|The 40th Annual Student Art Show was held in the galleries of Tidewater Community College’s Visual Arts Center (VAC), March 27 through April 24, 2011. Featuring over 200 works by more than 100 students, entries included drawing, painting, photography, glass, ceramics, sculpture, computer generated imagery and mixed media. Works were created for art classes since last May, and represented program courses in Fine Arts, Photography, Graphic Design, Pottery and Glassblowing.
Richard Nickel, Associate Professor of Art, Art Education and Ceramics Program Director, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, was this year’s judge. The Awards Presentation took place Saturday, April 2, 2011, 11 a.m., at the Commodore Theatre, 421 High Street, Portsmouth. During the event, Nickel presented over $4,600 in awards in recognition of artistic excellence. The Opening Reception followed the presentation of awards at the VAC.
Complementary programming for the exhibition included illustrated lectures by a Visiting Art Historian and a Visiting Artist. On Tuesday, April 5 at 12:30 p.m., Ragan McManus, Director of Exhibitions & Education, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, presented Cutting Edge Contemporary: How Fresh Are You? in rooms 208/209 of the VAC. On Wednesday, April 13 at 11 a.m., Noah Hutton, Filmmaker and Journalist, New York, presented Crude Independence at the Commodore Theatre, 421 High Street.
Sponsors included: Anonymous; Brutti’s; Chrysler Museum of Art; Dr. Samuel F. Coppage; Darrell and Sally Craig; Hartung Gallery and Art Supplies; Jerry’s Artarama; John and Karen Kise; Peninsula Fine Arts Center; Portsmouth Museums; and Richmond Camera.