Neil Britton Gallery
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The 1,200 square-foot Neil Britton Gallery opened in 2009 and is committed to engaging both the Coastal Virginia and University communities in the visual arts. Changing exhibitions and programs include the work of both professional artists and students.
Admission: Free and open to the public
Due to COVID, the gallery is currently closed to the public.
Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00-5:00 p.m.
For more information, contact Curator of Art Exhibitions John Rudel at 757.455.3257.
Unity Flag Project
January 20 – March 19, 2021
The Unity Flag Project, a nationwide traveling exhibit inspiring empathy and bipartisanship, opens to VWU students, faculty and staff in the Neil Britton Art Gallery on Inauguration Day, January 20, and continues through March 19. A virtual exhibit is available to the off-campus community.
The Unity Flag Project was initiated by Dr. Meaghan Brady Nelson, Assistant Professor of Art Education and Program Director of Fine Arts at Belmont University, in anticipation of the final presidential debate held at Belmont on October 22, 2020. She took the blue and red polarization of our current political climate and used the visual arts to bring them together to foster “purple empathy.” The project was designed to encourage civil discourse, build empathy, and bridge political divides through the visual arts by inviting artists from across the country to create representations of the U.S. flag that expressed empathy for bipartisanship.
Virginia Wesleyan’s Robert Nusbaum Center was selected to create the Unity Flag for Virginia. “A Beacon of Hope” was one of the 30 state flags displayed during the October debate and features a lighthouse and heart images as symbols of welcome and hope.
Invitation to Create a Unity Flag
Local individuals and groups are invited to create Unity Flags. Select canvas submissions will travel with the exhibition on a national tour to promote purple empathy. Digital submissions will be added to the digital exhibition. For more information on guidelines for submission, please contact VWU Art Professor and Curator of Exhibitions for the Neil Britton Art Gallery John Rudel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Trouble: Lessons from the Civil Rights Playbook
October 22 - December 20, 2020
The exhibition featured illustrations from Christopher Noxon's book Good Trouble: Lessons from the Civil Rights Playbook that show how the past can be the best road map in inspiring action and hope. The artwork was generously on loan from the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and the Leon Family Gallery at the Simon Family JCC, and the exhibit was hosted in collaboration with Virginia Wesleyan’s Robert Nusbaum Center. The exhibit launched a year-long project by the Nusbaum Center to create an action guide that will complement Noxon’s book. Borrowing from the lessons of the civil rights movement, the guide will offer practical tools for activists in the 21st Century. Hofheimer Library is also displaying a selection of books, ebooks, and media that address civil rights issues and the effectiveness of grassroots movements.