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The Voice of the Artist

The Museum is pleased to present artists in their own words in conjunction with our exhibition Shared Ideologies and William & Mary’s Asian Centennial. Featuring a book discussion, artist talks, and a print unveiling, we hope that you will join us for these special events.


This semester we will have a mix of virtual and in-person events. All in-person events will be recorded and posted to our YouTube channel, so we hope everyone will be able to enjoy all of Muscarelle Explorations this fall!

All programs are free.

Muscarelle Explorations: The Voice of the Artist is made possible by our partner, The Williamsburg Landing.


September 28

6 PM

Muscarelle Museum of Art, Sheridan Gallery

Roberto Jamora is a Filipino-American Richmond-based artist and educator. He holds an MFA from Purchase College, State University of New York and a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. The Asian Centennial committee chose Jamora to be the inaugural Asian Centennial Distinguished Fine Arts Fellow at William & Mary. During this talk, Jamora will present his vision for artistically expressing the Asian Pacific Middle Eastern experience and history at William & Mary. His recent work includes The Sound of Fate Knocking at the Door 2, which the Muscarelle Museum of Art acquired in honor of the Asian Centennial. The painting is part of a series called An Inventory of Traces. Jamora says that the purpose of the series is to “commit important events in my life to memory via painting. I mine color from memory, photos, interviews, and artifacts from my family.”

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Asian Centennial Committee and the Muscarelle Museum of Art.



November 16

6 PM

Sadler Auditorium

The Muscarelle is thrilled to welcome Chemehuevi artist Cara Romero to campus. Romero will dive into her artistic process and recent projects. Romero is a technically brilliant photographer and marries that skill with her ability to convey an indigenous perspective on issues of Native representation and identity. Romero says, “I am deeply committed to making work that addresses Native American social issues and changes the way people perceive us in contemporary society. My style offers viewers sometimes serious and sometimes playful social commentary on pressing social issues.” Romero’s works are widely sought by museums and the Muscarelle is lucky to have three of her photographs, TV Indians, Oil Boom, and Water Memory. All three are on view in Shared Ideologies.



November 17

4 PM

Andrews Hall, Room 101

Diego Romero is a Cochiti Pueblo potter and printmaker based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Romero’s artistic mission is to transcend his Native American heritage by combining traditional materials, techniques and forms of ancient Mimbres, Anasazi and Greek pottery with comic book inspired imagery, to talk about contemporary issues. His lively and thought-provoking work has reached across the United States and Europe, and resides in collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The Muscarelle plans to acquire a work by Romero to commemorate his visit.



November 30

6 PM


Take a journey with Roberto Jamora while he creates a commemorative print for the Asian Centennial. This work will encapsulate his artistic vision regarding the Asian Pacific Middle Eastern experience at William & Mary. The resulting print will become a part of the Muscarelle Museum of Art’s collection and copies will be available for purchase.



We Flew Over the Bridge: The Memoirs of Faith Ringgold

December 2

6 PM


Our next installment of Muscarelle Reads will be Faith Ringgold’s We Flew over the Bridge, which chronicles the fascinating story of her life. Ringgold is one of the country’s preeminent African American artists and an award-winning children’s book author. Ringgold’s artworks—startling “story quilts,” politically charged paintings, and more—hang in the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, as well as the Muscarelle Museum of Art. Ringgold’s path to success has not been easy. In this gorgeously illustrated memoir, she looks back and shares the story of her struggles, growth, and triumphs. Ringgold recollects how she had to surmount a wall of prejudices as she worked to refine her artistic vision and raise a family. At the same time, the story she tells is one of warm family memories and sustaining friendships, community involvement, and hope for the future.