JULY 11, 2024–JANUARY 5, 2025

Since 1994, the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art has celebrated the extraordinary talent of Virginia artists through its annual juried exhibition. Nearly 30 years later, this favorite tradition continues to thrive and evolve together with the immense creative talent found across the commonwealth. Starting in Summer 2024, Made in VA will transition to a biennial event featuring artwork created by Virginia artists in the preceding two years.

Every other year, Virginia MOCA will dedicate an expanded gallery space to the juried exhibition, enabling the Museum to showcase a wider range of artistic voices and visions. This expansion will also mean more prizes and professional opportunities for participating artists. Now as in 1994, Made in VA reflects the Museum’s commitment to enriching and supporting the artistic communities in our region.

This momentous occasion marks a new chapter in the Museum’s long history of fostering creativity and innovation. As the exhibition soars to new heights, we invite all eligible artists in Virginia to share their unique talents.

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A panel of three jurors representing regional and national perspectives will review submitted materials and select artists for the exhibition.

Lauren Leving is a curator and writer based in Chicago and Cleveland. Her work explores how creative practice can expand institutionally rooted understandings of access. Currently, she is curator-at-large at the Museum of Contemporary Art (moCa) Cleveland; associate curator for the Orange County Museum of Art’s 2024 California Biennial; and co-curator of Everlasting Plastics, originally presented in the U.S. Pavilion during the 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale. Since joining moCa in 2019, Leving has organized projects including the Getting to Know You residency, which supported the production of Messages to Authorities (Go Away!), a largescale textile commission by Aram Han Sifuentes and Don’t mind if I do, a group exhibition stewarded by Finnegan Shannon.

Previously, she was a curatorial fellow at Hyde Park Art Center and exhibitions manager for Wrightwood 659, and she has curated exhibitions at spaces including ACRE Projects, Material Exhibitions, Co-Prosperity Sphere, and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art. Leving holds an MA in Museum & Exhibition Studies from the University of Illinois–Chicago and a BA from Tulane University.

Maya Brooks is the assistant curator of Contemporary Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art and Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, an intermediary position that forges her passion for technology with art history through exhibition curation and interpretation. Brooks' professional mission is to provide equitable museum experiences for diverse populations. Overall, she strives to restore access, inclusion, and agency in the museum field for historically marginalized communities.

Heather Hakimzadeh is the juror and site curator for the exhibition and the Senior Curator and Special Projects Manager at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (Virginia MOCA). Since her tenure at Virginia MOCA, she has organized over 50 exhibitions ranging from local to internationally recognized artists. Hakimzadeh’s recent exhibitions include She Says: Women, Words, and Power, Inka Essenhigh: A Fine Line, and Wayne White: Monitorium. She wrote essays for both Inka Essenhigh's monograph and the catalogue that accompanied the seminal group exhibition, Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose. She earned a BS from Carnegie Mellon University, a BA in Art History from Old Dominion University, and an MA in Art History from the George Washington University.

Made in VA Biennial will be on view July 11, 2024–January 5, 2025.


The Goode Prize | $10,000

The Goode Prize winner will also have a solo exhibition that will run concurrently with the 2026 Biennial and will have an individual virtual studio visit with each juror.

2nd | $3,000

3rd | $1,500

Honorable Mentions | $750 (3 awarded)


Director’s Prize | $1,000

People’s Choice | $750


Opportunity to participate in a virtual group studio visit with a renowned artist selected by Virginia MOCA

Virginia MOCA Individual membership


Submissions Open: January 15, 2024
Entry Deadline: March 4, 2024
Acceptance Notification: April 15, 2024
Artwork Delivery: June 3–14, 2024 (M–F, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM)
Exhibition Members’ Preview : July 11, 2024
Exhibition Opens to the Public: July 12, 2024
Exhibition Closes: January 5, 2025

All artists over 18 currently residing in Virginia are eligible.
Work in all mediums created within the past two years will be considered.
Works submitted for the Biennial must be available for the duration of the exhibition if selected.

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

Virginia MOCA is committed to ensuring that our professional practices match our values which include accessibility and connection to community. We will offer 30 fee waivers for this exhibition for those who may need one. If you need a fee waiver, please send an email to and we will assist you.


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


Help for the application process can be found on the CaFÉ help page.

What forms of payment do you accept? For entries, the CaFÉ website ( accepts most credit cards and PayPal.

Does the Museum sell the artwork? Virginia MOCA does not sell work that is on display in its galleries. If a patron is interested in purchasing an artwork, the Museum will put them in touch with the artist.

Is the entry fee per artwork or per application? The entry fee covers your entire application.

How many works can I submit? Each application entitles you to submit up to five images. Those images can be of a single artwork or up to five different works. You can also submit up to three sound and/or video works.

If you have any further questions, please submit to

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