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Artist Mehveş Lelic.


Mehveş Lelic is interested in people who have immigrated and what they need to feel like they are home. For More Than Shelter, she was paired with the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center to explore this topic more deeply.

MEHVEŞ LELIC is an artist, curator and educator. In her work she ponders modernity and heritage, belonging, and the resulting relationship with the environment. Lelic earned a BA from the University of Chicago. She currently serves as Curator at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD and is a Photography MFA student at Bard College.

Lelic is a prolific artist who has shown extensively throughout the United States and the world. Her images aim to evoke the subtle, elusive and quite intensity of clinging to heritage, but remaining caught in a globalized, ever-connected world where pride and fear seem to co-exist.



CHESAPEAKE MULTICULTURAL RESOURCE CENTER The ChesMRC empowers people from different cultures to become successful and engaged members of our community. Its primary focus is to help Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals to successfully integrate into the community.

One of ChesMRC’s key objectives is to connect this vulnerable population to the existing network of public and private service providers. ChesMRC became a Department of Justice (DOJ) recognized organization in 2016 and can directly assist, without the need for a lawyer, all immigration cases. ChesMRC also became a Certified Application Counselor (CAC) Organization and can directly enroll or renew families into Medicaid and health insurance plans.



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