Upcoming Exhibitions

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Open (C)all

May 21 to August 16, 2015
Call for Exhibition Submissions The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) invites Hampton Roads artists of all ages to participate in our upcoming Open (C)all exhibition. This is a unique opportunity for artists — including you — to have their work on display in the MOCA this summer. MOCA will feature the work of Rob and Nick Carter, Michelle Erickson, and Eric Standley in our galleries this summer. In their own art-making, all of these artists are influenced by art history in some way. While they do not attempt to directly replicate a chosen work of art, they do strive to imitate it in some way—whether in form, structure, design or meaning—and often subvert tradition in favor …

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Open (C)all

Eric Standley: In Depth

May 21 - August 16, 2015
Artist Eric Standley creates paper sculptures that live where technology, art history, and mathematics meet. Rich and detailed, they evoke images of Gothic rose windows and Islamic architecture.  But, Standley has moved beyond traditional ornamentation as each sculpture becomes more complex than the last. The artist begins with comprehensive vector drawings.  He explores the impact of color, shape and geometry within a three dimensional space. With great care, Standley layers and stack the paper to create the final work.  The results invite intense examination and contemplation. Eric Standley is an associate professor in the School of Visual Arts in the College of Architecture and Urban S…

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Eric Standley: In Depth

Rob and Nick Carter: transforming

May 21 - August 16, 2015
Artists Rob and Nick Carter have concerned themselves with you, the museum visitor. As image-laden technology increases in our culture, the length of time an artwork can attract and hold attention decreases. In this exhibition, the Carters, in collaboration with MPC,  present an irresistible invitation to look, and look again. They added color, form and movement to art historical master works with 21st century technology.  Van Gogh’s Sunflowers have become a three-dimensional bronze sculpture. Each brush stroke of the artist’s hand is visible in the gleaming metal. What appears to be a Dutch still life painting of a vase of flowers challenges expectations as the scene changes and shi…

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Rob and Nick Carter: transforming

Michelle Erickson: Conversations in Clay

May 21 to August 16, 2015
Internationally acclaimed artist, Michelle Erickson creates thought-provoking sculptural works that comment on life in the twenty-first century. Years of scholarly research into lost ceramics arts from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries inform her narrative works. She infuses these rediscovered arts with social, political and environmental observations to create masterful works that engage and inspire. Michelle Erickson lives and works in Hampton, Virginia. She received her B.F.A from The College of William and Mary. Many prestigious museums have collected her work including the Chipstone Foundation, WI, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Museum of Art & Design, NY, Seattle Art …

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Michelle Erickson: Conversations in Clay

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