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Fleming Gallery: Kempsville Expressions

January 14 - February 5, 2017
Kempsville Center for Behavioral Health (KCBH) has been working with children and teens struggling to maintain their mental health since 2011. Through art, the teens at KCBH express themselves in ways that are as unique as their journeys to mindfulness. We are thrilled to share Kempsville Expressions with you in partnership with MOCA. www.kempsvillecenter.com About the Teacher - Joseph Austin, (“Mr. Joey”), has been teaching students with special needs for 7 years. He graduated with a BA in World Studies, a M.Ed. in Christian Education. While an undergraduate he studied art at the VCU School of the Arts and now shares his talent and skills with children of all ages. He uses his artistic …

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Fleming Gallery: Kempsville Expressions
Kempsville Expressions

Main Galleries are Currently Closed

January 2 - 27, 2017
MOCA's main galleries are closed as we install artwork for the UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS. Mark your calendars for the Winter/Spring Exhibition Opening Reception on Fri, Jan 27.  Limited exhibits and administrative offices are open Monday-Friday from 9am - 5pm. The museum is closed to the public on weekends during installation. Are you handy? MOCA is always looking for skilled gallery assistants to help prepare the galleries for new work. Find out how you can lend a hand. …

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Main Galleries are Currently Closed

dale chihuly

on display year round.
Dale Chihuly, Mille Colori, 2003 Often called "the world's greatest living artist," Dale Chihuly has single-handedly changed the glass world with his elaborate and extraordinary works. His retrieval of ancient glass-blowing techniques and his founding of the Pilchuck Glass School, the most prominent glass-working school in the world, are both groundbreaking moments in contemporary glass art. In his Seattle "hot shop," he and his team of glassblowers push the limits of molten glass, darting across the room like dancers, their movements choreographed by the master. In 1996, Chihuly created 15 enormous chandeliers, placing them under bridges and across the Venetian canals as a tribute to the bi…

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dale chihuly
MOCA's Dale Chihuly, Mille Colori, 2003.

Outdoor Sculptures

on display year round.
After you've visited MOCA's exhibitions, be sure to take a walking tour of our outdoor sculptures. Download the Outdoor Sculptures map. #1 Steven LesserOlympia, 2001 Plate steel 2001.46.LTLLES #2 Michael ManjarrisPoetic Object Series: Knowledge, 2001 Negro Monterrey Marble 2001.46.LTLMAN #3 Lila KatzenCurled Up C, 1979 Stainless steel and cor-ten 1979.24.LTLKAT #4 Steven LesserMano Hermano, 1999 Plate steel 1999.44.LTLLES #5 MASAYUKI ODAVoyage, 1987 Mixed media 1987.32.03 HELP US PROTECT THE ART: PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB ON SCULTPURES.  See more Public Art in Virginia Beach: Download the Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Guide.  …

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Outdoor Sculptures
Steven Lesser, Olympia, 2001.

Matt Lively Mural in Norfolk's NEON District (OFF-SITE)

October 2015 - TBD
MOCA recently partnered with Richmond-based artist Matt Lively to create  "27 Beecycles" on the back of the Stark and Legum Menswear shop in Norfolk's NEON District. According to the artist, "The 27 Beecycles capture the single-mindedness of bees, flying in one direction, as one unit, and with one purpose.  The evolution of an attached bicycle wheel stems from my interest in man using science to change nature.  The “27” is for each year that the MOCA has been operating in it’s current form - plus one year.”  Matt Lively will have a solo exhibition at MOCA's Satellite Gallery in the VIBE Creative District at Towne Pavilion II opening in April 2016.   ABOUT THE ARTIST (in his …

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Matt Lively Mural in Norfolk's NEON District (OFF-SITE)
Matt Lively, 27 Beecycles. NEON District Mural. Commissioned by Virginia MOCA. Photograph by Glen McClure. October 2015