“This crucial support from the NEA allows MOCA to continue providing innovative, site-specific work that bring artists from around the world to Jacksonville,” said MOCA Director Caitlín Doherty. “Project Atrium provides multiple opportunities for visitors to interact with artists, which is integral to MOCA's mission.”
NEA Chairman Jane Chu approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in its second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $30,000 to MOCA Jacksonville for its bold Project Atrium series. Inaugurated in 2011, Project Atrium features site-specific and site-sensitive installations by emerging and mid-career artists. The eighth season is one of the most diverse yet, both in content and artists' backgrounds, featuring Gabriel Dawe, Juan Fontanive, and Anila Quayyum Agha.
“The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America's artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as MOCA Jacksonville, in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.”
The NEA received 1,728 Art Works applications and will make 1,029 grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.
The unique placement, dimensions and scale of the Atrium Gallery provide a compelling challenge to the chosen artists-a call to reinvention and active collaboration with the architecture of the Museum on a monumental scale. Artists install their artworks in view of the public, revealing what is usually a behind-the-scenes process to visitors who may watch the entire project unfold over a few weeks. Each exhibition introduces contemporary artists from around the globe to the greater Jacksonville region and fosters the growth of artists and audiences through a series of compelling exchanges.
“Not only is this a significant milestone for the series, but it's a momentous occasion for each artist because it further establishes and validates their trajectories within contemporary art dialogues,” said Curator Jaime DeSimone.