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The Promise

March 26 - April 17, 2016
Visual Art Students from Bayside, Green Run Collegiate and Tallwood High Schools explored the current MOCA exhibition  surrouding themes of water conservation. They then travelled to The Brock Center in Virginia Beach. Lynnhaven River Now and The Virginia Aquarium presented in-depth overviews of the condition and status of our local waters. They also learned about the decline of the oyster population and how it directly affects the natural habitat and ecosystems.  The students created over 150 ceramic oyster shells and mounted them on gradient blue wooden planks.  The oyster shells are arranged aesthetically to show the growth of oysters needed for the survival of the local water’s habi…

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The Promise
"The Promise" student exhibit at MOCA (2016).

Crystal Wagner: Surface Tension

January 30 - April 17, 2016
EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION - JAN 29th 6:30-8:30PM Artist Crystal Wagner’s installations abound as they reach through, over and around their environments.  Wagner’s work draws from many different disciplines including drawing, sculpture, and printmaking. The hybrid forms mimic and reference natural, organic shapes and environments. Yet, they are sourced from cheap and readily available materials. In January 2016, Wagner will create an installation with water as a source of inspiration at MOCA. Crystal Wagner lives and works in Harrisburg, PA. She received her MFA from the University of Tennessee and her BFA from the Atlanta College of Art.  Her exhibition schedule includes growing lar…

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Crystal Wagner: Surface Tension

Courtney Mattison: Sea Change

January 30 - April 17, 2016
Artist and ocean advocate Courtney Mattison creates large scale ceramic installations and sculptures inspired by science and marine biology. Her intricate hand-crafted porcelain works celebrate the fragile beauty of endangered coral reef ecosystems and promote awareness to conserve and protect our natural world.  Born and raised in San Francisco, Courtney received an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts in Marine Ecology and Ceramic Sculpture from Skidmore College in 2008 and a Master of Arts in Environmental Studies from Brown University with coursework at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011. Mattison has exhibited her work nationally including at the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs, N…

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Courtney Mattison: Sea Change
Courtney Mattison. Our Changing Seas III, 2014. Glazed stoneware and porcelain. Courtesy of the artist

ARTlab Winter/Spring 2016

January 30 - April 22, 2016
Explore the new exhibitions hands-on in ARTlab! The Butler Gallery (ARTlab) is a space for all ages to discover current exhibiting artists and their processes through interactive activities, fun facts, art making stations and reading materials provided by the Virginia Beach Public Library. Experience MOCA’s Winter/Spring exhibitions through the ARTlab, an interactive space for all ages. Help create an oyster reef inspired by the exhibitions, learn about coral reefs, discover how you can help your local waterways and create your own water inspired artwork.  MOCA would like to thank Lynnhaven River Now and Courtney Mattison for their assistance with ARTlab. Organizations featured in ARTlab:…

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ARTlab Winter/Spring 2016
ARTlab Spring 2016

New Waves 2016

January 30 - April 17, 2016
The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is pleased to present its annual juried exhibition, New Waves 2016. 282 artists from across Virginia submitted work and proved, yet again, that the Commonwealth contains a rich and vast array of artistic talent. This exciting exhibition demonstrates the diversity of materials and approaches that are used in contemporary art today.  Juror: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 We…

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New Waves 2016
Installation view of New Waves 2015 at Virginia MOCA. Photo by Glen McClure