Jenny Parker: #ibelieveinMOCAfor the power of art

Jenny Parker cares deeply about MOCA Jacksonville's educational mission. As a member of The Contemporaries, she's seen the important work MOCA does to reach children from diverse backgrounds though its tour program, Art Fusion, Voice of the People, and Art Aviators. She also loves exploring the exhibitions and the Art Explorium with her young daughters. Learn more on the MOCA Blog.

© SHAUN THURSTON, Project Atrium: One Spark (detail), 2014. Mixed media, 40 x 60 ft. Site-specific installation at MOCA Jacksonville. Artwork image courtesy of Doug Eng. Portrait image courtesy of Jensen Hande Studios. Photo Illustration by Nolan Downs.

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Artist Profile Shaun Thurston

Shaun Thurston

Shaun Thurston was born in 1979 in Jacksonville, Florida. After graduating from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, he attended Florida School of the Arts in Palatka then transferred to the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia with a portfolio scholarship. But he left when a professor told him he didn't need a degree and student loan debt to make a living with his art. He has completed more than fifty commissions since his early twenties, as well as hundreds of personal and public works. His artwork has been included in exhibitions at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and Art Basel in Miami. His murals appear throughout Jacksonville and Atlanta.

Image courtesy of Thomas Hager.