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 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.

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.



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.

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. Find the entry guidelines here.

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 will be 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. Find the entry guidelines here.

(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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