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.
January 28- March 12, 2017
Hampton Arts League Open Members Exhibition
This annual Hampton Arts League exhibition features artwork by many of the over 400 Hampton Arts League members in all media and a wide range of styles. This open exhibition will include established artists with lengthy resumes, as well as young or emerging artists who are beginning their journeys as artists. Trish Pfeifer, joins the Exhibition as Judge for 2017. Visitors will experience the best of the Hampton Arts League in this exciting annual tradition.
“Artworks that are compelling to me are those that have something to say. The message may speak to me personally, reveal something about the artist, or have a universal vision of the world. Whether the art tells a story, asks questions, offers answers, shocks, inspires, or evokes strong emotions, there is meaning in the artwork that speaks to the viewers and artist, perhaps in very different ways.” - Trish Pfeifer, 2017 Hampton Arts League Exhibition Judge
March 18- April 30, 2017
Artists Who Teach Juried Exhibition
Each year, the art departments at Hampton Roads nine colleges and universities are each invited to select seven artworks to represent their institutions in this dynamic exhibition. Artists currently teaching art in the peninsula’s public, private, and parochial schools and art centers were invited to submit entries for consideration by juror, Betsy DiJulio. This juried exhibition will feature over 115 artworks including drawing, watercolor, painting, crafts, printmaking, photography, and sculpture. Cash awards total over $800 and the First Place winner will be invited to show their work in a solo exhibition in 2018.
March 18- April 30, 2017
The Rest is Silence: Drawings by Barbara Hennig-Loomis
“The Rest is Silence” offers drawings that address the interstices between figure and ground, mark and space. Just as melody doesn’t exist without intervals between notes, so drawing relies on where a mark isn’t. I am interested in how narrative is translated in the time between leaving the storyteller and arriving at its audience: when the mark has been made, it must find its own way. The majority of the work is rendered in silverpoint, which is executed by pulling a metal stylus across a prepared surface, leaving a luminous line. The medium lends itself to an almost forensic study of detail and the drawings change when exposed to the environment, becoming darker and more luminous. That takes time; it is not to be hurried, and even then it will only raise its voice to a whisper to make its point.
May 6- June 18, 2017
NOW: African-American Artists in Tidewater
The Hampton Roads area is rich in African-American artists, working in a wide range of styles, content, perspectives and media. This survey exhibition features about one hundred of these artists. They range from established artists with impressive resumes who have worked and or taught in Tidewater for decades; to young emerging artists just beginning their creative journey. Representative artists invited are: Ampofo-Anti, Jacqueline Bontemps, Daniel Goodwin, Greg Henry, Solomon Isekeije, Asa Jackson, Crystal Johnson, Clayton Singleton, Deborah Small, Richard Ward and Ken Wright to name just a few. This exhibition is co-curated by James Warwick Jones, Gallery Manager and guest co-curator, Clayton Singleton, a painter and art educator who resides in Norfolk.
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.