The Moss Arts Center’s summer exhibitions explore the culture of the place | VTx


With Susan Chen, Susanna Coffey, Lindsey Brittain Collins, Ian Decker, Emily Henretta, Farah Mohammad, Clintel Steed, Stipan Tadic, Matthew Woodward and Yuri Yuan

Miles C. Horton Jr. Gallery and Sherwood Payne Quillen ’71 Reception Gallery

From sprawling cityscapes to intimate public encounters,”MaterialPolis“ brings together 10 artists whose works explore what it means to live in a city. Building on traditional landscape painting, the artists use a variety of media, traditional and non-traditional, to present first-hand views of urban scenes.

Vibrant colors and rhythmic compositions reflect a shared interest in surface and material processes, lending a sense of immediacy to the slow construction period. The artists inhabit architectural images and question how the built environment shapes human experiences of identity, race, history, community, isolation and intimate otherness.

As people move back into shared spaces after two years of domestic distancing, MaterPolis rekindles a sense of untold and much-told stories, of the change and continuity housed in the city’s generational lines.

The exhibitions are curated by Brian Holcombe, curator of the Moss Arts Center.

Visit the galleries

The galleries of the center are open Wednesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturday from 10am to 4pm. The exhibitions can be seen until Friday 2 September.

Parking is available in the North End car park on Turner Street. If there is no staff for a special event, visitors can park in the garage by taking a ticket at the entrance and paying with Visa or Mastercard at the exit. Virginia Tech also has a partnership with ParkMobil to provide a convenient, contactless electronic payment option for parking that can be used at any parking meter, campus lot, or lot with standard F/S, C/G, or R lots.

If you are an individual with a disability and would like accommodation, please contact Jamie Wiggert at 540-231-5300 at least 10 days prior to the event or email during regular business hours.

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