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New Waves 2015

January 31 - April 19, 2015

MOCA presents its annual juried exhibition, New Waves 2015. To celebrate our 20th juried exhibition, MOCA is offering additional prizes including a special People’s Choice award this year!

Over 230 artists from across Virginia submitted work in 2014 and proved, yet again, that the Commonwealth contains a rich and vast array of artistic talent. Each year this exciting exhibition demonstrates the diversity of materials and approaches that are used in contemporary art today.

Accepted Artists:


Lisa Dent is the Director of Resources & Award Programs for Creative Capital. Before joining Creative Capital, she served as the Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio. Dent held curatorial staff positions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and was a director at Friedrich Petzel Gallery in New York.  In addition, Dent has worked in film and the performing arts as a scenic designer, art director and producer on several projects. From 2004-08, Dent owned and managed Lisa Dent Gallery in San Francisco. She has served on numerous juries and committees and is currently a board member of Visual AIDS. 


Best in Show:

  • Justin James Reed (Richmond) - The Wall

Second Place:

  • Sarah Bean (Radford) - Stately, Plump Buck Mulligan

Third Place:

  • Tracey St Peter (Richmond) - Mother of All Dogs, Mourning

Honorable Mentions:

  • Shannon Lee Castleman (Richmond) - Cotton Candy Bike, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Jennifer Creef (Chesapeake) - Courage of Arrowheads and Knotty Pines
  • Catherine Day (McLean) - Absence Hands: Lifting Up
  • Sam Hughes (Norfolk) - 36°54'52"N_75°59'34"W

Best in Show: $2,000
Second Place: $1,000
Third Place: $500
Honorable Mentions: $250 (four awarded)
People’s Choice Award: $750

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