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ArtLab Fall 2017 - Winter 2018

September 16, 2017 – February 11, 2018
Experience MOCA’s exhibitions through ARTlab, an interactive space for all ages. Delve deeper into the story of the USS Monitor and crew, create your own narrative by adding to our giant Mad Lib, pose for portrait using props inspired by the 1800’s, assemble your own cardboard character and discover more about the creative process of artists featured in Small Works, Tall Tales, and more! MOCA would like to thank The Mariners’ Museum and Park and NOAA, who have been instrumental partners in facilitating this ARTlab by providing enormous resources, including: maritime history, visuals and replica artifacts from the USS Monitor. Learn more about a special reciprocal program for memb…

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ArtLab Fall 2017 - Winter 2018
ARTlab Fall 2017. Photo by Glen McClure

prisms 2017

September 16, 2017 - October 8, 2017
Celebrate the artistic achievements of MOCA’s art campers at the Prisms 2017 art exhibition on view in the Fleming Gallery. Art Campers, their families, friends, and teachers are invited to share in the excitement at the closing reception, Sun, Oct 8 from 2-4pm. Artwork can be taken home at the close of the reception. This reception will coincide with a Free Family Fest and will feature children’s art activities, scavenger hunts, and refreshments.   …

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prisms 2017
Art Camp 2017 - Photo by Fresh Look Photography

Toobz Muir: Misshapen Demise

September 16, 2017 – February 11, 2018
Artist Toobz Muir is known best for his murals, surreal paintings and detailed graphite drawings. His colorful work references his early fascination with graffiti and street art as well as his challenges from being color blind.  Primarily using spray paint, Muir freehand renders his work directly onto surfaces creating fantastical imagery that in his words is “both edgy and playful while also emerging from a personal place.” His subject matter ranges from allegorical to darkly satirical themes while distorting his figures’ features to evoke extreme emotional states. Muir is currently located in Roanoke, Virginia. His work has been in several exhibitions including at Fleda A. Ring Artw…

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Toobz Muir: Misshapen Demise
Toobz Muir at Virginia MOCA. Photo by Fresh Look Photography

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

Small Works, Tall Tales

September 16, 2017 – February 11, 2018
This fall, Virginia MOCA celebrates regional artists with Small Works, Tall Tales an exhibition of narrative sculpture presented on an intimate scale.  Each featured artist is an able storyteller. They infuse their work with sharp wit and a complex interpretation of our world. Different materials and approaches resulting in distinct styles. Yet, all share a penchant for creating engaging work of a personal, approachable size. As a sculpture projects into concrete space, it draws the viewer down into a fantastic, diminutive world. The artists included are Aggie Zed, John Tobin, Wade Mickley, Deborah G. Rogers, Tracey St. Peter, and artist teams Kranitzky and Overstreet and Robin and Julia Ro…

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Small Works, Tall Tales
Kranitzky & Overstreet. Blind, 2015. 5.5"x 2.75"x.625". Mixed media. Courtesy of the Artists