Arts and Education

Engage your mind and soul.

Our arts and education programs are designed to engage the mind and soul through innovative events, activities and presentations—both on and off the VMRC campus. We’re committed to providing a variety of educational opportunities for residents to stimulate learning. Through a diversified approach, we’re able to address the needs and interests of all residents. This encourages residents to learn and grow as an individual and as part of a larger community. Here are examples of our Arts and Education offerings:

  • Juried Art Exhibitions

    Mark your calendars for May 29- June 30, 2016. The Prospectus-Entry Form for the 2016 show is now available.

    The VMRC Juried Art Show is a national, multimedia show featuring artists from as far away as California, to Florida, to Oregon. The show is an amazing variety of original, one-of-a-kind works of art by national artists demonstrating mastery of design, technique, and creativity utilizing a range of media. Thousands of visitors flock to our campus to view the show, purchase art and vote for their favorites. 

    Click here to view the list of 2015 sales.

    For more information, email

  • The 12th Annual Shenandoah Valley Lyceum Event Series—2015-2016 season

    This stimulating cultural and educational series includes:

    • Scary Movies and Appalachian Stereotypes
      Presented by Emily Satterwhite, PH.D.
      October 16, 2015 / 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
      As an associate professor of Appalachian studies and popular culture studies at Virginia Tech, Emily Satterwhite is an award-winning author whose latest book investigates the depictions of rural places on popular culture, specifically Appalachia stereotypes in horror movies. Don’t miss this scary interesting talk!


    • Desegregation of Virginia Public Schools—A Personal Experience
      Presented by Ron Deskins
      January 15, 2016 / 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
      Ron was one of only four black students to enroll in the previously all-white Stratford Junior High School in 1959. Ron eventually retired as a Fire Captain in 2007, with 34 years of service under his belt. Come hear fascinating firsthand stories of his groundbreaking experiences in a racially-charged time in American history.


    • Innovations in Biomedical Engineering
      Presented by Martin Tanaka, Ph. D.
      February 26, 2016, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
      Doctor Martin Tanaka earned his Ph. D. from the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences. He’s currently an assistant professor at Western Carolina University, where he and his students use computer simulations and experiments to better understand human movement and balance control. They use their engineering skills to design and build devices that assist people with disabilities. It’s an informative presentation that’s both interesting and enlightening.