Portsmouth Museum and Fine Arts Commission

The Museum and Fine Arts Commission is the consultant and advisor to the City Council on all museum and fine art activities and programs. The Commission serves as advisor to the City Council on the management of the City museums.

Individuals appointed to the Museum & Fine Arts Commission are expected to demonstrate their support of the City Council goals and the Museums’ mission statements through attendance at the Museums’ functions which number approximately two per month; through Museum membership, recruitment of new members, and support of fundraising events; and through volunteer service, which includes serving on a standing committee.

The Commission is composed of fifteen members who shall be citizens of the City and are appointed by City Council.


2017 Gladstone M. Hill Friend of the Arts & Humanities Award

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Commission Meetings

The Commission meets the first Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Virginia at 221 High Street.  The Commission does not meet in July and December.

2016-2017 Executive Board

Chairman: Donté Owens

Vice-Chairman: Gordon Jones

Secretary: Tanya Street

2016-2017 Members

Ms. Karen C. Burgess
Ms. Billie Montgomery Cooke
Ms. Diana Davenport
Mr. Gordon K. Jones
Mr. Donté A. Owens

Mr. Lawrence A. Owes
Ms. Angela Robinson
Mr. D. Ivan Rodden, IV
Ms. Donna M. Rogers
Ms.Tanya Street

Mr. Robert Wilber
Mr. Matthew Kloeppel
Mr. Marlon Deason
Ms. Deborah Hines
Ms. Clifford (Louise) Harbin


Portsmouth Museums Foundation

African American Historical Society of Portsmouth

Ms. Gwendolyn Murphy-Cayard

Gladstone Hill Friend of the Arts Award Recipients

2016: Kathy Batkin
2015 : Shelley Brooks
2014 : Martha F. Fortson
2013 : Barbara Vincent
2012 : Ms. Grace M. Armistead
2011 : Dr. John O. Joyce
2010 : Mr. Kenneth R. Woolard

2009 : Mr. & Mrs. John Larcombe
2008 : Captain George Watkins
2007 : Olde Towne Business Association
2006 : Mrs. Jean H. Shackelford
2005 : Mr. William S. Hargroves
2004 : Dr. Pamela C. Kloeppel
2003 : Mr. J. Robert Burnell
2002 : Mrs. Zelma G. Rivin
2001 : Portsmouth Community Concerts

2001 : Portsmouth Community Concerts
2000 : Ms. Ida Kay Jordan
1999 : Dr. Richard Singletary
1998 : Mrs. Betty Lambdin
1997 : Mrs. E. Ann Stokes
1996 : Mr. & Mrs. Alf J. Mapp, Jr.
1995 : Mrs. Jean Oast
1994 : Mr. John Paul Hanbury
1993 : Dr. & Mrs. Gladstone M. Hill




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