From the Director
It is a pleasure to welcome you to the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural resource of the University of North Florida and one of the Southeast’s largest contemporary art institutions. Situated on Hemming Plaza since 2003, MOCA is dedicated to presenting innovative exhibitions by the finest international, national, and regional artists of our time.
This year ushers in a significant milestone — the ninetieth anniversary of the continuous operation of an arts organization that has gradually crystallized into the Museum of Contemporary Art that you know and support today.
From the fledging Fine Arts Society formed in 1924 to the Jacksonville Art Museum, the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, and finally, MOCA, the Museum has changed names and physical addresses more than once. Two important elements, however, have remained constant. The first is the Museum’s unrelenting commitment to producing the highest quality art programming, both for the benefit of Northeast Florida and Jacksonville’s nationwide reputation as an arts center. The second is our community’s unwavering support of these important pursuits, evidenced by the Museum’s longevity and ability to outlast a number of dark periods in its history.
Today, MOCA is built on this two-fold foundation — its commitment to excellence and the support of a community that understands this institution’s value to the cultural landscape. This marks not only the ninetieth continuous year of the operation that is now MOCA, but also the ninetieth year of partnership with you, our supporters and members. For this privilege, we thank you.
In keeping with the theme of transformation, we explore a similar propensity for change and redefinition within the world of art itself. Material Transformations features the work of seven artists who recycle ordinary objects into astounding works of art, even entire environments. Similarly, our top-secret Project Atrium: One Spark artist will redefine the cavernous space through a novel installation that will astound thousands of visitors enjoying the view from the lobby and the galleries.
As these exhibitions take shape, the MOCA education team prepares another ambitious season of fun and thought-provoking programming for children, families, and adults. From featured artist lectures to community response projects and a new MOCA book club, this winter and spring offer more opportunities to enjoy and learn more about the art, artists, and ideas of our time.
No anniversary — particularly one this significant — is complete without a celebration. On March 15, we host the annual MOCA Classic: Anniversary Edition. From seated dinner to dancing, entertainment, and a one-of-a-kind fine art auction, this will be an evening to remember. Together with event co-chairs Carolyn Hawthorne and Gwen Gallagher-Howard, as well as honorary chairs Charles and Elli Zimmerman, I sincerely invite you to attend and take part in the celebration of these ninety years of cultural achievements. As the proceeds from the MOCA Classic support future exhibitions at the Museum, you will also be doing your part to sustain the next ninety years of compelling contemporary arts programming.
Wishing you a wonderful New Year and a happy ninetieth anniversary,
Marcelle Polednik, Ph.D.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a private non-profit 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.