Call to

Portsmouth Here & Now II
February 24 – May 7, 2018

The Portsmouth Museum & Fine Arts Commission and Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, located in historic Olde Towne Portsmouth, VA, seek submissions for 2018 juried exhibit PORTSMOUTH HERE & NOW II. The exhibit will be on view from February 24 – May 7, 2018. All media included. The exhibition is open to artists 18 years and older. Each artist may submit up to five existing works that have been completed within the last five years and not already presented at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center.

Send applications to the attention of:
Portsmouth Here & Now II Committee,
Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
521 Middle Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704-3622

Include artist’s vitae, list of proposed artwork, dimensions, weight, materials, date of completion, and photographs or digital images that represent the work. Proposals must be received by December 6, 2017. Selections will be announced by December 28, 2017. The exhibit celebrates the establishment of Portsmouth’s new Arts District and the creativity of those who live and or work in the City.

Call to Sculptors

2018 Outdoor
Sculpture Exhibit

The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, located in historic Olde Towne Portsmouth, Virginia, seeks proposals for the 2018 Outdoor Sculpture exhibit on view in our garden courtyard from April 6 – October 14, 2018.  Cash awards include $1,500; $1,000; and 2 @ $500. Travel stipends are provided. 

To enter, download the application, complete, and send with $30 application fee, and photos or digital images to:

Sculpture Committee
Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
521 Middle Street
Portsmouth, VA  23704-3622

Proposals must be received or postmarked by November 8, 2017.

Winter Wonderland: The Coleman Collection

November 24 –
December 31, 2017



Children's Museum of Virginia and Winter Wonderland Ticket Bundle

Suzanne Stryk: Notes on the
State of Virginia

November 24 - December 31, 2017 (Closed Mondays and Christmas Day)

Tuesday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Create new holiday memories as we celebrate the season with Winter Wonderland: The Coleman Collection. For those who are not familiar with the Coleman Collection, the origins of these displays date to more than 50 years ago when the Coleman Garden Nursery was operated by Junie and Millie Lancaster. This was their holiday collection that started in 1964 when the couple visited the New York World’s Fair. They saw it’s a Small World, the animated Walt Disney display, and the collection began. The first figure which went on display in the garden nursery window that year was Sleeping Santa. With each season, the collection grew.

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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.