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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.

When the Water Rises: Recent Paintings by Julie Heffernan

September 22 - December 30, 2018
Julie Heffernan’s recent paintings create alternative habitats in response to environmental disaster and planetary excess. With rising waters, she imagines worlds in trees or on rafts in which undulating mattresses, tree boughs, and road signs guide the journey. Construction cones interrupt the landscape signaling places to stop, enter tiny interior worlds, and reflect on the human condition—its feckless activity, violence, failure, and redemption. Heffernan tends these alternative environments to safeguard bounties we cannot live without. In other moments, she names names and points fingers to those people and activities implicated in recent calamities of both the physical and socio-pol…

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When the Water Rises: Recent Paintings by Julie Heffernan
Julie Heffernan. Camp Bedlam, 2016. Oil on canvas. 68x104 inches. Courtesy of Catharine Clark Gallery

satellite gallery: jason stick: night shift

October 19, 2017 - March 17, 2018
Night time has the power to change our perspective. What might seem ordinary under the harsh glare of daylight, can become eerie and unknown under a night sky. Photographer Jason Stick recognizes the allure held by the cover of night. In the evening, he prowls his own neighborhood, discovering the magical in the mundane. A pile of rocks, a clump of flowers, or a forgotten decoy reveal a luminous beauty under the light shone by Stick’s steady hand. Just as a painter chooses specific elements to create a landscape or still-life, Stick manipulates dark and light to cut away visual noise. He guides a light to give shape to his composition and to direct our eye. A shift in viewpoint, with a dis…

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satellite gallery: jason stick: night shift
Jason Stick. Courtesy of the Artist

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.

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