The Arts at VWC

Neil Britton Gallery


The 1,200 square-foot Neil Britton Gallery opened in 2009 and is committed to engaging both the Hampton Roads and College communities in the visual arts. Changing exhibitions and programs include the work of both professional artists and students.

Phone: 757.455.3257
Admission: Free and open to the public
Operating hours:
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: noon-5 p.m.

For more information, contact Curator of Art Exhibitions John Rudel at 757.455.3257.

2015-2016 Exhibits

"The Canterbury Tales: Stories in Quilts" by B.J. Elvgren

September 3-October 23, 2015
Includes six quilts by internationally respected fabric artist B.J. Elvgren. The quilts represent each of the five stories dramatized in Chaucer's work, plus the addition of an "Arrival" ending. Two of the quilts have been lent to the Neil Britton Gallery from private owners, allowing the series to be brought back together for this special exhibition. The show also includes additional narrative quilts by Elvgren. She also has quilts in the collections of Chester Cathedral, Chester, England and the American Quilter's Society Museum in Paducah, Kentucky. Co-sponsored by the VWC Art Department and the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom.

Opening Reception & Readers' Theatre
Thursday, September 3, 2015 | 6-8 p.m.
Following remarks by the artist, a Readers' Theatre will be performed for each quilt story. Dr. Gillette Elvgren will perform as Chaucer with VWC professors reading the words of various characters: Dr. Kellie Holzer (English), Dr. Rebecca Hooker (English), Dr. Terry Lindvall (Communications), Dr. Travis Malone (Theatre), Dr. Adam Ruh (English), and Dr. Jennifer Slivka (English).

Pictured: Constance by B.J. Elvgren

"Strange Loops" by Reni Gower

November 13, 2015-January 13, 2016
Using the language of abstraction, Gower blends fluid improvisational painting with repetitive and analytical structure to create complex images that counter visual skimming. Strange Loops combines collage and assemblage incorporating the circle as metaphor, symbol, and motif. Gower is Professor of Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University where she was honored in 2014 with the College Art Association's Distinguished Teacher of Art award, as well as the University's and the VCUarts' Distinguished Teaching Award. Her work is represented in many prestigious collections, and showcased at international and national venues for more than 30 years. Sponsored by the VWC Art Department.

Opening Reception & Artist Talk
November 13, 2015 | 6-8 p.m.

Pictured: Fragments Entwined by Reni Gower

"Amplifications and Measures" by Mariam Eqbal

February 12-April 8, 2016

Mariam Eqbal's progressive and experimental works of video/animation, drawings, and prints, explore the fundamentals of change through repetition branching into time and motion. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, and in Canada and England. Most recently she received multiple 2015 Awards of Merit in the categories of experimental film, sound, concept, and creativity in the Accolade Global Film Competition. Sponsored by the VWC Art Department and Popblossom, a curator and artist collaborative founded by former gallery owners Lorrie Saunders and Brad Hall.

Opening Reception & Artist Lecture:
February 26, 2016 | 6:30 p.m.

Pictured: Rippling by Mariam Eqbal

"Face Yourself" Senior Art Show

The Face Yourself Senior Art Show (Part 1) will be on display April 14-29 in the Neil Britton Art Gallery inside Hofheimer LibraryPart 1: April 14-29

Featuring artwork from Virginia Wesleyan seniors Nuvia De La O, Taylor Galvin, Alison Gonzalez, and Matt Springer.

Opening Reception:
April 26, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Neil Britton Art Gallery


The Face Yourself Senior Art Show (Part 1) will be on display April 14-29 in the Neil Britton Art Gallery inside Hofheimer LibraryPart 2: May 3-16

Featuring artwork from Virginia Wesleyan seniors Alyssa Kozma, Rebecca Hackworth, Jonathan Gonzalez, Samantha Jackson, and Kayla Skeete.

Opening Reception:
May 3, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Neil Britton Art Gallery

Sponsored by the VWC Art Department