The D’Art Center connects the community and artists to create an appreciation for visual art by providing a unique opportunity to Watch, Create, Learn, Collect and Enjoy work from diverse artists in an interactive environment.
The History of an Art Community
As Norfolk’s art center, the d’Art Center proudly serves the greater Hampton Roads area by connecting the community with the visual arts. A non-profit 501c(3), d’Art offers art education, programming, outreach, and events, many of which are free and open to the public.
d’Art also houses studios, occupied by professional resident artists working in a variety of media, including painting, glass, ceramics, printmaking, and fiber art. Our resident artists provide free, interactive demonstrations for the public.
Celebrating thirty years in 2016, d’Art was founded in 1986 at the College Place location in downtown Norfolk. Modeled after the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia, part of d’Art’s mission from the onset was to include working artists’ studios. In 2005, the d’Art Center relocated to the historic Selden Arcade, continuing a legacy as a vibrant arts organization. The d’Art Center remained at the Selden Arcade for the next ten years.
After the Selden Arcade suffered damage from an explosion in April 2015, the d’Art Center moved to the New Energy of Norfolk (NEON) Arts District. Currently across from the Chrysler Museum of Art, d’Art@Duke reopened to public in March 2016.
The d’Art Center has always been free and open to the public. Please come by and visit our resident artist studios, enroll in an art class or workshop, sign your child up for our annual Summer Camp for Kids, contact us to schedule a group tour, or join us for one of our many exhibitions or events!