Artist Amanda Outcalt is much like the rest of us. She thinks, plans, dreams and worries about things to the point that they sometimes fill all the corners of her mind. They can be small, nagging little issues, like the division of labor within her home. Or they can be tremendously important like who she is as a human being and the direction of her life. Eventually, these concerns, big and small, find their way out her head and into her art.
The subjects of her paintings stems from her personal history. Yet, they hold appeal for us all through their universal themes and playful approach. They address the human condition without becoming dark or maudlin. Beyond their eloquent gaiety, Outcalt’s art fairly thrums with the message to appreciate the gift of life. They remind us to enjoy the many challenges that we tackle in life and the curious but delicious ways that they take form in our heads.
Amanda Outcalt lives and works in Norfolk, VA as an elementary art teacher for Norfolk Public Schools. She is a graduate from East Carolina University with a BFA in Painting and Metal Design. She has shown her work in many local and national exhibitions. She is the artist who created MOCA’s Boardwalk Art Show poster in 2010. In addition to her paintings and drawings, Outcalt is a metal smith whose jewelry was also featured in the Lark Book ‘500 Enameled Objects’. Currently, Amanda is producing her paintings and metalwork in her studio in Norfolk, VA.
Amanda Outcalt will be on view at MOCA's Satellite Gallery at Towne Pavilion II.
Open Monday-Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday from 10am-4pm. There is no charge for admission. MOCA has partnered with The Runnymede Corporation to open a permanent satellite gallery in the lobby of their Virginia Beach headquarters at 600 22nd Street, Pavilion II, a short walk from the museum. MOCA Satellite Gallery at Towne Pavilion II has over 80 combined feet of wall space spanning the lobby and hallways of the first floor. Exhibitions will rotate every four months featuring work from local and regional artists, some available for purchase. Exhibitions are organized by MOCA Curator, Heather Hakimzadeh and Director of Exhibitions and Education, Alison Byrne.