Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

April 3 – October 12, 2020

The fifteenth annual juried Outdoor Sculpture exhibition goes on display in the historic courtyard from April through October 2020. Vanessa Thaxton-Ward, Ph.D., Director of Hampton University Museum, served as juror. The exhibit offers $3,000 in cash awards. Featured are sculptures by Patrick Andrews, Jessica Bradsher, May Britton, Hanna Jubran, Barbara Kobylinska, John Mason, and William Wood. Visitors are invited to cast their ballot to determine the People’s Choice award.

William Wood, Square Wave, Polished Stainless Steel, 2012
John Mason, Lyrical Echo, Chlorite & oak pedestal, 2018

Soul Finger Project

April 3 – June 28, 2020

This 4-person exhibition features paintings and drawings influenced by contemporary Black Culture to its roots in Northern Africa to the Caribbean and beyond. Featured artists include Portsmouth native and now Florida resident, Ramel Jasir, Clayton Singleton, Norfolk, VA, Anthony Burke also Florida, and Arthur Rogers, Charlotte, NC. Each artist brings their own unique style or “fingerprint” that differs yet compliments the art made by others in the exhibition.

Ramel Jasir, The Color of Love

Clayton Singleton, Two Sisters

Anthony Burks, Jr., Elephant

The Test: Tuskegee Airmen

April 3 – June 14, 2020

The TestThe Test shares the story of the first African-American U.S. Military aviators who were first introduced 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 squadron of black aviators deployed to North Africa to enter combat. This began the critical test phase of the Tuskegee Experiment. The outcome would impact the future opportunities open to African-Americans in and outside of the military. The Test tells the incredible story of men in war struggling to be the best Americans they could be while they also struggled against prejudices from their fellow countrymen.




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