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Notice 3/27/2020: ​​We at d'Art Center hope that you all are staying healthy and safe during this time. We had originally planned to re-open our Center 3/28/2020, however we will remain closed until further notice. 


We are continuing to monitor the epidemic closely, and the health of our patrons, artists, and staff are of the upmost importance to us. 
All classes will be rescheduled for a later time. Staff are working remotely and will respond to inquiries and emails. 

Stay healthy and safe everyone!


If you need immediate assistance, please call the center at 757-625-4211 or email a staffmember directly:
Tricia Hudson, Executive Director : thudson@d-artcenter.org
Amanda Bradley, Marketing and Exhibition Manager : abradley@d-artcenter.org
Holly Graves, Class and Programs Coordinator: hgraves@d-artcenter.org

Thank you, and be well.

CALL FOR ARTISTS TBA!


Tribute: A National Exhibition of Paintings that Pay Homage to People, Places, and Things


Description: Tribute is a national exhibition that features paintings from artists from across the country. This exhibition is open to 2D fine art and fine craft in all paint mediums. In theme and content, artworks should pay tribute to a person, place, or thing of great importance to the artist. The Tribute exhibition at d’Art Center is in honor of Barbara Fulp. Barbra was a resident artist at d’Art Center who passed in 2019. She is greatly missed by all who knew her. 

This exhibition is open to all artists living in the United States and is held at the d’Art Center in Norfolk, Virginia. The d’Art Center is Norfolk’s thirty-year-old art center and includes working professional artist studios and provides a wide variety of exhibitions and programming open to the public. The d’Art Center is located in the NEON district of Norfolk. The exhibition will be co-curated by gallery manager Amanda Bradley, and exhibition juror and Artist Ken Wright.

Juror Biography: Ken Wright is a Richmond, VA. native and graduate of Norfolk State University with a BFA in graphics and fine arts. Ken is an abstract painter that uses acrylics on canvas or museum board. He is a former arts commissioner for the State of Virginia, and has served on many arts boards. He has won over 300 awards and honors for his work. Ken’s art is in many collections all over the United States and abroad. Among the collectors of his work are President George W. Bush, (hung in the White House), and most recently President Barack Obama, (hung in the White House). Other collectors are former Ambassador to Liberia, Bismark Myrick, movie actress Eartha Kitt (deceased), and actress Tatiana Ali. His work has also been exhibited in the office of U.S. Senator Mark Warner on Capital Hill, Washington, D.C.

Exhibition dates:        Friday, May 8th 2020 - Saturday. May 30th 2020
Reception:                  Thursday, May 14th 2020, 5:30-7:30pm
Call Open:                   Wednesday, March 17th 2020 - Sunday, April 12th 2020
Notifications (by email):         By 5pm, Monday April 20th, 2020 
Accepted works arrive by:     May 1st, 2020
Submission fee:                      $35.00 for up to 3 works  (one image per submission)

 Awards:

1st Place:            $500.00

2nd Place:            $300.00

3rd Place:            $150.00    

Eccentric: A National Exhibition of Surreal Artworks and Unconventional Materials 


Call for Artists Closed


Description: Eccentric is an exhibition that features work from artists from across the country that are surreal in artistic theme and/or unconventional in material and medium. This exhibition is open to functional, non-functional, 2D, 3D, fine art, and fine craft in all mediums and includes work such as (although not limited to) mixed media collage, photo manipulation work, found object assemblage, and work that involves techniques out of the traditional realm of art mediums and standards OR be surreal in artistic theme. Work can include traditional aspects, but work in this exhibition should exhibit significant unconventional materials and methods in process and medium. If you have any questions about whether or not your work qualifies for the exhibition, contact Amanda Bradley, the gallery manager at d’Art Center, at abradley@d-artcenter.org

This exhibition will be held at the d’Art Center in Norfolk, Virginia. The d’Art Center is Norfolk’s thirty-year-old art center and includes working professional artist studios and provides a wide variety of exhibitions and programming open to the public. The d’Art Center is located in the NEON district of Norfolk (Norfolk’s Art District). The exhibition will be co-curated by gallery manager Amanda Bradley, and exhibition juror, Alison Stinely.

Juror Biography: Alison Stinely received her BFA in Painting from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her MFA in Painting from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Painting at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Alison’s work has been in many juried and invitational exhibits nationally.  She has received several awards and honors and is a two time winner of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant. Her multimedia surrealistic figure paintings have been exhibited nationally and have been featured in both Hi-Fructose as well as Juxtapoz Magazine. Alison’s work is in many private collections both domestically and abroad. https://www.alisonstinely.com


Exhibition dates:        Saturday, June 6th 2020 - Saturday, June 27th 2020
Reception:                 Thursday, June 11th 2020, 5:30-7:30pm

Mission and History

Persistence II: A National All Women’s Exhibition Celebrating 2020, The Year of the Woman



Persistence II is a second annual exhibition that features work from female artists from across the country. This exhibition is open to functional, non-functional, 2D, 3D, fine art, and fine craft in all mediums. In honor of Women’s History Month and 2020, The Year of the Woman, this exhibition is open to all female artists living in the United States and is held at the d’Art Center in Norfolk, Virginia. The d’Art Center is Norfolk’s thirty-year-old art center and includes working professional artist studios and provides a wide variety of exhibitions and programming open to the public. The d’Art Center is located in the NEON district of Norfolk. The exhibition will be co-curated by gallery manager Amanda Bradley, and exhibition juror, Lori Pratico. Last year's exhibition was fantastically sucessfull, and d'Art Center is excited to make Persistence an annual national show. 

Juror Biography: Lori Pratico is the founder of the Girl Noticed Community Mural Project. Girl Noticed is a community-based arts outreach program that through self discovery uncovers and showcases the unique strengths, contributions and abilities of females, illuminating their greatness and its value in society. Nominations cover a wide spectrum, from overcoming personal struggles to momentous achievements. The individual chosen represents many others like them and has brought attention to subjects such as Asperger’s Syndrome, racism, poor body image, domestic violence, education, breast cancer awareness, and LGBTQ rights to name a few. The murals are done in charcoal, which will fade off the wall, adding a sense of urgency to “notice.” Notice the girl and what she values in herself, what makes her feel good about herself, before those things change or fade away. It is a temporary mural with a positive and permanent message. For Lori, her artwork is not only her passion but also her voice. She is driven to inspire people to recognize that no matter what, there is always something about them extraordinary and worth noticing. As a teenager Lori’s life was greatly affected when a teacher nominated her for The National Honor Society and let her read the nomination letter. The small act of someone taking notice had a great impact on her life. “Most girls and women compare themselves to unrealistic norms society has put into place. We strive for perfection, and live in a constant state of I’m not good enough”, says Pratico. Girl Noticed reminds us to pause, acknowledge and appreciate others and ourselves.

 Exhibition dates:        Monday, March 9th 2020 - Thursday, April 30th 2020