Outdoor Sculpture Competition

Feb 24 – Aug 27, 2006

Exhibit Reception
Feb 24, 6-8 p.m.

2006 Outdoor Sculpture

In 2005, applications were sent out to artists to solicit their participation in the first annual juried outdoor sculpture competition at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center. Selected sculptures will be on display in the historic courtyard from February through August, 2006. For the first competition, Cameron Kitchin, director at the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia made the selections and will also select a juror’s choice award once sculptures are on site. A people’s choice award will also be given, so please help with this selection.

Criteria required that artists be 18 years or older, and that all artworks must be suitable for weather conditions in Hampton Roads. Sculptures by five artists from across Virginia were chosen and they include R.L. Croft from Manassas, Barbara Kobylinska from Virginia Beach, John McCarty from Charlottesville, Daniel Tarrant from Chesapeake, and Millicent Young from Ruckersville. Please join the artists for an opening reception on February 24th from 6 – 8 p.m.

Call to Artists & Scuptors

Feb 24 – Sep 3, 2006

Call to Artists

The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, housed in the historic 1846 Courthouse building in Olde Towne Portsmouth seeks proposals for an outdoor sculpture exhibit. The sculptures will be on display within our garden courtyard from February 24, 2006 – September 3, 2006. The courtyard is open to the public during museum hours and closed after hours.

This year’s juror is Cameron Kitchin, Director of the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia. He will select artworks. Artist awards include Juror’s Choice at $1,000 and a People’s Choice at $500.

Photos of Courtyard and sites for installation are shown below. Click here for more information, including Application and Jury Action Card in PDF format. Please send proposals including artist’s vitae, list of artworks to be submitted, include dimensions, weight, materials, date of completion, and slides representing work for submission. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope and send to the attention of Sculpture Committee, Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center of the Portsmouth Museums, 420 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704-3622. For further information, please call the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center at 393-8983. Proposals must be received by September 30, 2005.

Trompe L’Oeil

The Art of Illusion
Feb 24 – Apr 23, 2006
Main Gallery

Exhibit Reception
Feb 24, 6-8 p.m.

Art of Illusion

The art of Trompe L’Oeil has fooled the eye for many centuries. The beginnings of this art form date back to the Roman Empire when artists integrated the illusion of food droppings into mosaic floor tiles. During the 19th Century, American Trompe L’Oeil artists William Harnett, John Frederick Peto and John Haberle received critical acclaim. They focused the development in their paintings on commonplace objects that were true to scale. Today’s contemporary artists have chosen to carry on the true tradition of this school of painting that has also embraced the knowledge of abstract forms, thus bringing their art to a new level of appreciation to this time honored tradition. Thirteen of America’s leading Trompe L’Oeil artists are represented here with sixty five artworks. Artists include Lrry Charles, Donald Clapper, Eric L. Conklin, Ken Davies, Gary T. Erbe, Michael Gallarda, Gerald P. Hodge, Michael Molnar, Michael Riddet, Barbara Stadtlander (1928-1987) Gayle B. Tate, Debra Teare and Gregory West.

Photorealist Prints

James W. Hyams Collection
May 5 – Jul 9, 2006

Exhibit Reception
May 5, 6-8 p.m.


Photorealism developed in the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s as a response to modernism and Pop Art. The original Photorealists shocked the art world with images that were not only based on photographs but were blatantly photographic in the way they were presented. Thirty years later, the subject matter may seem tame and even nostalgic, but the works continue to intrigue us with their revealing look at some of the more mundane aspects of popular culture and the world around us. The leading Photorealist artists, many who continue to explore the possibilities of the form of realism, created the prints, dating from 1972 – 1995. This outstanding collection of fine art prints features the original thirteen Photorealists including such artists as Robert Bechtle, Charles Bell, Tom Blackwell, Chuck Close, Richard Estes and Audrey Flack to name a few.

Sea to Shining Sea

A Reflection of America
Jul 21 – Oct 15, 2006

Sea to Shining Sea

The idea for this exhibition grew out of the events that occurred on September 11, 2001. Artists who had participated in a series of “paint outs” were decided to organize a show to celebrate and focus on life in America. The exhibit would feature 100 paintings of landscape, genre and figurative subjects in either a Realist or Impressionist style.

Fifty artists representing various ethnic and racial backgrounds and from various regions across the United States were invited to participate. Each artist would select a painting drawn from one of three Plein Aire sessions held at specified locales across the country. The first in August of 2002 was New York’s Hudson River Valley. The second session was on the Monterey Peninsula of California in March 2003; and the third was held in May of 2003 in St. Louis, Missouri. Their second selection would reflect life in the artist’s home community. Sea to Shining Sea is a traveling group exhibition organized by the Haggin Museum of Art in Stockton, California with Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, Kansas City, Missouri organizing the exhibit tour.

The Civil Rights Movement in Virginia

Jan 13 – Mar 26, 2006
Entrance Galleries

Exhibit Reception
January 20, 6-8 p.m.

Civil Rights

This exhibition explores the important legal challenges mounted against segregation in the 1940s. In the 1950s, the movement for African American civil rights gathered momentum in Virginia with the Prince Edward County Schools case when it combined with other cases from across the country, which resulted in the Supreme Court decision of 1954, Brown v. Board of Education.

Special attention is focused on the “Lost Class of 1959,” a group of students whose schools were closed by authorities rather than to have them integrated. In the 1960s came the lunch counter sit-ins and other moves to desegregate public accommodations. Public acts such as these helped prompt the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. “The Civil Rights Movement in Virginia” is a traveling exhibit organized and toured by the Virginia Historical Society.


Virginia Artists
Apr 7 – Jun 25, 2006
Entrance Galleries

Exhibit Reception
May 5, 6-8 p.m.

Realist approaches to art emerged during the 1850s in Europe in response to the Romantic era, when objects, landscapes or figures were represented in an idealized manner. Contrary to Romanticism, Realist artists’ objectives were to depict figures and their surroundings exactly as they appeared in life, often presenting scenes of the humble life or as a critic of social conditions. In the exhibit Realisms: Virginia Artists, artworks encompass varying styles within one genre from Romantic Realism to Realism, and Photorealism, a movement of painted works based closely on photographs. Artists featured include Karla Mann, Susan Tolbert, Steve Wolfe, Jack Whitlow, Vonnie Whitworth & others.

Earth, Water & Fire

Ceramic Arts
Jul 8 – Oct 22, 2006
Entrance Galleries

Exhibit Reception
May 5, 6-8 p.m.

Earth, Water & Fire

From large-scale sculptures to mixed media and utilitarian forms, Earth, Water & Fire features an assortment of artistic creations by artists from the Ceramic Design Association of Hampton Roads. The group of ceramic artists and potters was founded in 1967 to further the appreciation, study, design, use and promotion of ceramic arts. Working with the most basic elements of water and earth, these artists continue to explore fresh interpretations of the ceramic arts and design. Featured artists include Mary Collier, Suzanne Marie Cowan, Janet Drew, Diane Husson, Diane Jacobson, Betty Kight & Barbara Kobylinska.

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