MOCA Jacksonville Director Marcelle Polednik, Ph.D.


Think globally. Art locally.

MOCA Jacksonville is unique in the community not only for its emphasis on contemporary art but also for the resources it dedicates to crafting singular exhibitions and programs. Over the last three years, the Museum has mounted more than thirty self-curated exhibitions. This rigorous process spans years: conceiving ideas of regional, national, and international relevance; researching related exhibitions, publications, and artists; securing loans from museums, galleries, and individual collectors; writing original scholarly material for catalogs; and designing state-of-the-art installations. The Museum’s investment in these time-intensive undertakings reflects the highest professional standard and provides tailor-made exhibitions for Northeast Florida.

Recent projects exemplify MOCA Jacksonville’s commitment to cutting-edge scholarship. The first full-scale retrospective of New York School painter Michael Goldberg, Abstraction over Time (2013) reappraised the artist’s seminal role in the formation of abstract painting. Get Real: New American Painting (2014) gathered eight artists from around the country for a snapshot of contemporary realist painting.

Through WHITE, MOCA Jacksonville explores the pivotal role the color has played in contemporary art history and continues to reverberate through recent works. Each Project Atrium exhibition reinforces the Museum’s mission for locally curated content and is an active collaboration between the artist and the Haskell Atrium Gallery’s towering proportions. German artist Angela Glajcar continues that tradition by installing a giant paper sculpture as an extension of WHITE.

Southern Exposure extends MOCA Jacksonville’s curatorial dedication this summer with a survey reflecting the contradictions inherent in the modern American South. Also, the UNF Gallery houses works curated by UNF’s Art and Design Department, and all Florida Blue Education Gallery exhibitions are developed by Museum staff.

MOCA Jacksonville often dispatches self-curated exhibitions to travel the country, bolstering the reputation of both the Museum and the city. Shared Vision completed a successful tour in 2014, and The Art of Seating continues through 2016.

As Northeast Florida’s only contemporary art museum, MOCA Jacksonville serves as a living, breathing laboratory where art, artists, and the community meet, and the ideas of our time take shape.

Marcelle Polednik, PhD
Director and Chief Curator

Mission Statement

The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a private nonprofit visual arts educational institution and cultural resource of the University of North Florida, serves the community and its visitors through exhibitions, collections, educational programs, and publications designed to enhance an understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary art with particular emphasis on works created from 1960 to the present.

MOCA Jacksonville is a cultural resource of and funded in part by the University of North Florida with additional funding by the City of Jacksonville; Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs; and by the generous support of our members.

MOCA Jacksonville’s website was funded through a generous grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund.