The Moss Arts Center celebrates the creativity and diverse perspectives that span Virginia Tech’s majors with its “Student Arts Spotlight.”

Presented by the Moss Arts Center's student ambassadors and currently on display in all the center’s gallery spaces, the exhibition includes more than 100 selected works of art created by over 100 Virginia Tech undergraduate and graduate students. Some of the student work can also be viewed on the Moss Arts Center website and social media channels. 

Students were encouraged to explore themes of gathering as they created or selected pieces for this show. From collages, sketches, photography, and paintings to digital works, sculpture, and film, the exhibition features a range of work selected from 228 submissions representing over 70 academic disciplines and each Virginia Tech college.

This artwork made of colored pencil, marker, and gouache shows a Black man winking and showing his teeth, which have a wide gap in the front.
“Danny Caese” is a colored pencil, marker, and gouache work on paper, 9x12 inches, by freshman Kate Coli.

Also featured is work by Tacie Jones, an interdisciplinary artist and current Ph.D. candidate. On display in the Ruth C. Horton Gallery, “Inhabitance” is an immersive multi-media sculpture and product of her research at Virginia Tech. Originally presented in spring 2021 as a site-specific installation behind the Town of Pearisburg’s historic community center, “Inhabitance” explores transforming the embodiment of trauma by reconnecting sensory and cognitive experiences, asking visitors to be in both their thinking and feeling bodies at the same time.

This detailed view of the work "Inhabitance" shows a spherical sculpture of fabric with images being projected onto it.
Tacie Jones’ work "Inhabitance" (detail). Photo by David Franusich.

The “Student Arts Spotlight” is curated by Meggin Hicklin, Moss Arts Center exhibitions program manager and Ali Palin, Moss Arts Center curatorial graduate assistant.

Visiting the galleries

The center’s galleries are open on Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The exhibitions will be on view through Saturday, Dec. 18.

The Moss Arts Center adheres to the guidelines of the Virginia Department of Health and Virginia Tech in its operations, including protocols for distancing, face coverings, and cleaning and sanitation. According to current university policy, all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to the Moss Arts Center are required to wear a mask.

The center offers many opportunities for students, faculty, and community members to engage with artists and their work. To arrange a group tour of the galleries, contact Meggin Hicklin.

Parking is available in the North End Parking Garage on Turner Street. When not staffed for a special event, visitors may park in the garage by taking a ticket at entry and paying with Visa or Mastercard upon exit. Virginia Tech has also partnered with ParkMobile to provide a convenient, contactless electronic payment option for parking, which may be used at any parking meter, campus parking space, or lot with standard F/S, C/G, or R parking.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Jonathan Boulter at 540-231-5300 or email during regular business hours.

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