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New Career Studies Certificate in Digital Video!

The Visual Arts Department at Thomas Nelson is happy to announce our new Careers Studies Certificate in Digital Video.  The certificate empowers and prepares students to succeed as entry-level professionals in the industry of video, motion graphics, and multimedia design by providing a high-quality education with up-to-date workforce skills.

The demand for video content has exponentially grown in the last few years becoming the fasting growing employment opportunity for design and photography students.   More businesses, corporations, and individuals are seeking video content for online promotion and the certificate offers students credentialing in advanced skills to prepare them for this fast growing marketplace.

Advanced training is offered in HDSLR video, advanced audio editing acquisition and editing, color grading and retouching, continuous lighting for video, use of hardware for professional video production including sliders and cranes, digital audio recorders and boom microphones as well as animation and motion graphics techniques

Our first course in the certificate starts this summer!

Below is a list of course for the certificate.

List of course of study.

Annual Student Portfolio Exhibition

Join us tonight for our Annual Student Portfolio Exhibition.  Students graduating from the Visual Arts Program at Thomas Nelson will have their portfolios on display at the Templin Hall Art Gallery from 5 to 6:30 pm. Work from graduating Fine Arts, Photography, and Graphic & Media design will be on display at the gallery until June 15th.

Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition & Film Festival

Join us for our annual juried exhibition of 2D, 3D and multimedia art.  Students currently enrolled in art and photography will have their works displayed in the Visual Arts Gallery in Templin Hall from March 27th to April 20, 2017.  Awards will be given in the categories of Best in Show, Video, Motion Graphics, Photography, Graphic Design, 2D Fine Art, and 3D Fine Art.  A closing awards reception will be held on Thursday, April 18th at 5:30 pm with a Student Film Festival and Awards Presentation to follow at 6:30 pm in the Mary T. Christian Auditorium.


February Exhibition – Opening Reception – “Groove & Color”

Please join us on Wednesday, February 8th from 5:00 to 6:00 PM at the Templin Hall Art Gallery for an opening reception and exhibition, featuring Professor Solomon Isekeije’s Color & Groove series.

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Professor Isekeije studied fine arts at Obafemi Awolowo University in the country’s Osun State. He studied sculpture with Agbola Folarin, printmaking with Bruce Onobrakeya, and woodcarver Lamidi Fakeye, among others. He graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in 1992 and obtained his M.F.A. degree from Old Dominion University and Norfolk State University in 2002 with specializations in Printmaking and mixed media.

“As a professor of fine arts, I am a life-long learner who is always eager to explore new possibilities in order to bridge the human divide. Currently, I experiment with new media art, creating installations and digital projections for theatrical performances.”

He currently serves as the director of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Norfolk State University.

Professor Hathaway gives solo exhibition in Santiago de Compostela Spain

Professor Janice Hathaway had a solo exhibition of her Surrealist collage at The Eugenio Granell Fundación in Santiago de Compostela Spain from May 26 – July 10 2016. Granell’s daughter, Executive Director Natalia Fernandez, extended the invitation as part of a year of women Surrealist exhibitions in honor of her mother and Granell’s wife Amparo Segarra.

Eugenio Granell was the last Spanish Surrealist of the early Surrealist movement. The Eugenio Granell Fundación is the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to the movement. The Eugenio Granell Fundación opened in 1995 in his home town of Santiago de Compostela and holds 600 of Granell’s paintings along with works by Picabia, Duchamp, Man Ray and Breton and now two photo-collages by Janice Hathaway.

Janice met with the staff from The Eugenio Granell Fundación before the exhibition to discuss framing and the exhibition installation. On the day of the opening, an interview was held in the gallery. The interview was in Spanish so the questions and answers were translated. The Eugenio Granell Fundación board members, staff and the Galician community attended the opening reception.

Janice Hathaway’s book for the exhibition Liquid Solaris

A book, Janice Hathaway, was published as part of her Liquid Solaris exhibition. This bilingual English and Spanish book has an introduction by Natalia Fernandez, a preface and essays by LaDonna Smith, Davey Williams, Laurens Vancrevel, Marcia Morse, and Franklin Rosemont and a “Why/because” game by Merl Fluin and Paul Cowdell. Ruurdje Laarhoven wrote a biography that includes photographs from the early Raudelunas years, dance photographs of Sylvia Toffel, early TransMuseq photographs and current photos of surrealist colleagues.

The book includes two essays by Janice Hathaway. One essay is a step-by-step explanation of her digital process with “screen shots” of the steps, and the second is about how she makes her photo-collages. This essay begins in the 1980s with work made from hand-colored photographic paper, and continues through the development of her digital photo-collage process that she uses today.

There are fifty-two color photo-collages starting with work from 1980s and continuing with a sequence of her photo-collages demonstrating the collage approach ending with her current digital photo-collages.

Faculty Art Exhibition

Please join us for the 2016 Faculty Art Exhibition Opening Reception November 17th at 5 pm in the Templin Hall Art Gallery at the Thomas Nelson Community College Campus.


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.