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Screening of student documentary: Bay Shore Beach: The Forgotten Line in the Sand

Reception in the downstairs lobby of Templin: 6PM

Documentary Screening and Panel Talk: 6:45 PM in the MTCA

This collaborative, student-generated documentary celebrates the indelible mark that Hampton’s Bay Shore Beach, a segregated African American beach, left on the lives of those who benefitted from its existence.  The hotel and resort, operated and owned by black Americans from 1898-1970’s, was a nationally renowned vacation destination for African Americans.  Against the backdrop of segregation, Bay Shore Beach provided this respite for black Americans who were not allowed on “white only” beaches.  The documentary showcases interviews with those who vacationed at the resort as well as several who worked or entertained at the resort before it was destroyed by a hurricane and never rebuilt.

Peter Giscombe, visiting artist

Gallery talk by the artist at 4PM

Reception at 5PM

Peter Giscombe, who taught at Thomas Nelson from 2005-14, has been at Norfolk State since 2016. He is also pursuing a Ph.D. in Architectural Art History from the College of William & Mary. 

Artist and Educator

Join us for an exhibition opening featuring artwork from local Peninsula High School teachers.

Faculty Colloquium

Thomas Nelson Professor of Art Janice Hathaway will give a Faculty Colloquium about her surrealist photo-collages. Professor Hathaway has created photo-collages based on her own photography for many years and has developed a unique method of working with Photoshop. She creates convincing surrealist landscapes that incorporate digital collage, masking and digital painting. During her presentation she will show a number of her works as well as giving a presentation on her process.

Professor Hathaway is an artist, educator, photographer and designer. She started teaching Graphic and Media Design at Thomas Nelson Community College in 2008. Prior to moving to Virginia, she lived in Hawaii for twenty years and taught at Kapi’olani Community College in Honolulu, Hawaii. Professor Hathaway has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking and Photography, from the University of Alabama.

This Faculty Colloquium, presented by The Department of Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences, will take place in Templin Hall, Room 907 on the Hampton Campus on November 8, 2018 from 1:00–2:00 pm. For more information please contact Dr. Clarence Hundley, Coordinator at Templin Hall, Room 845 or call or 825-2777, or write to

John Runner is our artist for the September art exhibit.  John is a printer and owner of Print 757 in Hilton Village.  He received his MFA from Norfolk State/Old Dominion University (joint program) in 2009.  In addition to owning and operating Print 757, he is an Assistant Professor at Hampton University.  His exhibition titled, LAYERED, will be on display from September 14th to October 18th in the Templin Hall Art Gallery.  There will be an opening reception and print making demonstration held on September 26th at 1pm , also in the Templin Hall Art Gallery.  Please join us for this exciting event.

2018 Student Portfolio Presentation

Please join us for the 2018 Student Portfolio Presentation on Thursday, May 3rd at 5pm in the Templin Gallery.

Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition & Film Festival

Please join us an opening reception for our Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition & Film Festival on Wednesday, April 11th in the Templin Gallery at Thomas Nelson Community College.  Award presentations to follow in Mary T. Christian Auditorium.

Clayton Singleton – Artist Exhibition and Presentation

Please join us for Clayton Singleton’s Fine Art Exhibition, Future Love Paradise, on Thursday, February 8th in the Mary T. Christian Auditorium at Thomas Nelson Community College.  A reception in the Templin Gallery will follow the presentation.


Photography Exhibition & Opening Reception Sept. 27th

Please join us for Tom Moore’s Photography Exhibition & Opening Reception Sept. 27th in Templin Hall Gallery. Artist presentation to follow in Mary T. Christian Auditorium.

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.