Made in VA 2021¬


Federico Cuatlacuatl, Tiemperos Del Antropoceno: Tolchikaualistli, 2020. Photograph. Courtesy of the artist. Featured in the exhibition Made in VA 2021.

November 27, 2021-March 6, 2022

For over 25 years, we have maintained a strong tradition of celebrating regional artists through our annual juried exhibition, New Waves. Our story finds its roots in a concerned and connected artist community. Virginia MOCA has never lost the goal of keeping ties with the talented artists who live close to our doors.

As our community evolves, so will the museum and its traditions. This year, New Waves has become Made in VA. The new title reasserts our commitment to Virginia artists. We will continue to bring together jurors who are at the top of their field with the talented contemporary artists found in the Commonwealth. With the new name come changes intended to strengthen our award program and provide opportunities for the growth and professional development of the selected artists.


This year’s juror is Grace Deveney. Grace Deveney is a curator and art historian. She is Associate Curator of Prospect.5: Yesterday we said tomorrow, a New Orleans-based contemporary art triennial (2021). Previously, she was Assistant Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Exhibitions at the MCA include Christina Quarles (2020; postponed until 2021) Direct Message: Art, Language, and Power (2019) and Groundings (2018; with Tara Aisha Willis), as well as presentations of the work of Paul Pfeiffer, Amanda Williams and Ania Jaworska. She is currently a PhD candidate in Art History at Northwestern University.


Best in Show

Cedric Baker, Aunt Lou

2nd Place

Vivian Chiu, Blanket

3rd Place

Federico Cuatlacuatl, Tiemperos Del Antropoceno: Tolchikaualistl and Papalotes en Resistencia

Director’s Choice

Austin “Auz” Miles, Water Dancers Part 1

Honorable Mention (2 Awarded)

Caitlin Blomstrom, False Door

Riley Goodman, Virginia Dare

People’s Choice

Ray Johnson, Orange Bonnet


Federico Cuatlacuatl, Charlottesville
John Alan Stock, Virginia Beach
Megan Angolia, Chesterfield
Shara Appanaitis, Blacksburg
Cedric Baker, Dale City
Brittany Beach, Gainesville
Caitlin Blomstrom, Newport News
David Bohnhoff, Columbia
Sarah Boyts Yoder, Charlottesville
Vivian Chiu, Henrico
Kadija Corinaldi, Virginia Beach
Kay Darling, North Chesterfield
Chongyuan Du, Glen Allen
Eirene Espinoza, Virginia Beach
Suzanna Fields, Richmond
Chlo Finley, Henrico
Riley Goodman, Richmond
Lou Haney, Charlottesville
Gregory Hennen, Dyke
Linda Hollett-Bazouzi, Richmond
Donna Cooper Hurt, Hardy
Ray Johnson, Portsmouth
Marisa Stratton, Arlington
Janelle Washington, Alexandria
Brian Kreydatus, Williamsburg
Austin Miles, Petersburg
Nikki Painter, Chesterfield
Katherine Prock, Virginia Beach
Russell Richards, Charlottesville
Robert Schultz, Salem