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Reynolda House Museum of American Art

What do you think glamour is today? Reynoda House wants to know.

Inspired by our spring exhibition Star Power: Edward Steichen’s Glamour Photography (Feb. 23- May 19), Reynolda House invites you to participate in the #ReynoldaGlam Contest on Pinterest and help us answer the question: What is glamour today?

Whether you believe glamour surfaces in today’s celebrities or in the everyday fashionista, we are eager to see your pins and your point of view.

Want to participate?  Email reynolda@reynoldahouse.org with your pinterest account 


Contest details: The contest runs through April 30, 2013. One randomly selected pinner will win a  copy of the exhibition catalog “In High Fashion: The Conde Nast Years 1923-1937,” featuring 242 of Steichen’s magnificent images. Two additional pinners will receive “The Paris Gowns in the Reynolda House Costume Collection” by Ruth Mullen.

Pinning Details: Be sure to turn off your notifications for the group board or you will receive an email each time someone pins to the board. Please pin responsibly. Reynolda House reserves the right to remove inappropriate pins. 

Have fun and make a statement on style!


World-renowned poet, Nikki Giovanni visits “Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey” at Reynolda House


In December, world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator Nikki Giovanni led a group of Virginia Tech students to Reynolda House Museum of American Art to see Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey, on view now through January 13, 2013 in Winston-Salem, NC.

Professor Giovanni relayed that the Museum’s billboard for A Black Odyssey on Business 40 inspired her first visit to the Museum. She found the exhibition so compelling that she returned twice.  

On her last visit, she brought a bus of 30 students from varying disciplines of the university. Phil Archer, the Museum’s Director of Public Programs and Allison Slaby, Reynolda House’s Curator, guided the group through the historic house and gallery.

After the tour, the bus loaded up to head to the home of Maya Angelou, Professor Giovanni’s long time friend, to sing Christmas carols. Some Museum staff overheard the group bragging that “Nikki gets an art bus.” We would brag, too.


Nikki Giovanni is a world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Over the past thirty years, her outspokenness, in her writing and in lectures, has brought the eyes of the world upon her. One of the most widely-read American poets, she prides herself on being “a Black American, a daughter, a mother, a professor of English.” Giovanni remains as determined and committed as ever to the fight for civil rights and equality. Always insisting on presenting the truth as she sees it, she has maintained a prominent place as a strong voice of the Black community. Her focus is on the individual, specifically, on the power one has to make a difference in oneself, and thus, in the lives of others.  (http://nikki-giovanni.com/bio.shtml)

Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey is a dazzling exhibition of collages and other works inspired by Homer’s classical epics. On view at Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC, through January 13, 2013. Visit reynoldahouse.org/epic for more information.


Professor Giovanni discusses exhibition with Reynolda House staff.


Professor Giovanni toured the historic house and art collection.


Professor Giovanni signs the exhibition comment book.

Students Reflect on Personal Odyssey Inspired by Romare Bearden

On November 9, Reynolda House staff were invited to Reynolds Memorial auditorium at Reynolds High School for a performance featuring choral groups and dancers from Winston-Salem State, Wake Forest University, and Reynolds High School.  The performance was the culmination of a semester-long study of the artist, Romare Bearden, whose works are on view at Reynolda House through January 13, 2013. 

At the end of the program Trish Oxford, who manages our social media initiatives, addressed the 1800 students and challenged them to text an answer to the following question in 140 characters or less: Where are you in your personal odyssey?  

We received 37 meaningful and authentic entries, six of which were chosen to receive gift certificates to Simplyummy cafe in Reynolda Village.  Below are the six winners, as well as the other 31 entries.  

We are proud of all these students and wish them the best as they pursue their personal odyssey!

I am being slapped in the face with decisions and am forced to face the scary thing called my future. #myodyssey

My ship sails among harsh waves, but I see a rising sun in the distance.

Sometimes I feel like my boat has not even left the harbor yet. I planned my journey in mind but I continue to wait for the perfect wind.

My journey has barely begun. It isn’t planned, it isn’t already in place. I have to pave my own way and discover myself on the way.

Stuck in rip currents: Hold on to the past, which suppresses my dreams? Or do I let go and dream big, but lose the security of the past?

Realizing that I am not that five year-old girl losing her balloon due to her stubbornness anymore.

Remaining Entries

I am only beginning my personal Odyssey of helping my community therefore helping the world.

In my personal odyssey I am at the point where I want to be a dancer. I want to express myself through the arts and though dance. Dance is a whole other world.

On my personal odyssey , I am trying to find out who I am, where I come from, and where I’m going. I am struggling to manage my home and school life .

I’m in the part of my Odyssey where I’m making sure I have everything I need to start my journey. I’m making sure I’m prepped for success.


I’m currently in High School and I plan on attending a four year college. I wanna major in Photography and earn my Bachelors degree. And enlist in the Navy.

I’m at a point where I’m learning from my mistakes without getting discouraged by society.

On my personal Odyssey, I’m just starting the next phase of my life growing up being responsible. I’m at the end of my childish chapter.

 I’m just starting my personal odyssey. By building a foundation for my future career. Based on God, love, education, and family.


I am good in my life. I mean I go through ups and down. I have times when I fall but I have friends and family who help me when I fall. I’m doing good in school and planing to go to a 4 year college.

Keeping my head out of the clouds; keeping my feet on the ground. And dancing my way through the good and the bad. #laughsmiledance

Right now I’m not where I want to be. In 5 years I see myself in some big time fashion state living the life I’ve always dreamed.

My journey has just started off. I am looking for scholarships for Salem Academy boarding school. I am hoping to go to NC school of the Arts for college. 

I am my personal odyssey. I am trying to figure out where I’m going to college.

Right now I’m not in a specific place in my life journey. I’m still in the stages of finding out who I am and who I want to be. That’s it.


I am on the bus.


I am currently striving to be the best person I can possibly be and succeed in many different ways. 

Right now I’m at the beginning of my journey. I’m still trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. 

In my journey I am just at the beginning of my journey and I am looking forward to my future and where my journey gets more interesting. 

I am currently attempting to make choices and take actions that pave the road to a successful and steady future.

Your personal odyssey is your life so you could say that my personal odyssey is just beginning. The question is how it will end? 

On my personal odyssey I am in high school trying to graduate and go to college and make my parents proud and become tolerant member in society.

I am currently trying to make the best decisions that I can to make myself successful in my life.

Today I feel very satisfied with where my life is. I want to be a basketball coach so I am really excited to see where I end up. 

In my odyssey I’m Telemacha. Pushed by Athena to find what I’m looking for.


I’m an RJ Reynolds freshman setting out on the high school runway. In four years my plane will take off, and I will fly off towards college.

In life right now I’m trying to figure out who I am in life. Also finding what my purpose is and what can I do to make my mark on the world. 

I am only 15 years into my journey and I hope I have a long way to go.

I climbed onto my odyssey 15 years ago. I’ve surfed rough waves and calm waves, and that is what has gotten me here today.

I am at the crossroads of being a teenager, confused and unaware of my future:(


I am living the life of a teenager: hanging with my friends, playing sports, loving my family and surviving school.

I’m at the start line of my odyssey. I don’t know the path to take. I’m still messing up and learning so I have just begun.