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Art Talk


Lead Artists Jenna Rodriguez, Stefon Penn and Christopher Kozak completed public art projects over the summer with students of Norfolk’s Emerging Leaders Program and Teens With A Purpose.  The projects will be installed soon.  You can see a portion of the project completed with Jenna Rodriguez (plastic hands fabricated by NorvaPlastics and painted with quotes gathered from travelers) at the Evelyn T. Butts Transfer Station now.  The remaining portion of the project will be the (see below) ”feet” along the retainer wall surrounding the station.  Christopher Kozak’s mural will be installed in October.  Stefon Penn’s mural will be installed at the entrance to the Young Terrace community center soon.

See Pictures here:

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Public artist Marc Archambault visits with NPS students April 2017



The public art school committee selected Asheville Stone Mason, Marc Archambault of Hammerhead Stoneworks to complete 5 projects for 5 new schools in Norfolk, Virginia.

Hammerhead Stoneworks was founded in spring 2009. Marc has worked as a mason, designer and project manager.  He mostly works in and around Asheville, but has done projects in Chapel Hill, NC, Rock Hill, SC, Atlanta, GA and Gainesville, FL.

Marc visited with students of Richard Bolling and Campostella Elementary School in April to gather ideas for the first 2 of the 5 projects he is creating for Norfolk public schools.  The first 2 projects are scheduled to install some time late 2017.  The last three will install in 2018.


Offsite Gallery artist news: Vieno James

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Vieno James’ exhibition “Glory” ended March 24th at the Offsite Gallery.  Some of his work is now off to the Gagosian Gallery and the Western Colorado Center for the Arts! Congratulations Vieno!

Church Street public art project to be installed soon!

Concrete has been poured for the Church Street public art project being installed in the median across from the Attucks Theater.  Artist Ayokunle Odeleye will be in town soon to complete the installation.

Below are some photos of the beginning phase completed March 5th.

The Public Art Planning Committee selected artist Ayokunle Odeleye to design and create artwork that will “celebrate the rich history and reflect the diversity of the cultural heritage of Church Street welcoming everyone to a place of inclusion.”  The artwork will signal a gateway, transition and connector to downtown.  The final artwork will be inspiring, stimulate thought and conversation, serve as an example of creativity, and be captivating, lively and unifying.

Here’s a short video.

Watch a video ~ Ayokunle Odeleye: 32 Years of Public Art Artist Talk


Celebrating 10 years of the Norfolk Public Art Program! (10/10/16)

JOHN RUDEL – Eyes in the MacArthur North Garage:

GLASSATORIUM – Cementiscope in the NEON District:

MATTHEW GRAY PALMER – All Things Within All Things - Virginia Zoo:

ELECTROLAND – MetalMatisse at MacArthur Square


GARTH EDWARDS – Enchanted Garden at Coleman Place Elementary

JEN STRINGER and LAURA FREED – The Pitch at Harbor Park

TODJI KURTZMAN- Splasher of the Healing Waters at Southside Aquatic Center

 MARK GRIEVE & ILANA SPECTOR – Intertwine at the Botanical Garden

MADELINE WEINER – Storyteller – Norview Community Center

Take a Public Art Bike Ride! Print our map…

We’ve created a map with a suggested bike tour to take any time!

Here are the best routes to bike in general in Norfolk.

Be sure to ride by our Offsite Gallery in the World Trade Center at 101 W. Main Street while your out.  Ask the security guard at the front desk to let you in if it’s on a weekend.  If you just ride by you’ll see our most current exhibit through the front windows!



HERE IS A PDF OF THE BIKE MAP: bike-tour-addresses


What a great article in the Virginian Pilot about our own Norfolk Arts Manager! Karen Rudd!