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James Wise Gallery

Located on the campus of Norfolk State University, the James Wise Gallery provides a space for exploring and experiencing art for students, faculty, and the community. Through our exhibitions, we support meaningful interactions between artists, students, and the public.


Our current exhibition Black Prometheus: The Legacy of Jacob Lawrence and Global Modernist Art of the Mid-Twentieth Century​ will open on October 21st. 

The James Wise Gallery has also partnered with The Chrysler Museum to bring the tradition of Mbari to Hampton Roads on November 10th (6 - 10 pm). The evening will include the Black Prometheus exhibition, dancing and muscial performances, an art-making activity, a raffle, and vendors selling African goods and food. This event is a ticketed event. For ticketing information, please visit NSU Ticketing Office.

We are still seeking vendors to showcase at the The Mbari Marketplace on November 10th, from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm at Norfolk State University.

If you would like to apply to be a vendor at the Mbari Marketplace Night, please fill out the application form and send to Mbari Marketplace Application.pdf

Deadline to apply: November 4th at 11:59pm

Notification of acceptance: November 5th

If accepted, vendor fee of $75 due by November 9th.

6' table & 2 chairs provided

NSU is not responsible for damage caused while your work is on premises. Photographs submitted as part of the vendor application may be used for promotion. Vendors are responsible for their own transactions and keep all proceeds of their sales.

Cancellations and refunds: Once your Vendor Fee is received, it cannot be refunded. Notify event coordinator If you cannot participate in the show for any reason.

Weekdays 10:00 am - 4:00 pm during the academic year
Hours vary for exhibition openings. Please see announcements or current exhibitions.

If you wish to make an appointment to view the gallery outside normal hours, please contact Dr. Anna Isbell (

Dr. Anna Isbell, Assistant Professor and Director of the James Wise Gallery
Division of Fine Arts

Make a Donation to the James Wise Gallery