About Us

Glass Wheel Studio is a contemporary art facility located in the heart of The NEON, Norfolk’s Arts District. The recently renovated 8,500-square-foot space features two rotating galleries and affordable artist studios. Through stimulating exhibitions and an active Studio Artist Program, Glass Wheel Studio will cultivate a deep appreciation for contemporary art in glass and beyond. It serves as an incubator for extraordinary ideas and aims to encourage artists across all disciplines to pursue and elevate their craft. Glass Wheel is free and open to the public.

184A2324Cheryl White, Director of Glass Wheel Studio, is a Hampton Roads native. She graduated Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History as well as a Master of Arts in Humanities. She has over ten years of work experience at some of the area’s most prominent art institutions including the Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries, Suffolk Art Gallery and Chrysler Museum of Art. She also developed and taught ODU’s first 21st century-focused art history topics course. An ardent supporter of public art, Cheryl currently serves on Norfolk Arts District and NEON Festival committees.


Alyssa Strackbein, Digital Content Specialist and Gallery Assistant of Glass Wheel Studio, is also fortunate enough to be a Hampton Roads native. She graduated Longwood University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. She previously assisted in photographing the Chrysler Museum of Art’s glass collection, was the ‘kiln lady’ at a ceramic studio, and is an avid fine art photographer and book artist. She is the social media guru, graphic designer, art handler, and overall ninja of GWS.