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Inka Essenhigh: A Fine Line

March 17 - August 19, 2018
Through her painting, Inka Essenhigh provides an authentic voice. Since her emergence into the art world during the late 1990’s, she has created a path for herself that consistently questions and redefines her relationship with her media. She has moved from using enamel paint to traditional oils and back; creating hybrids of the two. Her substrates have included paper, canvas, and panels. Throughout each phase of experimentation, she created dialogues with her work, navigating how the media and brush interact, sometimes with genuine surprise at the result. It is through this approach that Essenhigh’s dazzling works are borne. Her signature use of line follows her experimentation, keeping…

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Inka Essenhigh: A Fine Line
Inka Essenhigh, Fairy Procession, 2016. 78 x 80 inches. Oil and enamel on panel. Courtesy of the artist and Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY

New Waves 2018

March 17 - August 19, 2018
Virginia MOCA proudly celebrates its 23rd juried exhibition, New Waves 2018. This annual tradition presents a small portion of the vast array of artistic talent found in our Commonwealth. MOCA would like to thank juror, Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, and all the artists who submitted entries. 378 artists submitted work, our juror selected the following artists to exhibit: Jean Benvenuto Benjamin Boshart Caryl Burtner Wingchow Alana Edwards Marlowe Emerson Marie Fornaro Peter Geiger M. Alexander Gray Matthew Grimes Meredith & James Hill Everett Hoffman Aimee Joyaux Jihee Kang Annie Layne (Third Place) Rachel Lemanski Nikki Leone Carl Medley III (Honorable Mention)  Mary Menzer Angela Ram…

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New Waves 2018
Echard Wheeler. Oceanfront Series 5, 2017. Ilford fiber base photo paper. 9 x 6 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Lightbulb moments

March 17 - August 19, 2018
MOCA celebrates creativity within the visual arts and beyond with our animation exhibition entitled, Lightbulb Moments. In our society, everything moves forward with innovation: culture, communication, technology, and travel. But we cannot innovate without creativity and imagination. Making new connections and ideas moves us forward both in our communities and as a species. In the past few years, there have been growing concerns regarding the American Educational system and its ability to foster creativity in children. While there are no easy answers, we can explore the questions together with the artists of this animated exhibition. Animation provides a broad space for these artists to expl…

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Lightbulb moments
Rhiannon Evans. Fulfilament (film still). Courtesy of the artist.

Community Gallery: Melissa Schappell: Environmental Factors

March 17 - August 19, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, March 16. 6:30-8:30pm Artist Melissa Schappell recognizes the power of art to spark conversation about a challenging subject, our mental health. She channels her personal struggles with an anxiety disorder into her art. Schappell breaks down societal stigmas surrounding mental health by encouraging dialogue around issues of common concern. EnvironMENTAL Factors focuses on the external influences that can affect our mental health. Schappell draws from firsthand experiences, extensive medical research, and the personal stories of others to explore the impact of PTSD, childhood trauma, and prenatal stress to name a few. She combines drawing, painting, and collage into…

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Community Gallery: Melissa Schappell: Environmental Factors
Melissa Schappell. Urban Pollution, 2017. Mixed media. 22 x 30 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Open (C)all 2018 Exhibition

June 10 - August 19, 2018
The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and the Virginia Beach SPCA invite Hampton Roads artists of all ages to participate in our upcoming Open (C)all 2018 exhibition. This year we open our call with a special theme; that of compassion. Feelings of tenderness and empathy are not often celebrated or encouraged in our fast-paced, media-driven society. Yet, these emotions bring out the best qualities of humans. Through them we connect, communicate, show mercy, and lend aid to those in need. Compassion both motivates and reveals the heroes among us in ways both large and small.  So, what role does compassion play in your life? What meanings does it have for you? Have you received or wit…

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Open (C)all 2018 Exhibition
Open (C)all 2015 Installation