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Rob and Nick Carter: transforming

May 21 - August 16, 2015
Artists Rob and Nick Carter have concerned themselves with you, the museum visitor. As image-laden technology increases in our culture, the length of time an artwork can attract and hold attention decreases. In this exhibition, the Carters, in collaboration with MPC,  present an irresistible invitation to look, and look again. They added color, form and movement to art historical master works with 21st century technology.  Van Gogh’s Sunflowers have become a three-dimensional bronze sculpture. Each brush stroke of the artist’s hand is visible in the gleaming metal. What appears to be a Dutch still life painting of a vase of flowers challenges expectations as the scene changes and shi…

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Rob and Nick Carter: transforming

Eric Standley: In Depth

May 21 - August 16, 2015
Artist Eric Standley creates paper sculptures that live where technology, art history, and mathematics meet. Rich and detailed, they evoke images of Gothic rose windows and Islamic architecture.  But, Standley has moved beyond traditional ornamentation as each sculpture becomes more complex than the last. The artist begins with comprehensive vector drawings.  He explores the impact of color, shape and geometry within a three dimensional space. With great care, Standley layers and stack the paper to create the final work.  The results invite intense examination and contemplation. Eric Standley is an associate professor in the School of Visual Arts in the College of Architecture and Urban S…

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Eric Standley: In Depth

Michelle Erickson: Conversations in Clay

May 21 to August 16, 2015
Internationally acclaimed artist, Michelle Erickson creates thought-provoking sculptural works that comment on life in the twenty-first century. Years of scholarly research into lost ceramics arts from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries inform her narrative works. She infuses these rediscovered arts with social, political and environmental observations to create masterful works that engage and inspire. Michelle Erickson lives and works in Hampton, Virginia. She received her B.F.A from The College of William and Mary. Many prestigious museums have collected her work including the Chipstone Foundation, WI, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Museum of Art & Design, NY, Seattle Art …

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Michelle Erickson: Conversations in Clay

Exploring Iconography

March-August 2015
CURRENTLY ON DISPLAY IN THE VIBE CREATIVE DISTRICT AT THE OCEANFRONT LIBRARY A collaborative exhibition by students and teachers from Tallwood High School, Green Run Collegiate and Bayside High School inspired by MOCA’s exhibition, Ryan McGinness: Studio Visit. Art students from the three Virginia Beach high schools came together to collaborate on a community project based on the concept of Iconography. Students visited MOCA in February to explore the work of renowned artist Ryan McGinness, a Virginia Beach native. Using McGinness's ideology and processes as an inspiration, students created collaborative and personal artworks expressing their ideas about the concept of community and identi…

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Exploring Iconography

Amanda Outcalt: Routine Examination

March 26 to July 11, 2015
CURRENTLY ON VIEW AT MOCA'S SATELLITE GALLERY AT TOWNE PAVILIION II Artist Amanda Outcalt is much like the rest of us. She thinks, plans, dreams and worries about things to the point that they sometimes fill all the corners of her mind. They can be small, nagging little issues, like the division of labor within her home. Or they can be tremendously important like who she is as a human being and the direction of her life. Eventually, these concerns, big and small, find their way out her head and into her art. The subjects of her paintings stems from her personal history. Yet, they hold appeal for us all through their universal themes and playful approach. They address the human condition with…

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Amanda Outcalt: Routine Examination