John Runner at Visual Arts Center

The Visual Arts Center, TCC at Olde Towne, Portsmouth, Virginia, presents John Miles Runner: Situation Normal, January 24–March 11, 2010. An opening reception will take place Saturday, January 23 at 7:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

John Runner, an ODU/NSU Visual Studies graduate, presents large-scale woodcuts and site-specific installations. The artist works both two- and three-dimensionally and focuses on the social issues of our society including health care, personal identity and public waste. Through his objective approach, the artist asks viewers to consider the world the way it is and not as they have been culturally guided. In his prints, simple forms and graphic images are created with course texture and dense color. Accordion pleating adds dimension and changing imagery. Sculptural work includes interesting and compelling objects. All are highly poignant and symbolic.

The Visual Arts Center is located at 340 High Street in Olde Towne Portsmouth. Galleries are open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. For more information call (757) 822-1888 or go online,

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