Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

400 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704 - United States




The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, located in the historic 1846 courthouse building and courtyard, is a non-collecting branch of the Portsmouth Museums that offers changing exhibits in the visual arts and humanities.


THE TEST: Tuskegee Airmen
June 12 - October 10, 2021
"THE TEST" shares the story of the first African-American U.S. Military aviators introduced into combat during World War II. The aviators were part of an effort by the War Department to determine whether African-Americans had the capabilities to be effective combat aviators. In early 1943, the first squadron of black aviators deployed to North Africa to enter combat. This began the critical test phase of the Tuskegee Experiment. The outcome would impact the future opportunities open to African-Americans in and outside of the military. THE TEST tells the incredible story of men in war struggling to be the best Americans they could be while also struggling against prejudices from their fellow countrymen.

Dates: June 14 – October 10, 2021, Courtyard
The fifteenth annual juried Outdoor Sculpture exhibition goes on display in the historic courtyard from April through October 2020. Vanessa Thaxton-Ward, Ph.D., Director of Hampton University Museum, served as juror. Featured are sculptures by Patrick Andrews, Jessica Bradsher, May Britton, Hanna Jubran, Barbara Kobylinska, John Mason and William Wood. The exhibit offers $3,000 for cash awards including Juror's Choice, Seawall Art and People's Choice. Visitors are invited to cast their ballot to determine the People’s Choice award.

The Virginia Watercolor Society 2021 Juried Exhibition
The Virginia Watercolor Society, the largest artists’ organization in Virginia, presents their 42nd annual juried exhibition. Featured are 90 original watercolor paintings that showcase the creativity, experimentation, innovation and beauty in contemporary watercolor. The 2021 juror for this exhibition is nationally acclaimed artist and teacher Linda Daly Baker, who has juried watercolor exhibits both nationally and internationally.

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