CURRENT EXHIBITS

Call for 2019 Sculptors

Deadline for entries is
November 15, 2018.  

The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, in Olde Towne Portsmouth, seeks proposals for outdoor sculptures to display within an enclosed historic courtyard. The sculptures will be on display from April 6 – October 14, 2019.  

Awards include Juror’s Choice at $1,500, Seawall Award at $1,000, Brancusi Innovation Award at $500, and People’s Choice at $500. Travel stipends are provided to all selected artists for installation and removal.

Deadline for entries is November 15, 2018.  To apply, download the prospectus here and return by the deadline to Sculpture Committee, 521 Middle Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704

To Have & Behold:
54-40 African American
Quilters Guild of Virginia

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
August 25 – October 14

Opening Reception:
September 7 – 5 – 8pm

Joanne Cramatie, Full of Life and Many Colors; Aretha Henderson, Harriet Tubman, thread painting; Janice Sims Johnson, Woven Journey from Africa to Freedom

The 54-40 African American Quilters Guild was founded in 1993 in Hampton, Virginia to share and teach the quilting traditions.  Over the years, new members were added to share quilting with future generations.  Several themes from Negro spirituals, to the Underground Railroad, and historic individuals celebrate their joy of quilting.  

Through Darkness Into Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad

June 16 – October 21, 2018

Reception:
July 6
5:00 – 8:00pm

THROUGH DARKNESS TO LIGHT: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad

Jeanine Michna-Bales, Wading Prior to Blacknes; Look for the Grey Barn Out Back

Books have been written on the subject, but there is very little visual documentation about the Underground Railroad. Photographer Jeanine Michna-Bales took on this challenge and spent more than a decade researching “fugitive” slaves and their path to freedom. As America becomes more diverse today, Michna-Bales believes that an understanding of the experience – and those who lived through it is more relevant than ever. Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad presents a photographic journey that shares what the experience would have been like for the millions of slaves who sought their path to freedom. This exhibition is toured by Exhibits USA.

Winter Wonderland:
The Coleman Collection

November 23 – December 31, 2018

Winter Wonder Land

Coleman Collection

OPENING WEEKEND: NOVEMBER 23 – 25, 2018
November 23-25, 2018
Friday & Saturday:9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

EXHIBIT ON VIEW
November 23 – December 31, 2018
Tuesday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Celebrate the season with Winter Wonderland: The Coleman Collection, a holiday classic for generations of Hampton Roads visitors and residents. Opening weekend brings crafts, activities, pony rides, face painting and much more.

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The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, housed in the 1846 Courthouse, is devoted to offering quality educational, cultural and aesthetic experiences in the arts through rotating visual art exhibits, lectures, classes and performances.

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