You're the new voice people hear when they call MOCA Jacksonville. What was the experience of recording those messages like?
I don't like the sound of my voice, but I am happy to help the Museum in any way I can. Heather Sloan helped with the process, and she is a delight to work with: calm, competent, and encouraging.
What elements of MOCA make you proud?
MOCA strives for excellence in everything it does; it is an overarching principal guiding all of its activities. I am proud to be involved with an organization and a staff who hold themselves to such high standards.
What is your favorite exhibition you've seen at MOCA and why?
That is such a hard question to answer. I loved the Get Real exhibition; it showcased some breathtaking talent working right now in the United States, but then so did the Confronting the Canvas: Women of Abstraction exhibition. It is hard to choose a favorite.
Who are some of your favorite artists?
There are of course artists that I love, but I find I am often drawn to particular works, pieces I want to revisit like old friends: Titian's AMan with a Quilted Sleeve, Edouard Manet's TheExecution of Maximilian, John Singer Sargent's Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, Alec Soth's Peter's Houseboat, David Hockney's portrait of Jean-Pierre Goncalves de Lima … I'd better stop.
How does MOCA compare with other museums you have visited?
I am impressed by the variety and quality of exhibitions the Museum presents. So often, when I walk into a new exhibition at MOCA, it knocks my socks off!