Arts & Culture

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Arts & Humanities Commission

​​Promoting excellence in the arts and humanities by initiating and supporting programs, activities, and policies that inspire, nurture and reflect the area’s cultural diversity.

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A 15-year blueprint for Virginia Beach's cultural development that was approved by City Council on Dec. 8, 2015.​
Formed in December 2012 to raise private dollars aimed at enhancing public spaces throughout the city with works of art.
Visual Arts Spaces & GalleriesVenuesRegional Art ShowsArts & Cultural Organizations

21st Street Art Gallery​
615 N. Birdneck Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 491-2943​

The Artists Gallery
532 Virginia Beach Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 425-6671

Beach Gallery
313 Laskin Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 428-3726

BOJUart Gallery​
1703 Mediterranean Ave.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 447-6337

Frame 'N' Art
2688 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
(757) 463-3726

Frame Worx
1100 Laskin Road, Suite 105
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 491-0098

The Gallery at The Art Institute of Virginia Beach
4500 Main St.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 493-6700

Jones Art Gallery
184 Central Park Ave.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 557-6868

Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library Art Gallery
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
(757) 385-0110

Ocean Art
3500 Virginia Beach Blvd. #101
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452
(757) 425-1670

Old Beach Art & Eco Market
Open 9 a.m. to noon in ViBe Park at 18th Street and Cypress Avenue most Saturdays in June, July, and August, and on the third Saturday of the month from September through May.

Richard Stravitz Sculpture & Fine Art Galleries
1217 Laskin Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 305-9411

Sandler Center Art Gallery​​
201 Market St.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 385-2549

Shore Gallery and Design
1556 Laskin Road, Suite 138
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 422-1285

Virginia Beach Art Center
532 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 425-6671

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
2200 Parks Ave.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 425-0000

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art Satellite Gallery at Towne Pavilion II
600 22nd St., Pavilion II

Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
3550 Cellar Door Way
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
(757) 368-3000

Little Theatre of Virginia Beach
550 Barberton Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 428-9233

Regent University Theatre
1000 Regent University Drive
Virginia Beach, VA
(757) 428-9233

Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
201 Market St.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 385-2787

Zeiders American Dream Theater
4509 Commerce St.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 499-0317

Several venues listed are available for private rental. Contact the venue directly for specific details and price inquiries.


New Waves - This annual juried exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) features artists from across Virginia. Each year this exciting exhibition demonstrates the diversity of materials and approaches that are used in contemporary art today.


East Beach Art Show - Annual art show held in Norfolk's East Beach neighborhood, featuring local artists and live entertainment.​​


Spring Stockley Gardens Art Festival​ - The Stockley Gardens Art Festival is held twice a year in Norfolk’s historic Ghent neighborhood. The festival features dozens of artists displaying jewelry, pottery, paintings, sculptures, and other works of art, as well as live entertainment and an artist’s reception.​

June* - Boardwalk Art Show

The Boardwalk Art Show is one of the oldest and best outdoor fine art shows on the East Coast. The show is consistently ranked in Sunshine Artist Magazine's Top 40 fine art shows. With an average attendance each year of more than 200,0000, this four-day festival attracts collectors and artists from across the nation. *The Boardwalk Art Show will be held in October this year.


Seawall Art Show - With more than 30 years of experience showcasing juried fine arts and fine crafts on the Portsmouth waterfront, the Seawall Art Show draws large crowds of art buyers to this prestigious event. With assistance from the Portsmouth Museum and Fine Arts Commission, this show is run by volunteers and proceeds to support the arts in Portsmouth.​


​​​Neptune Festival Art & Craft Show​ - Enjoy arts and crafts under the sun with an unbeatable backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. The Neptune Festival Arts and Craft Show features dozens of artisans displaying handmade work, from paintings and sculptures to photography and glasswork. ​


Fall Stockley Gardens Art Festival​

Organizations with an asterisk offer arts education opportunities.

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