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Museum Of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Jacksonville

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The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, also known as MOCA Jacksonville, is a contemporary art museum in Jacksonville, Florida, funded and operated as a "cultural resource" of the University of North Florida. One of the largest contemporary art institutions in the Southeastern United States, it presents exhibitions by international, national and regional artists.HistoryMOCA 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 Alliance 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 60000sqft, six-floor facility was completed in 2003, culminating in a grand re-opening in May of that year.GrowthAfter 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.
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  • The museum has a very modern selection of art. The art is spread over multiple floors, and the lobby (usually the best art in the building). If you like unusual pieces of different mediums (paintings,...  more »
  • Dreary Sunday, empty section of downtown and a number of homeless trying to find a warm place to hole up. Not the best environment to get you in the right mood. Good news was street parking is free on...  more »
  • This small jewel is on three floors, the ground floor mostly being occupied by a shop and restaurant. It has a very pleasing airy and welcoming interior with a tall atrium with stairs rising either si...  more »
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  • Unexpectedly amazing collection of work! Project Atrium changes often, and is worth checking out each time. Lectures and events are not as publicized as I would hope - but they are always great! You should go! It's great to swing by during lunch or after a meeting. Free for UNF students, and to the public during Art Walk - but if you want to spend time with the art, don't go during Art Walk.
  • I think for this review it would be best to tell how our day unfolded. We arrive at the MOCA around noon on Saturday. I am able to find a premium parking spot right in the front. I'm thinking this is great as it was 95 degrees. We walk over to the Burrito Gallery for lunch before visiting the museum. We are greeted by a nice woman who informs us the credit card terminal is down. No problem, it happens, we'll go around the block and get some cash. Turns out the closest one had bean stolen so we head around Hemming to find another ATM. On the way we found a nice piece on the side of a building which I found more interesting than most of the pieces I would later see. When we got back we found out the third floor was closed to install a new installation (which seemed interesting from the brochure) and two more floors were dedicated to office space and a children's exhibit/craft space which didn't interest us. The first floor consists of a gift shop, cafe, theater and a large art piece. The shop, cafe and theater were closed. The second floor had a few interesting pieces but nothing extraordinary. We were there for 30 minutes. I have attached a photo of the piece we found near the ATM.
  • Great small museum that always has contemporary art worth seeing. The 4th floor has a kids' area that seems like it would be pretty cool if it was more active. We were the only ones there when we visited.
  • Beautiful facility with good permanent collection and rotating visiting exhibit. Thought provoking if you are open to today's art. But then, what is art?
  • They choose amazing artwork, the gift shop has plenty of witty gifts and inspiration, and it is a great spot for a corporate event! We had our brand release party for Venus Fashion here and the turnout exceeded our expectations.

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