Portsmouth Museum and Fine Arts Commission

The Museum and Fine Arts Commission is the consultant and advisor to the City Council on all museum and fine art activities and programs.  The Commission serves as advisor to the City Council on the management of the City museums.

Individuals appointed to the Museum & Fine Arts Commission are expected to demonstrate their support of the City Council goals and the Museums’ mission statements through attendance at the Museums’ functions which number approximately two per month; through Museum membership, recruitment of new members, and support of fundraising events; and through volunteer service, which includes serving on a standing committee.

The Commission is composed of fifteen members who shall be citizens of the City and are appointed by City Council.

Nominations Open for the Gladstone M. Hill Friend of the Arts & Humanities Award

Commission Meetings

The Commission meets the first Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Virginia at 221 High Street.  The Commission does not meet in July and December.

2017-2018 Executive Board

Chairman: Tanya Street
Vice-Chairman: Robert Wilber
Secretary: Gordon Jones

2017-2018 Members

Karen Burgess
Billie Montgomery Cook
Diana Davenport
Marlon Deason
Clifford King Harbin
Deborah Hines
Gordon Jones
Matthew Kloeppel
Lawrence Owes
Angela Robinson
Kendra Robinson
Ivan Rodden, IV
Donna Rogers
Tanya Street
Robert Wilber


Portsmouth Museums Foundation
Peter Schleck

African American Historical Society of Portsmouth
Doris Shelton

Related Forms

Gladstone Hill Friend of the Arts Award Recipients:

2015: Shelley Brooks
2014: Martha F. Fortson
2013: Barbara Vincent
2012 : Ms. Grace M. Armistead
2011 : Dr. John O. Joyce
2010 : Mr. Kenneth R. Woolard
2009 : Mr. & Mrs. John Larcombe
2008 : Captain George Watkins
2007 : Olde Towne Business Association
2006 : Mrs. Jean H. Shackelford
2005 : Mr. William S. Hargroves
2004 : Dr. Pamela C. Kloeppel
2003 : Mr. J. Robert Burnell
2002 : Mrs. Zelma G. Rivin
2001 : Portsmouth Community Concerts
2000 : Ms. Ida Kay Jordan
1999 : Dr. Richard Singletary
1998 : Mrs. Betty Lambdin
1997 : Mrs. E. Ann Stokes
1996 : Mr. & Mrs. Alf J. Mapp, Jr.
1995 : Mrs. Jean Oast
1994 : Mr. John Paul Hanbury
1993 : Dr. & Mrs. Gladstone M. Hill