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Hampton Roads Historium

Taking a cue from our current exhibition Wayne White: Monitorium, MOCA staff worked with area art teachers to create Hampton Roads Historium. This exhibition features puppets designed and created by local students, inspired by local history. 

The project kicked off with a workshop for art teachers at MOCA. Taking what they learned back to their respective schools, the teachers tasked their students with researching a historical figure from Hampton Roads. Next, they sketched ideas for their puppets, making sure to stay true to the character of their historical figure. Finally, using cardboard, hot glue, and paint, the students brought their sketches to life. We hope this exhibition reveals more about the people who are part of Virginia’s rich history.

Special thanks to the following teachers and schools for collaborating with MOCA on this unique exhibition:

  • Tanya Baughman, Green Run High School
  • Louis Castiglioni, Landstown Elementary School
  • Jasmine Fountain, Visual and Performing Arts Academy, Salem High School
  • Erika Hitchcock, Green Run Collegiate
  • Amber Huckaby, Green Run High School
  • Erin Richburg, Visual and Performing Arts Academy, Salem High School
  • Amanda Smith, Salem High School

Along with the puppets are paintings by students from the Brickell Academy at Old Donation School. Taking inspiration from Wayne White’s word paintings, students created their own landscapes layered with text.  Special thanks to Leigh Drake at the Brickell Academy at Old Donation School.

Please join us for a reception celebrating the work in Hampton Roads: Historium on Thursday, November 30th from 6:30-8:30pm.


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