Vivian Chiu, Blanket, 2019. Poplar, braided string. Courtesy of the artist.


Thursday, February 24, 2022
6:30 PM


Discover the amazing talent of artists living and working in Virginia. Join Made in VA exhibiting artists Katie Prock, Vivian Chiu, Austin Miles, Ray Johnson, and Kadija Corinaldi as they discuss their work. This is a great opportunity to discover new artists and learn about their approaches to artmaking.

This program is free, simply reserve a general admission ticket for Thursday, February 24.

Learn more about the artists:

Vivian Chiu
2nd Place winner, Made in VA

Vivian Chiu was born in Los Angeles and emigrated to Hong Kong at the age of three. Her interests in creating objects and the visual arts led her to attend the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA '11 Furniture Design) and Columbia University (MFA '19 Sculpture). With an aptitude for problem-solving and a sensitivity towards materials, Vivian utilizes continuous deconstruction and reconstruction to create optical sculptures and explore ideas of visibility and perception.

Vivian has attended residencies such as Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Sculpture Space, Haystack Mountain School, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center and the Center for Art in Wood. She was awarded a 2020 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Craft/Sculpture and will be a Distinguished Fellow at the Penland School of Crafts in 2022. Vivian is currently teaching in the Craft/Material Studies program at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Kadija Corinaldi

Kadija Corinaldi is a young artist from Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is the owner of Naldi Photography, LLC which has been in operation since 2018 and specializes in creative portraits, fashion, and art photography. She has exhibited her artwork in Florida, Maryland, New York, California and is currently exhibiting in the Neon District outdoor exhibition in Norfolk. Her photography ranges from creative scenes of self-love, acceptance of sexuality as well the empowerment of black and brown women to surrealistic visions of societal norms and ethereal views of the mundane.

Ray Johnson

As an artist, I aspire to create art that is meaningful and emotional. My art engages representation of black beauty, strength and perseverance. With the influences of artist like Dr. Fahamu Pecou, Patrick Dougher and Clayton Singleton, I try to capture the power in what it means to be “black”. I want all people to be able to connect and relate to my work. But I particularly hope that people of color gain pride through the positive representation of the black men and woman that I create.

In my work I like to use men and woman of color to express the topics of love, struggle and togetherness. With acrylic and oil, my paintings of random nameless figures are full of emotion that come to life on canvas.

Austin Miles
Director's Choice winner, Made in VA

Originally from Durham, North Carolina, Austin "Auz" Miles is a practicing painter, designer, and public artist located in Richmond, VA. She uses color, texture, and distortion to embody her own stories, contributing 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. Her paintings are a glimpse into a realm where emotions are personified and become out-of-body experiences of connection. Through her work, Austin "Auz" Miles hosts visual conversations that ignite understanding and inspire community healing.

Austin "Auz" Miles has exhibited work at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Jamestown Settlement, Hermitage Museum and Gardens, 1708 Gallery, and the Contemporary Arts Network. Auz has painted many vibrant, uplifting murals throughout the East Coast and has shown her work, sharing its’ stories in Virginia, North Carolina, Washington D.C., Atlanta GA, and Cusco Peru.

Katie Prock

Katie Prock is a photographic artist, bookmaker, and instructor. Prock earned her MFA in photography at Florida Atlantic University, where she now works as an online instructor. Her practice utilizes alternative printing techniques and incorporates handcrafted processes which emphasize chance occurrence and imperfections. Her work and research focus on topics such as identity, gender, family history, and girlhood. In addition to being exhibited across the United States, including Biblio 2020 at Art Palm Beach, Prock’s work was recently featured in the Body + Memory + City Photo Festival in Alicante, Spain.


Made in VA


For over 25 years, we have maintained a strong tradition of celebrating regional artists through our annual juried exhibition, New Waves. Our story finds its roots in a concerned and connected artist community. Virginia MOCA has never lost the goal of keeping ties with the talented artists who live close to our doors.

As our community evolves, so will the museum and its traditions. This year, New Waves has become Made in VA. The new title reasserts our commitment to Virginia artists. We will continue to bring together jurors who are at the top of their field with the talented contemporary artists found in the Commonwealth. With the new name come changes intended to strengthen our award program and provide opportunities for the growth and professional development of the selected artists.

NOVEMBER 27, 2021–MARCH 6, 2022