Traveling Exhibits

The Daura Gallery has several exhibitions available for loan. For availability, fees, and restrictions please see the descriptions and details below.

If you need more information or have any questions, please contact Barbara Rothermel, Daura Gallery director, at 434.544.8343 or .

Pierre Daura: Landscapes

Daura landscape
This exhibition includes landscapes executed during the period 1940-1970. It was during that time that Pierre Daura began the first of what would be a lifelong series of oils, watercolors and temperas depicting the Blue Ridge region of Virginia, which impressed him as being “grandiose as nothing I had ever known.”

The works demonstrate Daura’s deep involvement with the rural scene in all its aspects – such simple tasks as burning brush and plowing; houses, outbuildings and livestock of neighboring farms; moods of the changing seasons; and the landscape itself.

Image: Pierre Daura, Landscape, Rockbridge Baths, 1955-70


Pierre Daura: The Still Life

Daura still lifeExhibit features watercolors of fruits, flowers, and vegetables, with bowls, baskets, and plants. These works showcase Daura’s exploration of composition, color relationships, and structural form.

Exhibition Specifications (for both Daura exhibits):

  • Virginia Landscapes: 24 watercolors + 3 text labels
  • The Still Life: 24 watercolors + 2 text labels
  • Approximate space required: 300 linear feet
  • Participation fee: $2,000 each plus insurance and one-way shipping (incoming)
  • $3,000 for both Virginia Landscapes and The Still Life plus insurance and one-way shipping (incoming)
  • Lecture: “Pierre Daura: Catalan-American Modernist” by Dr. Barbara Rothermel, Director of the Daura Gallery (fee to be determined)

Image: Pierre Daura, Still Life with Fruit, 1955-70


Picturing Wonderland: Sir John Tenniel’s Illustrations for the Alice Books

Alice with Collapsing CardsSir John Tenniels illustrations brilliantly complement Lewis Carroll’s text for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There (1871) and have been acclaimed for their excellence ever since. Both of the Alice books were published during the Golden Age of book illustrating in England, and as one of Punch’s most adept cartoonists, Tenniel had the expertise and imagination to give visual form to the extraordinary world Carroll created in words.

Exhibition Specifications:

  • 24 Illustrations
  • 5 text labels
  • Object labels with quotes
  • Approximate space required: 300 linear feet
  • Participation fee: $2,000 plus insurance and one-way shipping (incoming)


On with the Show, This is It! Chuck Jones and the Animation Art of Looney Tunes

Bugs BunnyFor more than 70 years, the funniest, most recklessly irreverent characters ever drawn on celluloid have been Looney Tunes. The split-second timing of Bugs Bunny, the giddy lunacy of Daffy Duck, the befuddled laughter of Elmer Fudd, and a slew of others were the work of animation artist Chuck Jones (1912-2002). Beginning with theatrical shorts of the 1930s and re-running on the Cartoon Network , they have become international celebrities and a cornerstone of American popular culture. This exhibition explores the Looney Tunes characters and their capers as brought to life by Jones and voice artist Mel Blanc under the auspices of the cartoon shop at Warner Bros. Studios.

Exhibition Specifications:

  • 32 Animation cels, sericels (1994-95 Chuck Jones reissues)
  • Ephemera
  • Original character etchings
  • 10 text labels
  • Approximate space required: 300 linear feet
  • Participation fee: $1,500 plus insurance and one-way shipping (incoming)


Indelible (P)ink: The Pink Panther and Popular Culture

Animation’s coolest anti-hero with the grooviest theme song ever…

The Pink Panther was created by Friz Freleng for the opening title sequence of Blake Edwards’ 1963 film, The Pink Panther (MGM/United Artists), starring Peter Sellers as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau, out to catch the thief of a legendary diamond called the pink panther. Accompanied by Henry Mancini’s mod jazz beat, Freleng’s animated Pink Panther sauntered suavely across the silver screen, straight into superstar status. This hip cat of unparalleled sophistication debuted on NBC-TV in 1964, captivating audiences in 140 cartoon shorts. A second series debuted in 1984 and continued for the next decade. This exhibition is a blast from the past, spying on the Pink Panther as an example of popular culture while uncovering his contribution to 20th-century animation.

Exhibition Specifications:

  • 44 Original Animation Cels, all matted and framed, 16″ x 20″
  • Production Sketches, all matted and framed, 16″ x 20″ (all correspond with cels; some framed in multiples)
  • Pink Panther ephemera including Mancini soundtrack album, period toys, movie posters, and more
  • Approximate Space Required: 300 linear feet
  • Participation Fee: $2,500 pus insurance and one-way shipping (outgoing)
  • Available Dates: June 2009 – January 2012

The Pink Panther TM& © 1964-2006 Metro-Goldywn-Mayer Studios, Inc.



Moby Dick Traveling Exhibits

Leonard Baskins Prints from Moby Dick Arguably the greatest American novel, Moby-Dick combines sea-going adventure, revenge tragedy, psychological thriller, natural history lessons, and metaphysical speculation in an extraordinary exploration of the nature of human suffering and the limits of human knowledge. At its core is the tormented Captain Ahab, who having lost a leg to the great white whale on an earlier voyage, Ahab sets out to kill Moby Dick. Baskin ignored the novels many highly dramatic scenes. Instead, as in so many of his prints, he posed the whalers without distinguishing clothes or settings. The men stand before the viewers with the empty look of people, exposed and vulnerable, who face a harsh, unyielding universe. Baskin produced the eight Moby-Dick prints in 1970 and sold the set under the title Suite of Original Signed Lithographs.

Exhibition Specifications:

  • 8 lithographs
  • 2 text labels
  • 8 object labels
  • quotation labels
  • Approximate Space Required: 100 linear feel
  • Participation Fee: $1,000 + round trip shipping


Yesterday’s Tomorrow

Yesterday’s Tomorrowoffers a unique history of popular expectations and beliefs about the shape of things to come through manifestations of popular culture. The exhibit includes such items as toys, books, movie stills, World’s Fair memorabilia, car designs, advertisements, and architectural designs that examine the way Americans of yesteryear envisioned our collective future. The exhibit is adapted from exhibitions originally produced by SITES in cooperation with the Smithsonian and circulated throughout Virginia as part of Museum on Main Street, organized and supported by the Virginia Association of Museums. In 2003, the exhibition was acquired by the Daura Gallery, Lynchburg College, for exhibition in the College’s state-of-the-art communications and business facility.

Exhibition Specifications:

  • Designed to meet the needs of small museums
  • Three sets of self-supporting panels with didactics, text, and artifacts
  • Requires limited square footage
  • Shipped in 12 rolling crates.
  • Available to all museums in Virginia and the District of Columbia for 8-10 week periods
  • Participation fee: $400 plus shipping.


In Lotus Land: The Photographs of Herbert Ponting

British photographer Herbert G. Ponting was a unique individual who has become almost invisible with time. Very little documentation of his life has survived. The few relatives who were alive when the singular biography was written in the 1970s seem to have either not wanted to discuss his life or knew little of it. If journals, diaries, or logs of his work and career remained, they were auctioned at time of his death to settle his debts or have since been lost. Yet hundreds of thousands of people saw his stereophotographs, images of people and places from around the world – at least 1,000 of Japan alone – without ever knowing his name. Today, his work remains a visual record of the world during the first decade of the 20th century, particularly of South and Far East Asia.

Exhibition Curator: Charles L. Shull, Professor of Sociology, Lynchburg College

Exhibition Specifications:

  • 53 Images from the book Japanese Studies (1906) collotyped by Ogawa (one of 22 known complete sets in the U.S.)
  • 7 Text Labels (Ponting Biography, Japan ca. 1900, Collotype, Ogawa Kazumasa)
  • Approximate Space Required: 300+ linear feet
  • Participation Fee: $1,000 plus insurance and one-way shipping (outgoing)
  • Available Dates: June 2009 – January 2014