October 25, 2014 to January 4, 2015
(Above, Robert Bateman, "Carmanah Contrasts" (1989), acrylic on canvas)
"Environmental Impact" includes 75 paintings, photographs, prints, installations and sculptures by contemporary artists who have focused their work on both local and global environmental issues. The artworks document the implications of human interaction with the Earth, such as the maze-like patterns left behind after mountaintop removal, melting glaciers or refuse washed up on a beach.
In his production of the exhibition, independent curator David Wagner sought to upend traditional depictions of beautiful, glorious nature in art; instead, “Environmental Impact” seeks to depict the ominous effects of resource development and industrial scale consumption. Significant works include “Requiem for Prince William Sound,” an elegy to victims of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska by Swedish sculptor Kent Ullberg, along with “Mossy Branches – Spotted Owl,” the first in a series of environment-themed paintings by Robert Bateman.
PFAC is the sixth stop on a tour that has included the Canton Museum of Art in Canton, Ohio; the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts in Kalamazoo, Mi; and the Erie Art Museum in Erie, Pa. Learn more about the exhibition here.
Looking Both Ways
January 17 to March 22, 2015
(Above, Hank Willis Thomas, "The Cotton Bowl" (2011), digital c-print, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York)
"Looking Both Ways" showcases works by leading contemporary African-American artists and the diverse cultural influences reflected in their works. The artworks displayed in this exhibition curated by PFAC's Diana Blanchard Gross will challenge, provoke, question and play with issues of identity construction, national and cultural struggles, globalism, displacement, and artistic freedom.
The contemporary works will be juxtaposed against works of traditional African art, which may include masks, figures, ceramics and more chosen from museum and private collections. In addition, "Looking Both Ways" will include archival photographs from the Daily Press documenting the Civil Rights era on the Virginia Peninsula. Mixed media artworks by local artist Clayton Singleton will also be on display.
This landmark exhibition exploring African-American culture will include works by such lauded artists as Kara Walker, Hank Willis Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, Beverly Buchanan and Williamsburg native Betty Blayton.
(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.