PVCC Visual Arts Department Launches Virtual Gallery Exhibition

Charlottesville, Va. – February 9, 2021The Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) Visual Arts Department has launched its latest virtual gallery exhibition. The online-only event shows new works by Charlottesville-based illustrator and designer Barbara Shenefield that were inspired by the boldly colored vintage posters created under a depression-era federal art program, part of President Roosevelt’s “New Deal.” The New Deal is Today: World Progress Association Posters will be featured on the PVCC Fine Arts and Performance website at www.pvcc.edu/performingarts through March 31, 2021.

Shenefield’s interest in the original New Deal posters came from an appreciation for their retro, yet contemporary feel and the spirit of American possibility in their messages. Her reimagined posters for 2019-21 incorporate the same iconic aesthetic and types of themes for this era, what the artist describes as “a truly American style of poster” that celebrates America’s workers, natural resources, democratic government and more.

Shenefield, a native New Yorker, earned a BFA in visual arts from the State University of New York at Purchase, New York and studied architecture at New York City’s Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Well known for her posters depicting popular regional buildings and locations, Shenefield is an associate artist at McGuffey Art Center and was a featured artist in PVCC’s 2020 Let There Be Light exhibition.

Entry to PVCC Gallery events is free. For more information, contact curator and Chair of Visual & Performing Arts Beryl Solla at 434.961.5362 or bsolla@pvcc.edu. Following the closing date, the exhibition will be archived online alongside others from the 2020-21 PVCC Gallery season at www.pvcc.edu/programs/divisions/humanities.

To view more events in the Fine Arts and Performance season lineup, visit www.pvcc.edu/performingarts

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

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Image: Barbara Shenefield, "Work Made America"



Humanities, Fine Arts and Social Sciences Division