Current Exhibitions

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New Waves 2015

January 31 - April 19, 2015
MOCA presents its annual juried exhibition, New Waves 2015. To celebrate our 20th juried exhibition, MOCA is offering additional prizes including a special People’s Choice award this year! Over 230 artists from across Virginia submitted work in 2014 and proved, yet again, that the Commonwealth contains a rich and vast array of artistic talent. Each year this exciting exhibition demonstrates the diversity of materials and approaches that are used in contemporary art today. Accepted Artists: Sarah Bean, Radford Riana Bovill,  Warrenton       Shannon Castleman, Richmond      Jennifer Creef, Chesapeake Catherine Day, McLean Josh DeWall, Norfolk Erika Diamond, Richmond Erica Fallin, Rest…

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New Waves 2015

Ryan McGinness: Studio Visit

January 31 - April 19, 2015
Ryan McGinness: Studio Visit explores the creative process of a Virginia Beach native and artist.  In 2009, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) commissioned a work inspired by the museum’s collection. The result is a 16-panel painting containing 200 icons that reference works from the VMFA.  We now have an opportunity to see how McGinness conceived and created this stunning work. There are three parts to this exhibition. The first provides a glimpse of McGinness’ studio practice. Listen to his favorite playlist as you see the artist screenprint the final work! The second shows early artworks he made while growing up in Virginia Beach. Finally, you can see some of the objects McGinn…

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Ryan McGinness: Studio Visit

Youth Art Month 2015

March 3 - 31, 2015
Celebrate the achievements of elementary, middle and high school students from Virginia Beach City Public Schools during Youth Art Month (YAM). Youth Art Month (YAM) is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. Established in 1961, YAM provides a forum for acknowledging skills that are not possible in other subjects. Art Education develops self-esteem, appreciation of the work of others, selfexpression, cooperation with others, and critical thinking skills. All of these skills are vital to the success of our future leaders – our children. This exhibition encourages publi…

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Youth Art Month 2015

dale chihuly

on display year round.
Dale Chihuly, Mille Colori, 2003 Often called "the world's greatest living artist," Dale Chihuly has single-handedly changed the glass world with his elaborate and extraordinary works. His retrieval of ancient glass-blowing techniques and his founding of the Pilchuck Glass School, the most prominent glass-working school in the world, are both groundbreaking moments in contemporary glass art. In his Seattle "hot shop," he and his team of glassblowers push the limits of molten glass, darting across the room like dancers, their movements choreographed by the master. In 1996, Chihuly created 15 enormous chandeliers, placing them under bridges and across the Venetian canals as a tribute to the bi…

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dale chihuly

ARTlab Winter/Spring 2015

January 31 - April 19, 2015
Visitors to MOCA’s ARTlab can curate their own exhibition,create their own skateboard and sticker designs, submitphotographs to MOCA’s Instagram Challenge, learn aboutsymbols, as well as Ryan McGinness and his influences   …

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ARTlab Winter/Spring 2015