Workshops Events

Rising Star Awards

Arthur C. Greene Rising Star Awards Celebration

Each autumn for the past 16 years, PCA’s Arthur C. Greene Rising Star Award has celebrated high school students who excel in the arts. Winners of this award are high school juniors and seniors selected by their teachers for their outstanding talent and promise in the arts. Arthur C. Greene was an actor, director, and Professor of Drama at the University of Virginia from 1960-1992. He devoted a large part of his life to encouraging the talents of young people, and the awards were so named in his honor.

On October 4, 2013, from 5:00-7:00pm, PCA will host the annual Rising Star Awards Celebration & Exhibition Opening. This event will honor the 2013 Rising Star winners, area high school arts students who have been nominated by their teachers for their excellence in and commitment to the arts. The Rising Star program is the only awards opportunity for high school students in a wide range of arts genres, including visual arts, film, drama, music, and writing. The winners are extremely talented 11th and 12th grade artists from ten area schools, public and private, who are recognized collectively by PCA at this community celebration. This year marks the 17th anniversary of the award, which PCA has given to more than 250 students, many of whom continue to study the arts in college and become arts professionals. The program, held every autumn, features student performances, awards ceremony, reception, and gallery exhibition featuring students’ accomplishments. The event is free to attend and open to the public.

The 2013 Rising Star Award recipients are:

Peter Balcke, Albemarle High School
Garen Dorsey, Albemarle High School
Hannah Rose Frobom, Tandem Friends School
Travis Grice, Western Albemarle High School
David Lee, St. Anne’s-Belfield School
Micayle Levine, Renaissance School
Michelle Miles, Monticello High School
Aimee Moody, Charlottesville High School
Kelli Peed, Covenant School
Patrick Poehailos, Monticello High School
Rachel Poulter-Martinez, Western Albemarle High School
Vail Prior, Charlottesville High School
Braelyn Schenk, Monticello High School
Anne Schmidt, Albemarle High School
Jane Schmidt, Covenant School
Danny Wagner, Charlottesville High School
Liza Williams, Western Albemarle High School
Lainey Wood, St. Anne’s-Belfield School

Workshops Events

Arts Inspire Workshop & Exhibit Series

In 2012, PCA restructured our Arts Inspire initiative to pair Charlottesville-area artists with under-served K-12 youth for short-term, hands-on workshops in a variety of arts genres.

During an annual Call for Submissions, artists are invited to submit proposals for workshop curriculum within his or her artistic genre, in response to a given creative prompt. A community panel then selects proposals based on appropriateness and feasibility of workshop, artist’s past experience with youth, artistic excellence of work samples, quality of response to the creative prompt, and other criteria as defined by PCA staff. Each selected artist or multi-artist project will receive a stipend and logistical support from PCA to host their proposed workshop. Artwork created during workshops is then featured in exhibitions at the CitySpace Gallery.

For more information about the 2013 Arts Inspire Workshop & Exhibit Series, please contact Sarah Lawson.

The 2012 Arts Inspire theme aligned with the City of Charlottesville’s “Celebrate250!” program and artists were asked to submit proposals in response to the creative prompt, “Telling Charlottesville’s Stories.” PCA received over 30 proposals from local artists and a panel selected the following four workshops:

  • “Nature Sculptures” with Patrick Costello
  • “Telling Charlottesville’s Stories Through Artistic Maps” with Lisa Kimball
  • “Dancing My Charlottesville Story” with the Terra Dance Project
  • “Local Hero Portraits” with Julia Hauser

Patrick Costello’s “Nature Sculptures” workshop provided a hands-on sculptural experience for youth from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge. It began with an introduction to the work of Andy Goldsworthy and other artists working with natural materials, a brainstorming and sketching session, time to gather materials and explore Lee Park, and the creation of ephemeral sculptures constructed from blossoms, twigs, and other found materials. Costello is a Charlottesville artists and was an Artist-in-Residence at The Haven.

Lisa Kimball’s “Telling Charlottesville’s Stories Through Artistic Maps” workshop led Charlottesville Parks & Recreation youth in an exploration of collage and drawing to make personal geographies.

Terra Dance Project led the “Dancing My Charlottesville Story” workshop for youth from the Crozet PARC & Piedmont Family YMCA to interpret the concept of “home” through improvisational dance.

In “Local Hero Portraits” with Julia Hauser, youth from Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries used figure drawing to re-imagine someone in their real life as a superhero.

Additional Arts Inspire workshops partnered youth from the Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries with the Charlottesville Photography Initiative, as well as youth from the Southwood Boys & Girls Club with local artist Ebony Walden of the Poetic Justice Project.

This project was funded by the Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band in the CACF, and was promoted in 2012 as part of Charlottesville’s year-long “Celebrate250!” campaign

Workshops Events

Art Drinks & Other Events

CitySpace Gallery Exhibit: VSA Annual Art Show

An exhibit in the CitySpace Gallery, the VSA Annual Art Show celebrates the creative power of people with disabilities.

There will be a First Fridays opening reception from 5:30-7:00pm on Friday, July 11 with light refreshments at CitySpace (located at 100 5th NE on the Downtown Mall). This event is FREE and open to the public.

The exhibit will remain on display through Friday, August 29. There will also be an exhibit by local artist Marilyn Roselius on display inside the PCA office within CitySpace. CitySpace is open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm.

Art Drinks

Art Drinks — Wednesday, July 9, 5:30-7:30pm at Crozet Pizza at Buddhist Biker Bar

Join PCA for the next Art Drinks on Wednesday, July 9 from 5:30-7:30pm!

Art Drinks is a monthly casual networking event where you can mingle with other arts enthusiasts and creative professionals in Charlottesville. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Plus, you’ll have the chance to win exciting raffle prizes! The raffle is free to enter and takes place at 6:30pm. Community arts announcements follow immediately afterward.

The location for Art Drinks in June & July is Crozet Pizza at Buddhist Biker Bar, located at 20 Elliewood Avenue. Crozet Pizza at Buddhist Biker Bar is a great locale on the University Corner to enjoy delicious pizza, craft beer, and wine as well as live music and other cultural events.

Workshops Events

Workshops & Events

Professional Development for Artists

PCA’s series of professional development seminars for artists feature presentations on topics that are relevant to our member artists and arts organizations, as well as the greater Charlottesville arts community. If you are interested in leading a workshop, please contact

Upcoming Workshops

Stay tuned for the next workshop!


Past Professional Development Workshops

The following podcasts of past Professional Development Workshops were produced by Charlottesville Podcasting Network.

Talking Walls: Murals Now, September 21, 2012
An Insider’s Guide to Artist Colonies & Residencies

Art Print Training


PCA encourages teachers and parents to use fine art prints to enhance learning in elementary schools and other classrooms. Virginia’s Standards of Learning are used to correlate the prints with relevant subject matter in the classroom.

Training for volunteers is held each fall in partnership with other community groups. Past partners have included the University of Virginia Art Museum and PERKs, “Partners in Enrichment Resources for Kids.”

PERKs, “Partners in Enrichment Resources for Kids,” offers free demonstration workshops on using art prints in the schools to expand critical thinking skills, visual and cultural literacy and fun with art. These workshops will be held in the individual schools for art print volunteers using their selected art prints in relation to class curriculum.

Janis Chevalier, who chaired the PCA Arts in Education Art Print Program and was a UVA Art Museum docent for 24 years, and Jane Anne Young, who was Director of Education at the UVA Art Museum since 1982, will design and conduct these demonstrations. During the past two years PERKs has developed a monthly program with every grade in Clark Elementary School incorporating SOL material in individually planned discussions of iconic art images. The PERKs approach is inquiry-based enabling the students to analyze and discover the art for themselves.

Parents and volunteers who wish to reserve a workshop or to start an art print program in their school are urged to contact PERKs by calling Jane Anne Young at (434) 295-0385.

Arts Education Workshops

Each year, Piedmont Council for the Arts coordinates visual arts education workshops for educators in partnership with Second Street Gallery that are free and open to the public.

In February 2011, May 2012, May 2013, and March 2014 PCA and Second Street Gallery paired with the Office of Statewide Partnerships of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond to offer a free information-packed training session for area arts educators.

Previous educator workshop topics have included documentary photography, myth and metamorphosis in African American art, film noir, and more.

Law & The Arts Seminars

Law & The Arts is a series of seminars co-sponsored by Piedmont Council for the Arts and the Virginia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division – Lawyers for the Arts Committee with support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. The purpose is to assist artists in navigating the legal processes for arts-related issues. Past topics have included copyright law, trademark law, business incorporation, contracts, and more.

Admission is $5 for PCA Members ($10 for non-members). Pizza and beverages will be provided. Advance registration is required. To register, please email

Law & The Arts is a series of seminars co-sponsored by Piedmont Council for the Arts and the Virginia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division – Lawyers for the Arts Committee with support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. The purpose is to assist artists in navigating the legal processes for arts-related issues.

Please note that advance payment secures your spot in the workshop and is non-refundable.

Speed-Networking for Artists and Arts Organizations


These speed-networking events provide an exciting and helpful chance for artists and arts organizations to meet their peers and establish collaborative working relationships.

Past events have included Speed-Networking for Executive Directors, Arts Organizations, and Outreach Coordinators.

To find out about the next speed-networking event, email

The Creative Conversation Series


Since Fall 2008, PCA’s Creative Conversation Series has provided a community forum for discussion on topics of importance to the arts community. With participation from more than 150 people, the six Creative Conversations to date have addressed issues including arts education practices, marketing Charlottesville as a creative community and a cultural destination, and improving access to the arts for all community members. The insights, ideas, questions and concerns brought forth as a result have been a guiding force for PCA.

Community members are invited to participate in particular Creative Conversations based on their involvement in relevant topic areas. If you would like to be involved in the upcoming Series, contact


Gordon Avenue Library Live Poets Society

Gordon Avenue Library Live Poets Society

Have you heard of the Live Poets Society?

The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm at Gordon Avenue Library in Charlottesville to share their love of poetry.

Lauded as a mainstay of the Charlottesville poetry scene for more than twenty years, the friendly gathering is a chance to share your own work, the work of poets you admire, or just to listen. These are not critique sessions, just a roundtable format, with people taking turns reading their poems.

The next gathering is Wednesday, July 2 and 7:00pm. The group meets on the downstairs floor of Gordon Avenue Library. You can enter the downstairs floor directly from the parking lot. The meeting room is immediately to the right.


VABC Card Class Summer Camp

VABC Card Class Summer Camp

The Virginia Art of the Book Center (VABC) will offer a Card Class Summer Camp: Polymer to Print, on Saturday, July 19 from 2:00-5:00pm and Saturday, August 2 from 10:00am-5:00pm.

Card classes at VABC are always fun, but this set of summer sessions will show you a new way to combine digital design with traditional letterpress printing.

If metal typesetting is too laborious for you, find out how easy this alternative can be. You’ll enjoy an atmosphere of creativity and festivity – this class ends in a party, with food and drinks.

The instructors are Kevin McFadden and Garrett McQueen. The cost is $125 ($100 for members) and materials are provided.


Sara Bareilles at nTelos Wireless Pavilion

Sara Bareilles at nTelos Wireless Pavilion

Starr Hill Presents announces Sara Bareilles in concert at the nTelos Wireless Pavilionon Saturday, July 12 at 7:00pm. Emily King and Hannah Georgas will open.

Sara Bareilles first achieved mainstream critical praise in 2007 with her widely successful hit, “Love Song” which reached #1 in 22 countries around the world from her debut album LITTLE VOICE. Since then, the Eureka, CA native has gone on to sell over 1 million copies of her debut album, earn 3 Grammy nominations including Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Love Song.”


WTJU Artist Interview: Janet Grahame Nault

WTJU Artist Interview: Janet Grahame Nault

Local artist Janet Grahame Nault makes multimedia collages that combine etchings, paint and thread in a process that she has developed over the past decade.

As part of a partnership with WTJU 91.1′s public affairs program Soundboard, she recently sat down with Julia Kudravetz to talk about her work. The interview has been edited for clarity and consistency.

It may take a year for your work to “cure” before you can collage with it. What is your studio like? Is it just packed with all this work waiting to be taken apart?

Some of them ended up going in frames, several to the Pauley Center at the Virginia Museum, and gradually they are coming back out of the frames to be incorporated into collages as I intended. The surface of my pieces can get very greasy, so sometimes it’s better to keep them away from the sewing machine.

How did you come to using a sewing machine to make collage? We usually think of sewing machines working with fabric rather than paper.

A lot of people visiting my studio think I use fabric because of the patterns and the stitching, but years ago I took a class from Judy McCloud and we had an assignment of making twenty identical etchings, which really means finessing the ink on the plate the same way twenty times. Mine did not turn out identical, so for the next project I cut all those pieces into bits and sewed them back together. Now I can’t wait to cut them apart once they’re completed.

So this technique really began with sort of a failure?

Yes, I just didn’t have the patience to have each print be identical, and even now I make each print to be different; I do things like apply color with a paintbrush onto the plate, which is not normally how you do it. Lots of times I get mud from that, lots of times the mud works out okay too, but I’m always now making the print with the idea that it will become fodder for collage.

Can we back up and talk about how you got started as an artist? What has been your trajectory?

I’ve wanted to make things ever since first grade, and my mom was always very active with us doing craft projects. I have to say that that sort of activity growing up with hands busy- I just never wanted to stop doing that. Even now, the cutting and pasting can feel very childlike.

That sounds really calming, that you can just let your pieces happen in that way.

Yeah, people ask me a lot of times if I plan or have an image before I cut things up, and sometimes I wish that I did- sometimes things might be more productive if I had a plan. But I never have a plan; I’m always just moving all the materials around, just going going going until I have something that feels done. Sometimes the paper feels so thick that I can’t sew through it anymore, and then I know it’s done.

Most of your work is pretty abstract.

Yes, I would say that, abstract and non-representational.

But I feel like I’ve seen a bird in there…

Yes, a lot of my imagery comes from nature; my husband and I spend a lot of time hiking, and I am particularly attracted to the layer that’s about six inches off the ground, where it’s the little growth- not the big trees, but all the little stuff that grows on the ground, and ground birds. That sort of chaos is reflected in my imagery, and then I have some wings and beaks and eyes in there sometimes. Things from the forest floor.

Have you seen your work change a lot over the past ten years or so? Because I know you’ve had several careers.

Yes, I did go to art school, but then I feel into a small business and did something completely different but earned some good experience there, and really I have only been doing this kind of work for about a decade. Before that, I did watercolors.
I’d rather convey the experience of being in nature than say, drawing a flower directly. I think nature gets transferred subconsciously in the work that I do because people see the natural elements in it. Even though almost all my shapes are rectangular, very architectural, the lines are organic.


Fridays After Five Announces Second Half of Summer Schedule

Fridays After Five Announces Second Half of Summer Schedule

Fridays After Five, a free live concert series presented by Bud Light, has announced the second half of its summer schedule.

Each week volunteers work the concessions on behalf of a variety of local non-profits who share in the proceeds, which raises tens of thousands of dollars to support their work in our community. With a line-up of performers featuring a variety of music styles from local artists, there is truly something for everyone!

Performances take place on Fridays at 5:30pm at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.

Check out the schedule below and find a date to attend one of Charlottesville’s favorite concert series:

– July 11 Green Earrings (Steely Dan Covers)
– July 18 Second Draw (Jam Band Blue Grass)
– July 25 The Sally Rose Band (Honky Tonk Rock)
– Aug 1 Eli Cook (Psychedelic Blues)
– Aug 8 Baaba Seth (World Beat)
– Aug 15 We Are Star Children (Adventure Pop)
– Aug 22 The Currys (Folk Rock Harmonies)
– Aug 29 In Full (Rock, Soul, & Pop Hits)
– Sept 5 Tropikiimba (Afro-Latino Rhythms)
– Sept 12 The Skip Castro Band (Classic Boogie Woogie R&B)