The second Perrel Art Gallery exhibit in this Year of Integrity on campus opened in early November, featuring sculpture and photography from four artists with Hampton Roads connections.
Titled INTEGRATION II: Putting Our House in Order, the exhibit features four long-time teaching artists from the Governor's School for the Arts, Hampton University, Norfolk State University, and Tidewater Community College. Their work offers much to think about, talk about, and write about.
The artists are Kwabena Ampofo-Anti, a Professor of Art at Hampton University; Ed Francis, who teaches art at TCC; Tom Siegmund, who has taught at the Visual Arts Center of TCC for more than 25 years; and Virginia Van Horn, an instructor of the Visual Arts Program at the Governor's School for the Arts in Norfolk and at NSU.
The exhibit offers visual touchstones for reflection on how ideas about home and our built environment contribute to our sense of wholeness and completeness, said Art Teacher Betsy DiJulio, curator of the gallery.
“These artworks, brought together for the first time, are open-ended in their meaning and invite visitors to ponder ideas about home from multiple perspectives: biographical, political, philosophical, historical, and more," DiJulio said.
The exhibit is open to all classes and students throughout the school day. It will remain open into mid-January. Parents and grandparents are invited to visit the gallery when doors are open after each school day. In addition to the artwork, the exhibit offers a simple interactive data visualization wall featuring quotes, which students and classes can participate in. There's also an interactive acrostic poem wall.