MOCA Jacksonville Director Marcelle Polednik, Ph.D.


From the Director

Ever since it moved to Laura Street, MOCA has played a pivotal role in the development of downtown Jacksonville. That mission takes center stage during the One Spark festival when MOCA opens its doors to thousands of visitors as a premier venue.

Project Atrium: One Spark features Jacksonville artist Shaun Thurston in a work that is the culmination of his 20 Murals in a Year project from One Spark 2013. Thurston is donating half of the funds raised during One Spark to help fund future Project Atrium artists. His decision to pay it forward gives One Spark attendees even more reasons to vote for Project Atrium and to make personal contributions through the One Spark voting system. You won’t want to miss the dramatic unveiling of Thurston’s work on April 9 after the One Spark opening ceremony in Hemming Plaza.

MOCA will serve as a hub of One Spark activity: WJXT Channel 4 will report live from The MOCA Shop; WJCT’s First Coast Connect will broadcast three shows from the MOCA Theater in front of live audiences; Café Nola will serve lunch, dinner, and drinks throughout the festival; the Shop will sell exclusive Project Atrium gear; and the Theater will play entertaining videos for visitors who need to recharge in air conditioned comfort.

Just two weeks after One Spark, The New York Times Magazine Photographs exhibition will bring a wide range of reportage, portraiture, and fine art photography to the Museum. Visitors will get a peek inside the Magazine’s collaborative process through shot lists, work prints, contact sheets, videos, tear sheets, and framed prints. This exhibition underscores the importance of photography at a contemporary museum and the deep appreciation community members have for this art form. MOCA admission is free on Thursday nights throughout the exhibition thanks to Bank of America, and 45-minute tours are sponsored by The Jessie Ball duPont Fund.

Also in April, Rainbow Artists: Art and Autism across the Spectrum celebrates the artistic accomplishments of students from MOCA’s educational outreach program during National Autism Awareness Month.

Summer continues to be a great time for children at MOCA with a ninetieth birthday party and Summer ArtCamp@MOCA at both downtown and UNF locations.

So take a break from the heat this summer and spend some time with the art. I’ll see you in the galleries.

Marcelle Polednik, Ph.D.


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.