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The Original Art 2014-2015: Celebrating the Fine Art of Children's Book Illustration
April 4-June 28, 2015

(Above, "Wildwood Imperium," illustrated by Carson Ellis, written by Colin Meloy)

"The Original Art" is an annual exhibit based on a juried competition created to showcase illustrations from the year's best children's books published in the U.S. For editors and art directors, it's an inspiration and treasure trove of talent. For art students, it's a marvelous opportunity to examine the work of the best in the field. And for the public, it's a chance to appreciate the enormous range of creativity in children's books and to see the printed pages alongside the original paintings, drawings, prints and collages they represent.

For the month of June, PFAC will also feature illustrations by artist Walt Taylor, of Norfolk, and Toothpick City, a whimsical series of sculptures by Virginia Beach artist Bob Morehead.

PFAC is looking for volunteers interested in interpreting this exhibition for our patrons. If you are interested in becoming a docent for this exhibition, please contact Education Director This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (757) 596-8175.

Genesis: An Annual Juried College Exhibition
April 4-26, 2015

Hampton Roads college students are invited to enter PFAC's long-standing spring juried exhibition, featuring the best work of the next wave of Virginia artists. The 2015 Genesis exhibition will be juried by James Warwick Jones, Gallery Director for the Charles H. Taylor Art Center in Hampton. 

Genesis Winners

  • Best in Show: Abigail E. Darrin, Thomas Nelson Community College, Tete de Cochon, photograph
  • 1st Place: Marie Gardner, Christopher Newport University, Mumble, oil
  • 2nd Place: Maygen Kerrigan, Christopher Newport University, Too Sweet, digital print
  • 3rd Place: Ryan Lytle, Christopher Newport University, Nautilus, ABS plastic 3D print
  • 4th Place: Declan Sharp, Thomas Nelson Community College, Ox Skull, charcoal
  • David Levinson Photography Award: Sue Maida, Thomas Nelson Community College, How Big is the Bunny, digital photograph
  • Honorable Mention: John Morris, Thomas Nelson Community College, Marianne's Glass & Spoon, acrylic
  • Honorable Mention: Amanda Parks, Thomas Nelson Community College, Grandfather Facing Grandchild, charcoal
  • Honorable Mention: Amanda Price, Thomas Nelson Community College, Fear, mixed media
  • Honorable Mention: Jenna Smith, Thomas Nelson Community College, Self-Portrait, pen & ink
  • Honorable Mention: Deborah A. Splitstone, Thomas Nelson Community College, Space Windmill, photograph

Prefaces: An Annual Juried High School Exhibition
May 2-31, 2015

Peninsula high school students are invited to enter PFAC's long-standing spring juried exhibition. The 2015 Prefaces exhibition was juried by artist Kristin Skees, whose fiber art has recently been shown at the Hermitage Museum & Gardens in Norfolk and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in Virginia Beach. She is a professor of art at Christopher Newport University.

Prefaces Winners

  • Best in Show: Luke Schiavone, Jamestown High School, The String of Life, photograph
  • First Place: AJ Shostak, Jamestown High School, Decay, colored pencil
  • Second Place: Patricia Dedmon, Lafayette High School, Doughnuts, acrylic
  • Third Place: Indigo Cristol, Lafayette High School, Swimmer, ceramic
  • Fourth Place: Sara Eckelman, Grafton High School, Play Ball, acrylic
  • David Levinson Photography Award: Kyle Seal, Warhill High School, Wallie to F/S Boardslide, photograph
  • Honorable Mention: Zilu Lin, Hampton Roads Academy, Colby, pen and ink
  • Honorable Mention: Shay McKinney, Grafton High School, Albino, pencil and marker
  • Honorable Mention: Lily O'Halloran, Jamestown High School, Desert, digital photograph
  • Honorable Mention: Chrisanthi Prassas, Warhill High School, Bound by Rope, charcoal


American Scenery: Different Views in the Hudson River School Painting
July 11-October 4, 2015

"American Scenery: Different Views in the Hudson River School Painting" features 116 paintings from the Hudson River School, a loose collective of artists working in upstate New York from 1825-1875. These artists' works comprised America's first native style and made them among the first American art celebrities. The works include pieces by Thomas Cole, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Sanford Robinson Gifford, Asher B. Durand, Frederic Edwin Church, John Frederick Kensett and John William Casilear. This exhibition is assembled from a single collection, first exhibited at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Pennsylvania.

(Right) Winslow Homer, The Sharpshooter on Picket Duty

Picturing the Civil War: Engravings by Winslow Homer and other Artists


For Loan! - Peninsula Fine Arts Center acquired thirty original wood engravings (20 single sheet and 10 double-sheet images), which include 11 of Homer’s works, as well as others by Thomas Nast, Alexander Simplot and additional artists—some unidentified—of the period. Using archival materials, we have beautifully matted, framed, and labeled each engraving, so we may lend them to anyone interested in hosting a piece of the Civil War in their classroom, business, or any other facility.  Click here for more info.

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