2021 Outdoor
Sculpture Exhibit

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

June 12 – October 11, 2021, Courtyard


The fifteenth annual juried Outdoor Sculpture exhibition will be displayed in the historic courtyard.  The exhibit offers cash awards to participating artists.  Awards include a Juror’s Choice, Seawall Art and People’s Choice.  We invite visitors to pick up a ballot inside to make your selection for which sculpture and artist wins the People’s Choice award.  Vanessa Thaxton-Ward, Ph.D., Director of Hampton University Museum, served as juror.  Sculptures by Patrick Andrew; Jessica Bradsher; May Britton; Hanna Jubran; Barbara Kobylinska; John Mason; and William Wood are featured.

Photos: William Wood, Square Wave, polished stainless Steel

John Mason, Lyrical Echo, Chlorite & oak pedestal

Virginia Watercolor Society 2021 Juried Exhibition

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

August 14 – September, 12 2021

Friday, September 3, 2021
5:00- 8:00 p.m.

The Virginia Watercolor Society, the largest artists’ organization in Virginia, presents their 42nd annual juried exhibition.  Featured are 90 original watercolor paintings that showcase the creativity, experimentation, innovation and beauty in contemporary watercolor.   Paintings are also available for purchase.  The 2021 juror for this exhibition is nationally acclaimed artist and teacher Linda Daly Baker, who has juried watercolor exhibits both nationally and internationally.


William Wood, Square Wave, Polished Stainless Steel (Left), 2012; John Mason, Lyrical Echo, Chlorite & oak pedestal, 2018 (Right)

The Test:
Tuskegee Airmen

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

August 14 – October 10, 2021

THE TEST shares the story of the first African-American U.S. Military aviators and their introduction into combat during World War II. The aviators were part of an effort by the War Department to determine if African-Americans had the capabilities to be effective combat aviators. In early 1943, the first African-American squadron deployed to North Africa to enter combat.  This began the critical test phase of the Tuskegee Experiment. The outcome would impact and determine the future opportunities open to African-Americans in and outside of the military. “THE TEST” shares the incredible story of men in war struggling to be the best Americans they could be while struggling against racism and prejudice from their fellow countrymen.

Highlighted in the traveling exhibit created by Jerry Taliaferro is the story of Petersburg, Virginia native Lt. Col. Howard L. Baugh who flew with the 99th Fighter Squadron.

Photo “The Test” Jerry Taliaferro Photography

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