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Ansel Adams: Compositions in Nature Opening at Piedmont Arts

Ansel Adams: Compositions in Nature Opening at Piedmont Arts

A blockbuster exhibition of works by world-renowned photographer Ansel Adams will be on display January 23 – February 27, 2021 at Piedmont Arts.

Piedmont Arts will host the inaugural viewing of this traveling exhibition on loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. After it leaves Piedmont Arts, the exhibit will make stops at museums across the commonwealth.

Renowned for his photographs of the American western landscape, Ansel Adams is one of the most celebrated and influential American artists of the twentieth century. Ansel Adams: Compositions in Nature brings together over forty of his most beloved works and places them in context of the artist’s multifaceted career, in which he excelled as an artist, environmentalist, and musician. Additionally, rarely exhibited and unconventional photographs by Adams demonstrate the breadth of his professional and personal interests.

I Am…, featuring work by Raleigh-based artist Jason Franklin, will be on display in the Pannill Gallery. Franklin's work narrates the human condition from an American perspective. He brings to life everyday situations and feelings, like love, family, faith, dreams, and friendship, in extraordinary ways. Much of his work documents unique facets of American life and celebrates the indomitable spirit.

Photographs by John Kinney will be on display in the Lynwood Artists Gallery. Kinney's photographic series is based on the expanding development in the rural districts in Northern Virginia. His photos highlight areas being developed, and feature land that many residents hope will never be developed.

Join Piedmont Arts for a Closing Reception in honor of these exhibits on Friday, February 26, 2021 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the museum. Free and open to the public. Complimentary wine and light refreshments will be served. This reception is sponsored by Susan and Charles Aaron, Dr. Barry Dorsey, Cindy and Steve Edgerton, Jo and Don Grayson, Lynn and Noel Ward and Lynwood Artists. Limited capacity. Please RSVP attendance by February 23, 2021 to 276.632.3221 or online at