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.
Hampton Arts League Member Exhibition
February 5 – April 9, 2022
The annual Hampton Arts League Member Exhibition presents the artwork of The Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center’s artist member organization. Last year’s open exhibition included 223 artists exhibiting one artwork apiece. The diverse exhibition showcases the talented and unique artists who reside and work in Hampton Roads, and support and advocate for The Charles H. Taylor and Hampton Arts. Emerging and established artists, all whom work in a variety of media, are represented. Presented annually are the James Warwick Jones Best in Show Award ($750), the Beverly Levinson Award for Craft or Folk Arts ($500), and First ($500), Second ($250) and Third Place ($100) Awards.
Virtual Awards Ceremony - March 5, 3:00pm
Rising to the Challenge Exhibition
May 7 – June 18, 2022
In response to being closed to patrons and artists during the COVID-19 pandemic, the staff at The Charles H. Taylor Visual Art Center devised two seasons of virtual creative challenges in order to bring solidarity to the visual arts community during difficult times. Challenges ranged from mural designs to one-line artworks.
Artists’ Reception - May 14