Billboard “Blossoms In The Darkness” 2022

Homemade Blueberry Pie Whether her canvas is traditional, an engineer’s mind, a comedic sketch, or a pie, Karen Freidt inspires viewers with a child-iike curiosity and innovative approach. Her diverse successes span the gamut from award winning artist to NASA...

Five Points Park

The Five Points Park Project Planning Committee and the Norfolk Arts Commission are excited to recommend Sean Orlando of Engineered Artworks located in Oakland, CA to create interactive artwork for the new Five Points Park. Artists from around the country submitted...

The End of Massive Resistance

View the approved design proposal by Re:Site: End of Massive Resistance_ Flat Iron Park Proposal_ReSite_08232021 Artist team Shane Albritton and Norman Thomas of Texas’ research in preparation of the project design included references to materials listed here. Artist...

Billboard “Portal” 2022

Digital photography Artwork will begin to rotate on billboards throughout the Norfolk regional Adams Outdoor Advertising area in 2022.

Billboard “Underwater” 2022

Digital drawing Artwork will begin to rotate on billboards throughout the Norfolk regional Adams Outdoor Advertising area in 2022.

Upward & Onward

Watch a video of the dedication! Artist Britney Gatewood created our final Bloomberg Asphalt Arts mural in Denby Park with the community September 22-24, 2021. Titled, Upward & Onward, the asphalt art mural highlights the history and promise of Wards Corner and...

NEA Grant project

Norfolk Arts and the Elizabeth River Project has received a $75,000 National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant to create public art installations in neighborhoods susceptible to flooding along the Ohio Creek in Norfolk, Virginia. This is one of 63 grants...

The Gathering Place

WATCH THE DEDICATION VIEW EVENT HIGHLIGHTS Special thanks to the City of Norfolk’s Tony Berrios for the video footage! View pictures of the artwork dedication.

Chryshellis (Public Art Partnership project with Coastal Va Plein Air)

The OV Coastal VA Plein Air Public Art planning committee selected Eileen Gay to create a mosaic sculpture for Ocean View Beach Park that represents the authentic, salty integrity of OV. The artwork directly engages visitors, instilling passion and excitement and...

Asphalt Art Initiative

Norfolk Arts and the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast VA will create 3 asphalt art murals in the 3 police patrol divisions in Norfolk, VA. 1st mural: Norview – “Gather in Abundance” Completed by Mensah Bey October 2020 2nd mural: Tidewater Gardens...

Gather In Abundance

MORE PHOTOS HERE. Completed on October 14-16, 2020 Mensah Bey, along with community volunteers created the 100-foot long asphalt artwork on Bland Street near the Five Points Intersection in the Norview neighborhood in Norfolk. The asphalt artwork design, inspired by...

The Care Takers

Listen to Marc talk about the project and watch an in process video. “The Care Takers” is a natural stone mosaic installed at Ocean View Elementary School in Norfolk, Virginia. It is part of my public art commission to create mosaics for elementary schools there. This...

Ocean View Coastal VA Plein Air Partnership Match Project

Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us at the dedication at Ocean View Beach Park on October 30, 2021. Thank you to special guest speaker Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander, Norfolk Art Commissioner Barbara Laws, project partner, Coastal VA Plein Air and artist...

Place In Time

The public art project committee selected Ken Mcall to create strong, fun artwork that represents children, families, community, and the people that live in Park Place. The artwork is thought-provoking and inspires viewers of all ages. The artwork is large enough to...

The Dragon Family

Marc Archambault and team arrived 10/24 to install “The Dragon Family” at Camp Allen Elementary in Norfolk, VA. This is the 3rd of 5 natural stone mosaics Marc is completing for 5 new schools in Norfolk. All five have the theme of students creating their...

Citizen Artist Norfolk (temporary project 2014)

Norfolk Arts awarded Nicole Harp and Knox Garvin a grant to launch Citizen Artist Norfolk—with sculpture, video, and website components—during Visual Arts Week 2014 with the goal of providing citizens a forum in which they could float their best and brightest ideas...

Bay Oaks Park (Public art by rideartstudio.com coming May 7, 2022)

Pictured above: Bay Oaks public art committee meets virtually on April 8, 2020 to tour the site with artists Jonathan and Saori Russell. Ride Art Studio was selected to create a kinetic public art project for Bay Oaks Park. Their design was approved in July 2020. The...

Crown Shyness

Crown Shyness, also known as canopy disengagement or intercrown spacing, is a phenomenon observed in some tree species in which the crowns of fully stocked trees do not touch each other but instead form a canopy with channel-like gaps. In 1920, this botanical...

Valor

The mixed media work is made from over 900 individual pieces of glass bottles that have been cut in half and filled with colored resin. The image was inspired by the bravery displayed daily by the men and women of law enforcement and the gratitude our community has...

Dance To The Music

Lead local artists Richard Ward worked with the Public Art Summer Program in 2019 to create “Dance to the Music” for Lakewood Dance Center. Richard designed a relief mural created of molded Styrofoam and Parex mounted on Hardibacker board. “In the...

Richard A. Tucker

Enjoy this interview with the artist at the dedication November 19, 2022 via 13 News Now, WVEC! Artist Vinnie Bagwell of Yonkers, NY was selected to sculpt a realistic bronze of Richard Tucker for the Richard A. Tucker Memorial Library in Norfolk, Virginia. The...

New artwork installed at the Larchmont Library trailhead: 10/24/20

Watch a clip at the dedication 10/24/20 Listen to DeeDee talk about her project: https://norfolkarts.net/wp-content/uploads/DEE-DEE-INTERVIEW.mp4 Deedee Morrison combines history, art and innovation to create site-specific public art that fosters a unique sense of...

Lafayette murals

Lead artist Alison Bachmann-Webster worked with student’s of the Norfolk Emerging Leader’s program to create numerous hand painted murals that depict flora commonly found in Norfolk for Lafayette Park, The Ernie Morgan Center and the Virginia Zoo...

Billboard “Body Art” 2018

“Body Art” Oil painting Susan Powell Tolbert is an artist and an educator. Her current work explores collage combined with classical painting techniques.

Billboard “Attucks Archival Ajents” 2018

“Attucks Archival Ajents” Digital Vector Drawing LISTEN Through the application of hard-edged, geometric patterning, Mensah’s work explores a surrealistic abstract world referenced by the digital age. Transparent layering established through color theory...

Billboard “Art is Everywhere” 2018

LISTEN Acrylic on Canvas “My artwork focuses on dreams, courage, perseverance, beauty and our abilities to create our own stories. Layering and juxtaposition are tools I use to identify abstract roles used to actively describe and forge “selves.” Revealing the...

Release The Kraken

INSTALLED MARCH 2021! The Elizabeth River Trail Chelsea Public Art committee selected Norfolk artist Bage to create an artwork that speaks to the progressive, creative vibe of Chelsea to serve as a gateway, or point of transition between the trail and the...

The Tiny Kingdom

See more photos on Marc’s website. Watch a video and listen to Marc talk about the project. “The Tiny Kingdom”, a 37 foot mosaic by Marc Archambault of Hammerhead Stoneworks is a natural stone mosaic that speaks to the idea of students making things...

Freemason Composition in Primary

Located at an entry point to the historic district, the light rail station artwork promotes the continuity and character of the district. Specifically, the art reflects a mix of both the historic charm and the urban energy and vitality associated with the area and its...

Portrait of a Neighborhood

In 2011, The Governor’s School for the Arts worked with Ingleside Elementary School to create windscreen designs for the Ingleside Light Rail Station. Fast forward to 2018, Michael Logan (2011 Governor’s school student) now the art teacher at Ingleside...

Wind and Tide

Local artist and then Norfolk Public Schools teacher Knox Garvin created a contemporary decorative multi-color image design based on movement of the train, the wind and the tides. The design is reversed for the two stations to suggest the direction of travel (they...

Norfolk State Inspiration

Material: Sandblasted glass windscreens were fabricated at Class Glass Inc, Alexandria, VA Panel size, each approximately 2 x 2 ft Design Inspiration: Historical photographs from NSU’s History, representing students, faculty, Dr. Lyman Brooks (president 1938-1975),...

Getting on Your Optic Nerve

EVMS Light Rail Station Windscreens Clay’s first step in creating windscreen artwork for the EVMS Light Rail Station was to visit Fort Norfolk twice and the Medical Center once and take over 600 photographs between the two. After visiting Fort Norfolk during his...

Life Drawing: Phoenix Rising

Life Drawing: Phoenix Rising, is one of 5 natural stone mosaics being created for 5 schools in Norfolk, VA by Mark Archambault of Hammerhead Stoneworks in Asheville, NC. The mosaics speak to the idea of students making things; not just the life that they see, but...

Ped Ex Project

This temporary interacitve project by Anne Bousquet and David Johnson moved to various locations throughout the City in 2012. The artists produced 20 signs with inventive slogans. Pedestrians were encouraged to select a sign and carry it through the crosswalk to a bin...

35th Street Corridor

Lead artist Susan Tolbert worked with student’s of Norfolk’s Emerging Leaders program during the summer of 2012 to complete a tile mural and several address plaques for various businesses in the 35th St. corridor.

5 stone mosaics for 5 new Norfolk Public Schools

Marc Archambault of Hammerhead Stoneworks was selected to create 5 natural stone mosaics for 5 new Norfolk Public Schools: Camp Allen Elementary, Richard Bowling Elementary, Southside Stem Academy, Ocean View Elementary and Larchmont Elementary. In addition to these 5...

The Fighters

Lead artist Kelley Yang worked with student’s of Norfolk’s Emerging leaders program during the summer of 2012 to create silhouettes for the boxing gym at Harbor Park. Motivational quotes were stenciled after various images were collaged onto the surface....

Navigator

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW The Public Art Planning Committee selected Don Kennell to design and create artwork that “signals Norfolk as a friendly and welcoming city. The site-specific artwork was to creatively stimulate thought and conversation, be relevant to...

Fractal Tree

Made of Corteen Steel Fractal Tree is a STEM sculpture object combining Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Benjamin Raydo was instrumental in fabricating this object based on Anton Bakker’s designs. Fractal Tree was a donation to the Fitness and Wellness...

Trillium Patch

Jack Mackie installed “Trillium Patch,” four slip-resistance water-jet cut ceramic mosaics. The murals are based on images of trillium flowers growing nearby in the colors of naval signal flags. A special ceramic tile with a grit cast into the glaze was water-jet cut....

Camouflaged Tides

Peter Geiger’s design process is both intuitive and conceptually motivated, responding to local, environmental stimuli.

NFK Arts

Located at the entrance to the NEON (New Energy Of Norfolk) Arts and Design District facing Brambleton Avenue at 711 Granby Street, the gateway mural was the first of over 30 murals now located throughout the popular corridor. Elliott worked with 8 students of...

6Poot

6Poot is a STEM sculpture object combining Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. 6Poot is a takeoff design by Anton based on something from Koos Verhoeff which is why he keeps the Dutch name (6Poot stands for 6 legs). Kevin Gallup was instrumental in fabricating...

Shore Lines

Juan Jimenez worked with student’s of Norfolk’s Emerging Leaders Program to create “Shore Lines”. The intersection of water and land is used as a method to create voids (from local bodies of water in the Norfolk, VA area) that progress into...

Tide o scope

The medallion design for the Monticello Station reflects the energy, excitement, density, architecture and structure of Norfolk’s urban core. The colors of night and day reflect the round the clock role of downtown as workplace, playground and home. The curving teal...

Porous

Amy Baur and Brian Boldon are partners in IN PLAIN SIGHT Art Studio, which specializes in fusing imagery into glass and ceramic tile. The Minneapolis based studio was commissioned to produce this pavement design for the Monticello Station along the Tide’s light rail...

Connectedness

Lafayette Gateway is a series of limestone sculptures that take on the form of a trolley car to represent people coming together. Changing LED lights enhance the project at night.

Clouds (Removed)

Maya Godlewska created “Clouds” of hand-painted metal mesh to hang as a temporary project on Granby Street in 2007. The project was purchased for permanent display at the Selden Arcade but has been removed due to building damage.

USS Norfolk Bell

The USS Norfolk, Destroyer Leader 1 was commissioned at the Philadelphia Naval Yard on March 4, 1953. The wife of former Norfolk Mayor Fred Duckworth served as the ship’s sponsor. Following the decommissioning of the USS Norfolk, the ship’s bell was on...

Humpbacks off the Virginia Coast

In 2008, twenty-seven years after Wyland’s quest began, the artist and the Wyland Foundation completed the monumental goal of painting 100 life-size public marine murals. These murals were painted in life-size dimensions to increase appreciation and understanding for...

USS Antietam Anchor

This Anchor from the U.S.S Antietam CV-63 was donated by the naval historical center U.S. Navy and dedicated to the citizens of Norfolk on October 16, 1983. The following text is located on a plaque fixed on the anchor: U.S. Navy Ship’s Anchor, Donated By Naval...

Flame of Liberty

The Flame of Liberty was commissioned on the 200th anniversary of the Independence of the United States. The churches and synagogues of Norfolk and Virginia Beach rededicated themselves to a vital faith in God as the source of our freedom. The flame is meant to...

Ripples

Ripples is made entirely of formed cement with nine drain holes and covers, in the configuration of a large rectangle with a 30 feet by 80 feet footprint, and 3 feet in height.

Regatta (Tower of Lights)

This artwork is a triangular, stainless steel form composed of hundreds of small triangular pieces of polished steel on a tall tapered pole. The small triangles move with the breeze and catch significant light. The work is integrated into the Amphitheatre plaza,...

Police Memorial Bell

This Police Memorial located in the City Hall Plaza was a gift to the city from John R. Burton and dedicated in 1984. The memorial consists of a marker listing names of the 33 Norfolk police officers killed in the line of duty since 1904. A large bell that hung in...

Lone Sailor

The work is a life-sized sailor and duffel bag in cast bronze, edition and signed in 2001. The two elements sit separately on cast ferroconcrete plinths. The work is on a brick plaza surrounded by 10 plaques on granite bases. The Lone Sailor© statue represents the...

Leading Edge

A polished stainless steel abstract form standing on one end rests on a cast concrete plinth in the middle of a fountain above street level. Photo #2 by David C. Sullivan, ciophoto.com

Homecoming

Town Point is where Norfolk began, in 1860 the General Assembly of his Majesty’s Colony of Virginia enacted a law requiring each county to establish and develop a town site. In lower Norfolk County fifty acres of land at the entrance of the eastern branch of the...

Hampton Roads

Hampton Roads consists of two bronze maps created for the opening of MacArthur Mall. The map is embedded in the concrete plaza outside the southwest entrance of the Mall. It represents a compass with key locations in Norfolk.

Gold Medal Flour

The mural is a classic mid-century advertising bill board painted directly onto the brick building. Gradually fading, it is known as a ghost mural.

General Douglas MacArthur

Compiled by MacArthur Memorial intern Chavon Freeman, Virginia Wesleyan College, April 2009 This bronze statue of Douglas MacArthur, by noted artist Walker Hancock, is a duplicate of a statue of MacArthur at the United States Military Academy at West Point which was...

Be Active

Stefon Penn worked with student’s of the Teens With a Purpose summer camp to create “Be Active”, a mural of children at play, for the entrance to the Young Terrace Recreation Center. Follow Stefon on Instagram @datartist and Homage Hall.

Fun in the Sun

Lead artist Mariela Haga worked with student’s of Norfolk’s Emerging Leaders Program during the summer of 2015 to complete this mural for the exterior of the Berkley Pool facility. “Fun in the Sun” is a colorful design representing the joy and water play of patrons...

What’s the Word

Lead artist and educator Richard Ward designed this colorful graphic mural based on traditional African geometric patterns for the Teens With a Purpose Vivian C. Mason Center on Olney Rd. The mural reads “What’s The Word”, taken from spoken word performer of the 70’s...

Wards Corner Gateway

The Wards Corner Public Art Program committee worked with Gordon Huether to develop a concept that embraces local identity, fosters a strong sense of place and creates a significant gateway for the City of Norfolk. The installation is made up of two components: (1) a...

Traverse

Jenna Rodriguez worked with students to create “Traverse” for the Evelyn T. Butts Transfer Station. Wood templates of hands were cut then fabricated in plastic at NorvaPlastics and stamped with quotes gathered from travelers. The hands were placed along the chain link...

Upper Blush

Deaccessioned temporarily January 2022. See Upper Blush on Matthew Geller’s website HERE The City of Norfolk received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town program to hire an environmental artist to work with urban planners and community...

USS Intrepid Propeller

USS INTREPID (CV – 11) Commissioned: 16 August 1943 Decommissioned: 15 March 1974 This propeller is from the USS Intrepid (CV-11) aka “The Fighting I”, an Essex Class Carrier built during World War II. Intrepid was launched on 26 April 1943 across the river at Newport...

Progression of Literature

Diana worked with students to cut and paint metal strips that were then twisted into tessellations representing books.

Bit by Bit

Deaccessioned Crystal Warlitner worked with students of Norfolk’s Emerging Leaders program to create “Bit By Bit”. Three porcelain and glass tile mosaic murals for the Ocean View Senior Center.

Gateway Towers

PROJECT REMOVED January 2021 due to wear and tear and NEON District upgrades. Lead artist John Rudel worked with 8 students of Norfolk’s Emerging Leaders program during the summer of 2013 to give old Net bus stop signs a make over. First, metal rods were shaped to...

Play Ball

John Rudel, a local artist and teacher at Virginia Wesleyan College sandblasted photographic images of baseball players in action onto the windscreens at Harbor Park Station. The large scale of the figures and their organic curvilinear shapes are a striking visual...

Eyes

John Rudel worked with student’s of Norfolk’s Emerging Leaders program to create “Eyes”, a kinetic sculpture that relates to the traditional summer camp craft project called “God’s Eyes”. Student’s worked to cut and bend then grommet aluminum elements onto grid...

Armed Forces Memorial

Scattered across a contemplative plaza area along the waterfront at Town Point Park in Downtown Norfolk as if blown by the wind, sits the Armed Forces Memorial. Spanning 160-foot, the monument consists of 22 cast bronze letters depicting actual text written to loved...

The Real Superheroes

Mark Wroblewski worked as a lead artist on a public art project mural with student’s from the Norfolk Emerging Leaders Program. It hangs on the exterior of the Norfolk Animal Care Facility in Norfolk, Virginia.

Open Up The Doors

The sculpture consists of 4 pairs of “doors” mounted vertically with pivots on a previously existing rigid clock tower frame. A machine with a motor connected to a long vertical shaft running between and behind the doors is mounted to the frame. The motor drives the...

Birds of Every Feather

The public art school committee selected Asheville Stone Mason Mark Archambault of Hammerhead Stoneworks to complete 5 projects for 5 new schools in Norfolk, Virginia. This additional mosaic was commissioned by the public art program to replace an aged Robert Wyland...

Harboring Histories

Norfolk Arts favorite volunteer Pictured above: Mel Rudd. “Harboring Histories’ celebrates Norfolk not only as a business and transportation hub but as an arts and cultural destination. The artwork orients travelers and serves as a way finder between the...

Wind & Waves

Dianne Husson worked with student’s of Norfolk’s Emerging Leaders Program during the summer of 2008 (the first year of the summer program). They used all-weather, durable stoneware and specially formulated architectural and sculpture grade clays fired to...

Summer in the City

Vicki Norris along with participants of the City of Norfolk’s 2011 Emerging Leaders program created “Summer in the City” for the Granby Municipal Building. Four scenic murals depict images from Norfolk’s Town Point Park, the historic battleship USS Wisconsin, the...

Flight of Seagulls (removed 2017)

Barbara Kobylinska and students of the Emerging Leaders program created “Flight of the Seagulls” for the Town Point parking garage. There are twelve colorful ceramic sculptures in all. The project was removed in 2017 due to garage renovations and hopefully will be...

Metamorphosis

Wopo Holup created “Metamorphosis” for Crossroads  School.  Metamorphosis is a work about progressive changes in our world such as tidal surges.  This ebb and flow, caused in part by the moon, is represented in waves of bronze embedded in terrazzo.  The ceiling is...

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