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.
Legacy and Stories
July 30 - September 14, 2019
An exhibition in conjunction with the Hampton 1619 Commemoration
Legacy and Stories is an exhibition of Hampton artists who use their creative medium to present narratives, accounts, and anecdotes which are historical, biographical, or autobiographical in nature. Some works in this exhibition are very personal while others tell more universal stories – some familiar, some new. From artist J.J. Moore’s carved wood sculpture and dioramas depicting famous and infamous scenes that shaped African American history and culture to artist Anthony Hurt and artist, art educator, and musician Jackie Merritt who both bring their own unique stories and journeys into their creative expression. The Artist Reception will feature music and hands-on storytelling activities for the public. Legacy and Stories is a very special and important exhibition to begin our 2019-2020 Visual Arts Center Season.
Virginia Artists Juried Exhibition
October 1 - November 23, 2019
This much anticipated annual juried exhibition showcases the talents of many of Virginia’s finest artists and craftsmen. This exhibition features a $1,500 Best in Show prize; the David J. Levinson Photography Award for $1,000; the David and Sandra Hillerson Memorial Award for $500; as well as awards for First, Second, and Third Places and several awards of distinction in a variety of media. Artworks from all styles, genres, and media will be selected. This year, the Visual Arts Center is honored to welcome Jeffrey Allison, the Paul Mellon Collection educator at VMFA, as juror for the exhibition. Mr. Allison, also a professional photographer, received a BA in photography and film from Virginia Intermont College and an MFA in photography from VCU.
Sherman Watkins: Something for Everyone
Virginia Artists 2018 Best in Show Winner Sherman Watkins presents his solo exhibition, Something for Everyone, in the Annex Gallery. Watkins is an Air Force veteran and retired illustrator from the United States Air Force Space Shuttle Program. A Hampton resident born in Danville, Virginia, he began painting at the age of 15, has exhibited internationally, and has received countless awards.
December 10, 2019 - January 18, 2020
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 and around the Commonwealth are invited to submit miniature and small artworks. Artworks in all media are represented, and the exhibition presents a wide range of styles, techniques, content, imagery and intent. Small two-dimensional works are required to be no larger than 80 square inches and small three dimensional works are required to be no larger than 10 inches on any side. Wonderful things do come in small packages – and they make amazing holiday gifts!
Hampton Arts League Members Exhibition
February 1, 2020 - March 7, 2020
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.
For the 2020 Hampton Arts League Exhibition, we are pleased to announce award-winning artist,
educator, and the preceding manager for The Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center, James Warwick Jones will be selecting the winners for the exhibition.
Artists Who Teach 2020
March 21 - April 25, 2020
Artists Who Teach is an annual exhibition that presents the artwork of our talented regional arts educators from the entire Coastal Virginia region – the Southside and the Peninsula. Artwork in all media are represented by current faculty at area schools and colleges. Featured awards are the David J. Levinson Best in Show Award ($1,000) and First ($500), Second ($250) and Third ($100) Place awards.
Artist and educator Clay McGlamory will be juror and select the award winners for the exhibition. McGlamory taught at Old Dominion University for 19 years and has been teaching at the Governor’s School for the Arts for 28 years. He runs his own press, Half Ass Press, based in Norfolk, and is current President of the Virginia Glass Guild.
Ryan Muldowney: Interruptions
Also presented is Artists Who Teach 2019 Best in Show winner Ryan Muldowney’s solo exhibition, Interruptions. “In my work, I make use of subjects and specimens that are recognizably connected to established reality, but I break the images and interrupt them in such a way as to allow enough space to see past the images and into the breach”. Muldowney teaches painting, drawing, and printmaking at Tidewater Community College’s Visual Arts Center in Portsmouth.
Materials and Morgan Gilbreath
May 16 - June 30, 2020
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, artmaking 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. Also included, in the Annex Gallery, is 2018 Virginia Glass Guild Exhibition Best in Show winner Morgan Gilbreath’s solo exhibition.