Art At The Sandler Center

Virginia Beach’s Public Art Program enhances our city's identity as a community that supports and promotes creative expression. Visitors and residents enjoy art everywhere from the Oceanfront to Town Center and beyond. The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts is proud to host two public artworks, along with a public art gallery. Check out the one-of-a-kind art that gets to call the Sandler Center home.

Sandler Center Art Gallery

The City of Virginia Beach's Cultural Affairs Department offers a public exhibition opportunity for serious visual and fine craft artists exhibiting two-dimensional works. Exhibits are rotated on a bi-monthly basis. The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Gallery is located on the second and third-floor lobbies. This location offers great exposure for artists seeking to reach local patrons and visitors to this multi-use facility.

Please see the Application Guidelines for further details regarding the exhibition guidelines and application information.

Art Gallery Application

Current Gallery Exhibit

"The Door of Good: A Fairy Tale," by Jean Peacock

The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Sandler Center Foundation, and the Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department will host an opening reception for "The Door of Good: A Fairy Tale," a solo exhibition by Jean Peacock, on Monday, Oct. 10, from 6-8 p.m. in the Sandler Center Art Gallery.

The exhibition is based on a book she published together with Matthew Bernier, a puppeteer and art therapist at Eastern Virginia Medical School, featuring 42 oil paintings that were used to illustrate the book.

Peacock, who is primarily an oil painter, has participated in juried solo and invitational group exhibitions throughout the region and southeastern Virginia, and has won several awards. Her paintings are also included in private collections throughout the world.

She has lectured for several artistic organizations and is especially proud to support local charitable organizations through the sale of her and her husband's paintings. Peacock is also the founder of Studio 3009 and The Gertrude Group, a weekly gathering of over a dozen local artists who visit her home for conversation and fun.

One of the highlights of Peacock's career was being a resident d'Art Center artist for over 20 years. While at d'Art Center, she organized an exhibition highlighting employees from the D'Egg Restaurant in Norfolk. Ten artists from d'Art Center painted employees' portraits and exhibited them in the restaurant, debuting with a large opening reception with food and drink from the restaurant.

"Art is an adventure that I am willing to take," said Peacock.

Artwork in this exhibition will be on display until January 2023. Email the artist at jeanpcock@gmail.com to inquire about her work.

Wings - Outdoor Sculpture

On September 16, 2011, the Sandler Center dedicated Virginia Beach’s newest piece of public art. Lin Emery's latest work, Wings, is a large-scale kinetic sculpture. The aluminum artwork enhances the façade of the Sandler Center and aesthetically complements the outdoor plaza and surrounding Town Center businesses.

Renowned New Orleans artist, Lin Emery seeks to capture the energy inherent in nature in her kinetic sculptures. Not only does her iconography rely on natural shapes, but it is the forces of nature such as wind or water that set her sculptures in motion. Her latest sculpture Wings is a classic example of the sculpture’s relationship with wind and movement. The highly polished surfaces of her welded aluminum sculptures invite a dialogue between the industrial character of their construction and the organic connotations that the works evoke.

Emery begins each of her large-scale public sculptures with a scaled-down model. Ms. Emery insists on hands-on-control of every stage of the process. She works with her own crew throughout the design and implementation process. Ms. Emery’s six decades of work can be seen throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Her work has been commissioned by government municipalities, universities, medical centers, religious centers, and corporate plazas. In October, Hudson Hills Press will release Lin Emery by Philip F. Palmedo and John Berendt. The book covers the artist and her 60 years of work.

About the sponsor: "Tom Felton loved visual art, symphonic music, dance, opera, theatre, folk music, sculpture, pottery, and arts of all kinds; for this I loved him. We agreed that public art defines a city and the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts is a definitive part of Virginia Beach. A building to house all performing arts needs a magnificent sculpture as a focal point. Using the Sandler Center logo for inspiration, Lin Emery was chosen to define our city. Her sculpture, Pennant, has been defining our Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library for over twenty years. Tom and I agreed that his hometown should be a vision for the arts. The statement, “intelligence, creativity, arts,” is our legacy." — Juanita Felton

Toshio Iezumi Glass Sculptures

The Sandler Center has become even more beautiful as three stunning glass sculptures by internationally renowned Japanese artist, Toshio Iezumi, now permanently adorn the Sandler Center lobby for visitors and citizens of Virginia Beach to enjoy for years to come. The pieces were created by joining plates of glass and then grinding them, forming stunning, contemplative sculptures that present ever-changing moods in differing light, presenting the viewer with a different, beautiful impression upon each viewing. Captivated by the beauty and mystery of glass, Mr. Iezumi's work explores the visual potential of glass in an attempt to create flawless perfection.

Toshio Iezumi resides in Japan, where he was born in 1954. He graduated from the Tokyo Glass Institute and is both a Practicing Artist and an Associate Professor of Fine Art at the Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts. His work has been exhibited in art galleries and in museum exhibitions worldwide, including 'World Glass Now' (Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, 1991 & 1994); 'Venezia Aperto Vetro' (Museo Correr, Venice, Italy 1996); 'The Glass Skin' (Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Corning Museum of Glass, Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, 1997-99); 'Glass Exhibition' (Art Museum, Shanghai Art Museum,); 'Outspoken Glass' (Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art,2003); 'Material Matters' (Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2006); 'Sculpture by the Sea' (Bondi, Australia, 2007). He is represented in the permanent collections of major museums including The Corning Museum of Glass; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Newark Museum of Art; The Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art; the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo.