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Through her partnership with the Urban League of Hampton Roads for More Than Shelter, Miles is investigating concepts of home and home ownership through a more spritual and emotional lens.

AUSTIN “AUZ” MILES was the Director’s Choice Winner for the inaugural Made in VA exhibition. Originally from Durham, North Carolina, Miles is a practicing painter, designer, and public artist. Now located in Richmond, VA, Miles uses color, texture, and distortion to embody her own stories and contribute to the conversation about Black female experiences. Miles is an alumna of Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts (VCU), receiving her Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2017.

Miles has shown work at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture during their Fresh Paint (2018) and Mending Walls (2020) exhibitions. In 2019, Miles collaborated with the Jamestown Settlement to creat two works featuring the tri-cultured women of Jamestown and the first Black women in the United States in 1619, Angelo. These paintings were displayed in their Tenacity exhibition. Miles has painted many vibrant, uplifting murals throughout Richmond’s city and has shown her work in Virginia, North Carolina, Washington D.C., Atlanta GA, and Cusco Peru.



URBAN LEAGUE OF HAMPTON ROADS The mission of the Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc. (ULHR) is to enable African Americans and others to secure economic self-reliance, parity and power, and civil rights.

The ULHR implements its mission by providing services and programs in education, employment, health, and housing to Hampton Roads communities through direct services, advocacy, research, policy analysis, community mobilization and collaboration throughout communities.

ULHR offers counseling and workshops designed to safeguard homeownership and prevent homelessness in underserved communities. Our programs educate and empower individuals and families seeking to expand their housing options. Our counselors are certified by the Virginia Association of Housing Counselors and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and provide information and access to affordable housing in the cities that we serve.

Miles is investigating concepts of home and home ownership through a more spiritual and emotional lens.



More Than Shelter

More Than Shelter


The essentials for human survival are food, water, and shelter. These needs take precedence over all the others. Virginia MOCA continues our investigations of basic human needs with the new exhibition More Than Shelter. Eleven artists received an invitation to participate in this exhibition. We asked each one to consider what the idea of shelter means to them and choose an avenue of investigation. The artists connected with partners who provided unique insight into their area of expertise. Shelter is both a verb and a noun. It can mean a home, a community, or the people and places that makes us feel safe and welcomed. It also means to listen, care, and to support one another, our community, our land, our minds, our society, and our futures.


October 8, 2022-February 5, 2023