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.
2023 Hampton Arts League Member Exhibition
February 4 – April 1, 2023
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 Hampton Roads.
Reception and Awards Ceremony: February 11, 2023 | 3-5pm
Cocktails at the Charles: February 24, 2023 | 5:30pm
On View Concurrently: Hampton High School Art Student Exhibition | February 4 - March 31, 2023
From the Sea to the Stars
April 22 – June 17, 2023
Hampton, the coastal town formed on July 9, 1610, has a multi-generational legacy of history and culture. With the title taken from the city’s motto, this exhibition will showcase how our region’s talented artists interpret From the Sea to the Stars in their artwork. Works by twenty five artists will explore motifs from the representational to the abstract including paintings, sculpture, glass, photography, and mixed media. This exhibition celebrates how the simplicity of a city motto can reach across geographical and artistic boundaries to touch on the economic, creative and place-making impact Hampton offers to all of Coastal Virginia.
Also on view will be a timeline of the historic events and places within the City of Hampton (assistance provided by the Hampton History Museum).
Reception: April 29, 2023 | 3-5pm
Cocktails at the Charles: May 12, 2023 | 5:30pm
Also on view:
To Lead and To Serve: American Indian Education at Hampton Institute 1878-1923
A unique chapter in American history unfolded at Hampton Institute between 1878 and 1923. During this forty-five year period, the school conducted an unprecedented biracial educational program. Over 1,300 Indian students from sixty-five tribes attended Hampton. Their experiences and the program which was developed for them are the subject of To Lead And To Serve: American Indian Education at Hampton Institute 1878-1923. The twenty-two panel exhibit contains more than eighty historic photographs chronicles Indian education at Hampton from the inception of the program through its conclusion. On loan from the Hampton University Museum.