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The Artists Gallery: Call and Response

August 5 - November 19, 2016
Opening Reception Friday, August 5th at 5-7pm at MOCA's Satellite Gallery at Towne Pavilion II in conjunction with First Friday ViBe in the Virginia Beach Creative Arts District.    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. Celebrat…

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

Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art

January 27 - April 16, 2016
One in four adults lives with a mental health condition, yet this common illness often remains hidden behind a wall of secrecy and isolation. Mindful: Exploring Mental Health through Art breaks down societal stigmas and offers an opportunity to encounter and understand mental health through the lens of contemporary craft.  Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art, explores the impact that mental illness is having on society, and the role the arts can play to both encourage positive self-expression and guide effective mental health promotion and treatment. Featuring more than 30 works created by 14 contemporary artists Mindful examines creative responses to mental health conditions t…

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Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art
Michael Janis Echoes, 2015 Kilnformed glass, glass powder imagery 10” x 30” x 4” Photo: Anything Photographic

New Waves 2017

January 27 - April 16, 2017
The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art will present its annual juried exhibition, New Waves 2017. This exhibition highlights the work of contemporary artists from across the Commonwealth. This year’s juror is Ken Harman. Ken Harman is a curator and gallerist based in San Francisco, CA. He is the owner of two galleries, Hashimoto Contemporary and Spoke Art, which have locations in San Francisco and New York City. Previously, Harman was the online editor for Hi-Fructose Magazine. His writings have appeared in multiple print and online features. His most recent art book, "The Wes Anderson Collection: Bad Dads" was published by Abrams Books in 2016. Submission guidelines and more details will…

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New Waves 2017
New Waves 2016

Nevet Yitzhak: WarCraft

January 27 - April 16, 2017
Nevet Yitzhak is a video and installation artist as well as a composer.  In Warcraft, she creates a large-scale video installation using symbols borrowed from Afghan war rugs. The rugs were first created by rural Afghan women as a reaction to the 1979 Soviet invasion. They abandoned traditional patterns and introduced symbols of war: guns, tanks, airplanes, etc.  Yitzhak creates her own war rugs from scratch and brings them to life in the form of 3D animations engaged in active battles. WarCraft resembles a video game: planes fly from one rug to the next, dropping bombs that burn holes in the fabric, while tanks fire across screens, creating bullet holes. The battle rages on in endless loo…

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Nevet Yitzhak: WarCraft
Nevet Yitzhak. Installation view at the Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

Wayne White Solo Exhibition

May 11 - August 13, 2017
Wayne White is multi-faceted phenomenon in the art world. He is an artist, art director, illustrator, puppeteer, and more. Born and raised in Chattanooga, White's career has had a meandering path. Starting in the 1980's, he worked for the East Village Eye, New York Times, Raw Magazine, and the Village Voice. White designed sets and characters for the hit television show Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, Shining Time Station, Beakman’s World, Riders in the Sky, and Bill & Willis. As a fine artist, White's most successful works have been the word paintings. They feature oversized, three-dimensional text painted on top of vintage landscape reproductions. The paintings are thought-provoking and witty…

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Wayne White Solo Exhibition
Wayne White. Courtesy of Joshua Liner Gallery