MOCA purchased two works from the fall 2016 exhibition Retro-spective: Analog Photography in a Digital World: Alison Rossiter's gelatin silver print Fuji gaslight, exact expiration date unknown, ca. 1920s (2009) and Joni Sternbach's unique tintype 09.02.03 #8, Charlotte (2009). These purchases support the Museum's mission to collect pieces from MOCA's self-curated exhibitions.
Charles Gilman, chair of the MOCA Board of Trustees, and his wife, Marilyn, donated a work by Jason John, a Jacksonville artist and University of North Florida professor whose work was featured in MOCA's Get Real: New American Painting. The oil on polyester painting, Professor (2016), depicts UNF professor Paul Karabinis, who wrote and recorded audio guides for Retro-spective, as well as leading a cyanotype workshop and gallery tour.
The late Robert C. Broward, a celebrated local architect, donated his self-portrait by Mary Ann Bryan. Broward designed more than 500 projects during his 61-year career, including many iconic buildings in Jacksonville such as the Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville (1965) and the Jacksonville Art Museum (1965), which was the precursor to MOCA Jacksonville. Broward, who died in 2015, wanted his painting to join Bryan's portraits of mixed-media artist Memphis Wood and Jacksonville potter Charlie Brown, both of which were already part of the Permanent Collection.
Karen Wilkin, who co-curated Hans Hofmann: Works on Paper, gave more than ten works on paper by a handful of artists, including Beatrice Caracciolo, Dan Christensen, and David Humphrey, to MOCA Jacksonville, adding new artists to the Permanent Collection.
Each of these acquisitions strengthens MOCA's Permanent Collection and reinforces the collecting priorities the Museum put in place in December 2015. Look for more of these artworks on the second floor, where objects from the Permanent Collection rotate throughout the year.