Our brains are wired to collect things.
Collections can bring pleasure, satisfy curiosity, represent identity, mark moments in time, and create a legacy. There are as many reasons to create collections as there are people who have them. Museums like Virginia MOCA have a special connection to art collectors. We love people who love art and support creative culture. Purchasing artwork preserves our knowledge and values. It forms an exchange of ideas that stretch across the world into our most intimate spaces.
JULY 7–DECEMBER 31, 2023
Open (C)all 2023 Curious Collections
CALL FOR ARTWORK SUBMISSIONS
People collect all kinds of things for many reasons. Some people collect to fulfill practical needs or as a hobby, while others collect to satisfy an emotional desire or to create a sense of identity.
Virginia MOCA invites Hampton Roads artists of all ages to participate in our upcoming exhibition Open (C)all 2023: Curious Collections. The exhibition will be displayed in conjunction with Virginia MOCA’s main gallery exhibition Collector’s Edition.
What do you collect? Accepted submissions will be displayed in our Community Gallery.
JULY 7–DECEMBER 31, 2023
Mille Colori by Dale Chihuly
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.
On Paper: A Boardwalk Art Show Poster Retrospective
SATELLITE GALLERY (OFF-SITE)
Virginia MOCA is proud to celebrate the history of the Boardwalk Art Show with a special poster show. Featuring a selection of posters from the show's early years along with original artwork and photographs, the display demonstrates the show’s evolving style and the special place it holds in the cultural community of Virginia Beach. Together, the images are a slice of local history that reflects and celebrates the place we call home.
AUGUST 21–NOVEMBER 11, 2023
Prisms Art Camp Exhibition 2023
Every summer, Virginia MOCA hosts camps for children and teens ages 2–17. Art campers exercise their imaginations through classes designed to challenge and inspire. At the end of each camp week, students are asked to select an artwork to include in the Prisms: Art Camp Exhibition that demonstrates their creative achievements. On view in the Fleming Gallery, this exhibition is a celebration of a fun-filled, imaginative, and educational summer in the studios.
AUGUST 26–NOVEMBER 12, 2023
Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature's Underworld
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: Witness
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
- Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
- LaToya M. Hobbs: Flourish
- Atrium Artists in Residence: Amber Pierce, Poetry Jackson, Nadd Harvin
- ARTlab Spring 2023
- Youth Art Month 2023
- Hampton Roads Student Gallery Honorees 2023
- In the Abstract
- Visual & Performing Arts Academy Juried Art Show 2023
- Teaching Artist Exhibition 2023
- Studio Work Studio Programs Teaching Artists 2023
- Hampton Roads Student Gallery Honorees
- Youth Art Month
- Maya Lin: A STUDY OF WATER
- Open (C)all 2022: What is Missing?
- Visual and Performing Arts Academy Juried Art Show
- Teaching Artists Exhibition 2022
- SITES UNSEEN: A Collaborative Environmental Sculpture Project
- Atrium Artists in Residence
- Made in VA 2022
- More Than Shelter
- ARTlab Fall & Winter 2022
- Brian Kreydatus: Homebodies
- The Art of the ViBe 3
- Prisms Art Camp Exhibition 2022
- Living Apart: Geography of Segregation in the 21st Century
- Open (C)all 2021: Food & Memory
- American Appetite: Selections from the Chrysler Museum of Art
- Real Food Films
- Summer of Women
- SHE SAYS: Women, Words and Power
- Lauren Keim: Everyday Magic
- First Course
- Made in VA 2021
- Agnes Grochulska: Archetypes
- Shaping Memories: Expressions in Clay
- Emergence: Teen Juried Exhibition
- Selected Works from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
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.