Events at the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center

EVENTS

The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center events and activities include First Weekend activities. First Friday and Saturday Activities are Free and open to the public.

First Saturday activities typically feature guest artists and live craft demonstrations.

For more events and activities happening in Portsmouth, please visit PortsVaEvents.com

saturday
MAY 23

2:00 pm

BREAKING THE CODE: Guided Gallery Tours

Learn more about the artists and artwork on display when you join us for a guided gallery tour of exhibits on view.

 

friday
JUN 5

5:00 - 8:00 pm

Exhibit Reception:
The Architect Within - Philip Weber & Frank Lloyd Wright's Samara
2015 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

Concert in the Courtyard featuring Derek Smith

First Friday - Free Admission

The Samara house, also known as John E. Christian House, was built between 1954 and 1956 in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Cooke House, one of Wright’s three houses in Virginia was built between between 1959 and 1960. Both homes feature the renowned architect’s Usonian vision of architectural designed homes for the common Americans. Samara explores the creation of a Wright house through the eyes of a client who spent more than fifty years fulfilling Wright’s vision. The Cooke House, featured through photos and models shares the strengths and design diversity of Wright’s houses.

Philip Weber was an apprentice at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and a member of Taliesin Fellowship from 1981 - 1990. During his time at Taliesin he produced an extensive portfolio of drawings to include plans, elevations, and perspectives as well as graphics or "nature patterns" and other designs. A select group of these works will be featured.

Throughout the Courtyard, visitors will see large-scale sculptures by Robert Cage, whose curated farmland became a well-known destination in South Boston, Virginia.

saturday
JUN 6

1:30 pm

 

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT IN VIRGINIA:
Special Presentation by Dr. Robert Wojtowicz

First Saturday - Free Admission

In concert with the opening exhibit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samara, Doctor Robert Wojtowicz will speak on Frank Lloyd Wright’s projects in the Old Dominion, including The Larkin Pavilion for the Jamestown Exposition in Norfolk (1907), the Rosenwald Whittier School design for Hampton University in Hampton (1927), the Pope-Leighey House in Fairfax (1939-1940), the Marden House in McLean (1952-1959), and the Cooke House in Virginia Beach (1951-1960). These five examples span the length of Wright’s prodigious career. In each, Wojtowicz demonstrates how Wright responded to specific requirements of a given site.

Dr. Wojtowicz is Professor of Art History and Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Studies at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Since 2013 he has chaired the City of Norfolk’s Public Art Commission, receiving his B.A. and M.A. in American Civilization (’83), and Ph.D. in Art History (’90) from the University of Pennsylvania, along with an M.A. in Archeology (’84) from Colombia University. His research has focused on urbanism and architectural history. He is Co-Editor with Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer of Frank Lloyd Wright & Lewis Mumford: Thirty Years of Correspondence (2001).

saturday
JUN 20

2:00 pm

BREAKING THE CODE: Guided Gallery Tours

Learn more about the artists and artwork on display when you join us for a guided gallery tour of exhibits on view.

 

saturday
JUN 27

10:30 am - 3:00 pm

Gallery Talk Field Trip & Lunch with Artist Philip Weber

Philip Weber will give a personal gallery walkthrough of his work beginning at the museum, answering questions about his experience at Taliesin. Participants will then walk to Philip’s living quarters and design studio above Anderson-Wright Room & Gardens off High Street where lunch will be provided in the garden courtyard. Weber will give a tour of his living space to inspire the “architect” within all of us.

The cost to participate is $25 ($20 for members) and includes admission to exhibits and lunch. Call 757-393-8543 to register. Registration deadline is 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 2.

friday
JULY 3

5:00 - 8:00 pm

FIRST FRIDAY
Concert In The Courtyard: Live Music by Sharkophagus

First Friday - Free Admission

Sharkophagus is a quirky kind of jam band a la Dave Matthews doing some covers, with original stuff, too. Jamie, from Gosport Tavern, is the guitarist.

Bring friends and family to this springtime event, offering free admission to museum exhibits, light refreshments.

The Concert in the Courtyard series is headed by PortsEvents, and sponsored by The Portsmouth Partnership, PortsEvents, TowneBank, Portsmouth Economic Development, and the Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority.

saturday
AUG 15

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Builder Fest

Join us for a day of creating and building. Visit with hobbyists and professionals to explore the process of building and making. Discover everyday items made by hand as in times past and play with futuristic toys.

friday
SEP 4

5:00 - 8:00 pm

Exhibit Reception: Virginia Earth - Ceramic Art

First Friday - Free Admission

From large scale sculptures to utilitarian craft art, the exhibit offers a look at the wealth of ceramic arts created in Virginia. This exhibit is offered in collaboration with Tidewater Community College Visual Arts Center who will also feature ceramic craft art.



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Mailing Address: 521 Middle Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, housed in the 1846 Courthouse, is devoted to offering quality educational, cultural and aesthetic experiences in the arts through rotating visual art exhibits, lectures, classes and performances.