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Steve Williams: #ibelieveinMOCA for its strong vision

November 16, 2016 // by Denise M. Reagan

Steve Williams is well known throughout Jacksonville as the president of Harbinger Sign, the owner of Florida Mining Gallery, and a hard-core advocate of the arts and development in the urban core. He recently purchased the old Peterson's Five & Dime building in Five Points and renovated it to house a new location for Hoptinger Bier Garden & Sausage House. He's also a big fan of of MOCA Jacksonville, where you'll often find him visiting the galleries or eating at NOLA MOCA.

Throughout the end of the year, we're asking people to share why they support MOCA.

Steve Williams: #ibelieveinMOCA for its strong vision from MOCA Jacksonville on Vimeo.


Tell us a little bit about you.

I have a gallery and a national electrical sign company based here I Jacksonville. I collect Southeast American works. I was born in North Carolina and moved to Jacksonville at age 5, so I consider myself a native. I grew up in Arlington and graduated from Bolles, and I have a huge crush on Jacksonville. So much potential. I usually work for fun ;) or anything in the downtown area or historic boroughs surrounding it.

#ibelieveinMOCA because … 

Having a strong contemporary museum in a metropolitan area is a must for many reasons. I like MOCA because of the content and the theory they use to implement the shows and vision.

ibeieveinMOCA Steve Williams and Daughter Self Centered Mirror
Steve Williams and his daughter check out their reflections in with Daniel Rozin's Self Centered Mirror at the exhibition Smoke and Mirrors: Sculpture and the Imaginary. Image courtesy of Thomas Hager.

Why do you support MOCA?

They do everything with excellence, and they work hard to create curated exhibitions with interesting content that will help market the city and inspire our citizens.

What did you do last time you were at MOCA?

I ate dinner at NOLA MOCA and attended an exhibition. It's one of my favorite evenings and things to do in Jacksonville. 

IbelieveinMOCA Steve Williams Folio Weekly Cover
Steve Williams appears on the cover of Folio Weekly's fall arts issue in September 2012.

We need your help

Please make a donation to MOCA Jacksonville, then share #ibelieveinMOCA on your social media pages. Are you a member? Join MOCA and receive valuable perks while supporting access to the arts for everyone.

ibelieveinMOCA Jill Nathanson Fluid Measure
© Jill Nathanson, Fluid Measure, 2015. Acrylic and polymers on panel, 52 x 45 inches. Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, gift of the artist and Berry Campbell Gallery. Video: Portrait image courtesy of Jensen Hande Studios. Photo Illustration by Nolan Downs.

About the artwork

The color field paintings by Jill Nathanson are rich with contradiction as they explore color energies, material versus immaterial, as well as tensions between form and color. Process oriented, she embarks on a thorough practice of creating studies from torn transparent paper before finalizing placements and hues. Nathanson then pours polymer gels of hand-crafted oils and acrylics into elegant, fluid paintings on panel. Fluid Measure   appeared in Confronting the Canvas: Women of Abstraction, and Nathanson and Berry Campbell Gallery donated the painting to MOCA Jacksonville's Permanent Collection.

ibeieveinMOCA Steve Williams and Daughter Penguins Mirror
Steve Williams and his daughter interact with Daniel Rozin's Penguins Mirror at the exhibition Smoke and Mirrors: Sculpture and the Imaginary. Image courtesy of Thomas Hager.

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