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Satellite Gallery: First Course

November 13, 2020 - July 25, 2021

The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) presents First Course, bringing together 12 artists from our region to provide a taste of their talent and artistic practice. The artwork featured in this exhibition, while vastly different in medium and theme, all have one thing in common: Virginia MOCA commissioned each of these artists to create new artwork in collaboration with a subject matter expert for an exhibition that will be on view at Virginia MOCA February 6 – June 6, 2021.

First Course is both a primer and an expansion upon the upcoming exhibition at Virginia MOCA. Both exhibitions and the related educational programming will encourage members of our community to explore the possibilities of the intersection of food and art and creativity.

Organized by The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and curated by Alison Byrne, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Education and Heather Hakimzadeh, Curator. MOCA would like to thank each of the participating artists and The Runnymede Corporation for their help in realizing this exhibition.


Clara Cline, The Wild Wander

Betsy DiJulio

Angela Douglas Ramsey

Ken García Oláes

Andy Harris

Sam Hundley

Nikki Leone

Carl Medley

Marcia Neblett

Richard Nickel

Ying-Fang Shen

Clayton Singleton


Open Monday-Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday from 10am-4pm. There is no charge for admission. MOCA has partnered with The Runnymede Corporation to open a permanent satellite gallery in the lobby of their Virginia Beach headquarters at 600 22nd Street, Pavilion II, a short walk from the museum. MOCA Satellite Gallery at Towne Pavilion II has over 80 combined feet of wall space spanning the lobby and hallways of the first floor. 

By order of the Governor, masks are required to visit the Satellite Gallery. 

Please see below the guidelines from the CDC and the Commonwealth of Virginia that you are required to be familiar with before you visit. Also included are FAQs about visitation.

Virginia MOCA is committed to following all the guidelines laid out for museums by the CDC and the Commonwealth of Virginia and we require our visitors to do the same. Please familiarize yourself with these documents before visiting, 

CDC Stop the Spread of Germs Document

CDC Testing Symptoms

Virginia Phase 3 - Museum Specific Guidelines begin on Page 30