March 1 - April 20


Tidewater Artists & Guests

The Tidewater Art Alliance offers regional artists and member artist an opportunity to highlight their artwork in this juried exhibition. The exhibit will feature work by Mark Miltz, the 2012 Best in Show award winner. Brian Kreydatis, a member of the art faculty at the College of William and Mary will jury the 2014 exhibition.



March 7 - October 15

THE 9th annual Outdoor Sculpture exhibit, juried by Heather Hakimzadeh, Curator of the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art offers $4,000 in awards and travel stipends for participating artists.



April 4 - July 6


Custom to Cutting Edge
Open Reception: Friday, April 4

Drawing from an abundance of natural resources from the Appalachian region, artists and artisans adapt the heritage of mountain culture by assimilating new ideas and innovating on the old to create dynamic craft and visual art.  The exhibit offers maps, photos of the region, paintings, glass, textiles, ceramics and baskets to showcase the diversity of the region. 



May 3 - June 20


Art on A String Exhbit Opens may 2

In conjunction with the Atlantic Coast Kite Festival
Opening Reception, Friday, May 2

In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Atlantic Kite Festival, the Portsmouth Art & Cultural center presents Art on a String. Kites made and collected by George Peters and Melanie Walker of Airworks Studio offer a colorful display of kites in all shapes and sizes presenting their own kites as well as kites drawn from their collection of international and American art kites. George Peters and Melanie Walker have been making art, installations and kites for years from their base in Boulder, CO. Each has their own style and methods of creation and both share their enthusiasm for kites with the international community. Melanie utilizes a giant printer to impress photos into fabric that when complete the kite often takes on the shape of her subject. The artists will be flying some of their kites at the Atlantic Coast Kite Festival in Portsmouth City Park on Sunday, May 4th.



July 26 - October 19


Artists and their DNA
Opening Reception: Friday, August 1

This exhibit explores various world cultures offering a visual celebration that is a sampling of our rich and diverse cultural heritage.



August 2 - October 12


In conjunction with TCC Visual Arts Center
Opening Reception: Friday, August 1

The Portsmouth Art & cultural Center joins with the TCC Visual Art Center to host glass exhibits and programming that celebrate the studio glass movement in Hampton Roads. The Visual Art Center features the work of Charlotte Potter, Glass Studio Manager at the Chrysler Museum of Art in an exhibit entitled "Personal Cartography".  Studio glass assistants at the Chrysler will be featured in "Mapping the Next Generation".



November 28 - December 31


Scenes from the Coleman Collection

Opening Weekend: November 28-30

Celebrate the season with Winter Wonderland, a holiday classic for generations of Hampton Roads visitors and residents which includes scenes from the famed Coleman Collection. From Victorian scenes of animated skaters and carolers to the enchanted forest of bears, deer and Santa’s workshop, the displays are sure to delight visitors of all ages. 

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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.