Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville

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Coordinates: 30°19′46″N 81°39′31″W / 30.329319°N 81.658649°W / 30.329319; -81.658649

The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, also known as MOCA Jacksonville, a cultural resource of the University of North Florida is a contemporary art museum in Jacksonville, Florida. One of the largest contemporary art institutions in the Southeastern United States, it presents exhibitions by international, national and regional artists.


MOCA Jacksonville was founded in 1924 as the Jacksonville Fine Arts Society, the first organization in the Jacksonville community devoted to the visual arts. In 1948 the Museum was incorporated as the Jacksonville Art Museum, and in 1978 it became the first institution in Jacksonville to be accredited by the American Association of Museums.

In late 1999 the Museum acquired its permanent home, the historic Western Union Telegraph Building on Hemming Plaza, adjacent to the newly renovated City Hall, and became the Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art (JMOMA). In 2000, a series of preview exhibitions opened in a temporary exhibition space while the building facade was restored to its original Art Deco style. The interior was completely refurbished to house the Museum’s galleries, educational facilities, a theater/auditorium, Museum Shop and Café Nola. Total renovation of the 60,000-square-foot (5,600 m2), six-floor facility was completed in 2003, culminating in a grand re-opening in May of that year.


After moving to its downtown location the Museum experienced rapid growth in both membership and the size of the permanent collection. The many substantial additions to the collection increased not only its quality, but also its size to almost 800 pieces. After completing a recent review of the current scope of the Museum’s collection and exhibitions, discussions were held regarding the distinctions between modern and contemporary art, as well as the Museum’s mission and vision for the future. It was decided that in order for the Museum to convey a strong sense of identity and purpose to both the community and other art institutions across the country, its name should change. Therefore in November 2006, JMOMA became the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville.

The Museum continues to be a cornerstone of Jacksonville’s multi-billion dollar downtown revitalization plan. Its exhibitions and programming bring new visitors to the civic core during the day, at night and on weekends. Educational programming includes children’s literacy initiatives and weekend art making classes as well as regular tours, lectures, films and publications for children and adults.

MOCA Jacksonville is an inviting environment in which to learn about the art of our time. Stroll through the permanent collection galleries and view the works of Hans Hofmann, Joan Mitchell, James Rosenquist, Ed Paschke, and other contemporary masters. MOCA Jacksonville’s changing exhibitions feature the works of many contemporary artists working in a wide assortment of media from painting, sculpture, and video. The third floor hosts exhibitions, which rotate approximately every four months, designed to provide insightful, stimulating and educational experiences.

The University of North Florida acquired the museum in 2009 to act as a cultural resource of the university.

Upcoming exhibitions
  • Please Be Seated: Chair Design Exhibition
  • Hyberbolic Nature: Plein Air Paintings by Lilian Garcia-Roig
  • Howard Finster: Stranger in Paradise Exhibition
Recent exhibitions


  • Tradition Redefined: The Larry and Brenda Thompson Collection of African American Art* Marilyn Monroe: Life as a Legend
  • Looking Forward, Looking Back: Celebrating the Contributions and Careers of Artist/Educators Larry Davis, Mark Howard & Paul Ladnier
  • Dan Estabrook: Forever and Never'


  • Separate Strategies & Common Goals
  • Hamish MacEwan: 90 in 09
  • Robert Motherwell: Lost in Form, Found in Line
  • The Art of Teaching: UNF Faculty Exhibition
  • Emergence: Works by UNF Sculpture Students
  • Balance and Power: Performance and Surveillance in Video Art
  • Jazz Giants: The Photography of Herman Leonard
  • Why Look at Animals? Photography from the George Eastman Collection


  • Ultra-Realistic Sculpture: By Marc Sijan
  • Making Marks: Jacksonville Creates
  • The Shape Of Things: Selections From The Permanent Collection
  • And Further the Dew Drop Falls: Installations by Chris Natrop
  • Civitates Orbis Terrarum Recent Drawings by John Bailly
  • 'Carly, So Far: Photographs by Francie Bishop Good
  • Memphis Wood: Jacksonville's First Lady of the Arts
  • Contemporary Visions A Focus on Jacksonville Collections
  • Ramen Noodles 2008 Installation by Sang-Wook Lee
  • Continental Shifts The Art of Edouard Duval Carrié


  • Essence and Materials Works by Minoru Ohira
  • Sculptures by Duncan Johnson
  • Raddle Cross & Dowsing Installations by Martha Whittington
  • Coherent Structures Recent Silverpoint Paintings by Carol Prusa
  • Valuistics: The Making Of An Installation by James Greene
  • Contemporary Currents: Selections from the Bank of America Collection
  • Impermanence: Recent Works by Andrés Michelena
  • Keyhole: Constructed Paintings by Todd Murphy
  • Second Skins: Sculptural Soundsuits and Tondos by Nick Cave (performance_artist)

Building Activity

  • Jack Paolo Montagna
    Jack Paolo Montagna updated a digital reference
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    kkonukkonu updated a digital reference
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  • Georgi Sokolov
    Georgi Sokolov updated
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