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Artist Pat Jarrett.


For More Than Shelter, Pat Jarrett is exploring the DIY music scene in Virginia. In areas of the country where there are few options for emerging bands, some people have opened up their home to create DIY venues.

PAT JARRETT is a photographer and editor working with the Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities. The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Guardian in London, National Public Radio and The Christian Science Monitor among others have all published his work. His work has also been recognized by the Virginia News Photographers’ Association and the Horizon Interactive Awards.

Jarrett is married to a fire-breathing seamstress and prefers two-wheeled transportation to four any day of the week. He believes the low-and-slow method is best for cooking meat, luck is a manifestation of hard work and daily newspaper photography is a surreal art form. Pat Jarrett currently lives in the Shenandoah Valley in Staunton VA.



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