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Professor, students take top spots at Stockley Gardens


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Oct. 26, 2009) – Tidewater Community College fared well

with awards from this fall’s Stockley Gardens Arts Festival, including top-tier awards won by a TCC art faculty member and students.

Dianne Hottenstein, a well-known ceramics artist and professor at TCC’S Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth, placed third overall for her ceramics. TCC art and photography students Sonya Paclob, second-place winner, and Louis Fisher, third-place recipient, took top spots in the student category.

A total of 13 TCC students were invited to participate in the festival including Julia Berry, Sabrina Chladni, Nikko Knapp, Carramis Henton, Kelli Barnett, Wendy Maness, Kenneth Lindblad Jr., Bryan Myhr, Kate Delima, Pattie Castillo and Linda Spence.   

The bi-annual festival attracted hundreds of residents and featured 150-plus painters, photographers, printmakers and artists specializing in ceramics, glass and other craft works.

TCC professor Dianne Hottenstein with winning work

TCC’s Visual Arts Center, located at 340 High St., Olde Town Portsmouth, offers degree programs in Graphic Design and Studio Arts, including multimedia, hot glass, pottery, electronic photography, painting and drawing. The VAC galleries, open daily with diverse exhibitions, house the Anne S. Iott Permanent Art Collection of Tidewater Community College and the Hisayuki Yamaie Collection of original silkscreen prints.


Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls over 40,000 students annually and has the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 15th highest associate-degree producer 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, 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