What Color is Water?

What Color is Water?  Is a social practice art opportunity working towards community water quality awareness.  Hosted by Virginia Tech Perspective Gallery’s Art Reach Program, the project will culminate in a site specific art installation at Perspective Gallery at Squires Student Center in spring 2018.

Clean water is an irreplaceable resource required for life.  Water reflects a society’s priorities, yet every day we read about how our earth’s most precious resource is being degraded, commodified, or becoming less available to the earths’ inhabitants.  “What Color is Water?,” is a collaboration between water quality education programs and the residents of the region to “connect” with water in a way which encourages us to see our most fragile resource, as clean, refreshing, pure, and in need of our protection and good stewardship.

Participants will create 9” x 9” watercolor of their perceived “color of water.”  Each artist will sign their name and donate the work for a site specific installation in Perspective Gallery to be installed and exhibited during spring 2018. 

Open to all ages and ability levels. Contact rboucher@vt.edu if you’d like to participate.

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Art in Nature

Thursdays: 3:30-5:00pm
SEEDS Price House Blacksburg Nature Center

Free art making for children ($1 per child suggested donation to SEEDS)

Flex Gallery

Now Showing Artwork of Megan Nilsson (leaf watercolors)  and Amanda Luo, (mixed media artworks) both Virginia Tech students and Perspective Gallery Staff.

  • Gallery Intern Lead exhibition space for Pop Up art events and other student art installations
  • Located on the 2nd Floor Meeting Room Hallway in Squires Student Center

Art reach is Student Engagement and Campus Life's community outreach program through the arts.

Art happenings outside and sometimes inside the gallery. Bringing art activities to the campus in places you don't always expect.

pop up events

Events occuring outside of our art reach or pop up art events.


Mothers for Water Justice Summit
June 1 Reception with Kwavol Hi'osik special guest
at Perspective Gallery 5 - 7 p.m. at Squires Student Center.
Refreshments and light fare
Free and open to the public

Water Justice Panel Discussion
7:00-9:30 p.m.
FREE and OPEN to the public.
Virginia Tech Graduate Life Center Multipurpose Room
155 Otey St. • Blacksburg, Virginia

Keynote Speakers

Elise Keaton is a West Virginia lawyer and activist fighting mountaintop removal coal mining and educating communities about the impacts of fracking and natural gas infrastructure.

Kwavol Hi’osik is an Akimel O’Odham mother and community organizer for food sovereignty and land and water defense in and near the Gila River Indian Community and the Dakota Access Pipeline battle.

Mary Cromer is an environmental justice attorney at Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, Inc., representing individuals in cases related to land owners’ rights and the destruction of land and water from surface coal mining.

More speakers to be announced!

This event is part of The Water Justice Summit. More info at appvoices.org/wjs.

With support from community partners: Appalachian Voices, the Alliance for Appalachia, the POWHR Coalition, the Young Appalachian Patriots and the Stay Together Appalachian Youth Project and by Virginia Tech partners: the Institute for Peace Studies, the Appalachian Studies department, the Gloria D. Smith Professorship in Africana Studies, the Perspective Gallery and the Institute for Policy and Governance.