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Our team loves to make your experience even better by offering unique art experiences. From interactive talks with artists, to tours of the galleries, there are events for all ages, interests, and artistic experience. Kids, teens, and adults can enjoy a program or class with us no matter your skill-level.

Learn about the current art exhibitions here.

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    Dec 09

    Riley Goodman, Virginia Dare, 2019. Archival inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist.

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    Instagram Live Chat with Riley Goodman

    Join Curator Heather Hakimzadeh for a conversation with current and past Virginia MOCA exhibiting artists and other inspiring creatives. Guests will give us a look inside their studios, share current projects, and discuss process and inspiration.

    This month’s guest is Made in VA artist Riley Goodman.

    Thursday, December 9, 2021
    11:00 AM

    INSTAGRAM: @VirginiaMOCA

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    Dec 16

    Rae Stern, Outside Time (detail), 2019. Photograph by T. Maxwell Wagner

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    Coffee + Conversation: Memory & Myths

    Join us for a casual conversation exploring current exhibitions, led by Virginia MOCA staff and guest lecturers. This month we will be joined by Kendall King, Co-director of Visible Records in Charlottesville, VA. We will be looking at selected works of art from Shaping Memories: Expressions in Clay and discussing art as an act of memory and how art can help us to remember, honor, and fight against cultural myths.

    Tuesday, December 16, 2021
    11:00 AM

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    Jan 11

    Suzanna Fields, Interstices, 2020. Ink and acrylic on synthetic paper. Courtesy of the artist.

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    Mark Making: A Micro Investigation

    Dive into a microscopic universe of discovery that will unveil tiny secrets of our world! Examine the marks of Made in VA artists Suzanna Fields and Sarah Boyts Yoder, inspect synthetics and organics under the microscope, and experiment with an unconventional variety of materials to create reduction prints and mixed media paintings about the world up close.

    Tuesday, January 11, 2022
    4:30 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jan 13

    Sarah Boyts Yoder, Rhythmic Gate, 2020. Acrylic and paint stick on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.

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    Instagram Live Chat with Sarah Boyts Yoder

    Join Curator Heather Hakimzadeh for a conversation with current and past Virginia MOCA exhibiting artists and other inspiring creatives. Guests will give us a look inside their studios, share current projects, and discuss process and inspiration.

    This month’s guest is Made in VA artist Sarah Boyts Yoder.

    Thursday, January 13, 2022
    11:00 AM

    INSTAGRAM: @VirginiaMOCA

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    Jan 15

    Chlo Finley, Rome Falls 9 Times, 2020. Hand-dyed assorted fabrics, flora, insect wings, human hair. Courtesy of the artist.

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    Material World

    Spend time together, make art, and discover how Made in VA artists Federico Cuatlacuatl and Chlo Finley utilize both natural and artificial materials in their three-dimensional sculptures! Together, create a series of multi-media sculptures to uncover the unique properties of artificial and natural materials.

    January 15, 2022
    10:30 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jan 16

    Family Fest in the Atrium.

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    Family Fest

    Family Fest offers a unique opportunity for all ages to create, explore, and connect with art. Join Virginia MOCA as we celebrate our current exhibitions with inspired art making, gallery activities, and more.

    Admission is free! Simply book a ticket for January 16.

    Sunday, January 16, 2022
    11:00 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jan 22

    Megan Angolia, The President, the President of the United States of America, said what about injecting disinfectants?!?, 2020. Terracotta, underglaze, China paints, acrylic, mixed media. Courtesy of the artist.

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    Master Class with Megan Angolia

    Join Made in VA exhibiting artist Megan Angolia for a master class inspired by her artistic viewpoint and process. By blending traditional ceramic methods with contemporary content, she creates sculpted portraits of women suspended in candid emotion. Angolia’s truthful portraits serve to showcase the richness of the human experience in all its moments.

    Saturday, January 22
    10:30 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jan 23

    Hollie Lyko, Gun Control, (No One's Listening), 2019. Dremel-erased vintage praying hands plates, circa 1976. Courtesy of the artist and Ferrin Contemporary.

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    Narrative Vessels: Telling Stories Through Layered Images

    Memories and storytelling go hand in hand. Layer personally symbolic imagery using ceramic printmaking techniques to create a narrative vessel and examine how Shaping Memories: Expressions in Clay artists Ehren Tool and Hollie Lyko use layers to obscure and reveal their own recollections.

    January 23, 2022 - February 13, 2022
    11:00 AM-3:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jan 27

    Jiha Moon, Fortune Cookie Split, 2018. Earthenware, underglaze, glaze. Courtesy of Mindy Solomon Gallery.

    FEATURED EVENT
    Artists and Curator Conversation: Shaping Memories: Expressions in Clay

    Join Alison Byrne, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Education for a conversation with Shaping Memories: Expressions in Clay artists Jiha Moon and Ehren Tool. The artist will discuss their work on view at Virginia MOCA.

    Thursday, January 27, 2022
    6:30 PM

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    Jan 29

    John Alan Stock, Man as a Facade No. 19, 2021, Mixed Media; acrylic paint, inks, photo transfer, collage. Courtesy of the artist.

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    Identity Investigation

    Get inspired by the way Made in VA artists Katherine Prock and John Alan Stock approach the topic of identity. Exercise creative exploration and critical thinking skills to distinguish how aspects of appearance, personality, culture, and more contribute to the personal and social self by combining found materials, drawing, and painting to produce a wall-mounted installation.

    Saturday, January 29, 2022
    1:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jan 29

    Eirene Espinoza, Comfort, 2019. Sweet gum tree seed pods, yarn. Courtesy of the artist.

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    Making with Memories

    Discover the work of installation artists Pattie Chalmers and Eirene Espinoza who consider the impact of the five senses on art and memory when creating their deeply personal and immersive artworks. Assemble an engaging multi-media installation that explores the concept of memory with clay, found materials, ink, paint, and pastels.

    Saturday, January 29, 2022
    10:00 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jan 30

    Students sharing their work after a Looking to Learn making activity.

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    Looking to Learn: Art & Storytime

    Join us each month as we look, learn, and make in response to themes from our current exhibitions. This virtual family program will include close-looking at artwork, reading of a storybook, and a making activity inspired by the theme. Looking to Learn encourages valuable social emotional skills that help children ages 3–8 build and develop greater empathy, understanding and respect for their peers and community.

    Sunday, January 30, 2022
    10:00 AM

    ZOOM

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    Feb 03

    Photography by Fresh Look Photography

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    Close Looking & Cocktails

    Current members can join Virginia MOCA staff for an in-depth and interactive look at select works of art from our current exhibitions using close-looking techniques. Then, learn to make a signature cocktail from a local mixologist.

    February 3, 2022
    6:30 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Feb 05

    Gregory Hennen, Even Light October Wyatt Mt, 2018. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.

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    The Green Life

    We’ll explore our galleries to find nature-inspired artworks by Made in VA artists Caitlin Blomstrom and Gregory Hennen, then capture the elements of nature through monoprints, liquid watercolor, and found object stamping!

    Saturday, February 5, 2022
    10:30 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Feb 06

    Photo by Fresh Look Photography.

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    Intro to Contemporary Art

    Uncover the themes, techniques, and materials exhibited in the galleries at Virginia MOCA, and discover the why behind the creation of contemporary art. Immerse yourself in the professional practices of a contemporary artist to conceptualize, workshop, and implement ideas through 2D and 3D art. Perform visual research in a handmade sketchbook, photograph objects with a digital microscope, and learn techniques in printing and casting. This experience gives students the tools to build a necessary foundational skillset to develop portfolio-ready, relevant, and meaningful artwork.

    February 6, 2022 - February 27, 2022
    Sundays 2:00 PM-4:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Feb 10

    Artist Agnes Grochulska.

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    Coffee + Conversation with Agnes Grochulska

    Join us for a casual conversation exploring current exhibitions, led by Virginia MOCA staff and guest lecturers. Meet artist Agnes Grochulska and learn about her work in Archetypes which features a series of portraits exploring the relationship between the artists perceptions of archetypal traits and those of her viewers.

    Thursday, February 10, 2022
    11:00 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Feb 12

    Agnes Grochulska, Archetypes 3, 2021. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.

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    Master Class with Agnes Grochulska

    Join Community Gallery artist Agnes Grochulska for a master class in live figure drawing. Agnes Grochulska’s portraits of the human figure expose insightful psychological narratives about the subject through a rich language of expressive marks and lines.

    Saturday, February 12, 2022
    10:30 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Feb 16

    Russell Richards, Corner, 2019. Steel, concrete, leaded glass, brass, paint. Courtesy of the artist.

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    Archetype Corner

    Archetypes are all around us. Engage with exhibiting artists Agnes Grochulska and Russell Richards to identify how symbols, expressions, and environments can be used to cultivate meaning in art. Enhance understandings of setting and character design and develop your own ideas through drawing and painting.

    Wednesday, February 16, 2022
    4:30

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Feb 17

    Jiha Moon, Reclining, 2017. Earthenware, underglaze, glaze. Courtesy of Mindy Solomon Gallery.

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    Constructing Identity

    Discover how Shaping Memories: Expressions in Clay artists Jiha Moon and Roberto Lugo use the language of form, color, and texture to illuminate facets of their personal and cultural identity. You’ll use sculptural and functional ceramics to creatively apply a variety of hand-building techniques and underglazing methods to create a personally symbolic work of art.

    February 17, 2022 - March 3, 2022
    6:30 PM-9:30 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Feb 17

    Marisa Stratton, Zoom Class, 2021. Oil on panel. Courtesy of the artist.

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    Instagram Live Chat with Marisa Stratton

    Join Curator Heather Hakimzadeh for a conversation with current and past Virginia MOCA exhibiting artists and other inspiring creatives. Guests will give us a look inside their studios, share current projects, and discuss process and inspiration.
    This month’s guest is Made in VA artist Marissa Stratton.

    Thursday, February 17, 2022
    11:00 AM

    INSTAGRAM: @VirginiaMOCA

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    Feb 19

    Shara Appanaitus, Fog Rising, 2019. Encaustic on panel. Courtesy of the artist.

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    Places and Spaces

    Contemporary artists who explore the idea of place in their work are masters of using shape, color, and texture to recreate and imagine a variety of settings. Join us in the galleries to examine the place-based work of Made in VA artists Shara Appanaitis and Riley Goodman, then combine painting, printmaking, and other processes to represent a special space of your own!

    Saturday, February 19, 2022
    10:30 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Feb 24

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

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    Artful Insights: Made in VA

    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.

    Sunday, February 24, 2022
    6:30 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Feb 27

    Young child holding a paper bag puppet at a Looking to Learn family event at Virginia MOCA

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    Looking to Learn: Art & Storytime

    Join us each month as we look, learn, and make in response to themes from our current exhibitions. This virtual family program will include close-looking at artwork, reading of a storybook, and a making activity inspired by the theme. Looking to Learn encourages valuable social emotional skills that help children ages 3–8 build and develop greater empathy, understanding and respect for their peers and community.

    Sunday, February 27, 2022
    10:00 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Mar 05

    Lou Haney, Bedlam, 2020. Acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.

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    Art On The Go

    Get inspired by Made in VA artists Lou Haney and Donna Cooper Hurt to recreate the shapes and colors of remembered places. This sensory-based class encourages creative play and material research to create a portable and modifiable work of fiber art perfect for kids on the go!

    Saturday, March 5, 2022
    10:30 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Mar 06

    Artist Rae Stern. Photograph by Saj Issa.

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    Gallery Talk with Rae Stern

    Join us for a gallery talk with Shaping Memories: Expressions in Clay artist Rae Stern. Stern is a multimedia artist working in ceramics, photography, paper, and textiles. Her immersive installation on view at Virginia MOCA titled Outside Time was originally created during a residency in Kansas City.

    Sunday, March 6, 2022
    TBD

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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