Let There Be Light 2016

WHEN: Friday, December 9th, 6 – 9 PM (Rain Date: Sat., Dec. 10th)
WHERE: The grounds surrounding the V. Earl Dickinson Building at Piedmont Virginia Community College, 501 College Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22902
FEE: Free and open to the public
INFORMATION: 434-977-6918, info@LetThereBeLightPVCC.com, www.LetThereBeLightPVCC.com, http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Let-There-Be-Light/21445228606

This will be the tenth year that Let There Be Light will feature light-centered art installations and performances as the longest night of the year approaches – 12 days before the winter solstice. The exhibit, presented by the Piedmont Virginia Community College Art Gallery, will be a one-night, outdoor exhibit held on the grounds surrounding the V. Earl Dickinson Building at PVCC on Friday, December 9th, 6 – 9 PM (Rain date: Saturday, December 10th). The exhibit will be free and open to the public.

Visitors are invited to come as “enlightened beings” decorated in light. Everyone is encouraged to bring a flashlight. Hot chocolate, hot apple cider and tasty treats will be served to warm visitors. The event is curated by James Yates and co-organized with Beryl Solla, PVCC Gallery Director and Art Department Chair.

Here are some highlights of this year’s event: James Yates’ 10th Annual Luminous Egg Hunt invites visitors to search for luminous eggs hidden throughout the grounds. Let It Burn, by Alan Goffinski and Matthew Slaats, 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, encourages people to play with amplified, illuminated snow. Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell will present AWAKE, an ongoing performance of “apparitions and dreams and fitful sleep.”


Jon Bellona – Selector

James Yates – 10th Annual Luminous Egg Hunt


Tom Clarkson and Nancy Ross – Fire & Smoke: Episode V




C. James Cunningham – reflections


Diana Hale – Illumination



Mark Edwards – OMGOMGLOL


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A Dream For Sophie (2015) – Susan Watts

Enchanted field illuminated by suspended clouds of light.

Pipeline (2015) – Visualabs

Visualabs’ Pipeline is a site specific installation serving the needs of our community. Utilizing state of the art high pressurization Wavicle™ technology, Pipeline unlocks an ocean of artistic expression from vibratory formations deep in the earth’s crust to provide convenient, low risk, irreversible creative content to Charlottesville and beyond. This installation, first seen in Yard Dreams this past September, is resurfacing in its second iteration with never before seen expanded features.


Ground Control (2015) – Travis Thatcher, Peter Bussigel & Luke Dahl

An interactive audio-visual experience where groups of people create patterns of light and sound by walking, tapping, scraping, and dancing on the court.