Will Smith, Back Out There, 2022. Photography. Courtesy of the artist.

OCTOBER 8, 2022–FEBRUARY 5, 2023

The essentials for human survival are food, water, and shelter. These needs take precedence over all the others. Virginia MOCA continues our investigations of basic human needs with the new exhibition More Than Shelter. Eleven artists received an invitation to participate in this exhibition. We asked each one to consider what the idea of shelter means to them and choose an avenue of investigation. The artists connected with partners who provided unique insight into their area of expertise. Shelter is both a verb and a noun. It can mean a home, a community, or the people and places that makes us feel safe and welcomed. It also means to listen, care, and to support one another, our community, our land, our minds, our society, and our futures.

More Than Shelter will debut new artworks by the invited artists. The exhibition and related educational programming will encourage members of our community to forge new connections with each other and gain a greater understanding of what it takes to weather the challenges of our ever-changing planet.


Heather Beardsley (VA)
Mel Price, Principal, Work Program Architects

Erika Diamond (NC)
StandUp for Kids

Erin Fostel (MD)
YWCA South Hampton Roads

Roberto Jamora (VA)
The Filipino Community of Hampton Roads

Pat Jarrett (VA)
DIY House Shows in Virginia

Rosa Leff (MD)
Residents of Puerto Rico and Dr. Tania Lizarazo, a professor of Global Studies at University of Maryland

Mehves Lelic (VA)
Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center

Austin Miles (VA)
Urban League of Hampton Roads

Will Smith (VA)
Judeo-Christian Outreach Center

Sandy Williams IV (VA)
Dr. Cassandra L. Newby-Alexander, Ph.D. Dean, College of Liberal Arts, Norfolk State University

Megan Wynne (VA)
For Kids