Exhibits - Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

2022 Outdoor
Sculpture Exhibit

Date: May 6th – October 16th, 2022

Reception: Friday, May 6, 2022

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center


Sculptures may be viewed throughout the courtyard.  Pick up your ballot inside and cast your vote for your favorite sculpture to help determine which artwork receives the People’s Choice Award.  Additional awards include Juror’s Choice, courtesy of Support Portsmouth Public Art (SPPA) and the Seawall Art Award, courtesy of the Seawall Art Committee.

Juror for the 2022 exhibition is Diana Blanchard Gross, an independent Curator and Exhibition Consultant.

Date: July 16th – October 16th, 2022.

Times: During normal operating hours.

Reception: August 5th, from 5 – 8 p.m..

LocationPortsmouth Art & Cultural Center



The exhibit, If Not Now, on view from July 16 to October 16th presents artwork by eight artists whose work draws attention to destructive environmental impacts dating to the beginning of the industrial revolution.  The work posits the questions: what can be done now; when might the next impact occur and who will take these challenges on? 

Many of the artists have collaborated with scientists and environmentalists to seek solutions.  Others create work that provides a visual realization of how pollution impacts the air we breathe, the water we drink, the oceans and earth that we harvest and land that we live on.  Artists are: Kim Abeles (California) a multi-media artist and early pioneer in the environmental art movement who utilizes smog as a printmaking medium; Jean Benvenuto (Portsmouth) focused the subject of her paintings on holding ponds created to contain and clean rainwater from road run-off; Rosemary Feit Covey (Virginia) printmaker and painter uses print media to present the intricate web of interconnected root systems; Barbara Hennig-Loomas (Virginia) painter and silver-point artist focused large-scale drawings on ghost forests, a result of rising sea-levels.  Printmaker and book artist Nicole Pietrantoni (Washington State) creates large scale installation of books that share the impact of melting glaciers.  Multi-media artist and photographer Pam Ponce (Virginia) records the impact that drought had on the Great Dismal Swamp and rising sea-levels around Virginia’s barrier islands.  John Sabraw, of Ohio incorporates scientific research into his artwork creating paint from iron oxides that are a remnant of acid run-off from former mining sites, including around the Chesapeake Bay.  And, Millicent Young of New York is a sculptor whose work utilizes horse hair that speaks toward the fragility of life itself.

Photos: Nicole Pietrantoni, Implications, text by Devon Wooten; Kim Abeles, World Leaders in Smog


Date: Fall- TBD

Times: TBD

Reception: Fall-TBD

LocationPortsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Earth at Hand: Traditions and Explorations in Ceramic Arts


Earth at Hand presents ceramic and mixed-media works by three artists who have used clay and earthen materials for their creative expression.  Artists include Dr. Larry Jordan, 1947-2007, former art education professor at Norfolk State University; Thomas Lowell Edwards who creates utilitarian ware and incorporates mixed media into sculptural works; and Dianne Hottenstein whose work ranges from sculptures to finely crafted porcelain wares.


Photo by: Dr. Larry Jordan


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The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, housed in the 1846 Courthouse, is devoted to offering quality educational, cultural and aesthetic experiences in the arts through rotating visual art exhibits, lectures, classes and performances.

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