Call for 2020 Sculptors

Deadline for entries is
November 30, 2019

2019 Juror’s Choice: “Pillar” by May Britton

2019 Juror’s Choice: “Pillar”, May Britton.

The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center seeks proposals for the 2020 Outdoor Sculpture competition on view April 4 – October 12, 2020. Vanessa Thaxton-Ward, Ph.D., Director, Hampton University Museum is juror for the 2020 competition. Awards include Juror’s Choice: $1,500, Seawall Art Award: $1,000, and People’s Choice: $500. Travel stipends provided.

Open to artists 18 years and over. To enter, submit up to five images of existing works completed within the last five years and not already presented at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center. Include artist’s vitae, titles, dimensions, weight, materials, date of completion, and representative images.

Deadline: Postmarked by November 30, 2019. Send to the attention of Sculpture Committee, Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, 521 Middle Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704-3622

Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
April 5 – October 6, 2019

Opening Reception: April 5, 5 – 8pm

Sculpture Exhibit This multi-media exhibition featured in our historic courtyard offers sculptures in steel, cast bronze, wire, tufa, and lichens. Visitors can vote on the sculptures to determine the People’s Choice Award winner. Votes must be cast by August 1st.

Through the Fire: A Group Exhibition by Women Veteran Artists

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
June 22 – October 6, 2019

Opening Reception: July 5, 5 – 8pm

Through the Fire features artwork by eight women combat veterans who bonded and organized to form an artists’ group following Combat Papers, a previous workshop offered at the museum. The exhibit is a reflection of their unique military experiences and more. Featured media includes installation work, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, and prints.

Narration/Location: A Photographic Journey

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
August 2 – October 20, 2019

Opening Reception: August 2, 5 – 8pm


Since the development of the daguerreotype in 1839, photography has been ever-changing in format and context. It began as an image recorded on a glass plate, developed into film printed on paper, and now motion pictures and digital media that can be shared instantaneously around the world. It has now become entrenched and essential in communication and maintaining our social structures. The photograph documents history, shares a watchful eye on governments, and offers a medium for artistic expression. This exhibit focuses on the narratives and visions of artists and photojournalists regionally and beyond.

Winter Wonderland: The Coleman Collection

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

November 29 – December 31

Winter Wonderland Hours:
Closed on Monday (except December 23 and 30 operating hours are 9am – 5pm)

Tuesday – Thursday: 9am – 5pm
Friday and Saturday: 9am – 8pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Closed December 25

Gallery Shop Hours:
Closed on Monday (except December 23 and 30 operating hours are 10am – 5pm)

Tuesday – Thursday: 10am – 5pm
Friday: 10am – 8pm
Saturday: 9am – 8pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Closed December 25

Stroll through the classic exhibits that have welcomed the holidays for generations of Hampton Roads visitors and residents. From Victorian scenes of animated skaters and carolers to the enchanted forest of bears, deer, and Santa’s workshop, the animated displays delight visitors of all ages.

During the weekends, visitors can enjoy various programs including face-painting, musical performances, art activities, visits with Santa, Snow My Yard (sledding day), and much more.

Don’t forget to visit our Gallery Shop to pick up an ornament or unique gift for all ages.




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