NEW WAVES 2020¬

This year Virginia MOCA celebrates the 25th anniversary of the juried New Waves exhibition of work by Virginia artists. The Commonwealth is home to a vast array of artistic talent and MOCA takes pride in its commitment to highlighting and honoring this artistic community. The Museum offers special thanks to juror, Susan Thompson, and the artists who submitted entries to New Waves 2020. The 29 works presented were selected from the more than 1,500 entered for consideration, with artists from throughout the commonwealth.

Susan Thompson is Associate Curator at the Guggenheim Museum, where she has curated several exhibitions including the two-part project Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now (2019–20); Simone Leigh, Loophole of Retreat (2019); Anicka Yi, Life Is Cheap (2017); Paul Chan, Nonprojections for New Lovers (2015). She has also contributed to such exhibitions as Danh Vo: Take My Breath Away (2018); Photo-Poetics: An Anthology (2015–16), and Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video (2014).

We invite you to take part in this year's exhibition by voting for your favorite artwork in ARTlab.

Megan Angolia (Chesterfield)

Diana Antohe (Richmond)

Mark Atkinson (Virginia Beach)

Katie Barrie (Richmond)

Stephanie Benassi (Linden)

Kyrae Dawaun (Richmond)

Sandy de Lissovoy (Lexington)

Christian DeMaria (Floyd)

Andrea Donnelly (Richmond)

Shannon Gilbert (Richmond)

Agnes Grochulska (Henrico)

Emily Hughes (Portsmouth)

Roberto Jamora (Richmond)

Pat Jarrett (Staunton)

Nate King (Blacksburg)

Ramona Martinez (Charlottesville)

Elizabeth McGrady (Richmond)

Mariana Parisca (Richmond)

Julia Pfaff (Richmond)

Richard Robinson (Orange)

Eva Rocha (Richmond)

Ruben Ulises Rodriguez (Richmond)

LaRissa Rogers (Ruckersville)

Kristin Skees (Williamsburg)

Sasha Waters Freyer (Richmond)

Megan Wynne (Chesapeake)

Congratulations to the New Waves 2020 award winners!

1st Place: Mariana Parisca, Parakupá Vená (The Fall from the Highest Point), 2020. Video.

2nd Place: Kyrae Dawaun, House (Diptych) (1/2), 2019. Oil paint on wood panel.

3rd Place: Megan Wynne, Untitled (Foundation 1), 2016. Archival pigment print hand woven with wax print paper.

Honorable Mentions: Roberto Jamora and Larissa Rogers

People's Choice Award: Agnes Grochulska

In this unprecedented time in the arts community, MOCA would like to thank New York-based curator Susan Thompson for her support, talent and especially her patience. She selected artists who have demonstrated once again the incredible talent found in our Commonwealth.