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Peninsula Fine Arts Center

101 Museum Drive
Newport News, Virginia

Phone: (757) 596-8175

Statement of Purpose

To exhibit to the public a balanced and stimulating program of visual arts. To achieve this goal the Center provides opportunities to observe and translate the breadth of ideas of a world community, exploring how these ideas are given visual grom by both cultural tradition and contemporary individual expression.

To foster an open-minded appreciation and aesthetic awareness of art. The Center encourages intellectual and creative growth in its own educational programs, and collaborates with the community's public and private educational system to reach young audiences.

To act as an intermediary and advocate for the contemporary art community. The Center strives to facilitate a public understanding of the role of art in society through curation and interpretation.

Highlights & Collections

Open seven days a week, The Peninsula Fine Arts Center is a community arts facility that features a changing exhibition schedule to help promote education and the appreciation of the visual arts.

Exhibitions change every eight to ten weeks and feature art of regional and national interest, touring collections of historical and contemporary works, juried exhibitions, student shows, and a new and exciting children's Hands On For Kids Gallery.

The Center also offers free children's programs, gallery talks, art classes, self-guided tours and The Gallery Shop which features a wide variety of one-of-a-kind artwork, jewelry, stationery, and unusual imported items for sale.

The Peninsula Fine Arts Center is located within the 550-acre Mariners' Museum Park which features rental boats, picnic areas, and the Noland Trail, a 5-mile walking trail surrounding Lake Maury. The Virginia Living Museum and The Mariners' Museum are only minutes away.

Exhibits & Special Events

Spiritual Armor: American Altar Triptychs from the 1940s

Commissioned by the Citizens' Committee for the Army and Navy in 1942, these portable triptychs provided an appropriate background for services for men serving in the armed forces. These pieces from the Virginia War Museum in Newport News, which have never been exhibited together, contributed greatly to the spiritual atmosphere of the camp.

Melissa Berent: A Woman's Place

These photographs are all images of women taken form her year-long photographic study in which a certain fascination existed in getting to know these individuals and learning of their differences in age, occupation, accomplishments, and goals. In these photographs, a price tag across each woman's chest forms a sash, to suggest the sashes worn in a beauty contest. The "prices" are actually the annual income of each of these real women, and as viewed on the whole, are shockingly low.

E. Sherman Hayman: Constructions: The American Flavor of Violence

The works in this exhibition are all about the peculiarly American flavor of violence. Pieces are based upon national articles taken from The Philadelphia Inquirer. Each story was chosen because it conjured up incredibly strong and unusual imagery with a psychological angle or twist that went above and beyone the usual American tragedy.

November 15-January 4, 1998

Made in Virginia: Furniture from the 1830s to the Present This exhibition, formed in conjunction with Colonial Williamsburg, will display the works of Virginia furniture makers from 1830 to the present. Representative pieces from throughout the different regions of Virginia will be on display, including furniture makers such as Thomas Day and Thomas Fox as welll as contemporary artists Harrison Higgins and Ron Puckett.

Artful Giving and Home for the Holidays

Organized by The Gallery Shop of the Guild of the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, this annual show provides an opportunity to purchase one of a kind handmade crafts such as pottery, glass, painted furniture fiber, and jewelry by local and regional artists as well as paintings, antiques adn unusual imported items.

Foust: Personal Spaces

Working with linoleum block printmaking, Foust's images evoke a variety of different reactions from viewers. This series of interiors invite various interpretations, which might lead the viewer to think about where his or her ideas come from.

Amy Gerhauser: Axix Series #6

This outdoor installation concerns itself with the relationship between human culture and the natural environment. It will consist of a steel chair form placed with its back against a tree. Encircling the tree and chair will be found objects such as fallen branches and local detritus.

Francisco Goya's The Disasters of War

This series of prints known collectively as The Disasters of War (Los Desastres de la guerra)were testimony to the chaos, bestiality and terror of Napoleon Bonaparte and his troops' plundering of Spain during the War of Independence. Like the news photographer, Goya seeks to bear witness to the fundamental nature of man's warfare against himself. of the thirty prints to be diplayed, they represent war scenes, scenes of the famine in Madrid, and symbolic, essentially anticlerical scenes. THis exhibition is made possible by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Ecotoon: Our Endangered Planet

This collection of 100 outstanding environmental cartoons and graphics dramatizes the need to mobilize the world's human resources to save our endangered planet. The images are memorable-among them: from Sweden, Karlsson's seagull in a life struggle to free itself from oil-polluted water; from Spain, Mena's smoke-filled skies and factories as backdrop for a newly-hatched black egg; from France, Pancho's oil spill forming a death's head; and from Norway, Hagen's burtal symbol of the earth as Man's toilet. This exhibit was curated by Jerry Robinson, President, Cartoonist and Writers Syndicate, New York City.

Touring management for this exhibition is provided by Exhibit Touring Services, a program in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Services at Eastern Washington University. Partial funding for ETS is provided by the Washington State Arts Commission.

Inuit Images: Art from the Canadian Arctic from the Holman Memorial Print Collection

The Inuit people, often referred to as Eskimos, have lived in Canada's Arctic region for thousands of years. While sculpting and decorative animal-skin applique have long been a part of the Inuit tradition, printmaking did not start in the Arctic until 1957. The Inuits' endless struggle under conditions of extraordinary physical hardship have given their artwork a distinctive form and character. The prints in this exhibition demonstrate many of the unique ways in which the Inuit reveal themselves through their art. This exhibition is from the collection of Judith Varney Burch/Arctiv Inuit Art, Richmond Virginia.

This exhibition consists of paintings of still lifes from objects in Trisha Orr's life. Borrowing items from her mother's and gradmother's attic, and flowers from her garden, the artist arranges them together in configurations that seem interesting to her. Based on these works, husband Gregory Orr will compose poetry to accompany them.


Closed: New Years Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve (pm) and Christmas Day.

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Key Personnel:

Lise C. Swensson, Executive Director

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