PVCC Visual Arts Department to Hold 14TH Annual Let There Be Light Exhibition


Charlottesville, Va. – November 19, 2020 – The Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) Visual Arts Department will hold its fourteenth annual “Let There Be Light” outdoor art exhibition Friday, December 4, and Saturday, December 5, from 6-9 p.m. each evening. This year, light-centered artworks and performances will be presented in multiple locations throughout Charlottesville rather than on the PVCC main campus. A map of locations will be available one week prior to the event dates at www.pvcc.edu/performingarts. Let There Be Light remains free and open to the public.

Celebrating the approach of winter and the longest night of the year, the 2020 exhibition, set to be installed in the front yards of city homes and outside local businesses, will feature twenty-three art installations and performances by local and regional artists in a wide variety of media. Visitors are invited to download a map of locations and seek out the glowing works of art around town safely from their vehicles. Some highlights include: 

•    Out of Darkness Comes Light, featuring an array of clay lanterns made by local studio City Clay’s students, teachers and members.
•    Luminous Flux, a performance by Emily Wright and Amanda Liscouski, exploring the interplay of light and shadow in a work inspired by theatrical dance pioneer Loïe Fuller.
•    Shrooms with a View by Rose Guterboch, Aaron Miller and Sigrid Eilertson, a glowing garden space with projections of a series of animated paintings that honor stories of personal empowerment.
•    Understory, a puppetry performance by Miranda Elliott-Radar, employing shadow puppets and paper mâché luminaries to tell the story of the friendship between forests and fungi.
•    Two Short Films by Shandoah Goldman addressing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the longing for human connection through a long-distance collaboration between Goldman and vocalist Kate Richards.

The exhibition will also feature solo and collaborative works by Fenella Belle, Ted Coffey, C. James Cunningham, Aaron Eichorst and Billy Hunt, Emmy Garcia and Charlie Beggs, Rachel Gibson and Matias Vilaplana, Diana Hale, Chris and Steve Haske, Sri Kodakalla, Ed Miller, Bridget Moriarty and Thomas Solla, Barbara Shenefield, Andrew Sherogan with Dom Morse and Murray High School students, Alexandria Searls, Circe Strauss, Allyson Mellberg Taylor with Jeremy Taylor and Margot Taylor, Jennifer Tidwell and Jaijun Yan.

Curator of Let There Be Light James Yates started the event with an aim to “re-enchant our experience of the world,” he said. Over the years, the number of visitors who come to explore the art and performances lighting up the PVCC campus has grown into the thousands. Because of COVID-19, and to “ensure the safety of the community,” Yates curated an exhibition that is able to be experienced from a car. 

Co-organizer Beryl Solla, who is also PVCC’s Gallery Director and Chair of Visual and Performing Arts, says it was important to bring Let There Be Light to the community this year, but not at the risk of spreading the virus. “As always, we are delighted to share this inspiring event with friends and neighbors, but we do request that visitors wear masks and maintain social distancing if they choose to get out of their cars.”

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

Let There Be Light is sponsored by CBS19.

About Piedmont Virginia Community College 
Established in 1972, Piedmont Virginia Community College 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 one of 23 community colleges in Virginia that comprise the Virginia Community College System. 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. Visit www.pvcc.edu

Susian Brooks
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434.961.6574 | sbrooks@pvcc.edu 


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