Sandler Center Art Gallery Hosts Matt Eich’s Seven Cities Photo Exhibition

Thursday, September 12, 2013

This fall, the leading cultural institutions of Hampton Roads honor our region’s distinct identity and rich heritage through a shared exhibition of photographer Matt Eich. 


The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art unveils Matt Eich: The Seven Cities photo exhibition today, concurrent with various satellite galleries in all seven cities of Hampton Roads. The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts is proud to announce that it is hosting the satellite gallery in Virginia Beach. This exhibit celebrates Virginia Beach’s 50th anniversary with select images of the city.


In this exhibition, Matt Eich investigates the many facets of his own community and what makes them unique. Over the past two years, he made his way through the seven major cities of Hampton Roads and explored them, as he has in other places in the world. The sympathy and intimate relationships Eich develops with his subjects will be turned to places that are a part of his personal history as art.

Matt Eich is a photographer and a Hampton Roads native whose aesthetic style is born from his work as a photojournalist. His client lists include such well-known publications as TIME, Newsweek, Harper’s, National Geographic and The Wall Street Journal. Eich, a 2008 graduate of Ohio University, has reached a very high level of achievement in a relatively short time. His accolades include the National Geographic Innovation in Storytelling Grant (2010), the Aaron Siskind Individual Photographer’s fellowship (2011) and the PDN Photo Annual (2011).

His exhibit will run Sept. 12 to Jan. 3 during the Sandler Center’s normal operating hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or during any performance at the Sandler Center. The Art Gallery is on the second and third floors in the common areas.


The role of the Office of Cultural Affairs is to develop the vision and direction of the cultural arts in Virginia Beach, assist and direct the Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission, coordinate the city’s Public Art Program, provide contract management for the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, provide administrative leadership to the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts’ 501(c)3 Foundation and serve as staff liaison to local arts and humanities organizations.