Forbidden City Talk January 6

As part of the CVA lecture series, a talk about the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, will be held at the Hampden-Sydney Atkinson Gallery, on Sunday, January 6, 2019, at 3:00 PM. All CVA Lectures are free and the public is encouraged to come.

This program explores imperial rituals, court painting, family life, and religion in the Forbidden City, home to 24 of China’s emperors from the Ming (1368-1644) through the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Utilizing selected objects from the Palace Museum, Beijing, in addition to works from VMFA’s permanent collection, this talk explores the visual and cultural landscape established by Chinese imperial patronage in a rapidly globalizing world. This program will also discuss the architecture and construction of the Forbidden City, as well as the influence of Italian painters on the court painting style of the Qing dynasty.

William Neer, Curatorial Assistant at VMFA
William Neer is Curatorial Assistant for Exhibitions at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He has worked closely with curators on exhibitions and catalogues, including Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China and Congo Masks: Masterpieces from Central Africa. He is a graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, with bachelors’ degrees in history and art history. Prior to joining the Exhibitions department, he acted as Curatorial Assistant for East Asian Art, where he worked with collections, acquisitions, and gallery rotations, as well as holding an internship at VMFA’s Frank Raysor Center for the Study of Works on Paper.
New Beginnings Party and Annual Membership Meeting on January 13

On Sunday, January 13, 2019, at 3:00 PM, the CVA will host its annual New Beginnings Party at the home of Sandra Breil, 608 First Avenue, in Farmville. Members are requested to bring a savory or a sweet bite. Please contact Leslie Dennison or Lois Thomas if you are planning to bring a treat.

This year, and in the future, the New Beginnings Party will also serve as the annual membership meeting. In addition to being asked to reelect the current officers and Board members, the membership will be asked to approve amendments to the bylaws proposed by the Board of Trustees (see story below).

We promise to keep the business part of the event brief, so we can all enjoys Sandra's home and art as well as good food and conversation. Members are encouraged to bring prospective new members to the New Beginnings Party.
CVA Board Proposing Changes to Bylaws

The Board of Trustees of the CVA has reviewed the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws for the Central Virginia Arts Association, a non-profit corporation, and the board proposes a series of amendments. Members are encouraged to review these changes as summarized below and/or in this Proposed Amendments document. All members will be asked to vote to approve these changes at the New Beginnings Party on January 13, 2019.

Here is a summary of the proposed changes.
  • The fiscal year is to be changed from October 1 to September 30 to a calendar year of January 1 to December 31.
  • Dues for future years will be payable from October 1 to December 31 and considered delinquent 30 days after December 31.
  • The annual meeting of the membership to elect officers and trustees of the board shall be on a date set by the board and not necessarily in March of each year. (We are suggesting the New Beginnings Party also be the annual meeting, and for the purposes of transitioning to a calendar year, the membership will be asked to elect the current officers and trustees for the 2019 calendar year. Also, to be consistent with the current Bylaws, the membership will be asked to approve these amendments at the same time.)
  • The regular schedule of membership meetings (other than the annual meeting) will be deleted and allow the board to call Special meetings as needed.
  • The number of members needed to call a Special meeting will be changed from 17 to 20, and that a Quorum will be defined as 20% of membership instead of 17%.
  • Will provide that all “Notices” to members and the board will be “sent” and will not necessarily be “written” or from the Secretary.
  • Will eliminate the 15-day grace period for delinquent dues.
  • Will eliminate the officer position of Membership Chairman and will transfer those responsibilities to the Treasurer. (The existing bylaws allow the Treasurer to be the Membership Chair and that has been our practice.)
  • Will allow officers to serve more than two consecutive terms.
  • Will not require a complete finance report at every board meeting, but will continue to require it annually. Will change the “audit” requirement to a “review.” (Audit is a term of art that has a specific meaning to accountants and under the law, and it requires much more rigorous examination of the books than we have done in practice.)
  • Will allow the board to set its own meeting schedule rather than the schedule prescribed in the Bylaws.
  • Continues to allow the Board to establish or abolish committees as currently allowed in the bylaws, and will add allowing the board appoint or remove committee chairs.
  • Will streamline the process for amending the Bylaws while retaining an opportunity for all members to have input into and/or alter the process.
  • Will make the Bylaws gender neutral.
Have You Paid Your CVA Membership Dues?

Central Virginia Arts (CVA) is a membership organization, and it depends upon the dues paid by members to fulfill its mission. Participation in lectures, workshops, and exhibits requires membership in the CVA. CVA memberships run from September through August, so all member's dues are payable September 1. There are several membership categories and three ways to pay your dues. If you are not currently a member, we encourage you to join today. If you have a question about dues, email Paul Hoffman.

Membership Categories:

  • Individual Membership: $15.00 per year per person
  • Couple or Family Membership: $20.00 per couple or family
  • Contributing or Business Membership: $35.00 (The CVA will include a business member's art related events in email promotions)
Payment Options:
  • By Paypal on this website
  • By check via postal mail to: Paul Hoffman, CVA Treasurer, 988 Sulphur Spring Road, Prospect, VA 23960
  • By cash, check, or credit/debit card at any CVA event 
Thank you in advance for your support of the CVA!