One of the leading tenets of the mission at The Charles 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 Taylor Visual Arts Center.
Hampton Arts League Open Members Exhibition 2019
Due to the unexpected and ongoing facility maintenance, the Charles Taylor Visual Arts Center will remain closed through March 31. Unfortunately, this means an early end to the Hampton Arts League Members Exhibition. Our sincerest gratitude and appreciation goes to all the artists who participated in this exhibition!
This annual exhibition features artwork by many of the 300+ 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. Cash awards totaling $2100, including $750 James Warwick Jones Best in Show Award, $500 First Place, $500 Beverly Levinson Award, $250 Second Place, and $100 Third Place, five Awards of Merit and five Honorable Mentions will be selected by judge, Richard Ward. Ward received his BFA and Art Education Certificate from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1982 and his MFA degree from Howard University in 1997.
Of his judging criteria Ward states, “I understand that creative processes are always as diverse as the artists who implement them and their expressions are also endless. I appreciate the skill and craftsmanship required to develop an idea into the beautiful work that it will become. I respect the artist’s right to express him or herself as he or she may please. And most of all, I love the innovative approaches of the creative soul. As I ponder these attributes and the world in which we live, the beauty and fascination of art leaves me inspired; and I am humbled. I therefore pledge to assess each work with respect, sensitivity and due diligence."
March 31 - April 28, 2019
Artists Who Teach Exhibition 2019
Artists currently teaching art in the four peninsula colleges and universities, Christopher Newport University, College of William and Mary, Hampton University and Thomas Nelson Community College as well as its public, private, and parochial schools are traditionally featured in this annual competition. From the south side, the art departments from 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, Janice Gay Maker.
Born and educated in Boston, Janice received her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1982. She has painted full-time and maintained a studio at the d’Art Center in Norfolk since 1991. Of her judging criteria she says, “Artists find creative inspiration and insight to their work in many different ways that are unique and equally unique. In choosing from various voices, I begin with my first impression of the entries where a physical pull comes from, where does my eye want to land. I then examine craftsmanship, elements of the art and how each artist handled the materials as well as my interest level. In choosing the strongest works, I will seek out those that demonstrate an ease, confidence, movement, composition, artistic content or narrative in these elements combined.”
DIANNE HOTTENSTEIN: What Does It Matter?
Best in Show Winner in AWT 2018, Hottenstein is featured in this one person show. Hottenstein’s ceramic works representing her response to life situations, tragedy, culture, technology or beliefs, are knowingly created to provoke a human response. Consisting of skillfully executed ceramic forms and sculptural clay components, the work goes beyond the normal clay vessel to explore these life situations.
May 4 - June 16, 2019
That’s Funny: Art with a Sense of Humor
Art doesn’t always have to be serious. It can also be funny, droll, comical, playful, silly, whimsical, farcical, witty, satirical or humorous. This group exhibition will present about 120 artworks in all media by the Gallery Manager’s invited artists whose works display a sense of humor. The Curator may also consider artworks from other interested artists. Works will include a wide range of media in both two, three or four dimensions including traditional art forms as well as cartoons, comic strips or books and videos.
Some of the artists invited to participate include: Anne Bousquet, Kacey Sydnor Carneal, Fred Freeman, Karen Freidt, Lesley Hildreth, Larry Hollowell, David Johnson, Wade Mickley, Walt Taylor, John Tobin, Fran Ward and Hal Weaver.