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Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art

January 28 - April 16, 2017
One in four adults lives with a mental health condition, yet this common illness often remains hidden behind a wall of secrecy and isolation. Mindful: Exploring Mental Health through Art breaks down societal stigmas and offers an opportunity to encounter and understand mental health through the lens of contemporary craft.  Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art, explores the impact that mental illness is having on society, and the role the arts can play to both encourage positive self-expression and guide effective mental health promotion and treatment. Featuring more than 30 works created by 14 contemporary artists Mindful examines creative responses to mental health conditions t…

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Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art
Michael Janis Echoes, 2015 Kilnformed glass, glass powder imagery 10” x 30” x 4” Photo: Anything Photographic

Nevet Yitzhak: WarCraft

January 28 - April 16, 2017
Nevet Yitzhak is a video and installation artist as well as a composer.  In Warcraft, she creates a large-scale video installation using symbols borrowed from Afghan war rugs. The rugs were first created by rural Afghan women as a reaction to the 1979 Soviet invasion. They abandoned traditional patterns and introduced symbols of war: guns, tanks, airplanes, etc.  Yitzhak creates her own war rugs from scratch and brings them to life in the form of 3D animations engaged in active battles. WarCraft resembles a video game: planes fly from one rug to the next, dropping bombs that burn holes in the fabric, while tanks fire across screens, creating bullet holes. The battle rages on in endless loo…

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Nevet Yitzhak: WarCraft
Nevet Yitzhak. Installation view at the Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

New Waves 2017

January 28 - April 16, 2017
The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art will present its annual juried exhibition, New Waves 2017. This exhibition highlights the work of contemporary artists from across the Commonwealth. This year’s juror is Ken Harman. Ken Harman is a curator and gallerist based in San Francisco, CA. He is the owner of two galleries, Hashimoto Contemporary and Spoke Art, which have locations in San Francisco and New York City. Previously, Harman was the online editor for Hi-Fructose Magazine. His writings have appeared in multiple print and online features. His most recent art book, "The Wes Anderson Collection: Bad Dads" was published by Abrams Books in 2016. Submission guidelines and more details will…

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New Waves 2017
New Waves 2016

Jamie Betts: Left Behind

January 28 - April 16, 2017
Jamie Betts is a Fine Art, Commercial and Editorial photographer based in Richmond, Virginia. For the past ten years, Betts has documented abandoned places found across Virginia and beyond.  Like stepping into a time capsule, these photographs tell the stories of their past inhabitants.  Peeling wallpaper, crumbling brickwork and personal artifacts reveal traces of human presence and the inevitable effect of time. Derelict hospitals, farmhouses, barns, churches and other forgotten places appear to decay and crack before our eyes. Nature slowly begins to invade the as moss, stalactites and vegetation take hold. …

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Jamie Betts: Left Behind
Courtesy of the Artist

Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête

May 12 - August 13, 2017
In this exhibition, renowned artist Mickalene Thomas explores the photographic image as a touchstone for her practice. Her famous paintings of domestic interiors and portraits are large-scale, multi-textured and rhinestone-encrusted.  With each series, she grapples with and asserts new definitions of beauty and inspiration. This collection of photographic portraits and staged scenes reflect a  personal community of inspiration. Her collection of muses includes herself, her mother, her friends and lovers. They emphasize the communal and social aspects of art-making and creativity that pervade her work. The exhibition will include elements from each area of Thomas’s photographic practice. …

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Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête
Mickalene Thomas, Racquel Leaned Back, 2013. © Mickalene Thomas. Courtesy the artist; Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong; and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York