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Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

Artist Heather Beardsley.


Through her partnership with Mel Price of WPA for More Than Shelter, Beardsley is exploring issues of architecture and ecology.

HEATHER BEARDSLEY was born in Virginia Beach, VA. She received a BA in History and Art from the University of Virginia in 2009 and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015.

Heather was granted a Fulbright Scholarship for Installation Art in Vienna, Austria for the 2015—2016 academic year. She has exhibited work throughout the United States and Europe, including exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Austria, Germany, Slovakia and the UK. In 2016, she was awarded a twelve-month Braunschweig Projects International Artist Scholarship by the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony, Germany in affiliation with the Braunschweig University of Art. Recent exhibitions include Department Of at the Braunschweig University of Art, and Books Undone: The Art of Altered Books at The Gallery at Penn College.



MEL PRICE, PRINCIPAL, WORK PROGRAM ARCHITECTS Mel is Principal and co-founder of WPA, a full-service architectural practice located in Downtown Norfolk. Price has brought dozens of large municipal, state, and private projects to successful completion, forming lasting relationships with clients, collaborators, and the community. She specializes in community outreach, always finding a way to bring polarized and highly charged groups of stakeholders to common ground where good design and development is embraced by the community.



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