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New Eco Public Art Artist Residency


We've teamed up with Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation for an exciting new environmental artist residency. New Jersey artist, Anne Dushanko Dobek is coming to Lake Lawson/Lake Smith Natural Area, and we can't wait! Dobek will create her Eco Public Art installation, “Parallel Migrations XXV” on-site beginning August 13 with an unveiling planned for August 24.

As part of her residency, the artist will engage the public in conversations on-site and at these free and family friendly events:

Artist Talk at Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, (MOCA) August 15, 6 - 7pm
Meet the artist and learn about her process and the meaning behind her work.

“Cut-a-thon” at Lake Lawson/Lake Smith Natural Area, August 17, 2 - 4pm
Meet the artist and help cut out butterfly images for future installations.

Unveiling of "Parallel Migrations XXV" at Lake Lawson/Lake Smith Natural Area, August 24, 11am - Noon
Celebrate the City's newest Eco Public Artwork and meet the artist behind it.


Portraits from a Place of Grace


The unveiling and dedication of the new public art installation, “Portraits from a Place of Grace” by Richard Hollant, was well attended Saturday, March 16 at the future home of the African American Cultural Center. More...


World Below the Brine


The new placemaking art installation at Rudee Loop, "World Below the Brine" was dedicated to the public on December 2018. Local architecture firm Work Program Architects (WPA) in partnership with Piece of Cake Productions and Rhiza A+D of Portland, Oregon submitted the winning design for the installation based on a national call from Cultural Affairs. More...


Community Heroes Poster Project


Local artists Jessica C. Szymanski, Rick Nickel and Chris Revels led students from diverse communities to collaborate and create portraits of influential past and present Virginia Beach African American community members. The portraits are being made into posters and will be displayed throughout Hampton Roads. More...


Large-scale Paper Pour with Hong Hong


Artist Hong Hong was part of the Zeiders American Dream Theater's grand opening celebration, The Proteus Festival, October, 2018. She demonstrated her paper making process with a large-scale paper pour using recycled tickets. Hong Hong is an interdisciplinary artist whose visual explorations span sculpture, printmaking and installation. More...


Community Chalk Mural with Richard Nickel and Christopher Revels


The community was invited to help paint the "Path of Love" chalk mural designed by Richard Nickel and Christopher Revels on the Sandler Center Plaza. This all took place during the Proteus Festival, the opening celebration of the Zeiders American Dream Theater. The mural is a temporary installation - only lasting a few days. More...


The Canoes by Donald Lipski


Floating on the rich tides of history and art, our newest sculpture inspires and welcomes visitors to the Chesapeake Bay area. Donald Lipski's The Canoes was installed on the pedestrian overlook of the new Lesner Bridge late July, 2018. The Canoes uses 10 full-size aluminum canoes with elaborate filigree lace patterns, a nod to the decorative arts of the early settlers. More...


Terrapin Basin by Benjamin Heller


The Virginia Beach Office of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center, commissioned Benjamin Heller for a residency during the summer of 2018 to create Terrapin Basin. As a resident artist, Heller created his work on site, and was available to the public to demonstrate his process. More...


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