Torggler Fine Arts Center

Throughout the year we offer events for all ages such as artist lectures, cocktail hours and interactive family days. Keep an eye on this page for information about all upcoming events.

July 25, 2024
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Guided Exhibition Tours

Now through October 3, join us for bi-weekly exhibition tours led by Torggler curators. Don't miss this opportunity to get an intimate and in-depth introduction to A Grand Menagerie: The Sculpture of Anna Hyatt Huntington. Tours will alternately be led by Executive Director Holly Koons or Associate Curator Lucas Matheson.
Tours begin every other Thursday at 12 pm.


This event is FREE and open to the public.


Upcoming Tour Dates:

August 8, 2024 | August 22, 2024 | September 5, 2024

September 19, 2024 | October 3, 2024

Torggler Patrons on a guided gallery tour, Torggler Fine Arts Center
July 27, 2024
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Anna: A Theatrical Monologue

In conjunction with A Grand Menagerie: The Sculpture of Anna Hyatt Huntington, the Torggler and Theater CNU have collaborated to produce a theatrical monologue based on the life of Anna Hyatt Huntington. The performance stars theater student Cora Barr as Anna, who muses on her history and inspiration in this “moving” performance in the gallery. Anna was written by Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Kathleen Cahill and directed by Theater CNU professor Denise Gillman.
Please note the performance requires moving through the gallery. Portable gallery stools are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
While not required, we recommend that you call us at 757-594-0800 to reserve your place at a performance.
Performances, which are free and open to the public, will occur on the following dates throughout the summer:
Wednesday, July 31 at 12 p.m.


Cora as Anna Hyatt Huntington, Torggler Fine Arts Center
August 1, 2024
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lecture | Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington in Newport News

From Collis P. Huntington’s founding of the railroad and shipyard in Newport News during the late 19th century, to Archer Huntington’s founding of the Mariners’ Museum, to Anna Hyatt Huntington’s “Lions Bridge” sculptures of the 1930s, the Huntington family has had a profound impact on the community of Newport News. Join us for a series of talks with City of Newport News historian and curator Michael Moore exploring the history of the Huntington family in Newport News.
Torggler Lecture Hall 

Image of stone lion sculpture by sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington,
September 7, 2024
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Family Fun Day!

Join us for another FREE fun-filled day with activities for the whole family! Explore amazing sculptures of animals and more in our newest exhibition, A Grand Menagerie: The Sculpture of Anna Hyatt Huntington. Enjoy arts and crafts activities, participate in a visual scavenger hunt, get a custom balloon, and have your face painted!

family fun day Sept 7, 2024,


September 12, 2024
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Talk | Garden Sculpture, Women’s Networks, and the Career of Anna Hyatt Huntington

Join us to learn more about Anna Hyatt Huntington’s work within the context of the garden statuary during the early 20th century. Hyatt Huntington created a number of works specifically for garden settings, and generally felt that sculpture was best experienced in the natural environment. She and her husband Archer founded one of the country’s most expansive sculpture gardens in Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina.
Emily Ann Francisco, who contributed an essay to the Torggler’s exhibition catalog for A Grand Menagerie, is a PhD candidate in Art History at the University of Delaware. Her forthcoming dissertation examines the ways that gardens, nature, and issues of gender shaped the careers of women sculptors from 1876 to 1950. In addition to her studies, Emily is Curatorial Associate for the Collection in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, where she works primarily on permanent collection projects and installations.
Torggler Lecture Hall

image of Youthful Diana by Anna Hyatt Huntington in an outdoor ,
September 19, 2024
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Torggler with a Twist

Join us for a wild Torggler with a Twist! Explore the amazing work on view in our newest exhibition, A Grand Menagerie: The Sculpture of Anna Hyatt Huntington. Sip, socialize, and participate in our curated arts and crafts projects, creating your own exhibition souvenirs! This after-hours event features a cash bar with beer and wine. Bring your friends and unwind with us before Twist takes a summer hiatus!This event is FREE and open to the public!

Torggler with a twist with Anna Hyatt Huntington Zebra and foal, Torggler Fine Arts Center
September 26, 2024
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Talk and Reception | Brookgreen Gardens: The Living Legacy of Anna Hyatt Huntington

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Page Kiniry, President and CEO of Brookgreen Gardens (and former director of the Virginia Living Museum) and Robin Salmon, VP of Collections and Curator of Sculpture at Brookgreen. Brookgreen Gardens, founded by Anna and Archer Huntington in 1931, is dedicated to American figurative sculpture and the flora and fauna of the Southeast. Brookgreen holds the most extensive collection of Anna Hyatt Huntington’s work in the country, and was a major lender to the Torggler’s current exhibition. Mark your calendar and join us for a convivial reception followed by a talk by Page and Robin in conjunction with the exhibition, A Grand Menagerie: The Sculpture of Anna Hyatt Huntington.
Reception: 5 pm  |  Lecture: 6 pm  |  Torggler Lecture Hall 

entrance to Brookgreen Gardens in SC.,
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