MADE IN VA 2022¬

Mahari Chabwera, Dadme La Muerte Que Me Falta, 2020. Oil, shells, acrylics, and fabric on stretched canvas. Courtesy of the artist.

OCTOBER 8, 2022–FEBRUARY 5, 2023

Virginia MOCA continues its celebration of regional artists through our annual juried exhibition, Made in VA, now in its 27th year. We find our roots in a concerned and connected artist community. We remain committed to keeping close ties with the talented artists who live close to our doors.

Last year, New Waves became Made in VA. The exhibition reasserted our commitment to Virginia artists. We invite the talented contemporary artists found in the Commonwealth to continue this momentum. Virginia MOCA wants to provide artists opportunities and share their voice and their vision with our visitors.

This year's Juror Bana Kattan, Pamela Alper Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), selected the work of 31 artists out of the 532 who applied this year, showcasing the diversity of materials and approaches found in contemporary art.

Virginia MOCA would like to thank Bana Kattan for sharing her time and talent in the realization of Made in VA and congratulate all the artists.


Best in Show

Saar Shemesh, WHOLE HOLE

Second Place

Adjoa Burrowes, Run Down and Run Over

Third Place

Cameron Kashani, Hall of Music

Director's Choice

A.D. Herzel, Grails

Honorable Mentions (2 Awarded)

Nonyelum Ekwempu, Quarantine Diary Series: Home Alone

Ken García Oláes, Pandesitas

People's Choice

Sermin Ciddi, Old Town Alexandria in the Fall (Contemporary Miniature)


Kamal Al Mansour, Hampton
Hank the Aquarian, Norfolk
Adjoa Burrowes, Herndon
Mahari Chabwera, Newport News
Jaimie Choi, Virginia Beach
Sermin Ciddi, Alexandria
Justin Cockrell, Richmond
Alison Coutu, Chesapeake
Federico Cuatlacuatl, Charlottesville
Jasper Drilling, Henrico
Matt Eich, Charlottesville
Nonyelum Ekwempu, Alexandria
Ken García Oláes, Virginia Beach
Sheila Giolitti, Norfolk
Manuel Guerrero Zdeinert, Manassass
Shayne Herrera, Warrenton
A.D. Herzel, Blue Ridge
Somi Hiers, Yorktown
Nathan Hosmer, Richmond
Roberto Jamora, Richmond
Ray Johnson, Portsmouth
Andre Jones, Newport News
Ali Kaeini, Richmond
Cameron Kashani, Crozet
Maggie Kerrigan, Virginia Beach
David Marion, Chesterfield
Kyle Maurer, Richmond
Austin Miles, Petersburg
Amuri Morris, Richmond
Saar Shemesh, Richmond
Stephon Slater, Hampton


Bana Kattan is the Pamela Alper Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA). Her current curatorial work includes an atrium project with artist Orkideh Torabi and a co-organized mid-career retrospective with artist Bani Abidi. Kattan was the MCA’s Barjeel Global Fellow and organized Can You Hear Me Now and co-organized the MCA's presentation of Mika Rottenberg: Easy Pieces. Prior to her time at the MCA, she was the curator at the New York University Abu Dhabi Art Gallery where she curated numerous exhibitions such as Permanent Temporariness: Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti (2018); But We Cannot See Them: Tracing a UAE Art Community, 1988–2008 (2017); and Invisible Threads: Technology and its Discontents (2016). She received her MA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011) and is a recipient of the Getty-CAA International Program Grants (2015).


Best in Show: $2,000
Second Place: $1,500
Third Place: $1,000
Director’s Choice: $1,000
Honorable Mentions: $750 (2 awarded)
People’s Choice: $750

Each artist will have the opportunity to participate in a digital-group studio visit with a blue-chip artist selected by Virginia MOCA. The Best in Show Winner will have an individual digital-studio visit with the juror. All other prize winners will have individual digital-studio visits with one of the Museum’s curators.


Artful Insights: Made in VA

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Discover the amazing talent of artists living and working in Virginia! Join Made in VA exhibiting artists as they discuss their work in the exhibition as well as share insight into their artistic practice. This is a great opportunity to meet new artists and learn about contemporary approaches to artmaking.


Instagram Live Chat: David Marion

Thursday, December 8, 2022

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. Find us on Instagram @virginiamoca.

This month’s guest will be a Made in VA exhibiting artist David Marion.


Master Class with Ken García Oláes

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Learn the fundamentals of drawing and painting to create a realistic oil portrait using the alla prima technique! Walk step-by-step through the portrait painting process alongside Made in VA artist Ken García Oláes. We'll begin by practicing line drawing and composition from a reference image before establishing value in our portraits through underpainting. The class will also delve into color theory, oil transfers, working in layers, and various brushwork techniques to achieve finely rendered, captivating results.