About Us


Presenting a rich array of dance, music, theatre and visual arts programming since 1999, the Piedmont Virginia Community College Fine Arts and Performance season offers a high-quality arts experience at free or affordable prices. In arts programming, PVCC strives for both excellence and accessibility. The goal is to entertain, enrich and educate students and the larger community. The Fine Arts and Performance season generally begins in September and runs through April. 

The PVCC Gallery showcases local and regional artists and features works by art faculty members and student artists. In addition, the gallery presents artist workshops and the always anticipated “Let There Be Light.” The Student Art Club hosts the well-attended free monthly film series. The Theatre Department presents two major productions each season and hosts an eclectic series of free monthly workshops. 


The PVCC V. Earl Dickinson Building is a 36,000 square foot facility containing classrooms, language and computer labs, well-equipped art and design studios, a ceramics studio with gas and electric kilns, two fine art galleries and the 75-seat Maxwell Black Box Theatre. The building also houses the 500-seat Main Stage Theatre, a state-of-the-art proscenium theatre with an orchestra pit, sprung dance floor and high-resolution digital film projector. Load-in docks adjoin stage right and ample free, well-lit parking is located in front of the building.


For information about renting space for an event in the V. Earl Dickinson Building, contact Arts Coordinator Bill Hurd at 434.961.5376 or email bhurd@pvcc.edu.

About Virginia State Delegate V. Earl Dickinson (July 7, 1924 - June 15, 2006)

The Dickinson Building was named in honor of V. Earl Dickinson Sr. in recognition of his distinguished career as a public servant and his belief in the value of education and the arts to change people's lives. Through his efforts, Piedmont Virginia Community College was successful in securing state funding for the building.