Juried Exhibitions


New Waves 2016

An annual, juried exhibition in various media celebrating Virginia artists. Virginia artists are invited to submit works for the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MOCA) annual juried exhibition, New Waves 2016. MOCA’s 21st annual New Waves exhibition provides an opportunity for Virginia artists to gain professional and public recognition.


This year’s juror is Jan Tumlir. Jan Tumlir is an art-writer and professor based in Los Angeles. He is a founding editor of the local art journal X-TRA, and his articles appear regularly in Artforum and Flash Art. He has written catalog essays for such artists as Bas Jan Ader, Uta Barth, John Divola, James Welling, Jorge Pardo and Cyprien Gaillard. A member of the MFA faculty at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA this year Tumlir is visiting Washington University in St. Louis as the Wallace Herndon Smith Distinguished Professor of Art. Tumlir’s latest book, The Magic Circle, On The Beatles, Pop Art, Art-Rock and Records has just been released by Onomatopee.


Best in Show: $2,000
Second Place: $1,000
Third Place: $500
Honorable Mentions: $250 (four awarded)
People’s Choice Award: $750

Submissions Open: 9 am, October 1, 2015
Entry Deadline: Midnight, November 29, 2015
Eligibility: All artists currently residing in Virginia.

Complete application information available here.  

Click here to add your name and email to our database for next year's process.


New Waves 2012 Installation view. Image by Glen McClure.
New Waves 2012 Installation view. Image by Glen McClure.
New Waves 2013. Installation view. Image by Glen McClure.
New Waves 2015 Juror is Lisa Dent. Dent is the Director of Resources & Award Programs for Creative Capital.