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College’s permanent collection boasts 200+ items

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Nov. 22, 2011) – Tidewater Community College President Deborah M. DiCroce has announced the 2011 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 42nd Annual Art Faculty Exhibition’s opening reception on Nov. 18 at the Visual Arts Center.

Alphabetically noted with artwork titles, professors Pamela Barcita/Earth Vessel, Robert Hawkes/Landscape, Nancy Mansfield/Smithfield Barns, Michael Tracy/Hermit Crab and Julie Williams/Migration each had a work selected for the Anne S. Iott Permanent Art Collection at TCC. The selected faculty works add to the collection of over 200 items.

Left to right, flanked by Portsmouth Campus Interim Provost Michelle Woodhouse and VAC Director Christina Rupsch (right), TCC art faculty members Pamela Barcita, Robert Hawkes, Michael Tracy and Nancy Mansfield (not shown, Julie Williams) each had an artwork selected for the Anne S. Iott Permanent Art Collection at TCC.

Works by 28 faculty members are on display, including drawings, paintings, pottery, glass, photographs, computer generated imagery and mixed media. Participating full-time faculty members include Ed Francis, Ed Gibbs, Rob Hawkes, Rosemary Hill, Rhonda Kessling, Corinne Lilyard-Mitchell, Craig Nilsen and Tom Siegmund. Visual Arts Center Director Christina Rupsch also
took part.

Through the VAC, students can enroll in two associate degree programs: Studio Arts, with specializations in fine arts, crafts, glass 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.

The faculty art exhibition runs through Jan. 5, 2012, in the galleries at TCC’s Visual Arts Center (VAC), 340 High St., Olde Towne Portsmouth. 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 - served more than 46,000 students in 2010-11. The 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling and 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 Regional Health Professions Center and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach, as well as the Regional Workforce Solutions Center in Suffolk. Forty-five percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit