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2015/16 Calendar of Events


Imagination Land
April 30 – July 7, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, May5, 7 p.m.
A gallery talk will precede the Opening Reception at 6:30 p.m.

This two-man show features paintings by David Campbell (Williamsburg, VA) and Brian Rego (Columbia, S.C.). Through different approaches, both artists use observation and imagination to develop narrative works that include landscapes and figures. Ranging in size from small-scale to large, the works are colorful, distinctive and expressive, and include an effective use of light.


45th Annual Student Art & Design Exhibition
March 19 – April 17, 2016
Awards Presentation/Opening Reception • Saturday, March 26, 11 a.m. • Commodore Theatre

Judge: Charlotte Potter, Glass Studio Manager and Programming Director, Chrysler Museum of Art

A year’s work culminates with a student show chosen from completed VAC course projects. Featuring over 200 pieces by more than 100 students, works represent program courses in Studio Arts, Photography, Graphic Design, Ceramics and Glassblowing. Awards recognizing artistic excellence will be distributed at the awards presentation.

VAC STUDENTS: Enter the 45th Annual Student Art & Design Exhibition for your work to be considered for this incredible publication created by VAC students! The prospectus for the show is available now in the VAC first floow window.

Visiting Artist
Illustrated Lecture:

David Campbell, Lecturer and Instructor, William & Mary

Observation, Imagination, Invention
Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. • Rooms 208 & 209, VAC

Visiting Art Historian
Illustrated Lecture:

Cheryl White, Director, Glass Wheel Studio, Norfolk

CRAFT is Not a Four-Letter Word
Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. • Rooms 208 & 209, VAC

Special Presenter
Illustrated Lecture:

Laura Heymann, Professor of Law, William & Mary

Copyright Law in the 21st Century: What Emerging Artists Need to Know
Thursday, April 21, 2016, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. • Rooms 208 & 209, VAC

Pulped Under Pressure
January 16 – March 3, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 21, 7 p.m.
A gallery talk will precede the Opening Reception at 6:30 p.m.

This group show features work by Jillian Bruschera (San Francisco, CA), Julia Goodman (Oakland, CA), Reni Gower (Richmond, VA), and Trisha Martin, Melissa Potter, Marilyn Propp and Maggie Puckett (all from Chicago, IL). Using traditional hand papermaking methods, each artist explores important contemporary issues including conservation, identity, collaboration and community engagement.


46th Annual TCC Art Faculty Exhibition
November 21, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, November 20, 6 p.m.

The annual student art sale will take place during the event from 5 – 8 p.m.

Visual Arts Center full-time and adjunct faculty members present a diversity of art media including glass, pottery, photography, painting, drawing, computer generated work and mixed media.


From the Ground Up: A Ceramics Invitational
September 18 – November 5, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 17, 7 p.m.

A gallery talk will precede the Opening Reception at 6:30 p.m.

In this collaborative exhibition program with the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center’s, Virginia Earth: Ceramic Art, the VAC presents bodies of work by four ceramists. Dianne Hottenstein (Chesapeake, VA) presents sculptural works that relate the content and symbolism inspired by her everyday life, ongoing research and literary works. Work by the late Dr. Lawrence Jordan (Norfolk, VA) includes small to massive vessels that reveal striking proportion, glazes and texture. Ani Kasten (Mt. Rainier, MD) creates vessels, sculptures and assemblages that merge natural and man-made worlds. African figural works by Woodrow Nash (Akron, OH) expressively transmit human delicacies and inner harmony of masculine and feminine forms. Click here for complementary programming.


Making Their Mark: Classical & Contemporary Drawings
July 11 – September 7, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, July 10, 7 p.m.

A gallery talk will precede the opening reception at 6:30 p.m.

Featuring a variety of historical drawing methods, tools, materials, and influences, Linda Carey (Williamsburg, VA), Barbara Hennig-Loomis (Chesapeake, VA), Brian Kreydatus, Elizabeth Mead, Nicole M. Santiago (all from Williamsburg, VA), and Robert Sites (Norfolk, VA) provide a full spectrum of drawing examples from portraiture to landscapes. Ranging in size from small-scale to large, works include pastel, charcoal, silverpoint, graphite, conté, ink, and mixed media.


Percipient Minds
May 2 – June 17, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, May 1, 7 p.m.

A gallery talk will precede the opening reception at 6:30 p.m.

Using the human psyche as the theme for this program, Julia and Robin Rogers (Chesapeake, VA) work independently and collaboratively in their presentation of sculpted glass heads that physically and metaphorically open to reveal the inner workings of the human brain; life-size figures will also be included. A site-specific work that includes LED lights,

a projection and a geodesic, mirrored sphere will be created with the intention of duplicating the mind.














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