Gallery Exhibitions

One of the leading tenets of the mission at The Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center is to offer our community an exciting and diverse schedule of visual art exhibitions. Since its inception, the Visual Arts Center has been focused on the creations of artists living and working in Coastal Virginia and the Commonwealth of Virginia. In doing so, we promote contemporary art makers and provide an opportunity for our visitors to interact with the art and artists of our own time. One artistic emphasis is on group exhibitions which offer a broad range of artists, media, styles, content and perspectives on our world.

The Visual Arts Center presents a series of exhibitions each season including a number of established exhibitions coupled with newly curated topical exhibitions. The Hampton Arts League Members Exhibition affords each of its members the opportunity to exhibit their artwork. The Artists Who Teach Exhibition displays the artwork by artists who also teach art in Coastal Virginia. The Virginia Artists Exhibition, a competition with over $7,000 in cash awards, features artwork in all media by some of the best artists and craftsmen from across Virginia. Additional exhibitions may include invitational exhibitions focusing on diverse themes, media and content which are curated by The Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center.

2024 Hampton Arts League Member Exhibition

February 3 – March 30, 2024

The Hampton Arts League Member Exhibition presents the artwork of The Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center’s member organization showcasing both emerging and established artists working in a variety of media. This diverse exhibition represents the talented and unique artists who reside and work in Coastal Virginia.



A Dramatic Land: Photographs of Ireland by Glen McClure

February 3 – March 30, 2024

Photographs by Glen McClure

Born in Norfolk and a lifelong resident of Virginia, Glen McClure has brought the people and places of the United States and Europe into focus through his photography. His first visit to Ireland in 1994 led to his obsession with the landscapes and seascapes of this great country. In his words, “I follow the light. Literally, I look at the sky and then drive or walk in the direction that looks interesting. I have followed many a tiny, narrow back road with no idea where it would lead, and something magical is waiting at the end.” This exhibition features a selection of McClure’s work over the past 25 years.


Unbound: The Chesapeake Bay Print Collective Portfolios

February 3-24, 2024

The Chesapeake Bay Print Collective was launched in 2021 by artists Sam Hundley, Bart Morris, and Luis Vilches,  out of a desire to collaborate with local artists, produce something of lasting value, and most importantly, have fun. Each year, beginning in 2021, the CBPC invites other artists to join and create an edition of original prints which are assembled into portfolios and distributed to the members. The CBPC has produced three portfolios of 11x14” prints. All of the portfolios are in private hands – each artist receives two while the CBPC keeps 1 or 2 portfolios for its archive.

Hampton City Schools Youth Art Exhibition

March 1 – March 29, 2024 (K-12) Celebrating Youth Art Month

Youth Art Month (YAM) is an annual celebration that recognizes the importance of art education for young people and highlights the artistic achievements of students across the United States. Held each March, Youth Art Month aims to emphasize the significance of visual arts in education and encourage creative expression among children and adolescents. The Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center will showcase the talents of young artists through an exhibition in one of our galleries. . This initiative not only provides a platform for students to display their artwork but also promotes the value of art education in fostering creativity, critical thinking, and cultural awareness among the youth. Youth Art Month serves as a testament to the vibrant and diverse artistic talents emerging from schools, fostering a deeper appreciation for the role of art in shaping the lives of young individuals.

Renewal Outdoor / Indoor Sculpture Exhibition

April 20 – August 24, 2024

Utilizing the grounds of The Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center, this curated outdoor sculpture exhibition highlights artists from Virginia and North Carolina. Entitled Renewal, the exhibition revitalizes the open space around the Arts Center to create wonder, surprise, and discovery as visitors stroll the grounds. Invited artists will also display smaller works within the galleries.


Hampton Roads Pride Exhibition

Celebrating and showcasing artwork created by LGBTQ+ artists, this exhibition addresses issues related to the LGBTQ+ community, such as identity, representation, discrimination, and liberation. The exhibition will feature a wide range of mediums, such as painting, sculpture, photography, and mixed media work.