Current Exhibit

Carol Burch-Brown is Professor Emerita in the School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech. Her artistic practice includes inter-media arts, drawing/painting, book arts, photography, and videography.  Throughout her career her work has incorporated documentary elements, engaging issues related to science, natural history, religion, gender and sexuality, focusing especially on the American south.  She has had exhibitions throughout the US, including the Drawing Center, Dorsky Gallery, and Bertha Urdang Gallery in New York and the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. With her life partner, choreographer/tap dancer Ann Kilkelly, and with a small group of collaborators that include vocalist Elise Witt and dancer Celeste Miller, Burch-Brown has also sustained a deep engagement with performance and new media projects, including currently Salt Marsh Suite, exhibited/performed at the Cube at Moss Art Center, Taubman Museum and most recently at Piedmont Arts. Burch-Brown received an MFA from the University of Chicago. Her website is www.carolburchbrown.com.

Burch-Brown was a member of Blacksburg Presbyterian Church for many years and her daughter, Joanna, grew up in this church. Joanna now teaches philosophy at University of Bristol in the UK. Joanna and her husband Will Baker (also a teacher, at Cardiff University) have a son, Sean. Burch-Brown was married to Frank Burch Brown, also a former member of BPC. Together, Carol, Ann, Joanna, and Frank worked their way through many of the life-issues that are present in this body of drawings and paintings. Fortunately, unanswered questions remain.

March 2017 - May 2017
Carol Burch Brown
Paintings of Her Childhood

Art Forum: 4/2/17

The Difficulty of leaving

The Difficulty of leaving

The meeting of joachim and anna

The meeting of joachim and anna

What happened on the bus

What happened on the bus


Upcoming Exhibits

3/2017 - 5/2017
Carol Burch Brown
Paintings of her childhood
Art Forum: TBD

6/2017 - 8/2017
BPC Youth
Multi-media art
Art Forum: TBD


The Ruth White Fisher Endowment for the Arts

Ruth White Fisher was a nutritionist by profession but her first love was art.  After a career in nutrition, she spent many years painting and being a leader in the art scene in the Blacksburg area. In 1961 she established the Palette Art Gallery, which was a self-supporting cooperative gallery for many years.  Ruth was a charter member of the Blacksburg Regional Art Association and the Palette Art Gallery Association.

Ruth and her husband were members of the Blacksburg Presbyterian Church from 1936 until their deaths.Ruth served as teacher of the college age Sunday school class, chairman of dinners, circle chairman and vice-president of the Women of the Church.  She was given a life membership in the Women of the Church in 1977.

At the time of her death in 1984, then pastor George Telford encouraged her husband to establish an endowment fund for the arts in her name. This fund has allowed BPC to commission two major works of art for the building and to pay for worship banners, the chancel stained glass windows, and other pieces.  The fund was also used to bring Catherine Kapikian of Wesley Seminary in Washington D.C. to Blacksburg in 2007 to guide us in making the building a more worshipful and dynamic space.  We continue to use the proceeds from this endowment to enrich the experiences of the BPC family. 

The endowment is responsible for some of the beautiful art work throughout the church including....(list of pieces by name). It was also used to commission the Nativity sculptures by Larry Bechtel.