Prefaces 2016

High School Student - Juried Exhibition

Exhibition Dates: May 15- June 5, 2016

Sponsored by the Rona M. & Erwin B. Drucker Charitable Trust

Awards sponsored by The Tidewater Chapter of The Society, Inc.


Biennial on view in the Ferguson and Ranhorne Galleries May 20th - June 26th

This year's Biennial submissions included 459 entries from 164 artists from Virginia and 22 other states as well as China. Juror Valerie Fletcher selected 55 works by 40 artists from Virginia and 7 other states and China. 

"In culinary terms jurying an art exhibition from afar could be compared to a taste test based on a menu. Selecting works from images only almost guarantees that some good works will be overlooked and others misunderstood. That is the down side. The upside is that the curator is liberated from the constraints of the artists' own statements and biographies and contexts, which sometimes weigh down the art works themselves. Operating largely on vision, instinct, and experience for the P-FAC project, I found myself attracted to certain compositions utilizing perspective effectively, to black-and-white photographs having exquisite tonal subtleties, and to evocative (but not sentimental) figure subjects, along with an occasional metaphor. I fully expect to be surprised when I confont the art works themselves, properly installed and lighted, which is the only true test." - Juror Valerie Fletcher 


Valerie Fletcher, Senior Curator: Valerie Fletcher earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University in 1978 and 1994. She joined the research staff at the Hirshhorn Museum in 1978, where she became Curator of Sculpture from 1984 to 2004 and Senior Curator from 2005 to the present. Her main area of expertise is European and American sculpture from the 1880s to the 1960s, with supplementary interests in contemporary art and the arts of Asia and Latin America.


Dr. Fletcher’s major exhibitions for the Hirshhorn Museum include Utopian Visions in Modern Art (1983), Alberto Giacometti (1988-89), Four Latin American Pioneers of Modernism: Rivera, Torres-Garcia, Lam, and Matta (1992), The Human Figure Interpreted (1995), and Isamu Noguchi: Master Sculptor (2004), and most recently Marvelous Objects: Surrealist Sculpture from Paris to New York (2015-16). She has also organized smaller scholarly exhibitions on the works of Joseph Albers, Alexander Calder, Joseph Cornell, Paul Gauguin, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Shahzia Sikander, and Tim Hawkinson.


Among Dr Fletcher’s many publications are A Garden for Art: Outdoor Sculpture at the Hirshhorn Museum (1998) and major essays in Elie Nadelman (2001), Picasso’s Cubist Portraits of Fernande (2003), A Sculpture for Sculpture: Noguchi’s Design for the Cullen Sculpture Garden (2006), and George Rickey (2007).  



June 30th, 6pm

You're invited to a speakeasy, Casino Night, Auction and Dinner

benfitting PFAC's education and healing arts programs

TIckets are $60 for Ladies and Gents and $100 for Highrollers, prices increase on May 31st. 

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Spring Classes and Summer Camps!

The Studio Art School now offers online class registration, featuring classes in acrylic painting, glass fusion, ceramics and fun intro classes in clay, fun for kids!   Click to register.

Registration can also be completed by calling (757) 596-8175 or visiting the PFAC Front Desk. Classes that do not meet minimum registration requirements may be cancelled at the Studio Art School Coordinator’s discretion. Minimum registration requirement is generally six students per class.

Members receive discounted pricing on classes in the Studio Art School.


Make and Take Saturdays 

Special guided activities just for member families with kids ages 5-12. These activities are free and offered exclusively to members. Just RSVP in advance to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Each activity is limited to 12 participants. 

May 21 at 10:30am Design your own Rose Window: Design your own version of the famous stained glass rose windows from around the world!


Join Us for Preschool Art Classes

Every Wednesday!



May 11: Polka Dot Ice Pops: Your little artist will be "seeing spots" while creating these polka dot popsicles

May 18: Spring Wreath: Use common kitchen items to make a splendid springtime wreath.

May 25: Make a Windsock: Practice coloring, cutting and gluing while creating beautiful windsocks!

June 1: Spinner Art: Don’t get dizzy! Use a spinner to create this beautiful work of art!

June 8: Watercolor Butterfly: Explore symmetry and color theory while creating beautiful butterflies.

June 15: Fruit and Veggie Prints: It’s Vegetable Appreciation Week (seriously)! Celebrate by going into the veggie drawer to make these prints!

June 22: Caterpillars on Leaves: Celebrate Eric Carle’s birthday a couple of days early by making art inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

June 29:  Cardboard Cameras: It’s National Camera Day! Make your very own “camera” and pose for pretend pictures! “You better work!”

July 6: Red, White & Blue Lanterns: It’s never too late to celebrate Independence Day!!! Practice cutting and gluing skills while creating these patriotic lanterns.

PFAC offers guided art lessons for very beginning artists from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at no additional cost with the price of admission and free for members. Registration for each Wednesday's classes is required by the preceding Friday and walk-ins cannot be accommodated if the class is at capacity. RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Peninsula Fine Arts Center Honored in Coastal Virginia Magazine

The Peninsula Fine Arts Center received awards in four categories in Coastal Virginia Magazine's 2015 Best of the 757 Readers Choice Awards. PFAC received Best Art Gallery (Bronze), Best Nonprofit (Peninsula Gold), Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners (Peninsula Silver), and Best Museum (Peninsula Silver).