MADE IN VA 2022¬

Made in VA 2022 Juror Bana Kattan.


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 26th 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.

Made in VA will be on view October 8, 2022–February 5, 2023



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.

Juror: 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).


Submissions Open: May 23, 2022
Entry Deadline: July 12, 2022
Acceptance Notification: August 12, 2022
Artwork Delivery: August 29–September 8, 2022
Exhibition Opening: October 7, 2022

Eligibility: All artists currently residing in Virginia.

Fees: A non-refundable fee of $35 (credit card or Paypal).

Submissions: Please note that submissions to Made in VA exhibition will be accepted through online application at CaFÉ website. Juror selections for Made in VA are made online.

Help with Submissions: The CaFÉ website has information to help you prepare your work for submission, including information on free editing software. HELP

Eligible Artwork: All artistic mediums made between the years of 2019–2022 are accepted for review. Art exhibited in previous New Waves/Made in VA exhibitions is not eligible for review.

-2-D work must be ready for installation including hanging devices on the artwork. Each work will not exceed 84 inches in any dimension, including frame and must not exceed 75 lbs. in weight. (Please note: Sawtooth hangers are unsafe for installation and cannot be used.

-3-D work will be no larger than 84 inches including base and must not exceed 75 lbs.

-Installations: Virginia MOCA will accept previously created installations. Images of installations can be submitted to Submissions should be flexible to fit any location within the gallery. (Outdoor installations cannot be accepted.)

-Video and sound works can be submitted through the CaFÉ process. There is a limit of 3 video/sound entries per application. Artists should list details of installation and presentation preferences in the comments section of the application.

Artists are responsible for delivery and/or shipment to and from Virginia MOCA. Accepted artworks may be hand-delivered or shipped by the artist. All artworks must be packed properly for return shipping. Pre-paid return and/or pick-up is the responsibility of the artist. Return prepaid shipping label from UPS or FedEx should be enclosed.

Liability: Virginia MOCA is responsible for insurance of all artwork while it is on premises. Artists must provide their own insurance for transportation. Virginia MOCA is not responsible for damage due to improper packing or creation of artwork using non-archival or unsafe materials.

Photography: Virginia MOCA reserves the right to photograph and reproduce any artwork in Made in VA for publicity and educational purposes relating to the exhibition.

Please email with any questions or concerns.