Upcoming Exhibitions

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Sam Hughes: Happenstance

August 7 - November 21, 2015
Sam Hughes has had a love affair with photography for about thirty years. This relationship continues to grow as Hughes trawls through Coastal Virginia, finding joy in the arcane, quirky, and abstract.  Using a 1969 Polaroid Land Camera and a self-invented process, he has included a new element of chance in his latest body of work.  Hughes’ careful eye and inexact process meet to reveal the imperfect and the beautiful.   …

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Sam Hughes: Happenstance

Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing

September 11 - December 31, 2015
For almost two decades, Trenton Doyle Hancock has developed an epic narrative surrounding the “Mounds” and a cast of colorful—and often not so colorful—characters who populate a wildly fantastic, invented landscape.  The artist’s use of vivid imagery and mythology has not only earned him national and international recognition, but has also revealed a fascination with the foundation of his practice.  What emerges upon further examination is a wide-range of influences including comics, graphic novels, cartoons, music, and film. While Hancock’s paintings have become the focal point for investigation, his drawings–both discrete and monumental–have not been explored in depth bef…

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Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing

Amanda McCavour: Inside/Out

September 11 to December 31, 2015
Toronto-based artist Amanda McCavour documents the world around her by drawing with thread.  She suspends thread drawings of domestic objects and organic forms from the ceiling. The resulting installation is light yet feels solid, evoking both the ethereal and profound nature of memory.  McCavour has developed a unique artistic process. She sews into water-soluble material, layering the stitched lines so these thread drawings remain intact when the material dissolves. Two of McCavour’s imaginative installations will transform MOCA's galleries, inviting visitors to recall their own memories of home, place and time. About the Artist: Amanda McCavour holds a BFA in Visual Arts Studio from Y…

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Amanda McCavour: Inside/Out

Andrea Dezso: Dreamtime

September 11 - December 31, 2015
Virginia MOCA presents work by award-winning artist, Andrea Dezsö. Dezsö works with a broad range of media, creating intricate, detailed realms that hold her own stories, interests and ideas. MOCA will present a selection of her “tunnel books,” as well as a large scale installation, a giant tunnel book and diorama. Through these we will peek into her worlds where things like craft traditions, folk tales, and interests in space or entomology meet. About the artist: Andrea Dezsö is an artist and illustrator who exhibits in museums and galleries around the world. She has created permanent public art installations for the New York City subway system, the US Embassy in Bucharest, Romania a…

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Andrea Dezso: Dreamtime

Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose

May 22, 2016 – Dec. 31, 2016
The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) will feature some of the foremost contemporary artists through a ten year retrospective of the art magazine, Hi-Fructose. This exhibition is a unique opportunity to bring a broad spectrum of artwork by over 50 artists from the pages of magazines and computer screens to the walls of a contemporary art museum dedicated to educating on the significant art of today. Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose is a collaborative initiative by two like-minded organizations – MOCA in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Hi-Fructose The New Contemporary Art Magazine in San Francisco, California. Both are committed to creating an awareness of contempora…

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Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose