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Registration for Spring Semester

If you have at least 15 credits, you can register now during priority registration. If you don’t have 15 credits, open registration for spring classes will begin on October 31. Art classes (graphic design, fine arts, photography) tend to fill very quickly and there will not be additional seats available once they are filled. Don’t miss out on the classes you need – register now.

If you need help with your schedule, you can visit the advising department for art in room 222 Griffin Hall.

Reception and Exhibition for Local Artist Gloria Coker

Thomas Nelson Community College will celebrate the work of Gloria Coker with an Art Gallery Reception September 26th at 5:30 p.m. in Templin Hall at the Hampton campus. Gloria Coker was an illustrator for the Newport News, Virginia Daily Press (a Chicago Tribune newspaper) newsroom for twelve years before pursuing her career as a professional fine artist. Her work there included illustrating newsroom and feature stories as well as courtroom art, which appeared in the newspaper and on TV. Gloria’s work is featured in numerous places through out the community. Her work was used in posters for the Harborfest in Norfolk and for three years for posters in Hampton Bay Days. Large pieces of children by Gloria hang in the Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters in Norfolk. A painting of the submarine “Newport News” is in the collection of Harbor Bank with prints in every Newport News public school. Visit her website at

View video of opening reception.

Faculty Artists Exhibit at Local Gallery

Several Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences faculty members were selected for the prestigious Virginia Artists Juried Exhibition at Hampton’s Charles H. Taylor Arts Center.

Honorable mention awards went to Jackie Merritt and Cece Wheeler. Merritt was recognized for her color pastel work titled “Church Lady” and Wheeler for a video still, “The Importance of Innocuous Things.”

Visit the gallery through Oct. 9 to check out these award-winning works as well as paintings and photography pieces by Peter Geiger and Michael Wessel.


Graphic and Media Design

It’s official! There’s a new name for the Computer Arts program: Graphic & Media Design.
The Computer Arts program was the first program in the VCCS incorporating design on the computer. The name was adequate for the establishment of this program at that time, developing a visual arts program using the computer. Today, the program encompasses much more in terms of aesthetic skills and technology as the field has grown exponentially in the past 15 years. The program now educates and trains students in a multitude of design skills: graphic design, typographic design, digital imaging, advertising design, web design, video production, motion graphic design and portfolio design.

The name Computer Arts does not adequately describe the current curriculum and has created a great deal of confusion for prospective students. In the past academic year alone, faculty have encountered over 8 students who either were told there was no graphic design curriculum at the college or they entered another major on their own accord, thinking that graphic design was not offered at the college. Examples such as these have been continuous over the years and it is time to brand the program effectively so that this confusion does not continue.

If you are a student currently enrolled in the Computer Arts program, you will see that the change has already been updated in SIS for you. There is nothing you need to do.