Exhibitions

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

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

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

Still-life painting of a clear vase of pink flowers atop a small wooden table.

Scott Minner, Flowers for Linda, 2023. Acrylic on Canvas. Bayside Elementary School

Teaching Artists Exhibition 2024

Through the ongoing partnership between Virginia MOCA and Virginia Beach City Public Schools, the annual Teaching Artists Exhibition is on view in Fleming Gallery every spring. Our institutions are committed to the professionalization and visibility of teachers as artists, in addition to their role as educators. A teaching artist fuses the skills, practices, and awareness of an artist into their instructional practice. This exhibition provides an opportunity to celebrate the teacher as the artist.

May 4, 2024-June 2, 2024

Mille Colori by Dale Chihuly

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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January 1, 2020-December 31, 2024

Upcoming Exhibitions¬

Hank the Aquarian, Wash Me & Comb Me, 2023. Acrylic paint & latex house paint on canvas. Courtesy of the artist

Made in VA Biennial

MAIN GALLERY

The inaugural Made in VA Biennial juried exhibition celebrates the extraordinary talent of Virginia artists. Featuring over 87 works from 61 artists, this exhibition will present a robust cross-section of exceptional contemporary art being made throughout the state.

July 12, 2024-January 5, 2025

Art by Heather Beardsley

Heather Beardsley, Ghosts of Pollinators Past V, 2024. Chlorophyll prints and encaustic collage on panel. Courtesy of the artist.

Heather Beardsley: Tell the Bees

FLEMING GALLERY

Heather Beardsley's Tell the Bees is more than an exhibition; it's a conversation. Lean in and whisper your hopes for a thriving environment to the native bees that keep our world green.

July 12, 2024-September 15, 2024

Nikkie Leone, Untitled (detail), 2024. Mixed media. Courtesy of the artist

Nikki Leone: Rule Breaker

COMMUNITY GALLERY

Artist Nikki Leone challenges norms through unexpected art. As a woman juggling many roles, she seeks creative freedom beyond societal constraints.

July 12, 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.

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