2017 Exhibit Archive - Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center


Embracing Narrative:

Artwork of the Washington Glass School & Virginia Glass Guild

March 4 – June 4

February 24 – May 7, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, March 3, 5 – 8 p.m.

Museum Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m.;
First Friday of each month: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Contemporary glass artists explore new directions in glass media following the mastery of the glass art movement spawned during the 1970s.  From neon to hot-worked and cold-formed glass, Embracing Narrative features the work by members of the Washington Glass School, located in Washington DC and Virginia Glass Guild, originally founded as the Peninsula Glass Guild.  Together these organizations promote the awareness and advancement of glass through ideas, theory, sculptural design, technology and installation.

Embracing Narrative was juried by Diane Wright, the Carolyn and Richard Barry Curator of Glass at the Chrysler Museum of Art and Sheila Giolitti, artist and owner of Mayer Fine Art Gallery.

For this exhibit, PACC joins with the Chrysler Museum of Art and regional art facilities to celebrate the art of glass as Norfolk hosts the Glass Art Society Conference from June 1-3, 2017.

An Abstract Look

Michele Hemsoth, Jasmine Justice, Leigh Anne Chambers and Vittorio Collaizi

March 17 – May 14

An Abstract Look

Reception: Friday, April 7, 2017, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The exhibit An Abstract Look pivots on two meanings. On its face, the phrase suggests the appearance of abstraction as genuine and authentic, and references practices widely used by artists in the 1980s and 1990s.  Additionally, it references contributions by William DeKooning who in 1951 refers to abstract as a moveable style that destabilized the prevailing modes.

These four artists take a position between the two readings of the phrase, “an abstract look.”  Through installations of paintings on canvas, paper and mixed media, their work knowingly references previous styles and ambitions, while raising awareness to abstraction’s historical call for awareness and continuation to remain relevant.

Outdoor Sculpture 2017

April 7 – October 8

Outdoor Sculpture

Reception: Friday, April 7, 2017, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Since 2005, the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, has annually sought proposals for outdoor sculptures to display within our enclosed garden courtyard.  Crawford A. Mann III, the Joan & Macon Brock Curator of American Art at the Chrysler Museum of Art served as juror for the 2017 exhibit.  His selections include work by eight sculptors from across the United States that will go on display this spring.   Featured is work by Abigail Cochran, VA; Jan Kirsh, MD; John Mason, VA; Pokey Park, AZ; Philip Smith, MD; Timothy Spurchise, VA; Kevin Vanek, MS and Carl Wright, WV.

The competition offers cash awards totaling more than $4,000 for a Juror’s Choice, Seawall Art, Brancusi, Honorable Mention and People’s Choice.  Pick up a ballot at the front desk and cast your ballot to help determine which artwork and artist receives the People’s Choice Award.  Voting closes on August 1st.



Juror’s Choice Award ($1,500): 
“Phoenix 3625″ by Phil Smith, Columbia, MD

Seawall Art Award ($1,000): 
“Aubergine” by Jan Kirsh, Bozman, MD

Brancusi Award ($500): 
“Axis Structure” by Timothy Spurchise, Portsmouth, VA

People’s Choice ($500):
“Cottontail Rabbit” by Pokey Park, Tucson, AZ

Honorable Mention ($200): 
“Cottontail Rabbit” by Pokey Park, Tucson, AZ

Hardhat Heroes

A Photographic Portrait by Glen McClure

June 2 – August 6

Hardhat Heroes

Opening Reception: Friday, June 2, 2017, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Since 2015, Glen McClure has been capturing portraits in large – format B&W; photos of workers who follow in the time – honored traditions of making their living in shipyards across our region. Workers from BAE to Colonna, East Coast, Lyon, Nassco, and Newport News Shipbuilding, to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard and Tecnico are featured.

Suzanne Stryk

Notes on the State of Virginia

August 19 – October 15

Suzanne Stryk

Exhibit Reception: Friday, September 1, 5:00- 8:00 p.m.

Since her move to Bristol, Virginia over 30 years ago, Suzanne Stryk has wanted to create a series based on Thomas Jefferson’s book Notes on the State of Virginia, a detailed account of Virginia’s flora and fauna, published in 1785. After receiving a Virginia Commission for the Arts grant in 2011, Stryk set off across the state to complete this daunting project.

From climate change and the Chesapeake Bay to the Great Dismal Swamp, Appalachian Trail and urban suburbs of the District Columbia, Stryk traversed the state by car, kayak and foot. After four years of research, drawing, collecting and assembling, Stryk completed her series twenty-six works. “Notes on the State of Virginia” is a stunning collection that offers Virginia’s rich and diverse landscape through Geological Survey maps layered with drawings, writings, and actual specimens of animal and plant life and organic materials.

Stryk is often asked if she studied science, art or both. “I wanted to be a field biologist, she said. “These two interests have been playing tug-of-war all my life.” Art eventually won out and she graduated with a degree in art history and painting. “Art suits my need to interpret the natural world, to integrate science and spirit, fact with imagination.”

To Face the Unknown

Portsmouth and The Great War

July 4 – October 9

To Face the Unknown

Opening Reception: Friday, July 7, 5-8 p.m.

Museum Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m.;
First Friday of each month: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

The Great War conjures century-old images of miserable trench warfare, new deadly weaponry, and thousands of men being shipped “over there.” But over here, the far-away conflict that began with an obscure European assassination reached Portsmouth, Virginia, in the form of immediate growth, focus on naval expansion, and community support.

Portsmouth was about to face The Unknown, as it supplied ships, men, mines, and moral support to an unprecedented war effort. In return, the city expanded its boundaries, its shipyard, and its vision for the future.

Join the Portsmouth Museums this summer as we commemorate Portsmouth’s role in The Great War through historic artifacts, images, and programs.

Call to Portsmouth Artists

Portsmouth Here & Now II

February 24 – May 7, 2018

The Portsmouth Museum & Fine Arts Commission and Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, located in historic Olde Towne Portsmouth, VA, seek submissions for 2018 juried exhibit PORTSMOUTH HERE & NOW II. The exhibit will be on view from February 24 – May 7, 2018. All media included. The exhibition is open to artists 18 years and older. Each artist may submit up to five existing works that have been completed within the last five years and not already presented at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center. Send applications to the attention of: Portsmouth Here & Now II Committee, Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center 521 Middle Street Portsmouth, VA 23704-3622 Include artist’s vitae, list of proposed artwork, dimensions, weight, materials, date of completion, and photographs or digital images that represent the work. Proposals must be received by December 6, 2017. Selections will be announced by December 28, 2017. The exhibit celebrates the establishment of Portsmouth’s new Arts District and the creativity of those who live and or work in the City.

Call to Sculptors

2018 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, located in historic Olde Towne Portsmouth, Virginia, seeks proposals for the 2018 Outdoor Sculpture exhibit on view in our garden courtyard from April 6 – October 14, 2018.  Cash awards include $1,500; $1,000; and 2 @ $500. Travel stipends are provided. To enter, download the application, complete, and send with $30 application fee, and photos or digital images to: Sculpture Committee Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center 521 Middle Street Portsmouth, VA  23704-3622 Proposals must be received or postmarked by November 8, 2017.

Winter Wonder Land

Winter Wonderland: The Coleman Collection

November 24 – December 31, 2017


Children’s Museum of Virginia and Winter Wonderland Ticket Bundle

Winter Wonderland: The Coleman Collection

DATES: November 24 – December 31, 2017 (Closed Mondays and Christmas Day)

TIMES: Tuesday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Create new holiday memories as we celebrate the season with Winter Wonderland: The Coleman Collection. For those who are not familiar with the Coleman Collection, the origins of these displays date to more than 50 years ago when the Coleman Garden Nursery was operated by Junie and Millie Lancaster. This was their holiday collection that started in 1964 when the couple visited the New York World’s Fair. They saw it’s a Small World, the animated Walt Disney display, and the collection began. The first figure which went on display in the garden nursery window that year was Sleeping Santa. With each season, the collection grew.

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