Current Exhibitions

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Ryan McGinness: Studio Visit

January 31 - April 19, 2015
Ryan McGinness: Studio Visit explores the creative process of a Virginia Beach native and artist.  In 2009, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) commissioned a work inspired by the museum’s collection. The result is a 16-panel painting containing 200 icons that reference works from the VMFA.  We now have an opportunity to see how McGinness conceived and created this stunning work. There are three parts to this exhibition. The first provides a glimpse of McGinness’ studio practice. Listen to his favorite playlist as you see the artist screenprint the final work! The second shows early artworks he made while growing up in Virginia Beach. Finally, you can see some of the objects McGinn…

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Ryan McGinness: Studio Visit

New Waves 2015

January 31 - April 19, 2015
MOCA presents its annual juried exhibition, New Waves 2015. To celebrate our 20th juried exhibition, MOCA is offering additional prizes including a special People’s Choice award this year! Over 230 artists from across Virginia submitted work in 2014 and proved, yet again, that the Commonwealth contains a rich and vast array of artistic talent. Each year this exciting exhibition demonstrates the diversity of materials and approaches that are used in contemporary art today. Accepted Artists: Sarah Bean, Radford Riana Bovill,  Warrenton       Shannon Castleman, Richmond      Jennifer Creef, Chesapeake Catherine Day, McLean Josh DeWall, Norfolk Erika Diamond, Richmond Erica Fallin, Rest…

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New Waves 2015

Exploring Iconography

March-April 2015
Artwork inspired by current exhibition Ryan McGinness: Studio Visit created by local art students from Tallwood High School, Green Run Collegiate and Bayside High School.  Read about this project in The Virginian-Pilot's Beacon. …

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Exploring Iconography

Amanda Outcalt: Routine Examination

March 26 to July 11, 2015
EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION: MARCH 26th from 5-6:30pm.  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 without becomi…

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Amanda Outcalt: Routine Examination

Youth Art Month 2015

March 3 - 31, 2015
Celebrate the achievements of elementary, middle and high school students from Virginia Beach City Public Schools during Youth Art Month (YAM). Youth Art Month (YAM) is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. Established in 1961, YAM provides a forum for acknowledging skills that are not possible in other subjects. Art Education develops self-esteem, appreciation of the work of others, selfexpression, cooperation with others, and critical thinking skills. All of these skills are vital to the success of our future leaders – our children. This exhibition encourages publi…

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Youth Art Month 2015