Art Reviews articles

Visual, Environmental Impact

Visual, Environmental Impact

By Betsy DiJulio   To be sure, this traveling exhibition of 75 pieces in a wide range of media by some 32 artists accomplishes its dual stated goals: 1) to recognize, document, and share the work of leading contemporary artists who chose to focus their work on global as well as local environmental issues; and

Emerging Virginia Artists

By Betsy DiJulio   Next provides a platform for 10 Commonwealth-connected “emerging” artists to share their latest work; exciting for them and important for their artistic careers.  While I’m not completely certain that the show completely delivers on Pfac’s self-proclaimed “peek into what’s next in art”—quite a lofty and prophetic goal—it certainly provides a glimpse

Changing Appalachia Debunks Stereotypes

By Betsy DiJulio Appalachian hillbillies?  Not so much. Charged with debunking stereotypes of the people of Appalachia as backwards, poor, unsophisticated, and worse, Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center (PACC) curator Gayle Paul traveled 1,800 miles in just six days to gather, pack and transport objects that would make the case. Guest curators, Dr. Jean Haskell