Current Exhibitions¬

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

Alexis Rockman, Departure, 2018. Oil on Dibond aluminum composite sheet. 44 x 56 in. Barbara and Jonathan Lee, Courtesy the artist and American Federation of Arts. Photo by Adam Reich

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, 2024-June 9, 2024

A wooden sculpture of a close up view of a starling

Spencer Tinkham, Sturnus vulgaris (European Starling)(detail), 1890–2023. Oil paint on carved basswood. 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, 2024-June 9, 2024

A long hallway with a large, nature-inspired mural painted on one of the walls.

ARTlab exploring Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature’s Underworld and Spencer Tinkham: Witness, on view February 9–June 9, 2024. Photo by Echard Wheeler

ARTlab Winter & Spring 2024


ARTlab is our interactive space for all ages located off of our main galleries. Explore the main themes and ideas found in our exhibitions Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature’s Underworld and Spencer Tinkham: Witness through making, sharing, and personal connections.

ARTlab consists of hands-on low-tech interactives including art making, a response station, a visitor poll, and other participatory activities. The space often includes artist material samples, process images, audio, and video. Each ARTlab also contains a Virginia MOCA Mini Library and reading nook, in partnership with the Virginia Beach Public Library which offers a selection of books that give insight into the art, ideas, and themes in the current exhibitions. Local artists are also commissioned to hand paint the title murals for each interactive, bringing more original art into the museum. This exhibition cycle, our ARTlab muralist is Trevor Lucas of Anomaly Art Studio.

February 9, 2024-June 9, 2024

Katie Prock Just Between Us

Katie Prock, Just Between Us, 2023. Cyanotype on found tablecloth. Courtesy of the artist

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


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

Colorful painting

Cambri Sams, Me: Free, 2023. Cardboard and acrylic paint on canvas

Visual and Performing Arts Academy 2024 Juried Art Show

The Annual Visual and Performing Arts Academy Juried Art Show is an exhibition of student work, juried by local artists and art professionals. This competitive show celebrates a large body of current VPAA talent, including awards for exceptional artworks in the categories of 2-Dimensional, 3-Dimensional and Digital Media.

April 13, 2024-April 28, 2024

Mille Colori by Dale Chihuly

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

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.


January 1, 2020-December 31, 2024

Upcoming Exhibitions¬

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Made in VA Biennial


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 12, 2024-January 5, 2025

Past 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.

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