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.

2017 Outdoor Sculpture


April 7 – October 8

Scenes from the Coleman Collection

Opening Reception: Friday, April 7, 2017, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Since 2005, the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, has annually sought proposals for outdoor sculptures to display within our enclosed garden courtyard.  Crawford A. Mann III, the Joan & Macon Brock Curator of American Art at the Chrysler Museum of Art served as juror for the 2017 exhibit.  His selections include work by eight sculptors from across the United States that will go on display this spring.   Featured is work by Abigail Cochran, VA; Jan Kirsh, MD; John Mason, VA; Pokey Park, AZ; Philip Smith, MD; Timothy Spurchise, VA; Kevin Vanek, MS and Carl Wright, WV.


Juror's Choice Award ($1,500):
“Phoenix 3625" by Phil Smith, Columbia, MD

Seawall Art Award ($1,000):
"Aubergine" by Jan Kirsh, Bozman, MD

Brancusi Award ($500):
"Axis Structure" by Timothy Spurchise, Portsmouth, VA

People's Choice ($500):
"Cottontail Rabbit" by Pokey Park, Tucson, AZ

Honorable Mention ($200):
"Cottontail Rabbit" by Pokey Park, Tucson, AZ

To Face
The Unknown

Portsmouth and
The Great War


July 4 – October 9

To Face The Unkown - Portsmouth and The Great War

Opening Reception: Friday, July 7, 5-8 p.m.

Museum Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m.;
First Friday of each month: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

The Great War conjures century-old images of miserable trench warfare, new deadly weaponry, and thousands of men being shipped "over there." But over here, the far-away conflict that began with an obscure European assassination reached Portsmouth, Virginia, in the form of immediate growth, focus on naval expansion, and community support.

Portsmouth was about to face The Unknown, as it supplied ships, men, mines, and moral support to an unprecedented war effort. In return, the city expanded its boundaries, its shipyard, and its vision for the future.

Join the Portsmouth Museums this summer as we commemorate Portsmouth’s role in The Great War through historic artifacts, images, and programs.

Suzanne Stryk

Notes on the
State of Virginia


August 19 – October 15

Suzanne Stryk: Notes on the
State of Virginia

Exhibit Reception: Friday, September 1, 5:00- 8:00 p.m.

Since her move to Bristol, Virginia over 30 years ago, Suzanne Stryk has wanted to create a series based on Thomas Jefferson’s book Notes on the State of Virginia, a detailed account of Virginia’s flora and fauna, published in 1785. After receiving a Virginia Commission for the Arts grant in 2011, Stryk set off across the state to complete this daunting project.

From climate change and the Chesapeake Bay to the Great Dismal Swamp, Appalachian Trail and urban suburbs of the District Columbia, Stryk traversed the state by car, kayak and foot. After four years of research, drawing, collecting and assembling, Stryk completed her series twenty-six works. "Notes on the State of Virginia" is a stunning collection that offers Virginia’s rich and diverse landscape through Geological Survey maps layered with drawings, writings, and actual specimens of animal and plant life and organic materials.

Stryk is often asked if she studied science, art or both. "I wanted to be a field biologist, she said. "These two interests have been playing tug-of-war all my life." Art eventually won out and she graduated with a degree in art history and painting. "Art suits my need to interpret the natural world, to integrate science and spirit, fact with imagination."

NOTES OF NATURE: Drawing Workshop with Suzanne Stryk
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Join with Suzanne Stryk as she guides participants on a journey to Paradise Creek Nature Center to journal and observe in nature.  (See Program Page for more details.)

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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.