August’s Friday for the Arts: Henry Kidd

Opening August 9 in the Main Gallery, will be art by Henry Kidd.

A nationally known historical artist, Kidd is a lifelong resident of Colonial Heights. He graduated from Virginia State University with a BS in Art Education. His artwork has appeared in documentaries and on the covers of books and magazines. He has previously displayed in museums such as West Point, the Virginia Historical Society, and the Museum of the Confederacy.

Some of his awards and accomplishments are as follows: he received a National Red Cross Award in 1991 from Elizabeth Dole, President of the American Red Cross, for Desert Storm artwork which raised thousands of dollars for our fighting forces and their families. He also raised $25,000 for September 11th victims through the sale of his artwork, ‘America’s Heroes,’ and was recognized by the Virginia General Assembly with a Joint House and Senate Resolution for artwork and efforts aiding September 11th victims. He was nominated for the Michael Shaara Award for his novel ‘Petersburg, War on the Doorsteps,’ and is the official artist for the 150th anniversary of the battles of Gettysburg and Cloyd’s Mountain.

An avid Civil War and Revolutionary War reenactor, Kidd portrays Confederate General Lewis Armistead at the Gettysburg Reenactments. He has also been an extra in several movies, such as Gettysburg, Gods and Generals, and Lincoln.

While continuing to create historical artwork, Kidd works part time as a historical tour guide in Richmond and Petersburg. He is also the co-owner of Side Street Gallery in Colonial Heights, Va.