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 American Theatre and Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center will be closed until further notice. 

Refunds for tickets purchased at the box office for canceled or postponed shows will be available once the building reopens.

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.

Artists Who Teach 2020

March 21 - April 25, 2020 

John Lee - Lay and Bay.jpgArtists 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.

Reception Date: Mar. 21, 2020

Ryan Muldowney: Interruptions

Ryan Muldowney - Stieglitz.pngAlso 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 

Sandra Alderman_River Runs_encaustic.jpgThis 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.

Reception Date: May 16, 2020