EXHIBITIONS

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS¬

2023 First Place Artwork, Jasmine Love Bugarin, Visual and Performing Arts Academy, Salem High School, Virginia Beach

Hampton Roads Student Gallery Honorees 2024

FLEMING GALLERY

For over 30 years, Student Gallery has provided students in 11th and 12th grades with the opportunity to exhibit their artwork in leading museums and institutions in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia. Students participate annually through teacher and school administrator solicitation.

FEBRUARY 15–25, 2024

Dale Chihuly, Mille Colori, 2003. Blown glass. Photo by Echard Wheeler.

Mille Colori by Dale Chihuly

RODRIGUEZ PAVILION

Translating to “1,000 Colors,” Mille Colori certainly lives up to its name. This breathtaking 14-foot glass sculpture by renowned artist, Dale Chihuly, is made up of 520 separate blown-glass pieces and hangs as a permanent fixture in our sunlit Rodriguez Pavilion, which was built specifically to showcase the modern masterwork. As our only permanent work of art on view, Mille Colori can be experienced year-round and has been seen by thousands of visitors throughout the years.

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Installation view of SkillQuest

SkillQuest

FLEMING GALLERY

The 24th annual SkillQuest exhibition celebrates the creativity and artistry of individuals with developmental disabilities. SkillQuest is a day activity program for adults provided by the City of Virginia Beach. The program works with each participant to achieve goals that are important to them including socialization, communication, and independent living skills.

NOVEMBER 18, 2023–FEBRUARY 18, 2024

Seda Pound, Rhyming Intervals, 2023. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist

Atrium Artists in Residence: Seda Pound, Katie Prock, and Rowena Federico Finn

SATELLITE GALLERY

This group exhibition features new work by the 2024 Atrium Artists in Residence cohort, who were invited to make the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art their working space and site for connection with the broader community. Exploring themes in conjunction with Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature’s Underworld, on view at Virginia MOCA from February 9–June 9, 2024, this exhibition complements the residency program and celebrates the work of these talented artists.

DECEMBER 9, 2023–JUNE 16, 2024

Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman with Aaron Delehanty, Loud Cow Studio, American Landscape, 2022. Mixed-media diorama with taxidermy, found objects, and painted background, 8 x 16 x 8 feet. Photo: Walter Colley. Post-Production: Maria Spinelli. Courtesy of American Federation of Arts

Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature's Underworld

MAIN GALLERY

Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature’s Underworld unites over 30 sculptures and paintings by two renowned artists who have explored humanity’s strained relationship with the environment for over 30 years.

FEBRUARY 9–JUNE 9, 2024

Spencer Tinkham, detail of Garrulus Glandarius (Eurasian Jay), 2023. Basswood and oils. Courtesy of the Artist

Spencer TInkham: Witness

COMMUNITY GALLERY

Artist Spencer Tinkham creates sculptures of birds that are inspired by his love of nature and art. He has traveled across the country to research specimens found in natural history museums, piecing together the stories of these tiny witnesses to the big things happening on our planet.

FEBRUARY 9–JUNE 9, 2024

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS¬

Made in VA Biennial

MAIN GALLERY

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.

JULY 11, 2024–JANUARY 5, 2025

PAST EXHIBITIONS¬

EXHIBITIONS¬

WE ARE WHAT WE CURATE

If you’re looking for inspiration from the artists of today, or just something fun to do in Virginia Beach, you’ve come to the right place. As a non-collecting contemporary art museum, our gallery spaces have ever-changing exhibitions. That means every few months, we introduce new, exceptional art for you to see, experience, and celebrate. Check out what is on view now, coming next, and what we’ve shown before.

Admission is free! Tickets can be reserved in advance at the link below.

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