PVCC’s annual light-based art exhibition celebrates 10 years

(Charlottesville, Va.) – The Piedmont Virginia Community College Visual Arts Department will hold its 10th annual “Let There Be Light” exhibition on Friday, Dec. 9, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the V. Earl Dickinson Building on PVCC’s Main Campus in Charlottesville.


Let There Be Light celebrates the approach of winter and the longest night of the year with an exhibition of light-based art installations and performances that illuminate the grounds surrounding the Dickinson Building for one night only. Featuring a roster of local and regional artists and artist collectives, Let There Be Light will include sculpture, sound and video projections, performances, and interactive projects that invite the public to engage with art in non-traditional spaces and ways.


Highlights of this year’s exhibition include James Yates’ “10th Annual Luminous Egg Hunt,” which invites visitors to search for luminous eggs hidden throughout the grounds; “Let It Burn” by Alan Goffinski and Matthew Slaats, which provides an opportunity for a “cathartic release for our collective anxiety” brought on by recent social and political events; “Syntax of Snow,” an audience participation piece by Matthew Burtner that encourages attendees to play with amplified, illuminated snow; and Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell’s “AWAKE,” an ongoing performance of “apparitions and dreams and fitful sleep.”


Yates, whose primary aim in his work is to “re-enchant our experience of the world,” has curated this event since its inception.


“It’s hard to believe this is the 10th anniversary of Let There Be Light,” Yates said. “I have continued to be amazed by the growing community response over the years, and the innovation of the artists who have so graciously participated each year. After our first year, people were saying Let There Be Light was a Charlottesville tradition. Well, I guess these 10 years have proved them right.”


Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to bring a flashlight and come dressed as “enlightened beings,” decorating themselves with light to add to the festivities. Hot chocolate, warm cider and other refreshments will be provided.


In case of rain, the event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 6 to 9 p.m.


Let There Be Light is free and are open to the public. For a full list of participating artists and their works, visit or contact Yates at 434.977.6918.


The V. Earl Dickinson Building is located at the south end of College Drive. Ample, free parking is located in front of the building.


For more information about PVCC’s 2016-17 Fine Arts and Performance season, visit

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