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Open (C)all 2018 Exhibition

June 10 - August 19, 2018

The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and the Virginia Beach SPCA invite Hampton Roads artists of all ages to participate in our upcoming Open (C)all 2018 exhibition.

This year we open our call with a special theme; that of compassion. Feelings of tenderness and empathy are not often celebrated or encouraged in our fast-paced, media-driven society. Yet, these emotions bring out the best qualities of humans. Through them we connect, communicate, show mercy, and lend aid to those in need. Compassion both motivates and reveals the heroes among us in ways both large and small. 

So, what role does compassion play in your life? What meanings does it have for you? Have you received or witnessed acts of generosity and kindness? What need tugs at your heart and spurs you to action? Have you adopted an abandoned animal, shoveled a walk for an elderly neighbor, or perhaps participated in a beach clean-up? However compassion has affected you, show us and celebrate with MOCA.

Ideas to get you started:

  • What does compassion mean to you?
  • What does compassion look like? Feel like? Sound like? 
  • Have you seen compassion in action? 
  • How does compassion impact a community?
  • How do you know compassion when you see it?
  • Where is compassion needed/lacking? Why?
  • How does making/receiving a gesture of compassion make you feel?
  • Does compassion take courage?
  • How do animals receive compassion? Give compassion?
  • How is compassion expressed without words? 

The exhibition will be on display at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art from June 10 – August 19, 2018. Join us on June 10 from 2-4pm for opening day with MOCA and the Virginia Beach SPCA, including hands-on art activities for all ages.

A Closing Celebration will take place on Sunday, August 19 from 1-4pm. From 1-2pm there will be a Reception with refreshments, 2-4pm there will be hands-on art activities for all ages. Each participating artist is invited to attend. Artists may take their work home at the end of the Closing Celebration.

Click here for the complete call to artists packet.