming the first woman anchor of “CBS Evening News” and the global anchor of Yahoo! News, Couric worked at ABC, CNN and NBC, where she was co-host of the “Today” show.

      • Chris Daughtry

        Before he was known as the lead singer of the band Daughtry, this Grammy-nominated rocker attended high school in Fluvanna County. He became a star when he competed in the fifth season of “American Idol.”

      • Tina Fey

        Another UVa grad who made it big on the small screen. Fey’s won eight Emmy Awards, including one for her portrayal of vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin on “Saturday Night Live.” Fey was the head writer and co-anchor of Weekend Update for “SNL” before she left to create and star in “30 Rock.”

      • Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

        The professional wrestling star-turned-movie star was seen working out in a couple of local gyms after he purchased property in the area in 2007.

      • Maxine Jones

        She was one of the original members of the seven-time Grammynominated R&B group En Vogue. She moved to Charlottesville and has served as a celebrity judge on “Paramount Idol.”

      • Jessica Lange

        The Oscarwinning actress has since moved back home to the Great White North at the Wisconsin-Minnesota border, but for several years she was a well-known area resident.

      • rob lowe

        Born in Charlottesville in 1964 to a trial lawyer and a retired teacher, Rob and his family moved to Ohio when he was a child. He is still seen on screens around the world from his Brat Pack days in films such as “St. Elmo’s Fire” and “About Last Night” and his TV roles on “The West Wing,” “Brothers and Sisters” and “Parks and Recreation.”

      • dave matthews band

        Formed in Charlottesville, the band cut its chops during the area’s hot music scene in the 1990s. While selling millions of records, the band as a unit and as individuals (Dave, Carter Beauford, Stefan Lessard and the late LeRoi Moore) has shared its wealth with the community by supporting a variety of civic projects and nonprofit service organizations through its Bama Works Fund. Longtime member and violinist Boyd Tinsley left the band in May of this year.

      • Tim Reid & Daphne Maxwell Reid

        The husband-and-wife actors lived in Central Virginia before moving to the Richmond area to open a film production studio. He is perhaps best known for his TV role as Venus Flytrap on “WKRP in Cincinnati.” Daphne played the mother on “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Both Reids starred in “Frank’s Place” and “Sister, Sister.”

      • sam shepard

        The late playwright, author and actor moved from a farm near Scottsville to the north with Lange (the two later broke up). You can still hear stories about his visits to Miller’s on the Downtown Mall.

      • sissy spacek

        Also known as a coal miner’s daughter and Carrie, the Academy Award winning actress lives in Albemarle and is active in many local charities and causes. Her daughter, Schuyler Fisk, is an actress and musician. And her husband is production designer and art director Jack Fisk.

      • donald trump

        The business mogul and TV personality became the 45th U.S. president in 2017. He visited Albemarle County in 2011 to open Trump Winery, which is run by his son Eric.

    • athletics
      • bruce arena

        If you get a kick out of soccer, chances are you have heard of this former UVa coach. He led the Cavaliers to 15 consecutive NCAA Tournaments and five national championships. He also coached D.C. United. He was the longtime coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy and coached the U.S. men’s national team between 1998 and 2006 and again during 2016-2017. He was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2010

      • ronde and tiki barber

        These identical twins were famous both on the field and off at UVa and in the NFL. Ronde’s forte was defense, while Tiki was a star on offense. Ronde was a five-time Pro Bowl cornerback who led Tampa Bay in interceptions. Tiki was a threetime Pro Bowl running back who led the New York Giants in rushing. Tiki also was a correspondent for the “Today” show and co-authored several books with his brother.

      • tony bennett

        Wisconsin native Tony Bennett has been head coach at Virginia since 2009. Under his leadership, the Virginia Cavaliers won the NCAA National Championship in 2019, won ACC Tournaments in 2014 and 2018 and have finished first in the ACC standings four times. Bennett is the only living three-time winner of the Henry Iba Award for national coach of the year. His current record at Virginia is 254-89.

      • Renee Blount

        The No. 1 singles and doubles player at UCLA, she became the first African-American woman to win a professional tennis tournament since Althea Gibson. Along with her victory at the Futures of Columbus, she reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon with partner Janet Newberry in 1984. Coached by Arthur Ashe, she also owns three National Junior titles. After retiring as a player, she moved to Charlottesville, where she coached at UVa and started the Keswick Tennis Foundation.

      • Malcom Brogdon

        The Atlanta native was one of the most acclaimed Virginia men’s basketball players in program history. As a senior in 2016, he became the first player in history to be named ACC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season and led the Cavaliers to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. Brogdon was a second-round NBA Draft pick by the Milwaukee Bucks and won Rookie of the Year honors in the 2016-2017 season.

      • Roosevelt Brown

        Truly a football great, Brown got his start when they pulled him out of the band at Jefferson High School, made him put down his trombone and hit the line of scrimmage. He went from Jefferson High to Morgan State University to the New York Giants and entered the NFL Hall of Fame in 1975. A street in Charlottesville is named in his honor.

      • Heidi and Heather Burge

        The tall identical twins led UVa’s women’s basketball team to three ACC championships and three Final Four appearances before graduating in 1993. Both played basketball in Europe and in the WNBA.

      • Mike Cubbage

        Born in Charlottesville, this baseball player graduated from Lane High School and UVa. He played in the big leagues from 1974 to 1981 as a third baseman with the Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins and New York Mets. He also served as interim manager for the Mets and the Boston Red Sox.

      • William "Bullet Bill" Dudley

        A member of both the College and Pro Football halls of fame, he played at UVa from 1939 to 1941, scoring 206 of the team’s 279 points in 1941. Dudley flew bombers during World War II and returned to the Pittsburgh Steelers after the war to lead the league in rushing, interceptions and punt returns in 1946. He also played for the Detroit Lions and the Washington Redskins. Dudley, UVa’s first All- American and first player to have his jersey retired, died in 2010.

      • Charlie Ferguson

        A right-handed pitcher, second baseman and outfielder from Charlottesville, Ferguson signed with the Philadelphia Quakers (later called the Phillies) in 1884. His career was cut short when he died of typhoid fever in 1887. In a 1931 ranking, he was named the fifth best player in baseball history. He is buried in Maplewood Cemetery.

      • kyle guy

        One of the best threepoint shooters in UVa basketball history, and a fan-favorite, Kyle Guys was pivotal in bringing the first national championship to Charlottesville in 2019. He single-handedly kept that dream alive on April 6 of that year in Virginia’s Final Four matchup against Auburn, when Guy hit three consecutive free throws with 0.6 seconds left after being fouled on a three point shot, helping the Cavaliers reach their first-ever national championship game. He was also named the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player. Guy entered the NBA Draft and the Sacramento Kings signed him to a two-way contract, where he will split his time between the Kings and their NBA G League affiliate, the Stockton Kings.

      • Larry Haney

        Born in Charlottesville, the right-handed catcher played professional baseball from 1966 to 1978 for several teams, including the Orioles and the Brewers. He played in the World Series for Oakland in 1974.

      • de'andre hunter

        Born in Philadelphia, Hunter was part of the UVa basketball team that won the NCAA National Championship in 2019 and was also named Defensive Player of the Year. Following his highly successful second year at UVa, Hunter announced he would forgo his final two seasons of college eligibility and declare for the NBA Draft, where the 4th overall pick was taken by the Atlanta Hawks.

      • ty jerome

        With 16 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds, New York State native Ty Jerome had a big part in delivering the first-ever national basketball championship to the Virginia Cavaliers. Jerome took over as the Cavaliers’ starting point guard in 2017 and in December of that year put up a careerhigh 31 points again Boston College. At the conclusion of the 2018-2019 season, he declared for the NBA Draft and now plays for the Phoenix Suns.

      • Chris Long

        Drafted second overall by the St. Louis Rams in the 2008 NFL Draft, Howie Long’s oldest son earned a Super Bowl ring as a defensive end for the New England Patriots. He now plays for the Philadelphia Eagles and defeated his former team to claim his second Super Bowl ring in March of this year. Long played ball at St. Anne’s-Belfield School and earned a scholarship to stay in his hometown to star for the UVa Cavaliers.

      • Howie Long

        Now a recognized actor, commercial spokesman and sports commentator living in Albemarle, the Pro Football Hall of Fame member was a standout as an Oakland Raider defensive end. Two of his sons were first-round NFL Draft choices — Chris as defensive end for the Rams and Kyle as a guard for the Bears.

      • Kyle Long

        Chris Long’s younger brother grew up in Ivy and went to St. Anne’s. He was drafted to play major league baseball by the White Sox, but opted to follow in the family business. He was the 20th pick overall in the 2013 NFL draft. Playing both guard and tackle for the Chicago Bears, Long has been tapped to play in the Pro Bowl three times.

      • Debbie Ryan

        From 1978 to 2011, Ryan was the face of women’s basketball at UVa. While she coached the Cavaliers to 32 winning seasons in a row, the program hit a high note in the 1990s. Under Ryan’s tutelage, the Cavs made three straight trips to the Final Four, from 1990 to 1992. Selected for the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2012, Ryan compiled a record of 739-324 and went to the NCAA Tournament 24 times. She was the country’s Naismith Coach of the Year in 1991 and was named the ACC Coach of the Year seven times. One of her biggest victories, however, was off the playing field. She was given six months to live after surgery for pancreatic cancer in 2000. She has been an advocate for cancer research ever since.

      • Eppa Rixey

        A member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Rixey held the record for wins by a left-hander, with 266, for nearly 40 years. Rixey had four seasons in which he won 20 or more games, including 25 wins in 1922. He played for 21 years, dividing his time between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Cincinnati Reds.

      • Ralph Sampson

        The most famous basketball player to grace UVa’s court, the 7-foot-4 Sampson led the Cavaliers to 23 straight wins in 1980-81, en route to the nation’s No. 1 ranking. He won three Naismith National Player of the Year honors and took UVa to the Final Four for the first time. He was the top choice in the NBA Draft in 1983, was NBA Rookie of the Year in 1984 and led the Houston Rockets to the finals in 1986. Despite playing in four consecutive NBA All-Star games, Sampson’s pro career was crippled by injuries.

      • Don Shula

        The NFL’s winningest coach, with 328 victories, is best known for leading the Miami Dolphins, but he started his career as an assistant football coach assigned to the backfield at UVa in 1959.

      • Dawn Staley

        She led UVa women’s basketball to a 110-21 record during her four-year tenure. She was a threetime All-American and led the U.S. Olympic team to gold medals in 1996, 2000 and 2004. She coaches at the University of South Carolina and was inducted in the 2012 class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2013, she was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a player. Under her guidance USC won the NCAA championship in 2017.

      • Billy Wagner

        The retired left-handed baseball pitcher is known throughout many Major League cities, but he chose to call Albemarle County home. Wagner pitched for the Astros, Phillies, Mets, Red Sox and Braves. A native of Southwest Virginia, Wagner was known as “Billy the Kid.” He is now the baseball coach at the Miller School of Albemarle.

      • george welsh

        Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004, Welsh served as head football coach at Virginia from 1982 to 2000. During that time, he compiled a record of 134-86-3 and retired as the winningest coach in ACC history at the time. Prior to his stint at UVa, he was head coach at Navy. Welsh, who passed away in Charlottesville in January of this year, coached for almost 30 years.

      • Monica Wright

        She finished her college basketball career as UVa’s all-time leading scorer with 2,540 points. She was the 2009-10 ACC Player of the Year and WBCA National Defensive Player of the Year, as well as a first-team All-American. She was selected second overall in the 2010 WNBA Draft.

      • Ryan Zimmerman

        The North Carolina native enjoyed a stellar three-year career with the University of Virginia baseball team. He earned a second-team All-America selection by Baseball America in 2005 after a season in which he had a .393 batting average, 92 hits and 59 RBI. Later that year, he was the fourth overall selection in the MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals. Still a Nat, Zimmerman has been selected to the MLB All-Star Team twice, in 2009 and 2017.

    must sees
    • monticello
      • Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, his mountaintop home that overlooks the city, not only is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Central Virginia, but was also listed in the top 10 of the South’s best museums by Southern Living magazine. The home of the third president, author of the Declaration of Independence and founder of the University of Virginia has been and still is the only presidential and private home in the United States on the United Nations’ World Heritage site list.
    • montpelier
      • Where else can you go to watch a horse race, attend a wine festival and learn about the Constitution? Montpelier is a house of presidential importance that has made young and old feel right at home for years.
    • highland
      • James Monroe’s Highland, the home of the fifth president of the United States, is a marriage of past and present — a new beginning founded on science and history.
    • downtown mall
      • For more than 40 years, the heart of the Charlottesville has been centered on the Downtown Mall. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe used to walk along these city streets. Now, it’s the place to eat, drink, shop, see and be seen.
    • the lawn
      • Thomas Jefferson’s original design for his Academical Village at the University of Virginia put the Lawn and Range at the heart of Grounds to foster the scholastic community. And while the area has undergone renovations, the sensibility hasn’t changed. Two centuries later, the area reveals a vibrant life, where students and school administrators live side by side while contemporary events unfold within a historic environment.

fine arts
  • art on the trax
    • Home to Second Saturdays receptions featuring ice cream sundaes topped with fruit from nearby orchards. Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Located in Creative Framing and The Art Box at 5784 Three Notch’d Road in Crozet. (434) 989-0032
  • artinplace
    • This nonprofit promotes art through places that are accessible to all. Programs include roadside displays of large outdoor pieces of sculpture sprinkled along high-traffic areas throughout the city. artinplace.org
  • arts center in orange
    • The center includes a large gallery for works of emerging artists, a Virginia artisan gift shop, classrooms and the Orange Studio. The Morin Gallery displays several exhibitions each year. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 129 E. Main St. in Orange. (540) 672-7311; artscenterinorange.com.
  • barboursville fine arts
    • Original paintings, sculpture and woodwork by local artists on display. Open 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 4201 Spotswood Trail in Barboursville. (434) 305-9966; facebook.com/BarboursvilleFineArts.
  • blackburn gallery
    • . Owned by couple Kevin and Carrie Blackburn, the Blackburn Gallery showcases art produced by Kevin, a digital artist and photographer. The gallery recently moved and is now located at 2508 Jefferson Hwy. in Waynesboro. Visitors are welcome by appointment only Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday from 12-4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (540) 470-0543; theblackburngalleryva.com.
  • the bridge progressive arts initiative
    • This nonprofit offers space and resources for working artists at 209 Monticello Road. Along with exhibits, The Bridge hosts live performances, readings, film series and discussions. (434) 984-5669; thebridgepai.org
  • c'ville arts
    • . This cooperative gallery of more than 50 artists and artisans from across the state features works of photography, jewelry, metalcraft, paintings, woodwork, mixed media, pottery and more. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. 118 E. Main St. (434) 972-9500; cvillearts.org
  • firnew farm artists' circle
    • Artists meet weekly to critique each other’s work and provide a scholarship each year to an art student planning to study art after high school. Wolftown-Hood Road in Hood. (540) 948-3079; firnewfarmartistscircle.wordpress.com
  • fralin museum of art at the university of virginia
    • Opened in 1935, the University of Virginia’s art museum counts nearly14,000 pieces in its collection. The museum hosts receptions, tours, lectures and such events as the popular Writer’s Eye competition. Open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 155 Rugby Road. (434) 924-3592; virginia.edu/artmuseum.
  • kluge-kuhe aboriginal art collection of the university of virginia
    • This is the only museum in the country dedicated to the exhibition and study of Australian Aboriginal art. Rotating exhibits are held along with various programs, lectures and lunch tours. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 400 Worrell Drive. (434) 244-0234; kluge-ruhe.org.
  • les yeux du monde
    • . Gallery owner Lyn Bolen Warren represents contemporary artists and showcases regional, national and international works. Open 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and other times by appointment. The gallery also hosts receptions, talks and tours. To receive invitations to private events, subscribe to the mailing list on the gallery’s website. 841 Wolf Trap Road. (434) 973-5566; lesyeuxdumonde.com.
  • mcguffey are center
    • .. This former school built in 1916 offers 40 art studios for more than 45 member artists and has three galleries that host about 40 exhibits a year. McGuffey is one of the oldest artist-run cooperative art centers in the country. A variety of classes are offered as well. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 201 Second St. NW. (434) 295-7973; mcguffeyartcenter.com
  • nichols gallery annex/frederick nichols studio
    • .. This circa-1900 hotel in Barboursville was transformed into a studio for artist Frederick Nichols. The annex has exhibited paintings and original work by regional and national artists, including Pat Cook and Rob Browning. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Sunday 1-5 p.m. and by chance or appointment the rest of the wek. 5420 Governor Barbour St. in Barboursville. (540) 832-3565; frednichols.com.
  • noon whistle pottery
    • Works by more than 150 artisans, potters and crafters from across the country are on display in this three-story, 1930s-era former gas station at 328 Main St. in Stanardsville. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, by chance Monday. (434) 985-6500; noonwhistlepottery.com.
  • piedmont virginia community college art gallery
    • . Two exhibition spaces house shows featuring local and regional artists, PVCC faculty and students. The gallery space is in the V. Earl Dickinson Building. (434) 961-5362; pvcc.edu/fine-arts-and-performance
  • second street gallery
    • This nonprofit was established in 1973 and hosts 10 to 14 contemporary exhibitions a year by regional and national artists. Outreach programs are held in conjunction with many of the exhibits, as are lectures, workshops, classes and tours. Summer hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On the ground floor of the City Center for Contemporary Arts at 115 Second St. SE. (434) 977-7284; secondstreetgallery.org.
  • sun's traces gallery
    • Ceramic works by Paula Brown-Steedly are on display at this gallery in Barboursville. The gallery also represents other artisans from across Virginia., including Jim Sprinkle, Pat Hoover, Sarah Lock and Charlotte LaRoy. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and other times by appointment or chance. 5449 Governor Barbour St. (434) 973-3700; vaclay.com.
  • telegraph art & comics
    • . Art gallery and comic shop features limited-edition posters. Fall hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 211A W. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. (434) 244-3410; telegraphgallery.com.
  • yellow cardinal gallery
    • Gallery named for a rare bird offers smaller works for smaller spaces. 301 E. Market St., one flight up. (434) 962-4449; facebook.com/ yellowcardinalarts.

virginia film festival
  • about
    • Watching a film is at once an intensely individual experience and a shared moment with a roomful of strangers. The Virginia Film Festival is building on the power of that combination to keep bringing community members together to talk about social justice, racial equity and other concerns. The 31st annual festival is scheduled for Nov. 1 to 4 in a variety of Charlottesville locations, and this year’s event will continue the “Race in America” series of screenings, talks and programs that became a highlight of the 2017 festival. Academy Award winners Spike Lee and Ezra Edelman were among high-profile guests who spoke with audiences and shared their films in the first year of the series, which was presented in partnership with James Madison’s Montpelier.
  • Learn More
    • To learn more about the festival and stay up to date on year-round events, go to virginiafilmfestival.org.

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