67th Annual Virginia MOCA Boardwalk Art Show. Photo by Fresh Look Photography

68TH ANNUAL VIRGINIA MOCA BOARDWALK ART SHOW IS BACK OCTOBER 4–6, 2024

Over 175 Artists from across the country bringing the highest caliber of fine art including painting, ceramics, photography, sculpture and glass.

The Virginia MOCA Boardwalk Art Show is one of the only outdoor art shows produced by an accredited museum and strives to have the highest caliber fine art in the relaxing setting of the Virginia Beach boardwalk.

2023 Digital Program

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ARTISTS

Artist applications for the 68th Annual Virginia MOCA Boardwalk Art Show are OPEN!

Learn more and apply

Artists are the heart of Boardwalk Art Show—over 175 of them flock to Virginia Beach each year to showcase their talent along the boardwalk. Spanning 13 mediums and ranging from classic and contemporary to the unconventional and eccentric, it’s no surprise the Virginia MOCA Boardwalk Art Show has been ranked as a Top 15 Fine Art Show of the Decade by Sunshine Artist Magazine.

Boardwalk Art Show is a juried show which means that artists are selected by our jurors from an average application pool of over 700.

ARTIST PRIZE FUND¬

From October 4–6, 2024, over 175 artists will come from all over the country to showcase the highest caliber of fine art and contemporary craft along the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. During the show, following a rigorous judging process, the top standouts are recognized for their outstanding artistic talent with prize money totaling over $20,000.

The Artist Prize Fund is a true representation of how our community embraces the arts, and it’s one of the many reasons artists from around the country apply to the Boardwalk Art Show. Your donation directly supports emerging and experienced artists and helps make the Boardwalk Art Show a premier destination in the art festival scene.

All Prize Fund donors are invited to join us at the Artists’ Awards Party, where artists, Virginia MOCA supporters, and art enthusiasts gather to recognize the show’s standouts!

Be a champion of artistic achievement. Donate to the Boardwalk Art Show Artist Prize Fund today.

Donate now

If you have any questions, please contact us at 757-425-0000 or via email at development@virginiamoca.org.

2023 AWARD WINNERS¬

ARTIST AWARDS

Congratulations to all the winners!

BEST IN SHOW AWARD
Ashley Sauder Miller (pictured) | ashleysaudermiller.com

AWARD OF DISTINCTION IN FINE ART
LJ Eidolon | ljeidolon.com

VIRGINIA FINEST AWARD IN HONOR OF ANNE VIRGA
Kate Fitzpatrick | milbybarnstudio.com

TOP ARTIST UNDER 40, IN MEMORY OF ALEX DIVARIS
Janvier Ngamije | designbysociety.com

JUDGE'S CHOICE AWARD (2 AWARDED)
Kathryn Wingate | kathrynwingate.com
Melissa Schappell | melissaschappell.com

BEST GLASS ART SCULPTURE
Lee Gordon | gordoglass.com

STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE AWARD
Rodney Dunlap | highridgeww.com

AWARD OF MERIT (2 AWARDED)
YanFang Inlow | yansdesign.com
Robin Kittleson | robinkittleson.indiemade.com

SAND DOLLAR AWARD (5 AWARDED)
Marianne Bechtle | mariannebechtleart.com
Phillip Harris | philharrisarts.com
Ray Becker | Ray Becker
Daeil Kim | daeilpottery.com
Clay Savely | treeoflifepotters.com

BOARDWALK BEACH CLUB¬

The Boardwalk Beach Club is the premier location of the art show, newly relocated to the Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel. Take in sweeping views of the ocean and the art show, enjoy delightful bites and custom cocktails, and participate in a rotating lineup of Beach Club activities.

Saturday, October 21 | 11:00 AM–4:00 PM
Sunday, October 22 | 11:00 AM–3:00 PM

Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel
3501 Atlantic Avenue

Tickets include:
Private access to the VIP Beach Club
Delicious lunch served from 11:00 AM–2:00 PM
Two complimentary drinks
Live DJ entertainment

PLUS! Each Beach Club ticket holder receives a free 2023 commemorative Boardwalk Art Show poster.

Buy your ticket today!

View Beach Club flyer

FAMILY ART PARK¬

Bring the entire family to 24th Street Park for free interactive art experiences including pumpkin decorating and activities provided by local non-profit organizations, as well as rotating performances from local performance groups. For the first time, Virginia MOCA’s ARTlab LIVE will offer hands-on artmaking opportunities for the whole family.

24th STREET PARK SCHEDULE
Saturday, October 21 | 10:00 AM–3:00 PM
Sunday, October 22 | 11:00 AM–3:00 PM

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Saturday
12:15–12:45 PM | Twinkle Toes Performing Arts Company
1:15–1:45 PM | Mosaic Steel Orchestra
2:15–2:45 PM | U.S. Fleet Forces Band

Sunday
11:15–11:45 PM | U.S. Army Band
12:15–12:45 PM | Teens with a Purpose
1:15–1:45 PM | School of Rock Virginia Beach
2:15–2:45 PM | School of Rock Chesapeake

2023 COMMEMORATIVE POSTER

We're excited to present the artwork for the Limited Edition Boardwalk Art Show 2023 Poster Boardwalk in Bloom by award-winning Charleston-based artist LJ Eidolon. Weaving together elements that evoke Virginia’s natural beauty, Eidolon’s surrealistic creation paints a picture of the artistic excellence that blossoms along the Virginia Beach oceanfront each year at the Boardwalk Art Show.

“This flavor of surrealism is mainly born from the mixing of various time periods, and is a reflection of the present times we live in. In the age of the internet, past and present exist simultaneously in a fascinating way. Much of my work stems from that: with art history, color, and context offering endless inspiration.” —Eidolon

Meet the artist:
During the show: Booth #3015–3016 | ljeidolon.com | @ljeidolon

Purchase your limited-edition poster at the merchandise tents.

T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST

Congratulations to Virginia Beach artist Corinna Sayward, winner of the 2023 Virginia MOCA Boardwalk Art Show T-shirt design contest!

Sayward's bold design Virginia is for Artists incorporates the iconic VA hand gesture, a perfect representation of the pride we have for Virginia's creative community and the Boardwalk Art Show that welcomes nearly 200 exhibiting artists to the Virginia Beach boardwalk each year.

This limited-edition commemorative T-shirt will be available for purchase at the merchandise tents along the boardwalk in October.

VOLUNTEER¬

The Boardwalk Art Show would not be possible without the commitment of our incredible volunteers. Each year, dedicated community members and supporters from the Virginia Beach area and beyond assist in bringing the event to life, providing essential logistical support throughout the weekend, offering service and information to festival-goers, and helping to generate the convivial atmosphere that makes the show so special.

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved. We hope that you'll join us in making the 67th Annual Boardwalk Art Show a success!

Become a Boardwalk Volunteer

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS¬

Many thanks to our amazing sponsors for supporting the Virginia MOCA Boardwalk Art Show!

Presenting Sponsor:

PNC

Additional support from:

City of Virginia Beach, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Tymoff+Moss Architects, Capital Group, Glasser & Glasser, KPMG, Runnymede Corporation, Atlantic Shores, Checkered Flag, Clark Nexsen, Fahrenheit Advisors, Kaufman & Canoles, Old Dominion University, Rivers Casino, S.L. Nusbaum, Tito's Handmade Vodka, Venture Realty Group, Wall, Einhorn & Chernitzer, 21st Street Art Gallery, Sheraton, WHRO, Waterside District, Atlantic Avenue Association, Brand Fuel, ViBe Creative District, Crunchy Hydration, Firehouse Subs, Pinup Coffee Co..

Interested in helping fund the Boardwalk Art Show and getting your name in front of thousands? Check out our sponsors page for more details.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Please email info@virginiamoca.org or call 757-425-0000