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Youth Art Month 2014

March 1 - 26, 2014
Celebrate the achievements of elementary, middle and high school students from Virginia Beach City Public Schools during Youth Art Month (YAM). Youth Art Month 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, self-expression, 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 public sup…

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Youth Art Month 2014

Year in Review 2013

Nov 9, 2013 - Jan 31, 2014
This annual exhibit features a collection of works by MOCA's studio school students and teachers.  …

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Year in Review 2013

MOCA Satellite Gallery at Towne Pavilion II: Jonathan Aumen: Cellular Memory

november 7, 2013 - february 28, 2014
Raised in Beijing and fresh from a residency in Kunming, China, Jonathan Aumen creates detailed views of the vast networks of buildings found there. He is concerned with the idea that manmade organizations, like cities, are a flawed reflection of more perfect systems found in nature. From a single living cell to a massive forest ecosystem, nature achieves what man attempts. The paintings serve as a beautiful message of concern as humanity tries to organize its massive population. This exhibition is organized by The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). MOCA would like to thank Jonathan Aumen and The Runnymede Corporation for their help in realizing this exhibition. Join us for a free o…

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MOCA Satellite Gallery at Towne Pavilion II: Jonathan Aumen: Cellular Memory

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