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Press Release for Wednesday, December 12, 2012

MOCA Jacksonville Receives $75,000 Grant from Warhol Foundation

Contact: Carl Holman, Assistant Director  

(904) 620-1921 


The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, a cultural resource of the University of North Florida, has received a $75,000 grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for the next two years to support MOCA’s acclaimed Project Atrium series. 


The primary focus of the Warhol Foundation’s grant-making activity has been to support the creation, presentation and documentation of contemporary visual art, particularly work that is experimental, under-recognized, or challenging in nature. The program has been both pro-active in its approach to the field of cultural philanthropy and responsive to the changing needs of artists. The Warhol Foundation is also considered to be the preeminent contemporary art grant maker in the country. 


Receiving this recognition from the Warhol Foundation speaks to the caliber of artists and art exhibited in the Museum’s Project Atrium series and of MOCA’s nascent national reputation,” said Marcelle Polednik, director of MOCA Jacksonville. “The series embodies Andy Warhol’s inventive, open-minded spirit and desire for the visual arts to have a profound impact for generations to come.” 


 Project Atrium features site-specific and site-sensitive installations by emerging and mid-career artists. The unique placement, dimensions and scale of MOCA’s Atrium Gallery provide a compelling challenge to the chosen artist—a call to reinvention and active collaboration with the architecture of the museum on a monumental scale. In the two weeks prior to each opening, the artist will be on-site at the Museum, providing the public with unrestricted access to their creative process. Each artist also provides a public lecture on the opening Saturday afternoons of their exhibition. Previous exhibitions have presented the works of national artists Melanie Pullen, Gustavo Godoy, Mark Licari, Tristin Lowe, and Ian Bogost. 


The Project Atrium series also is proudly sponsored by Regions; Driver, Mc Afee, Peek & Hawthorne, P.L.; Agility Press; Arbus Magazine; The Boeing Company; The City of Jacksonville; Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville; Florida Division of Cultural Affairs; Folio Weekly; Omni Hotels & Resorts; and WJCT Public Broadcasting. 


For more information about Project Atrium and its related activities, visit or call MOCA at (904) 366-6911.