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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.

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    May 26

    Chris Moore, Senior Scientist at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

    PROGRAMS
    Coffee + Conversation with Chris Moore, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

    Join us for a casual conversation exploring current exhibitions, led by Virginia MOCA staff and guest lecturers.

    This month we will be joined by Chris Moore, Senior Scientist at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. We will look at selected works of art from Maya Lin: A Study of Water and discuss the science and environmental issues that have inspired Maya Lin’s work.

    Thursday, May 26, 2022
    11:00 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    May 29

    Maya Lin, Marble Chesapeake & Delaware Bay (detail), 2022. Glass marbles & adhesive. Photo by Kerry Ryan McFate. Courtesy of Pace Gallery.

    CLASSES
    You Are Here!

    CLASS FULL
    AGES 6–8
    Mixed Media
    One Session

    Class full; please join waitlist

    Join artist Renee Calway in the studios to discover the wonders of mapmaking! Get inspired by the dazzling textures, colors, and forms in Maya Lin’s Marble Chesapeake Bay as you learn to create your own 3D map using clay and found materials.

    Sunday, May 29, 2022
    1:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    May 29
    PROGRAMS
    Looking to Learn: Art & Storytime

    Children ages 3–8 and their caregivers are invited to join us each month as we look, learn, and make in response to themes from our current exhibitions. This program for families will include close-looking at artwork, reading of a storybook, and a making activity inspired by the theme.

    Sunday, May 29, 2022
    10:00 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    May 31
    CLASSES
    Explorations in Ice

    CLASS FULL
    AGES 2–5 WITH CAREGIVER
    Mixed Media
    One Session

    Class full; please join waitlist.

    Artist Maya Lin studies many aspects of nature to create works of art inspired by her observations. Join us in the galleries to examine Maya Lin’s artworks about ice, discuss the role of ice in nature, then head back to the studio to conduct your own chilly artistic experiments!

    Tuesday May 31
    10:30 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jun 04
    CLASSES
    Plaster Casting

    TEENS
    Sculpture
    Four Sessions

    Engage with the sciences to investigate the unique characteristics of water through sculpture. Using plaster and other mold making materials, we’ll create cast sculptures inspired by our visual observations and imagination!

    Saturdays, June 4 - June 25, 2022
    1:00 PM-3:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jun 04
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    Sites Unseen Student Symposium and Reception

    Hear from the student creators of Sites Unseen: A Collaborative Environmental Sculpture Project as they share their nine-month journey designing and fabricating public art for the grounds of Virginia MOCA. This project required many hours of research, innovative thinking, learning new artistic practices, and revisions along the way to bring their designs to life. Help us honor and celebrate the work of these committed students and their teachers.

    Saturday, June 4, 2022
    10:00 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jun 04

    Spencer Tinkham. Photo courtesy of the artist.

    PROGRAMS
    Artist in Residence: Spencer Tinkham

    Engage with local working artists creating on-site inspired by Maya Lin and environmental themes. Artists will have mobile studios set up in the Virginia MOCA Atrium.

    This month’s featured artist is Spencer Tinkham.

    June 4 - June 25, 2022
    Saturdays 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jun 04
    CLASSES
    STEAM Studio

    AGES 9–12
    Mixed Media
    Four Sessions

    Interpret topics in science, technology, engineering, and math through art! Make a spinning waterwheel, construct data-informed sculptures, and create your own microbiome of the Chesapeake Bay. You’ll be amazed at how interrelated our world really is!

    Saturdays, June 4 - June 25, 2022
    10:30 AM-12:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jun 05
    CLASSES
    Fluid Art

    CLASS FULL
    TEENS
    Painting
    One Session

    Class full; please join waitlist.

    Get inspired by forms, rhythms, and colors found in nature! Join artist Deanna Strother in the studio to select an eye-catching palette, create your own fluid paint, and learn techniques in paint-pouring to produce a striking composition of flowing, organic forms on canvas.

    Sunday, June 5
    1:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jun 09

    Kate Pittman, executive director of the ViBe Creative District. Photo by Fresh Look Photography.

    PROGRAMS
    Instagram Live Chat with Kate Pittman

    Join Heather Hakimzadeh, curator, for a conversation with Kate Pittman, executive director of Virginia Beach's ViBe Creative District.

    Thursday, June 9, 2022
    11:00 AM

    INSTAGRAM

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    Jun 11
    CLASSES
    Explorations in Salt Water

    AGES 2–5 WITH CAREGIVER
    Mixed Media
    One Session

    Did you know that over 97% of the water on earth is salty? Join us in the galleries to explore artworks featured in Maya Lin: A Study of Water, learn more about some of our earth’s most precious natural resources, then head back to the studio to combine water and salt in a 2D artwork of your own!

    Saturday, June 11, 2022
    10:30 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jun 12

    Example of paint-pouring technique.

    CLASSES
    Fluid Painting

    CLASS FULL
    ADULTS
    Painting
    One Session

    Class full; please join waitlist.

    Get inspired by forms, rhythms, and colors found in nature! Join artist Deanna Strother in our studios to select an eye-catching palette, create your own fluid paint, and learn techniques in paint-pouring to create a striking composition of flowing, organic forms on canvas.

    Sunday, June 12
    1:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jun 23

    Photo by Lindsay Collette.

    PROGRAMS
    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. Plus, enjoy an exhibition-themed cocktail from a local mixologist.

    Thursday, June 23, 2022
    5:30 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jun 25

    The Brock Environmental Center.

    PROGRAMS
    Creative Connections with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

    Current members can join Virginia MOCA staff for a guided tour of the Brock Environmental Center and discover the science behind the art of our current exhibition, Maya Lin: A Study of Water.

    Saturday, June 25, 2022
    10:00 AM

    BROCK ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER

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    Jun 26
    PROGRAMS
    Looking to Learn: Art & Storytime

    Children ages 3–8 and their caregivers are invited to join us each month as we look, learn, and make in response to themes from our current exhibitions. This program for families will include close-looking at artwork, reading of a storybook, and a making activity inspired by the theme.

    Sunday, June 26, 2022
    10:00 AM

    ZOOM

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    Jun 29
    PROGRAMS
    American Red Cross Blood Drive

    Donate blood to help save lives. Join us at the Museum on Wednesday, June 29 from 12:00 to 5:00 PM to help make a difference in our community. After donating, treat yourself to a complimentary bundtlet cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes Hilltop.

    Wednesday, June 29, 2022
    12:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jun 30

    Melissa Messina, left and Dorothy Moss, right.

    PROGRAMS
    Curators in Conversation: Maya Lin

    Melissa Messina, Curator of Maya Lin: A Study of Water and Dorothy Moss, Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery will discuss Maya Lin’s career, artistic practice, and influence on the world of contemporary art.

    Thursday, June 30, 2022
    6:30 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jul 02

    Artist Shirley Lu.

    PROGRAMS
    Artist in Residence: Shirley Lu

    Engage with local working artists creating on-site inspired by Maya Lin and environmental themes. Artists will have mobile studios set up in the Virginia MOCA Atrium.

    This month’s featured artist is Shirley Lu.

    July 2 - July 30, 2022
    Saturdays 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jul 03

    Maya Lin, White Fracture (detail), 1994. Embossed paper. Courtesy of Maya Lin Studio.

    CLASSES
    Embossing with Nature

    ADULTS
    Embossing
    One Session

    Embossing is the process of creating a raised relief design on paper or other substrates. Explore our grounds to discover the abundant patterns and shapes of fallen natural materials, examine the embossing work of Maya Lin in our galleries, then head into the studios with artist John Runner to create your own nature-based embossing on 100% cotton rag paper.

    Sunday, July 3
    10:00 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jul 07

    Poet Laureate of Virginia Luisa Igloria. Photo by Lindsay Collette.

    PROGRAMS
    Poetry Reading: Water Will Not Make Tears for Water

    Poet Laureate of Virginia, Luisa Igloria will read a suite of poems created in response to our current exhibition Maya Lin: A Study of Water. Igloria will be joined by multidisciplinary guests who will also present inspired reflections.

    Thursday, July 7, 2022
    6:30 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jul 09
    CLASSES
    Encaustic Art

    ADULTS
    Encaustic
    One Session

    Encaustic painting is a process that uses melted, pigmented beeswax to create layered and luminous work. In this workshop, designed for all levels, artist Karen Eide will lead you through encaustic painting basics as well as how to add inks, pastels, graphite, watercolor, collage, mixed media, and texture!

    Saturday, July 9, 2022
    10:00 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jul 14

    Artist Spencer Tinkham.

    PROGRAMS
    Instagram Live Chat

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

    This month’s guest is Spencer Tinkham, June Atrium Artist in Residence. Tinkham’s work will be on view in the Virginia MOCA Fleming Gallery as part of the Atrium Artists in Residence Exhibition.

    Thursday, July 14, 2022
    11:00 AM

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    Jul 21

    Nikki Bass, Nansemond Tribal Council Member.

    PROGRAMS
    Coffee + Conversation with Nikki Bass

    Join us for a casual conversation exploring current exhibitions, led by Virginia MOCA staff and guest lecturers.

    This month we will be joined by Nikki Bass, Nansemond Tribal Council Member. We will look at selected works of art from Maya Lin: A Study of Water and discuss the work of the Nansemond Indian Nation to rebuild their connection to their ancestral waterway after centuries of displacement.

    Thursday, July 21, 2022
    11:00 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Jul 31

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

    PROGRAMS
    Looking to Learn: Art & Storytime

    Children ages 3–8 and their caregivers are invited to join us each month as we look, learn, and make in response to themes from our current exhibitions. This program for families will include close-looking at artwork, reading of a storybook, and a making activity inspired by the theme.

    Sunday, July 31, 2022
    10:00 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Aug 06

    Suzanne Stevens, Gingko Trees. Oil pastels. Courtesy of the artist.

    PROGRAMS
    Artist in Residence: Suzanne Stevens

    Engage with local working artists creating on-site inspired by Maya Lin and environmental themes. Artists will have mobile studios set up in the Virginia MOCA Atrium.

    This month’s featured artist is Suzanne Stevens

    August 6 - August 27, 2022
    Saturdays 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Aug 07
    PROGRAMS
    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 artmaking, gallery activities, and more. We'll also be joined by Virginia Beach Public Library with a 3D Printing demonstration.

    Sunday, August 7, 2022
    10:00 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Aug 11

    Artist Erin Fostel.

    PROGRAMS
    Instagram Live Chat with Erin Fostel

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

    This month’s guest is Erin Fostel, More Than Shelter exhibiting artist. More Than Shelter will open at Virginia MOCA in fall 2022. Fostel previously exhibited artwork at the museum as part of 2021 group exhibition Amplify.

    Thursday, August 11, 2022
    11:00 AM

    INSTAGRAM

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    Aug 20

    Example of cyanotype print.

    CLASSES
    Cyanotypes: Printing with Light

    ADULTS
    Cyanotypes
    One Session

    When exposed to the sun, fabric and paper treated with the light-sensitive cyanotype solution reveal original prints in an intense shade of blue. Artists, botanists, and architects have been employing this non-toxic light-printing technique in their work for nearly 200 years.

    Saturday, August 20
    10:00 AM

    VIRGINIA MOCA

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    Aug 28
    PROGRAMS
    Looking to Learn: Art & Storytime

    Children ages 3–8 and their caregivers are invited to join us each month as we look, learn, and make in response to themes from our current exhibitions. This live-streamed program for families will include close-looking at artwork, reading of a storybook, and a making activity inspired by the theme.

    Sunday, August 28, 2022
    10:00 AM

    ZOOM

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