The CHTAC Frequently Asked Questions
What is The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center?
The CHTAC is the visual arts center for the city of Hampton; offering free admission to its schedule of changing visual art exhibitions as well as a quarterly schedule of classes, workshops and educational programs. There is a fee for the classes, workshops and some programs.
What types of exhibitions do you present at CHTAC?
The Arts Center presents nine changing exhibitions each year, each on display about five weeks. Most of these feature the artwork of artists living and working here in the seven city Hampton Roads region. At the beginning of the year, The Hampton Arts League Open Members Exhibition affords each of its members the opportunity to exhibit one of their works. In the spring we present the Artists Who Teach Juried Exhibition, displaying the artwork by artists who also teach art on the Virginia Peninsula. In late summer we host the Virginia Artist Juried Exhibition, a competition offering over $7,000 in cash awards and featuring artwork in all media by some of the best artists and craftsmen from across Virginia. In the fall, the Peninsula Glass Guild Juried Exhibition displays the many facets of glass by some of the finest glass artists across the state. The remaining exhibitions are invitational exhibitions focusing on diverse themes, media and content which are curated by CHTAC. You may visit the Exhibitions section to see the current and upcoming exhibition schedule.
As an artist, how can I exhibit my work at CHTAC?
Hampton Arts League members can each exhibit one artwork in our annual Hampton Arts League Open members Exhibition. Artists can also submit three entries to our Virginia Artists Juried Exhibition in the spring. Artists are invited to become a part of our Artist Database by sending their contact information, resume, media and three digital images of their artwork as 300 dpi jpg attachments about 1-3 MB. Most of our invitational exhibitions are selected from this database.
What is the Hampton Arts League?
The Hampton Arts League is a membership organization of artists offering a newsletter, monthly meetings with a program, such as a demonstration or gallery talk of interest to artists, discounts for classes and other programs and our Tuesday Morning Painters group. Artists may join by completing the membership form and paying a modest annual fee. Contact CHTAC to receive the membership form.
What types of classes do you offer?
Adult classes are offered in Tai Chi, yoga, drawing, painting, watercolor, photography and other visual arts and children classes in drawing and paintings and week long classes in many media during the summer time. Fees vary depending on the length of the class. Adult students provide their own materials for most of their classes. You may visit the Classes section to view the complete listing of classes and register on line. Call the CHTAC at 727-1490 to receive a schedule via e mail or a hard copy via regular mail.
What other types of programs are offered by CHTAC?
There are Opening Receptions for our changing exhibitions, monthly HAL meetings, annual plein air painting events, bus trips to art museums, gallery talks, and other special events. See our quarterly DIVERSION Magazine for upcoming events and programs.