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Perspective Gallery

The mission of Perspective Gallery is to expand the student’s conceptual world through art appreciation and to encourage patronage of the arts. The Gallery organizes exhibits by local, national and international artists. Through these exhibits and educational programming, the Gallery inspires active learning about art and provides a conduit for dialogue on local and world issues. The Gallery supports the transdisciplinary educational goals of the University to benefit students and members of the community.

Even when we’re closed, exhibitions are visually available through our perimeter windows, in front, and down the corridor along the side of the gallery.

(detail) Beautiful Wanderer, Hollis Chatelain

Stories from West Africa

August 24 - October 17, 2021

Reception on August 27 from 5-7pm
Hollis Chatelain will talk about her work at 6pm - Light refreshments

A former Peace Corps volunteer and humanitarian whose distinctive painted quilts have won top international awards, Hollis Chatelain makes quilts about the most profound issues facing humanity. Hollis says: “The twelve years I lived in Africa have deeply influenced me. I feel Americans should know more about the joy, harmony, and pride of the African people, rather than only hearing about the suffering and turmoil so commonly depicted in the media. I would like viewers to see my African imagery as a tribute to a people I truly admire and respect.” Hollis’ current studio and home are in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

Mariella Shadow of Consciousness, photograph by Leslie Robertson Toney, photography

Biennial Juried Student Exhibit: Leslie  Robertson Toney, Syncretism, Picong and Mas: A Two-Faced Resistance

October 26 – December 18, 2021

 Reception:  Friday October 29, 2021  5 – 7 p.m. Free and Open to the Public Artist’s Talk 6 p.m.

Photography by Leslie Robertson Toney, MS, She/Her/Hers
Women's and Gender Studies Program, Ph.D. student

There have always been two carnivals in Trinidad and Tobago - the carnival of the privileged and the jamette carnival, each articulating statements about power to oppress, and resistance to that oppression. With this body of work, Leslie Robertson Toney’s photographs explore how Trinbagonians fashioned a creative resistance.  Her work examines how the artform of mas(querade) represents a harnessing of joy and rage, a condemnation of oppressors and an emphatic statement of resistance. 

 Leslie Robertson Toney is a doctoral student in Sociology with a concentration in Women's and Gender Studies, at Virginia Tech. Her current work focuses on the lived experiences of young women and girls in the Caribbean, understanding sexual agency, the impact of migration and issues of health inequality. In her scholarship she utilizes Black, transnational and decolonial feminist frameworks, and she has a background in mental health.

Leslie has spent over a decade as a photographer documenting Black culture, festivals and rituals, most notably Trinidad & Tobago carnival and African spiritual traditions. Her work has been published and exhibited.  She considers her photographic style to be journalistic or editorial portraiture.

Art Reach Mask Making Art Events

Watch our social media postings for opportunities to participate in our Art Reach programs.

 Flex Exhibit: Emilie Apel's ETHEREAL LIGHT

Emilie Apel is a rising senior at Virginia Tech, majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Visual Arts Society. She is heavily involved in the art and music scene on Virginia Tech’s campus and wants to find a job that will combine these passions. She hopes to continue her artistic practice after graduation in order to one day pursue her MFA.

Available for viewing in the corridor adjacent to the Perspective Gallery, 2nd floor Squires.

Monday: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tuesday – Saturday: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Perspective Gallery follows the Virginia Tech schedule and is also closed during holidays and authorized closings.

For additional information contact:

Perspective Gallery (0138)
225 Squires Student Center
290 College Avenue
Blacksburg, VA 24061

540-231-6040 (Phone)
540-231-5403 (Fax)

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Art Reach is Perspective Gallery’s community outreach program which provides visual arts experiences to students and experiential learning opportunities to our gallery assistants and interns. 

Pop Up Events support Art Reach by providing supplies and spontaneous creative events around campus and the surrounding community.