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College’s permanent collection boasts 200+ items

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Nov. 24, 2009) – Tidewater Community College President Deborah M. DiCroce has announced the 2009 faculty members whose works will become part of the college’s permanent art collection. The winners, chosen by their peers, were announced at TCC’s 40th Annual Art Faculty Exhibition’s opening reception on Nov. 20. 

Left to right, TCC art faculty members Nancy Mansfield, Tom Siegmund and Corinne Lilyard-Mitchell each had an artwork selected for the Anne S. Iott Permanent Art Collection at TCC.

Professors Nancy Mansfield (drawing), Corinne Lilyard-Mitchell (painting) and Tom Siegmund (photography) each had an artwork selected for the Anne S. Iott Permanent Art Collection at TCC. The new works add to the collection of over 200 items.


Left, this year’s opening of the faculty exhibition featured a student artwork sale with blown glass, ceramics, paintings and photography. Right, gallery coordinator Shelley Brooks chats with professor Ed Gibbs and TCC Board member Sam Coppage.

The faculty art exhibition runs through Jan. 7, 2010, in the galleries at TCC’s Visual Arts Center (VAC), 340 High St., Olde Towne Portsmouth.

Through the VAC, students can enroll in two associate degree programs: Studio Arts, with specializations in fine arts, crafts and photography; and Graphic Design, with specializations in advertising design, graphic design and multimedia. The VAC also offers art appreciation, art history and studio courses for non-majors.

For more information about the arts collection or Visual Arts Center, call TCC’s Information Center, 822-1122, or visit the web site,


Laurie White

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - will serve a projected 47,000 students in 2009-10. The 15th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling & simulation, network security, nursing, and automotive technology. Among the fastest-growing two-year institutions in the United States, TCC was founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System. The college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit