The goal of The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center is to offer our community an exciting and diverse schedule of visual art exhibitions focused primarily on the creations of artists living and working in Hampton Roads and the state of Virginia. In doing so, we promote contemporary art makers and provide an opportunity for our visitors to interact with the art and artists of our own time. The emphasis is on group exhibitions which offer a broad range of artists, media, styles, content and perspectives on our world.
The Arts Center presents eight changing exhibitions each year, each on display about six 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 artworks. 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 group exhibitions focusing on diverse themes, media and content which are curated by The Charles H. Taylor Arts Center.
A Focus on Photography
Photograph Series by Glen McClure
June 24- August 13, 2017
Hardhat Heroes - Shipyard Workers of Hampton Roads
Visually stunning as individual portraits and as a collection even more remarkable, Glen McClure’s Hardhat Heroes introduces the viewer to a key subset of regional citizens in monumental but intimate black-and-white images. Photographed at the work site, subjects include laborers, skilled craftspeople, apprentices, hourly workers, maintenance staff, salaried professionals, engineers and scientists. Each portrait is accompanied by an excerpt from a personal interview conducted at the time of the photograph. This is an artistic celebration of some of the thousands who make their living in the historic Hampton Roads, Virginia shipbuilding and ship repair industry.
Support provided by Newport News Shipbuilding, A Divisions of Huntington Ingalls Industries
Working in Series
Glen McClure will also be exhibiting other photographic work from his various continuing series of image making, including, The West of Ireland, Tuscany and Umbria Italy, Virginia Derby Girls, Street Portraits from Italy, France, Ireland and Virginia, A Random Portrait of Virginia Faces at the Races and Endangered Species: Watermen of the Chesapeake.
Artists as Photographers
In the 1880’s, as photography became available to the masses, artists took an interest in this new medium. Edgar Degas and others explored this new medium as another art form or as reference material for the artwork in their preferred medium. This small group exhibition offers a glimpse of photographs by mostly regional artists who are best or exclusively known for their artwork in another media.
August 19 - October 8, 2017
Virginia Artists 2017 Juried Exhibition
This annual competition, one of the largest and most comprehensive in the state, will showcase the talents of many of Virginia’s finest artists and craftsmen. It features a total of $6,750 in cash awards, including a $1,500 Best in Show and awards in each media including drawing, printmaking, painting, photography, crafts, watercolor, mixed media, and sculpture. Over 115 artworks in all styles, genres, and media will be selected, and some presented with awards, by Leigh Ann Chambers, Executive Director of Rawls Museum Arts in Courtland, Virginia. Chambers received her BFA in Painting from East Carolina University in 1988 and MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Vermont in 2008. She is an active curator, juror and painter who has exhibited widely and won numerous grants, scholarships and awards.
August 19 - October 8, 2017
Kristen Skees Mother/Artist: Photographs, Sculpture and Installations
The show will feature photography, sculpture and installation, and relies on the absurd humor found in my previous works, like the Cozy Portraits. The exhibition is a result of Kristin Skees Best in Show Award in Virginia Artists 2016 Juried exhibition.
“This body of work draws on the last three years of my experience as a new mother, navigating a new identity as a Mother / Artist.” - Kristin Skees
October 14 - December 3, 2017
Virginia Glass Guild Juried Exhibition 2017
This 30th annual juried exhibition presents the many forms of glass created by members of the Virginia Glass Guild, a membership organization of glass artists working all across the state of Virginia. This exhibition offers a wide range of creative glass processes, including blown, carved, cast, painted, flame-worked, fused, leaded, neon, sandblasted, and stained glass.
Related events will include the juror’s lecture and a silent auction. Gallery Manager, James Warwick Jones notes, “More than any other group of artists I know, these VGG members are constantly taking workshops, studying their craft, and learning new techniques which they incorporate into their latest work as it evolves and expands. In their juror’s statement from last year’s exhibition Douglas and Katya Heller wrote, “The exhibition is a microcosm of the ongoing evolution occurring as glass continues to be embraced as a material of creative expression by an ever-widening circle of artists and makers.” An internationally known glass artist, will select and present $3,750 in cash awards and scholarships.
October 14 - December 3, 2017
DE-TATCHED: New Work by Suzanne Peterson
Peterson’s newest works are experimentally blown forms that attempt to highlight our inability to fully share with another. This relational work continues her theme of using object as metaphor for mental state. The exhibition is a result of her Best in Show Award in the 2016 Virginia Glass Guild Juried Exhibition.
December 9, 2017 - January 21, 2018
Miniatures and Small Works by Tidewater Artists
Over 250 artists living in Hampton Roads were invited to create miniature or small artworks in any media. Miniature two-dimensional works were required to be no larger than 20 square inches; 4 by 5 inches for example. Small two-dimensional works were required to be no larger than 80 square inches. The resulting two-dimensional and three-dimensional works comprise a total of more than 350 artworks. Media represented include drawing, painting, watercolor, pastel, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and crafts. As would be expected there is a wide range of styles, techniques, content, imagery and intent. This year artworks may be removed at the time of purchase.
Amanda Outcalt will select and present $900 in cash awards. Outcalt is an artist currently living, teaching, and producing her art in Norfolk, Virginia. Outcalt values the combination of content, skill, symbolism and narrative in artwork that creates powerful pieces.
January 27 - March 11, 2018
Hampton Arts League Open Members Exhibition 2018
This annual exhibition features artwork by many of the over 350 Hampton Arts League Members in all media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, crafts, sculpture, and watercolor. Artworks in a wide range of styles, content, and sensibilities will be included. As an open exhibition, it will include established artists as well as young or emerging artists and students who are beginning their journeys as artists.
Cash awards totaling $850, including $500 First Place, $250 Second Place, and $100 Third Place, five Awards of Merit and five Honorable Mentions will be selected by judge, Solomon Isekeije. Isekeije received his B.A. in Fine Arts from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria and M.F.A. in Visual Studies from ODU/NSU. He is an Associate Professor and Director of the Division of Fine Arts, and the M.A. / M.F.A Visual Studies Program, in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Norfolk State University.
March 17 - April 29, 2018
Artists Who Teach Juried Exhibition 2018
Artists currently teaching art in the four peninsula colleges and universities, as well as its public, private, and parochial schools are traditionally featured in this annual competition. The art departments from our six south-side colleges, universities, and art institutes: The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University, Regent University, Virginia Wesleyan College, and The Visual Arts Center of TCC have also been invited to participate.
Cash awards totaling $850, including $500 First Place, $250 Second Place, and $100 Third Place, five Awards of Merit and five Honorable Mentions will be selected by juror, Diana Blanchard Gross. Blanchard Gross is an Independent Curator and Exhibition Consultant as well as Curator for the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum and the Peninsula Fine Arts Center. She received her Bachelor of Art in History from OD U and her Master of Art in Art History and Museum Studies from VCU.
March 17 - April 29, 2018
Barbara Stephenson: Wrapped, Stacked and Rooted
Best in Show Winner in AWT 2017, Stephenson is featured in this one person show of drawings in a variety of media which she describes as “Visual metaphors that allow me to share very personal events, creating a portrait of myself. I have created drawings that are a glimpse of what are the important joys, heartaches, experiences, struggles and dreams that have shaped my life.”
May 5 - June 17, 2018
The Lives of An Artist
This series of four exhibitions highlights the artwork of four diverse artists, who have each spent several decades in their own personal journeys as artists.
Tim O'Kane: Retrospective Five Decades / A Devotion to Realism
Drawing came naturally to Tim O’Kane at an early age. It gave him his deepest connection to the world, an expression between the outer and inner life, heightened visual awareness and the patience to become a serious observer. Drawing was his artistic foundation, providing the skill need for his life-long project of making representational art.
“Everything begins with drawing. It’s the core of the thought process for me. It’s how the idea forms and develops. All compositions for my paintings are worked out explicitly on paper. One of the great fortunes of working for five decades as a representational artist is that, as I look back over my paintings and drawings. I’m afforded a rarified record of where I’ve been, how I’ve lived, who I’ve known, what I tried to do and where I’ve succeeded- at times beyond my own expectations.”
Akiko Tanaka: EVOLUTIONS Clay Sculpture
Akiko Tanaka is an award winning ceramic artist who divides her time between Tokyo, Japan and Hampton, Virginia. Akiko’s work is a combination of traditional Japanese hand-building and modern influences. She was influenced by such artists as Lee Bontecou, but it was the experience of the art by Peter Voulkos which dispatched her on a life-long quest to break with tradition.
THIS IS CALLED HAPPINESS: Painting by Kacey Sydnor Carneal
Kacey is largely self-taught and paints colorful and patterned filled works, often with a significant message or depicting personal episodes from her life. She has painted 7 days a week, 8 hours a day for the past 32 years.
MY SKETCHY LIFE: Works by Walt Taylor
After a long career in advertising and graphic design, the artist can now focus on his lifelong interest in drawing what he feels compelled to draw, which now gravitates to people. He is a master of many media, but especially with pencil, pen, brush stylus or ipad. A tribute to his versatility is that his work in different mediums will appear in at least three different exhibitions at CHTAC this year.
“I draw what I feel compelled to draw. I respond to art viscerally. It has always given me great pleasure to assemble a variety of line-y marks into recognizable images.” - Walt Taylor
June 23 - August 12, 2018
Graphic Design in Coastal Virginia
Graphic design or communication design; is the art and practice of planning and projecting ideas and experiences with visual elements and / or text. The form of the communication can be physical or digital, and may include images, words, or graphic forms.
Graphic designers create and combine symbols, images and text to form visual representations of ideas and messages. A few of the many categories of graphic design include advertising, cartooning, illustration, logos, package design, print design, signage, typography, video design and web design. Graphic designers in this exhibition include professionals and faculty members who teach graphic design in our Tidewater colleges and universities.