PVCC's 12th annual “Let There Be Light” features new exhibits, VMFA Artmobile

angles over exposure by artist ted coffey, 2017

Piedmont Virginia Community College’s Visual Arts Department will hold its 12th annual “Let There Be Light” outdoor art exhibition on Friday, Dec. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the V. Earl Dickinson Building on PVCC’s Main Campus in Charlottesville.

Let There Be Light celebrates the approach of winter and the longest night of the year with light-based artworks and performances that illuminate the darkened grounds surrounding the Dickinson Building for one night only. The 2018 exhibition will feature 20 artists presenting 17 works including mixed media installations, animated drawings, sculpture, audio loops and video projection as well as interactive installations that invite the viewer to engage with art.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ (VMFA) new “Artmobile” traveling gallery will be onsite for its Charlottesville debut with its inaugural exhibition, “How Far Can Creativity Take You? VMFA Fellowship Artists.” The exhibition explores the history and impact of VMFA’s fellowship program, the largest of its kind in the United States, and features works by past fellowship recipients such as Nell Blaine, Sally Mann, Benjamin Wigfall, Cy Twombly and others. The Artmobile will also be open at PVCC on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Other highlights of this year’s Let There Be Light include:

•    “Tunnel Vision,” a 30-foot kaleidoscopic light tunnel by returning favorite and former cinematic special effects technician Circe Strauss
•    “Now/Now,” a performance project by visual artist Bolanle Adeboye and cellist and composer Wes Swing that incorporates viewer-created audio loops and light installations
•    Recent PVCC graduate Ashtin Bowman’s “Swarm of Constellations,” a series of bioluminescent jellyfish sculptures suspended in the night sky
•    Visual and technology artist Jeff Dobrow’s “Global Fidelity,” a multi-angle video projected onto a diorama and set to a global DJ mix
•    Experimental filmmaker Alexandria Searls’ “ Birds of the Water,” a video loop projected into a bowl of water within a grove of trees

Several PVCC art faculty members will present work including Fenella Belle’s “Nocturnal Critters,” a lively installation of creatures that reveal themselves as viewers search the edge of the woods with flashlights; Will May’s “Corona,” a site-specific installation using helium, air and light; and Ed Miller’s “Figure of Light and Water,” an illuminated sculpture floating 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 to attend decorated with light to add to the festivities. Hot chocolate, warm cider and other refreshments will be provided free of charge. In case of rain, the event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Let There Be Light is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.pvcc.edu/performingarts or contact James Yates at 434.977.6918.