Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

Coordinates: 36°50′55″N 75°59′16″W / 36.8487°N 75.9877°W / 36.8487; -75.9877
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36°50′55″N 75°59′16″W / 36.8487°N 75.9877°W / 36.8487; -75.9877
Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
LocationVirginia Beach, Virginia
DirectorGary Ryan[1]
CuratorAlison Byrne

The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (abbreviated as "Virginia MOCA") is a contemporary art museum in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA, located at 2200 Parks Avenue, near the oceanfront resort area. The museum is on a landscaped campus adjacent to the eastern terminus of Interstate 264 near the Virginia Beach Convention Center and the Virginia Beach Tourist Information Center.


Virginia MOCA was born from the annual Boardwalk Art Show, which began in 1952 and is now the museum's largest fundraiser.[2]

MOCA Outreach Programs[edit]

Virginia MOCA had an arts outreach program that was provided to both private and public schools located in Hampton Roads, Virginia. The program provided classes that aligned with what was being learned in school and engagement opportunities. All programs were structured based on grade level for better understanding. It was 10 courses for students in grades first through fifth. Classes combined the Virginia Standards of Learning Goals with principles of contemporary visual arts through the use of props, costumes, artifacts, hands-on activities, and creative movements. Inclusion was important to the program. Students that participated got a guest pass that allowed them to come back to the museum and bring five friends and family members for free. This allowed both the students to experience the learning opportunity as well as giving other members of the community access to learning opportunities. Returning students had the chance to show what they had learned from the class to their friends and family.[3]

In the Fiscal year 2015-2016, the outreach program had an attendance of 10,950 and was working with 48 schools providing 438 programs in schools and libraries.[4]


By operating at a national standard, Virginia MOCA received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2010.

Past Exhibits[edit]

Courtney Mattison[5]

Inka Essenhigh[6]

Robert Mapplethorpe[7]


  1. ^ "Inside Business 2022 Women in Business: Gary Ryan, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved 2023-01-02.
  2. ^ "Peggy's Virginia Beach". Travel. 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2023-01-02.
  3. ^ Lee, Sung Jin; Oh, Jae-Eun (2019-03-14). Modeling Cultural Content for Outreach Programs in Marginalized Communities in Asia: A Case Study of South Korea. Vol. 9. Canadian Center of Science and Education.
  4. ^ Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. Annual Report Fiscal Year 2015-2016 MOCA. p. 25.
  5. ^ Beans, Carolyn (2018-05-22). "Artistic endeavors strive to save coral reefs". PNAS. 115 (21): 5303–5305. doi:10.1073/pnas.1807178115. PMC 6003512. PMID 29789337.
  6. ^ Essenhign, Inka, Inka Essenhigh
  7. ^ Mapplethorpe, Robert, Robert Mapplethorpe