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Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose

May 22, 2016 – Dec 31, 2016
The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) will feature some of the foremost contemporary artists through a ten year retrospective of the art magazine, Hi-Fructose. This exhibition is a unique opportunity to bring a broad spectrum of artwork by over 50 artists from the pages of magazines and computer screens to the walls of a contemporary art museum dedicated to educating on the significant art of today. Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose is a collaborative initiative by two like-minded organizations – MOCA in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Hi-Fructose The New Contemporary Art Magazine in San Francisco, California. Both are committed to creating an awareness of contempora…

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Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose
Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose. Installation view. Photo by Glen McClure

christine k. harris: awake

MAY 22 - December 31, 2016
Artist Christine K. Harris wants us to wake up. Too often we move through life, head down, involved in our personal problems in our minds and on our screens. But, if we just look up and around, there is a possibility for deep insight. We have the opportunity to recognize the ties that bind everything together into a whole: People, plants, insects, and animals. Everything that lives has connection to everything else. Learning to pay close, thoughtful attention to the natural world is a process whose story continues to unfold. Christine K Harris is a sculptor and part time art therapist. She earned a Master’s Degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in art therapy.  She has practiced art…

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christine k. harris: awake
Christine K. Harris. "Fragile Shelter", 2016. Resin, Polymer Clay, Acrylic Paint. Courtesy of the Artist.

The Artists Gallery: Call and Response

August 5, 2016 - January, 2017
In this exhibition, MOCA invited artists from the cooperative, The Artists Gallery in Virginia Beach, to respond to MOCA’s ground-breaking exhibition, Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose. The artists who responded spent some exclusive time with the exhibition and talked with the curators who organized it. From there, they created an original artwork as a response to the exhibition. This artist may have cited influence from a specific work or many pieces from the exhibition. Celebrate the results created by local artists through an exhibition hung in MOCA’s Satellite Gallery at Towne Pavilion II. This exhibition is organized by The Virginia Museum of Contemporary …

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The Artists Gallery: Call and Response
Constance Fahey. No Surfing Today, 2016. Acrylic and mixed media

SkillQuest 2016

October 8 - November 14, 2016
SkillQuest is a day activity program for adults with developmental disabilities run by the City of Virginia Beach. The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is delighted to partner with SkillQuest for the thirteenth year to exhibit the work of these talented artists. This year’s exhibit includes more than 200 pieces of artwork, including paintings, collages, clay sculpture and wheel-thrown pottery. The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art is funded in part by the citizens of Virginia Beach through a grant from the City of Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission, and by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Business Consortium for Arts Support an…

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SkillQuest 2016
SkillQuest 2016

VIBE Creative District Mural Panels

Year-Round
MOCA is proud to partner with local artists and creative businesses on the NEW VIBE Creative District. A short drive from MOCA, the VIBE Creative District is a unique and interesting local community in Virginia Beach that shares the talents of local artists, makers and creative entrepreneurs. For the outdoor mural project, Richmond artist Ed Trask and Virginia Beach artist Igor Acord organized volunteers to paint and create murals to be installed on 18th Street, between Mediterranean and Cypress Streets. This area has been identified as the common area for future Second Saturday collaborations and fundraising events for the VIBE Creative District.  Vision of ViBe Creative District A group o…

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VIBE Creative District Mural Panels
7th Grader Rocky Majetich's Mural.