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College’s permanent collection grows to 200+ items

At the annual faculty art exhibition reception, TCC President Deborah M. DiCroce (center) announced works selected for the college’s permanent art collection. Flanked left by Visual Arts Center Director Ed Gibbs are professors Craig Nilsen, Nancy Mansfield and Corinne Lilyard-Mitchell (not shown, Tom Siegmund).

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Dec. 3, 2008) – Tidewater Community College President Deborah M. DiCroce has announced the 2008 faculty members whose works will become part of the college’s permanent art collection.

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

The faculty art exhibition runs through Jan. 8, 2009, 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
Media Relations

Celebrating its 40th year, Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls nearly 40,000 students and has the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 23rd highest producer of associate degrees in the nation, and the 35th largest community college, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. 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 and a regional 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