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The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art is a non-collecting museum. Admission includes access to all of the exhibitions on view.

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Shaping Memories: Expressions in Clay

The power of memory is immeasurable. Our individual recollections help define our sense of self, while our collective memories help define our culture. In this exhibition—Shaping Memories: Expressions in Clay — 6 artists explore this power through clay sculptures inspired by formative moments in their own lives, inherited stories passed down through generations, meaningful objects, and significant historical events. In the process, they invite us to think about the uniqueness of every individual, elements such as race and regional identity that bind us to groups, and the universal human condition that we all share.

Featured artists for this exhibition include Pattie Chalmers, Roberto Lugo, Hollie Lyko, Jiha Moon, Rae Stern, and Ehren Tool.

Made in VA

For over 25 years, we have maintained a strong tradition of celebrating regional artists through our annual juried exhibition, New Waves. Our story finds its roots in a concerned and connected artist community. Virginia MOCA has never lost the goal of keeping ties with the talented artists who live close to our doors.

As our community evolves, so will the museum and its traditions. This year, New Waves has become Made in VA. The new title reasserts our commitment to Virginia artists. We will continue to bring together jurors who are at the top of their field with the talented contemporary artists found in the Commonwealth. With the new name come changes intended to strengthen our award program and provide opportunities for the growth and professional development of the selected artists.

Agnes Grochulska: Archetypes

What does a face say about one's character? Artist Agnes Grochulska considers this in her new series entitled Archetypes. According to famed psychologist Carl Jung, humans have a universal character, or archetype, within them. There are twelve primary types, and each one has its own set of values, meanings, and personality traits. They are the Sage, Innocent, Explorer, Ruler, Creator, Caregiver, Magician, Hero, Outlaw, Lover, Jester, and Everyman. Grochulska explores the relationship between her perceptions of these traits and those of her viewers. The artist painted a portrait, interpreting how each character type appears in her own imagination. She challenges the viewer to navigate the portraits to see if their own ideas match those of the artist.

Free admission generously underwritten by the Goode Family Foundation.

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The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art is a non-profit institution which exists to foster awareness, exploration, and understanding of the significant art of our time. Through excellence and diversity in our changing exhibitions and educational programming, MOCA stimulates critical thinking and dialogue throughout the Hampton Roads community.

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