Foxcroft: The Art of Women & the Sporting Life Exhibit at National Sporting Library & Museum through August

An exciting Centennial event opens Saturday, March 15, at the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg. Called "Foxcroft School: The Art of Women and the Sporting Life," this special exhibition has been put together by the museum staff in conjunction with our Centennial Celebration. It focuses on Foxcroft women as sporting enthusiasts, sporting artists, and sporting art collectors. Comprised of loans from alumnae of the prestigious Middleburg college-preparatory school for girls and their relatives, approximately thirty paintings and sculptures develop a picture of the collecting interests of our alumnae and members of their families as well as their role in 20th Century sporting life and art.

The exhibit runs through August 24, 2014. Special tours for Centennial attendees will be conducted on Friday, April 25, at 1:30, 2:00 and 2:30 pm. The museum, located at 102 The Plains Road, is open Wednesday-Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm. Please visit the NSL&M website for more information.
The opening of the exhibit coincides with Women's History Month and the museum's March 15 "Side Saddle Symposium," which happens to include a presentation by Foxcroft trustee and past parent Penny Denegre. A champion side-saddle rider, Denegre is also featured in the Foxcroft exhibit, along with such other prominent women conservationist Gertrude Sanford Legendre, Foxcroft Class of 1920, and Cowgirl Hall of Fame member Helen Kleberg Groves '45, and alumnae relatives Phyllis Mills Wyeth, who owned 2012 Belmont Stakes champion Union Rags.

Also highlighted in the exhibit is the burgeoning success of female animal and sporting artists in the 20th century. Among the artists included are Jean Bowman, founder of the American Academy of Equine Artists; Heather St. Clair Davis; Eve Prime Fout, whose daughter Nina and granddaughter Caroline both graduated from Foxcroft; and Julia Jitkoff, Foxcroft Class of 1965. Additionally, works by other known artists such as N.C. Wyeth and Aiden Lassell Ripley depicting women in sporting pursuits collected by alumnae round out the exhibition.

Founded in 1954, the National Sporting Library and Museum has expanded to become a library, research facility, and art museum with over 26,000 books and works of art in the collections. It is dedicated to preserving, sharing, and promoting the literature, art, and culture of horse and field sports. The John H. Daniels Fellowship program supports the research of visiting scholars. The Museum, a newly renovated and expanded historic building on the Library campus, houses exhibits of American and European animal and sporting fine art. Information is shared through exhibitions, lectures, seminars, publications, and special events. The NSLM is open to researchers and the general public.
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An all-girls boarding and day school in Northern Virginia, Foxcroft prepares young women in grades 9-12 for success in college and in life. Our outstanding academic program offers challenging courses, including Advanced Placement classes and an innovative STEM program. Our premiere equestrian program is nationally recognized, and our athletic teams have won conference and state championships. Experience the best in girls' boarding schools: visit Foxcroft.