Jacksonville's contemporary art collection

MOCA Jacksonville primarily collects work from 1960 to the present.

The Museum’s permanent collection currently consists of nearly 1,000 works of art, including painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, works on paper, and new media. With over 500 artists represented in the collection, MOCA Jacksonville endeavors to create a Permanent Collection of significant depth, scope, and quality to be used for study, scholarly research, and exhibition—all tools that foster an education, awareness and experience with contemporary visual art.

In 2016, the Museum adopted a new thematic collecting strategy to chart the permanent collection’s ongoing growth and interpretation. Rather than discuss the collection in chronological terms, the six broad themes are:

  • Art as Social Commentary
  • The Evolution of Mark-making
  • Material as Meaning
  • New Media
  • Process and Object Relationship
  • (Re)presentation

Many artists and their works fall within multiple categories and highlight the depth and range of their artistic practices. These themes will grow in tandem with the growth of the permanent collection.

Should you have questions about the collection or interest in borrowing an artwork for an exhibition, please contact a member of the Curatorial Department.


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Staff Profile Jaime DeSimone

Jaime DeSimone


With over ten years of curatorial and exhibition experience in contemporary art, Curator Jaime DeSimone conceives and implements the exhibition program and manages the Permanent Collection. At MOCA Jacksonville, DeSimone has curated Project Atrium: Shinique Smith and Confronting the Canvas: Women of Abstraction, the first museum show to focus on contemporary female abstract painters. She was previously the exhibitions project coordinator at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, where she managed a portfolio of exhibitions, including Calder and Abstraction and FreePort No. 008: Celeste Boursier-Mougenot. From 2005 to 2012, DeSimone served as the assistant curator at the Addison Gallery of American Art, located on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, where she curated a number of exhibitions, including Flash Back: November 23, 1963 (2013), The Civil War: Unfolding Dialogues (2011), and Kara Walker: Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) (2008). She holds a master's degree in American contemporary art from American University (2005) and a bachelor's degree in art history from Bates College (2001).

Image courtesy of Thomas Hager.