Humanities, Fine Arts, and Social Sciences

Theatre students

Contact Information

Leonda Williams-Keniston

Dickinson Building, D313

Sherice Page
Administrative Assistant to
the Division

Dickinson Building, D313

Maggie Flinn
Administrative Assistant to
the Division

Dickinson Building, D313


Welcome to the Division of Humanities, Fine Arts, and Social Sciences

Our mission is to provide academic programs that prepare students for college-level courses, transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and employment. We offer associate degrees in General Studies, Liberal Arts, Education, Art, Music, and Theatre. We also offer Career Studies Certificates in Early Childhood Development, Graphic Design, and Multimedia and Motion Graphics. Whether you want to transfer or develop skills and knowledge required for employment, we are ready to help you meet your goals.

Current Events

Remembering Beryl Solla

BerylOn February 19, the PVCC community said goodbye to Beryl Solla, professor of Art and Art Department Chair, who died after a 13-year struggle with cancer. Beryl was a beloved and important part of the college; thus, we are celebrating and remembering her through an exhibit and vigil. We invite students, faculty, staff and the community to participate. 
For further details, click here.


Faculty Achievements and Awards

PVCC Professor Jennifer Koster Receives State Council of Higher Education for Virginia 2021 Outstanding Faculty Award
Jennifer Koster
Prof. Jennifer Koster

Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) is proud to announce Professor Jennifer Koster as a recipient of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) 2021 Outstanding Faculty Award. The Outstanding Faculty Award is the Commonwealth’s highest honor for faculty at Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities. These awards recognize superior accomplishments in teaching, research and public service.

Koster is an English professor and the Writing Center coordinator at PVCC. Through her work and classes she builds community and encourages students to explore their interests as potential areas of study. Koster is committed to education and demonstrates this commitment across communities in Virginia. She is founder of the Virginia Community College System’s Learning Assistance Professionals Peer Group, coordinator of the Virginia chapter of the Southeastern Writing Center Association (SWCA) and Virginia representative to the SWCA Board. In addition, this year she initiated Virginia’s first statewide tutor collaboration, TuColla-VA.

“Professor Jennifer Koster is a remarkable educator who is truly deserving of the SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award. The award is a testament to her extraordinary dedication to PVCC students,” noted Dean of Humanities, Fine Arts and Social Sciences Dr. Leonda Keniston.

To learn more about the 2021 SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award and view the full list of winners, click here

Virtual Art Exhibitions

World Progress Association Presents: The New Deal WPA Posters - Reimagined New Work by Barbara Shenefield

Barbara Shenefield is a well-known and respected artist. Her work has historically celebrated a sense of place, her love of our region and its many beauties. In recent years she has turned her attention to the work done during the WPA era. This period saw artists looking at social issues and using their visual skills to shine a light on the pressing problems of the day. (…)  In her most recent work, Shenefield has embraced and expanded this style to create the work we are seeing in this exhibit.
We hope you find it as meaningful and inspirational as we do.  Enjoy the exhibition here.

Annual Faculty Art Exhibition

The Annual Faculty Art Exhibition features work from our full-time faculty and adjuncts. All of our outstanding faculty are active in their fields and well known in the art community. We are also featuring the work of adjunct, Ed Miller, whose sculpture explores nature and the surreal times in which we live.

Annual Student Art Exhibition

Every year we present work from our amazing art students with great pride through the Annual Student Art Exhibition. This year was a challenging one as we moved our classes online and students had to deal with the "new normal".  Thanks to our diligent art faculty, we gathered work from all of our disciplines and were able to showcase some of the fantastic work created by our students during the past academic year. This impressive display of work motivates us all to continue doing what we do best...make art!

Annual "Day of the Dead" Candython & Horror Story Contest Virtual Exhibition

Every year the Art Department students create artwork out of candy to honor the Mexican Holiday of "Day of the Dead" or Día de Muertos. The school is invited to look at the art and then eat it. Several years back, we joined with the Writer's club to share their prize-winning short horror stories. Since then we have combined the two events for a high-calorie event that feeds our souls and imaginations. This year we recreated the event as a website. You'll need to supply your own treats but we will supply the stories and art!

College Publications

"The Forum"

The Forum, PVCC's student newspaper, is an opportunity for students to gain journalism experience while providing news and opinions of interest to the college community. Students can take part through writing, photography, drawing, editing, and design.

"The Fall Line"

The Fall Line, PVCC’s literary magazine, is a celebration of PVCC student writing and art. Published each spring, The Fall Line features fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and comics--all selected by members of the Creative Writing Club—alongside student art. The magazine is designed by the Advanced Computer Graphics class and published in both print and digital form.

"Insights" Student Journal

Insights is an annual journal that provides a platform for student research within the Humanities, Fine Arts, and Social Science Division at Piedmont Virginia Community College. Papers are nominated by instructors for inclusion in the journal. Once nominated, students work with faculty editors to modify their work. Each year, the top three student research papers are formally recognized.

PVCC Fine Arts & Performance

Piedmont Virginia Community College features performances, workshops and exhibitions from our Theater, Music and Art departments and clubs, as well as a rich array of professional dance, theatre and visual arts programming as part of our Fine and Performing Arts Series.   Since 1999, PVCC's Fine and Arts and Performance Series has offered high-quality arts experiences that entertain, enrich and educate students and the larger community.