First Course¬


Ying-Fang Shen, My Dinner by the On’s Woods, 2020. Watercolor on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

November 13, 2020-July 25, 2021

Virginia MOCA presents First Course, bringing together 12 artists from our region to provide a taste of their talent and artistic practice. The artwork featured in this exhibition, while vastly different in medium and theme, all have one thing in common: Virginia MOCA commissioned each of these artists to create new artwork in collaboration with a subject matter expert for the exhibition Nourish.

First Course is both a primer and an expansion upon the upcoming exhibition at Virginia MOCA. Both exhibitions and the related educational programming will encourage members of our community to explore the possibilities of the intersection of food and art and creativity.

Organized by Virginia MOCA and curated by Alison Byrne, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Education and Heather Hakimzadeh, Curator. Virginia MOCA would like to thank each of the participating artists and The Runnymede Corporation for their help in realizing this exhibition.


Clara Cline, The Wild Wander

Betsy DiJulio

Angela Douglas Ramsey

Ken García Oláes

Andy Harris

Sam Hundley

Nikki Leone

Carl Medley

Marcia Neblett

Richard Nickel

Ying-Fang Shen

Clayton Singleton


Open Monday-Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday from 10am-4pm. There is no charge for admission. Virginia MOCA has partnered with The Runnymede Corporation to open a permanent satellite gallery in the lobby of their Virginia Beach headquarters at 600 22nd Street, Pavilion II, a short walk from the museum. Virginia MOCA Satellite Gallery at Towne Pavilion II has over 80 combined feet of wall space spanning the lobby and hallways of the first floor.