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. The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts is proud to be home to two public artworks along with an art gallery on the second and third floors where area artists are featured throughout the year.

Sandler Center Gallery

The City of Virginia Beach Department of Cultural Affairs offers exhibition opportunities for emerging and established artists working in two-dimensional mediums including painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, and photography. Exhibitions rotate every three to four months. The gallery is located on the second and third-floor lobbies of the Sandler Center. Applications from artists living and working in the Hampton Roads area are encouraged and accepted on an ongoing basis.

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Current Gallery Exhibit

The Great Gamut: Exploring the Electromagnetic Spectrum

The latest Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Art Gallery exhibition invites viewers into a vivid world of art that celebrates the visible light spectrum and explores the unseen realms beyond it. This thought-provoking collection of portraits uses color as a powerful narrative, unraveling the mysteries of light and its impact on our lives. 


“The Great Gamut: Exploring the Electromagnetic Spectrum,” by Hampton Roads-based artist Poetry Jackson, is on view now through Sept. 2 whenever the Sandler Center box office is open, as well as to event ticketholders during Sandler Center events. The Sandler Center and Sandler Center Foundation will host a free, public opening reception for this exhibition, 6-8 p.m., June 24. 


The artist masterfully harnesses the power of hue and tone to breathe life into her subjects, capturing not only their likeness but also their essence. This visual feast explores the electromagnetic spectrum that transcends the boundaries of the visible, inviting the viewer to consider the subtle energies that surround us. This powerful exhibition merges art and science, exploring the unseen energies that shape our world.  


Jackson is a dynamic force in the art world, renowned for her innovative and boundary-pushing approach to visual arts. Fueled by passion and a deep sense of purpose, she channels her creative energy into empowering others and fostering meaningful connections within the community.  


With a diverse portfolio and extensive experience in both private and public sectors, Jackson has earned a respected position on local public art committees, and as a board member of the ViBe Creative District. As the founder of the 757 Street Art Battle, she continues to provide a platform for artists to showcase their talents and engage with the community.

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.