Piedmont Virginia Community College Visual Arts Department to Hold Thirteenth Annual Let There Be Light Outdoor Art Exhibition

The Piedmont Virginia Community College Visual Arts Department will hold its thirteenth annual “Let There Be Light” outdoor art exhibition on Friday, December 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibition will be in and around the V. Earl Dickinson Building on the main campus in Charlottesville. This event is part of PVCC’s Fine Arts and Performance season and is free and open to the public. In case of rain, the event will be held on Saturday, December 14, from 6 to 9 p.m.

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. The 2019 exhibition will feature 16 art installations in a wide variety of media including glowing sculptures, fluorescent paintings, audio loops and video projections, as well as interactive installations that invite the viewer to engage with the art.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ (VMFA) Artmobile traveling gallery will return to Let There Be Light 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 be open to the public at PVCC from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and again from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, December 13.

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

  • “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 to decorate themselves with light to add to the festivities. Hot chocolate, warm cider and other refreshments will be provided free of charge.

For more information about Let There Be Light, contact James Yates at info@lettherebelightpvcc.com or 434.977.6918. Explore more of PVCC’s Fine Arts and Performance season at www.pvcc.edu/performingarts.

About Piedmont Virginia Community College

Established in 1972, Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) is a nonresidential two-year institution of higher education that serves Central Virginia – principally, residents of the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. PVCC is committed to providing access to a college education for all who can benefit, an opportunity for each student to reach her/his potential, and excellence in all programs and services. The main campus is in Albemarle County, Virginia. Classes are also offered at the PVCC Eugene Giuseppe Center in Stanardsville, Va. (Greene County) and the PVCC Jefferson School Center in downtown Charlottesville.

Photograph: Ashtin Bowman’s “Swarm of Constellations.”