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King University’s Neal & Alice Caldwell Art Collection on Display at the William King Museum of Art Sept. 4 through Jan. 17

BRISTOL, Tenn., Aug. 24, 2015 – The William King Museum of Art in Abingdon, Va., will host an exhibit, “Schools of Thought: Paintings & Drawings from the King University Art Collection,” from Sept. 4, 2015 through Jan. 17, 2016. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held at the Museum on Thursday, Sept. 3, from 6-8 p.m.

The exhibit, “Schools of Thought: Paintings & Drawings from King University’s Art Collection,” is comprised of more than 50 selections of artwork from the Neal and Alice Caldwell Collection at King University. Selections showcased at the William King Museum will include artwork primarily from 19th-century European and American artists.

“We are very excited to share a portion of the Caldwell Collection with the public and especially pleased to be able to exhibit the pieces at the William King Museum of Art,” said Denise Asbury, director of development at King University. “We have long admired and supported the work of the Museum, and although the two King names represent different families, our institutions share similar visions for our regions and beyond, including promoting cultural heritage, serving as a destination for the exchange of ideas, and encouraging childhood and adult enrichment through the arts.”

In 2003, King University Trustee Neal Caldwell and wife Alice (Morrow) Caldwell (1951 King alumna) presented King with a group of works from their personal art collection. Since that time, the University has continued to receive gifts from the Caldwell family, forming an impressive gathering that features some of the world’s finest artists.

The King University Art Collection now features more than 360 original pieces of art and 65 artifacts spanning centuries, genres and media. These original works include such masters as Rembrandt, Corot, Turner, Picasso, Dalí, Toulouse-Lautrec, Whistler, Marsh, Chagall, and Matisse, among others. The collection represents early works such as an early illuminated choral manuscript penned on vellum to some of the most iconic and recognizable images of modern art. The entire collection may be viewed online at

During a History of American Art class taught by Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at King University, Dagmar Sproll, students were assigned a research project to uncover the history behind each of piece of art being exhibited at the William King Museum of Art. The students’ resourceful work is featured in a brochure that will accompany the exhibit.

“We hope everyone will come out to the William King Museum of Art and enjoy this beautiful exhibit,” says Asbury. “We celebrate this partnership and hope it serves to inspire members of the surrounding region to engage further in the many forms of artistic expressions available at King and within our community.”


King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information about King University, visit King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information on SCHEV certification, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.