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SkillQuest 2013

October 2 to November 3, 2013
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 eighteenth year to exhibit the work of these talented artists. This year’s exhibit includes more than 200 pieces of artwork, including paintings, collages, hand-sewn items, clay sculpture and wheel-thrown pottery. …

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SkillQuest 2013

Matt Eich - The Seven Cities

September 12 - December 29, 2013
Presented by The Capital Group Companies with support from the Lee A. and Helen Gifford Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation.  MOCA partners with a Hampton Roads native son, Matt Eich, in an exploration of the region’s unique character and heritage. Hampton Roads is comprised of seven cities: Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Newport News, Hampton and Suffolk. These municipalities are in relatively close proximity, but are distinctly different. This region is an amalgamation of people and cultures, including surfers, skaters, New Agers, hoteliers, shipping and transportation firms, military contractors, and many, many members of the armed forces, to name just a fe…

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Matt Eich - The Seven Cities

Wade Mickley: Terribly Wonderful

May 30 - August 18, 2013
Wade Mickley draws inspiration from a variety of sources, including comics, books, magazines, the internet, the news and friendships with other artists. Many of the works shown here are called “assemblage,” which is a 3-D composition constructed from found or gathered objects. Mickley’s sculptures reference folk or “outsider” art and feature materials that have a rough or weathered look. In addition to shaped and painted wood, there are broken roof tiles, vinyl records, rusted bits of metal, and signs. Wade Mickley is a Hampton Roads native who currently lives in Newport News.  Read more about this exhibit in MOCA's Gallery Guide.  MEDIA:  AltDaily Magazine Daily Press AUDIO STO…

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Wade Mickley: Terribly Wonderful

out of the box: trends in contemporary jewelry

January 25 - April 28, 2013
MOCA will explore and celebrate the emerging trends that are taking place in contemporary jewelry. As artists move away from traditional jewelry making materials, boundaries are crossed and whole new categories are evolving. As patrons move through this exhibition, they won’t have to ask whether it is sculpture, installation or jewelry. The answer will be yes to all of the above. The artists featured include: Arthur Hash Emiko Oye Rachel Rader Lauren Kalman Rachel Timmins Joe Churchman Jennifer Crupi Margaux Lange This exhibition is organized by The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Read more about the exhibit in MOCA's gallery guide. Learn more about select works via MOCA's au…

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out of the box: trends in contemporary jewelry

Brian Dettmer: Elemental

May 30-August 18, 2013
Brian Dettmer is an internationally renowned sculptor who uses outdated, mass-produced books as the medium for his craft.  The artist carefully slices through books such as old encyclopedias and medical guides, revealing words, patterns and images. Individual ideas and thoughts are separated from their original context and rejoined to allow them new possibilities of meaning. What is left behind is a stunning, visual prose. Dettmer has exhibited at institutions world-wide, such as Museum of Arts and Design (New York), Museum of Contemporary Art (Georgia), Museum Rijswiijh (Netherlands) and Wellcome Collection (England). Donate a children's book and receive $2 off admission to see Brian Det…

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Brian Dettmer: Elemental