Made in VA Biennial¬

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


July 12, 2024-January 5, 2025

Every other year, we’re dedicating an expanded gallery space to the juried exhibition, enabling the Museum to showcase a wider range of artistic voices and visions. This expansion also means more prizes and professional opportunities for participating artists.

Now as in 1994, Made in VA reflects the Museum’s commitment to enriching and supporting the artistic communities in our region. This momentous occasion marks a new chapter in the Museum’s long history of fostering creativity and innovation.

Congratulations to the award-winning Virginia artists of our inaugural Made in VA Biennial:


Vivian Chiu, Henrico
Self IV, 2022


Kara Braciale, Falls Church
Σ (sigma), 2024


Rebecca Oh, Richmond
E, 2022


Nadd Harvin, Newport News
We Need To Talk, 2024


Susan Lapham, Vienna
Wonderland, 2022


Jonathan Lee, Richmond

Counterpane, 2024

Steve Prince, Williamsburg
Sow, 2022


Vote for your favorite work of art in the exhibition in our interactive gallery ARTlab! The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced at the close of the exhibition.



Jalen Adams, Richmond
Hank the Aquarian, Norfolk
Meg Roberts Arsenovic, Diggs
Paulina Archambault, Williamsburg
Morgan Ashcom, Charlottesville
Kole Bennett, Norfolk
Raydel Blanco, Alexandria
Michael Borowski, Blacksburg
Kara Braciale, Falls Church
Jordan Bruner, Richmond
Gina Warren Buzby, Norfolk
Pooja Campbell, South Riding
Nanette Nacorda Catigbe, Fairfax
Vivian Chiu, Henrico
YunKyoung Cho, Oakton
Robin Croft, Manassas
Federico Cuatlacuatl, Charlottesville
Hannah Diomataris, Richmond
Isa Dray, Richmond
Eirotropot, Harrisonburg
Rowena Federico Finn, Virginia Beach
Chelsea A. Flowers, Richmond
Jaimee Foster, Virginia Beach
Meesha Goldberg, Barboursville
Kim Hardy, Norfolk
Nadd Harvin, Newport News
Anna Hogg, Charlottesville
Susan Iverson, Montpelier
Victoria Jensen, Chesapeake
Niki Jiang, Richmond
Sidra Kaluszka, Radford
Abby Kasonik, Charlottesville
Amanda Kelly, Roanoke
Jeffrey Kenney, Linden
Maggie Kerrigan, Virginia Beach
Emma Knight, Richmond
Susan J. Lapham, Vienna
Forrest Lawson, Alexandria
Pedro Ledesma III, Alexandria
Jonathan Lee, Richmond
AnaMarie Liddell, Charlottesville
Lenny Lyons Bruno, Lexington
Ryan Lytle, Newport News
Sean McClintock, Richmond
Evie Metz, Richmond
Lauren Moses, Charlottesville
Nadia Msalek, Virginia Beach
Andrew Norris, Richmond
Megan Obenaus, Norfolk
Rebecca Oh, Richmond
Seville Marina Meyn Partida, Norfolk
Steve Prince, Williamsburg
Corrin Pumphrey, Fredericksburg
Jing Qin, Norfolk
Cameron Ritcher, Richmond
Nicole M. Santiago, Williamsburg
Melissa Schappell, Virginia Beach
Ying-Fang Shen, Richmond
Fanxi Sun, Richmond
Andy Van Dinh, Richmond
Ju Yun, Chantilly


A panel of three jurors representing regional and national perspectives reviewed submitted materials and selected 61 artists and 87 works of art from an application pool of 699.

Lauren Leving is a curator and writer based in Chicago and Cleveland. Her work explores how creative practice can expand institutionally rooted understandings of access. Currently, she is curator-at-large at the Museum of Contemporary Art (moCa) Cleveland; associate curator for the Orange County Museum of Art’s 2024 California Biennial; and co-curator of Everlasting Plastics, originally presented in the U.S. Pavilion during the 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale. Since joining moCa in 2019, Leving has organized projects including the Getting to Know You residency, which supported the production of Messages to Authorities (Go Away!), a largescale textile commission by Aram Han Sifuentes and Don’t mind if I do, a group exhibition stewarded by Finnegan Shannon.

Previously, she was a curatorial fellow at Hyde Park Art Center and exhibitions manager for Wrightwood 659, and she has curated exhibitions at spaces including ACRE Projects, Material Exhibitions, Co-Prosperity Sphere, and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art. Leving holds an MA in Museum & Exhibition Studies from the University of Illinois–Chicago and a BA from Tulane University.

Maya Brooks is the assistant curator of Contemporary Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art and Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, an intermediary position that forges her passion for technology with art history through exhibition curation and interpretation. Brooks’ professional mission is to provide equitable museum experiences for diverse populations. Overall, she strives to restore access, inclusion, and agency in the museum field for historically marginalized communities.

Heather Hakimzadeh is the juror and site curator for the exhibition and the Senior Curator and Special Projects Manager at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (Virginia MOCA). Since her tenure at Virginia MOCA, she has organized over 50 exhibitions ranging from local to internationally recognized artists. Hakimzadeh’s recent exhibitions include She Says: Women, Words, and PowerInka Essenhigh: A Fine Line, and Wayne White: Monitorium. She wrote essays for both Inka Essenhigh’s monograph and the catalogue that accompanied the seminal group exhibition, Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose. She earned a BS from Carnegie Mellon University, a BA in Art History from Old Dominion University, and an MA in Art History from the George Washington University.

Made in VA Biennial is on view July 12, 2024–January 5, 2025.


The Goode Prize | $10,000

The Goode Prize winner will also have a solo exhibition that will run concurrently with the 2026 Biennial and will have an individual virtual studio visit with each juror. We express our deepest gratitude to the Goode Family for their vision and generosity. Their unwavering support makes this transformative prize possible and further illuminates the brilliance of Virginia’s artistic landscape.

2nd | $3,000

3rd | $1,500

Honorable Mentions | $750 (3 awarded)


Director’s Prize | $1,000

People’s Choice | $750


Opportunity to participate in a virtual group studio visit with a renowned artist selected by Virginia MOCA

Virginia MOCA Individual membership

Exhibition Programming