Let There Be Light

Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, 6 - 9 p.m. (Rain date: Saturday, Dec. 14, 6 - 9 p.m.)
Free Admission
General Admission

PVCC's thirteenth annual Let There Be Light celebrates the approach of the winter solstice and the longest night of the year with light-based art installations created by a selection of some of the most imaginative local and regional artists. The exhibition illuminates and transforms the darkened grounds surrounding the V. Earl Dickinson Building for one night only.

Please note: In case of inclement weather, an announcement will be posted on this page and Let There Be Light will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m.

This annual tradition has grown over the years to entice thousands of visitors of all ages to bundle up with coats and mittens, pick up a map of exhibits, and set out to explore the landscape in search of both large-scale and hidden installations that invite interaction, evoke wonder and delight, and inspire reflection.

Some highlights of the 2019 Let There Be Light exhibition include:

  • The return of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' Artmobile traveling gallery (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13).
  • “Portal,” a misty pathway through an experience with light and sound by returning favorite and former cinematic special effects technician Circe Strauss.
  • “RENEW,” a tall, glowing, conical sculpture created from steel and hand-dyed fabrics by sculptor and fiber artist Patty Swygert.
  • “Immersed in Space (Inter-location),” a mix of large projections by artist Chris Haske that the viewer can change with a wave of the hand.
  • “Enchantment Under the Sea,” a mixed media, kinetic sculpture designed and built by Andrew Sherogan, Dom Morse, and a group of Murray High School students.
  • “Hall-e-Wood,” an interactive light and sound installation by Mobile Interactive Computer Ensemble (MICE).

Several PVCC art faculty members will present work including Fenella Belle’s “Ghost Trees,” a sculpture emitting bright light from the darkness; Jeremy Taylor’s collaborative “night bloomers,” a glowing vignette set among the forest created by Taylor, wife Allyson Mellberg Taylor and daughter Margot Taylor; and Ed Miller’s “Body of Light,” an illuminated sculpture reflected in water as it floats in a lake.

Let There Be Light is curated by local artist James Yates, whose primary aim in his work is to “re-enchant our experience of the world.” Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to bring a flashlight and come dressed as “enlightened beings,” decorating themselves with light to add to the festivities. Hot chocolate, warm cider, and other refreshments will be provided.

Image: Swarm of Constellations, Ashtin Bowman