Inside Looking Out: The Art of Queena Stovall

Time Period
1877 to 1924
1925 to Today
Art & Architecture
Domestic Life
Women's History

The first exhibition of its kind in that it displays nearly all of artist Queena Stovall’s work in one place, this exhibition featured 44 of the 49 artworks Stovall produced over the course of her 18-year career, as well as several items familiar to her studio, including her easel and paint stand. Stovall's lively and intricate paintings use bright colors and careful strokes to depict vignettes featuring crop harvests, canning for the winter, cooking, livestock auctions, baptisms, and funerals. Each painting opens a window into Stovall’s world and magnifies a way of life that over time has vanished.

Queena Stovall studied at Randolph Macon Woman’s College under artist Pierre Daura. However, Daura was so impressed with her natural style of painting that he advised her to stop taking his classes so she could develop her own style without influence. In 1956, Stovall displayed her first solo exhibition at the Lynchburg Art Center. Her artwork can now be found in the collections of Lynchburg College, the Fenimore Art Museum in New York, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the New York State Historical Association. She was honored by the Library of Virginia in 2010 in the Virginia Women in History presentation for her contributions to folk art.


  • "Remembering Queena" Exhibition Opening Special Program - Saturday, May 12, 2018. View Program.

  • Banner Lecture with the exhibition’s curator Ellen Agnew: Thursday, June 14, 2018. View Lecture.


Making Apple Butter
January 1951 // Collection of Daura Gallery, Lynchburg College // Gift of Ellen & Bill Jamerson
Peaches Are In
October 1950 // Collection of Mr. & Mrs. S. Allen Chambers Jr.
Fireside in Virginia
December 1950 // Collection of Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York. // Museum Purchase, N0061.1994
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
October 1953 // Collection of Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College, founded as Randolph-Macon Woman’s College
“Comp’ny Comin’”
February 1967 // Collection of Mr. & Mrs. David Hugh Stovall Jr
Black & White photo of the artist, Queena Stovall
Emma Serena “Queena” Stovall (1887-1980)
The artist smiles for the camera carrying a basket of produce from her garden.