Mission: The museum of contemporary art jacksonville, a cultural resource of the university of north florida, collaboratively serves the jacksonville and unf communities through exhibitions, collections and educational programs and publications designed to enhance the understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary art with particular emphasis on works created from 1960 to the present.
Programs: Central to moca's mission is the installation and display of featured exhibitions throughout the year. Ninety-five percent of moca jacksonville's exhibitions are self-curated. The self-curated exhibition commitment lives at the core of moca's programmatic offerings, such as artist lectures and performances, educational programs, school tours, art-making activities, and community outreach. Exhibitions for the fy14-15 year included: - southern exposure - may 16, 2015 - august 30, 2015- in time we shall know ourselves - april 25, 2015 - august 30, 2015- white - january 24, 2015 april 26, 2015- john hee taek chae: barbara ritzman devereux visiting artist exhibition - february 3, 2015 april 26, 2015- erica mendoza: visual love letters - december 14, 2014 march 30, 2015- art & design faculty exhibition - november 18, 2014 january 18, 2015- get real: new american painting - september 13, 2014 january 4, 2015- express your #selfie: art with a heart in healthcare - august 24, 2014 november 30, 2014- juxtaposition: works by larry wilson & laurie hitzig - september 2, 2014 november 2, 2014- a thousand words: a photo response project - june 1, 2014 august 10, 2014- backdoor formalism - may 22, 2014 august 24, 2014over the past year, moca worked with three talented women in its "project atrium" series that features emerging and mid-career artists who create site-specific and site-sensitive works for moca's prominent atrium gallery: caroline lathan-steifel (july 26, 2014 - october 26, 2014), angela strassheim (november 22, 2014 - march 1, 2015), and angela glajcar (march 28, 2015 - june 28, 2015). All three artists and exhibitions were significant to moca's history, but strassheim's work was a catalyst for monumental exposure for the museum. In accordance with its strategy to acquire new works from featured exhibitions, moca acquired six works from prior exhibitions. Moca jacksonville is committed to offering compelling opportunities to all audiences. Moca jacksonville regularly holds thursday night public programs and free tours. The public tour has become a museum mainstay since the summer of 2014. Over 500 visitors benefited from free in-depth tours of moca jacksonville's permanent collection and exhibitions led by a curator, educator, or artist. Standards-based school tours tailored to each grade level form a major portion of moca's educational operation. In fy14-15, moca served about 13,000 students--10,000 from title i duval county public schools. Voice of the people is an innovative, literacy-based educational arts initiative that improves expository writing skills while developing a deeper understanding of contemporary art. This fiscal year, voice of the people served 178 title i elementary school students. Test scores improved 26-42% for program participants. All of these efforts resulted in culturally relevant exhibition experiences for more than 93,000 museum visitors throughout the year.