Press Release for Monday, September 14, 2009
MOCA and UNF Partner to Promote Importance of Art and Education - The Art of Teaching: Art and Design Faculty Exhibition Opens September 18
Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Relations and Events
Museum of Contemporary
Art Jacksonville and the University
of North Florida are joining forces to
raise awareness about the importance of art and education in the Jacksonville community. As part of the affiliation, MOCA will host an
exhibition season with three art exhibitions. The exhibitions, featuring the
works of current and past faculty and students from UNF, will open Sept. 18,
2009 and will run through Jan. 3, 2010.
Department of Art and Design at UNF is thrilled about the union with MOCA
Jacksonville. Adding the museum as a cultural resource for the university
allows for scheduling of studio and art history classes at the downtown
building,” says Debra Murphy, Chair
of the Department of Art and Design for UNF.
“The new relationship also brings more visibility to an outstanding and
vital department of painters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, designers
and ceramic artists while encouraging UNF students to become part of Jacksonville’s urban
scene,” says Murphy. “The fall season will be filled with lectures, workshops
and exhibitions by UNF faculty members and their students resulting in enriched
art opportunities and experiences for the university, museum and greater Jacksonville communities.
“The Art of Teaching: Art and Design Faculty
is one exhibition that will
be featured during the season. The
exhibition will display paintings, drawings, printmaking, photography,
sculptures and specific site instillations by 25 full-time, adjunct and
visiting UNF Art and Design faculty members.
Simultaneously, MOCA will present
“Emergence,” acelebration of the progress and potential of
several UNF students and graduates from the Sculpture and Ceramics program.
with these exhibitions is MOCA’s presentation of “Robert Motherwell: Lost in
Form, Found in Line.” Motherwell was one of the youngest leaders among American
abstract expressionist painters and printers who inspired legends like Jackson
Pollack. Motherwell’s abstract
expressionist paintings are made of shapes, lines and forms that practice going
beyond the recognizable image of art in search for a deeper reality. His work can be seen in numerous exhibitions
in the U.S.
and abroad. Forty of Motherwell’s works
will be displayed in the exhibition including “Seaside Studio,” “Paris Suite
III” and “Game of Chance.”
As a part of the partnership, UNF faculty members
will lead a series of lectures to support the Motherwell and The Art of
Teaching exhibitions. “Working with a
Legend: Sharing My Experiences Making Prints with Robert Motherwell” will take
place Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m. The lecture
will be given by John Hutcheson, Master Printer, who worked with Motherwell at the
height of his career.
MOCA’s exhibition season is generously supported by
Mrs. Donald M. Cox, CSX, Haskell, River Branch Foundation, Teresa de B. and
Arthur Milam, The Boeing Company and WJCT Public Broadcasting.
Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a non-profit, visual arts educational
institution, is a cultural resource of the University of North Florida and
serves the community through exhibitions, collections, educational programs,
outreach and publications designed to enhance an understanding and appreciation
of modern and contemporary art with particular emphasis on works created after
1960. One of the largest institutions of its kind in the Southeast, MOCA
Jacksonville is funded in part by the University of North Florida; the City of
Jacksonville; Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville; the State of Florida,
Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and through the generous
support of our members. For more information about MOCA including
programs, hours and ticket pricing, call (904) 366-6911.