Threads Opening Reception

Friday, January 16, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Featuring Diana Laurel Caramat, Knox Garvin & Kristin Skees

The Hermitage Museum will host the work of three acclaimed artists from Hampton Roads, Diana Laurel Caramat, Knox Garvin, and Kristin Skees, and showcase their collaborative work in our special exhibition Threads. Please join us for an opening reception on Friday, January 16 from 6-8 pm featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and the opportunity to meet the artists.

Exhibit on view January 17-March 3, 2015







Exhibition Synopsis Presented by the Threads Collaborative

“I wanted to show the things that had to be corrected; I wanted to show the things that had to be appreciated." - Lewis Hine, Photographer,1939

Cotton farmers, field workers picking through sharp bolls, children who stood from dawn to dark, barefoot between knitting machines—whether or not the visitor to the museum is aware them, these images are bound into the experience. Through three site-specific installations, Threads seeks to shine a light on these stories.

In 1911 Lewis Hine came to Norfolk, Virginia, to photograph the knitting mills. In his photographs we see the faces and read the names of people whose labor helped to fund the Hermitage Art Collection, woven into art and artifact as surely as warp and weft form cloth.  Appreciation of this labor enhances the significance—and perhaps even the beauty—of one of America’s great art collections.

Threads is an artistic collaboration developed in 2013 in an effort to reveal the dignity and struggle in these underlying, often forgotten stories. The exhibit explores the relationship between art and labor as part of a larger human struggle – one that can still be connected, like a thread, through time and art to change the way we see the valued objects of today.

Artist Bios

Kristin Skees was raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She has a BFA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a MFA from the University of Arizona, and a MLIS from the University of Alabama. She works in a variety of media, including digital photography, experimental fibers, digital video and installation, and shows her work nationally and internationally. Kristin teaches in the Department of Fine Art and Art History at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.

Knox Garvin can be found teaching in Norfolk, Virginia, or with a fly rod in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  An avid gardener and cook, he considers his time well spent when casting a shadow in his collard patch or smoking pork BBQ over hickory. He works in a variety of media including photography, installation, glass, resin, ceramics, and found objects.

Diana Laurel Caramat is currently pursuing her Master in Fine Arts in Sculpture at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. She also graduated from VCUarts at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009 with bachelor degrees in 'Sculpture & Extended Media' as well as 'Painting & Printmaking'. She has exhibited her work since 1998 and in 2008 was awarded a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts fellowship. Most recently she was the previous Associate Department Chair of the Visual Arts Department at the Governor's School for the Arts. Formerly, she worked in the Integrated Production and Design Department @ The Martin Agency in as well as VCUarts Dean's Office at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.