Hampton Arts considers the health and safety of our patrons to be of the utmost importance. To help do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19, and to ensure the protection of our community and our employees, The Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center will have limited days and hours of operation, with limited guest capacity, on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Visitors to the center are required to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines while in the galleries. An appointment will be required to view the gallery. Please schedule an appointment by calling 757-727-1490.

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Gallery Exhibitions

One of the leading tenets of the mission at The Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center is to offer our community an exciting and diverse schedule of visual art exhibitions. Since its inception, the Visual Arts Center has been focused on the creations of artists living and working in Coastal Virginia and the Commonwealth 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. One artistic emphasis is on group exhibitions which offer a broad range of artists, media, styles, content and perspectives on our world.

The Visual Arts Center presents a series of exhibitions each season including a number of established exhibitions coupled with newly curated topical exhibitions. The Hampton Arts League Members Exhibition affords each of its members the opportunity to exhibit their artwork. The Artists Who Teach Exhibition displays the artwork by artists who also teach art in Coastal Virginia. The Virginia Artists Exhibition, a competition with over $7,000 in cash awards, features artwork in all media by some of the best artists and craftsmen from across Virginia. Additional exhibitions may include invitational exhibitions focusing on diverse themes, media and content which are curated by The Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center.

Small Works

Eafrica Johnson_Chillin 6x6.jpgDEC. 12, 2020 - JAN. 2, 2021
Reception: Dec. 12, 2020, 3 - 5pm

While much of the most famous works of art catch our attention due to their grandiosity, the Small Works Exhibition is here to paint a different picture – a miniature one! Artists from around the region are invited to submit miniature and small artworks in any media. Artworks in all media are represented, and the exhibition presents a wide range of styles, techniques, content, imagery and intent. Wonderful things do come in small packages – and they make amazing holiday gifts!

2021 Hampton Arts League Member Exhibition

John_Tobin_Soaring.jpgJAN. 30 - FEB. 27, 2021
Reception: Feb. 6, 2021, 3 - 5pm

The Hampton Arts League Member exhibition presents the artwork of the Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center’s artist member organization. Emerging and established artists who work in a variety of media are represented. Member artists are invited to exhibit one artwork of their choosing. The exhibition showcases the talented artists who reside and work in Hampton Roads and who support Hampton Arts. The James Warwick Jones Best in Show Award ($750), First ($500), Second ($250) and Third Place ($100) Awards are given.


Mattax_Megan_əˈmərj Serial Dilution_detail.jpgMARCH 25 - MAY 1, 2021
Reception: March 27, 2021, 3 - 5pm

This exhibition explores engaging artworks in a variety of media that impart the physicality of the materials used. Whether metal, glass, clay, wood, fiber or pigment, all these materials have intrinsic, exact qualities that are thrilling to explore, discover, and push. Materials is a look at tactile and compelling artworks, art-making processes, and how the various properties and possibilities of materials inform artists’ decisions to use them.

The nature of a material can take more than two hands to work with and often more than one mind to solve its problems. Thus collaborations and collective experiences through studios and guilds often help support and are essential to artists’ exploration of these materials.

Common Era: A Morgan Gilbreath Solo Exhibition

Morgan Gilbreath, Models For Future Architectures.jpgShowing concurrently in the Annex Gallery is 2018 Virginia Glass Guild Exhibition Best in Show winner Morgan Gilbreath. Common Era is a new body of work that explores the passage of time through labor-intensive practices imposed onto found and collected materials. From a decade of calendar planners and a team’s worth of cheerleading uniforms, to every ball used in the artist’s elementary school gym - these peripheral objects are deconstructed, processed, and re-created into sculptures which oscillate between devotional objects, personal memorials, and contemporary monuments. These new sculptures exist like the intersection of a Venn diagram: inserting mundane, accumulated materials into a larger social, historical, and spiritual continuum.

Artists Who Teach 2021

Corinne_Lilyard-Mitchell_Dance of the Monkey King.jpgJUNE 1 - JUNE 26, 2021
Reception: June 5, 2021, 3 - 5pm

Artists Who Teach is an annual juried exhibition that presents the artwork of our talented regional visual arts educators from the entire Coastal Virginia, the Southside and the Peninsula. Artwork in all media are represented by current educators of area schools, colleges, art centers and institutions. This year’s exhibition features cash prizes awarded to Best in Show, First, Second, and Third Places.

John Shield: A Solo Exhibition

_Reverberations_ by John Sheild.jpgAlso presented is Artists Who Teach 2020 Best in Show winner, John Shield. “My body of work mostly takes the form of two separate but supplemental series. One of these groups of work is relating to the performative act of art making, specifically either blowing glass or self-tattooing, and the second showing other artists’ work through the act of carrying the literal weight of the art institution, as an art gallery that fits on my back.”