February 6, 2021-June 6, 2021

To nourish is to provide the food necessary for growth and health. It also means to listen, care, and support one another, our community, our land, our minds, our society, and our futures. Nourish debuts newly created artworks by 12 artists inspired by local food experts. Each artist and food expert team explored the possibilities at the intersection of food and art. The experts, who came from a broad range of occupations including farmers, chefs, nutritionists, writers, food justice and antihunger advocates, and more provided unique insight into the food culture of our region, the inspiration source for the commissioned work on view.

The exhibition and related educational programming encourage members of our community to forge new connections with each other and to gain a greater understanding of the challenges of filling our plates.

Filmmaker Jeremy Bates created a documentary to accompany this exhibition. Bates, along with Alison Byrne, Virginia MOCA Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Education, and Heather Hakimzadeh, Virginia MOCA Curator, has followed all 12 pairs through their process: learning each other’s stories, exploring bees, oysters, and farmland, the creation of the artwork, and ultimately the installation of the exhibition. “My passion for creation drives me,” said Bates. “The subject matter and creative people involved with this project are ripe for making a great film. I can’t wait to share it with everyone.”

Free admission to this exhibition is generously supported by PNC with additional support from Susan and Norman Colpitts, the Duncan Family Charitable Fund, the Ray Schoenbaum Fund, and Dr. Petra Snowden and Mr. Dieter Steinhoff.


Nourish: The Making of an Exhibition

Film by Jeremy Bates