Visitors During One Spark Ascend the Stairs Next to Project Atrium: Angela Glajcar
Image courtesy of Thomas Hager.

MOCA commissions monumental works by emerging artists

Project Atrium, MOCA Jacksonville’s bold series, features site-specific and site-sensitive installations by emerging and mid-career artists.

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.

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Artist Profile Kedgar Volta

Kedgar Volta

Kedgar Volta was born in Cuba, and studied at the Superior Institute of Design in Havana before immigrating to the United States in 2008. Since living in Florida, Volta draws inspiration from a dual cultural perspective, creating multi-media and photographic works that represent disparate lives and environments, while serving as narrative that reminds us of our common humanity. The work also reflects his understanding of art as a vehicle to bring form-shaping movement to the fragmented reality of our internal landscapes, in order to offer a sense of purpose and meaning through the prism of the self.

Volta is founder and creative director of the experience design company, Castano Group in Jacksonville, Florida. He has participated in several group and solo exhibitions throughout Florida and was selected for the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art's 2014-15 State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now exhibition currently travelling throughout the country.  

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Staff Profile Ylva Rouse

Ylva Rouse

Senior Curator

Ylva Rouse joined MOCA in May 2019 from New Orleans, where she moved in 2007 to launch Prospect.1, the citywide international arts triennial founded by Dan Cameron in order to bring positive attention to New Orleans following hurricane Katrina. She served as the Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs for the organization until 2017, when she would lead the implementation of its fourth edition, Prospect.4. as Interim Director. Prior to her tenure at Prospect, Rouse worked as Curator in Madrid, Spain, working with artists such as John M. Armleder, Jenny Holzer, Liam Gillick, Alex Katz, or Tatsuo Miyajima. During her years as Exhibitions Curator at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, she organized touring retrospectives of work by among others Robert Ryman, Gerhard Richter, Agnes Martin, Richard Serra and Joan Miró, as well as serving as Project Director for the seminal exhibitions El Jardin Salvaje (The Savage Garden) at the Caixa Foundation and Cocido y Crudo (The Cooked and the Raw) at the Reina Sofia Museum. Rouse holds a B.A. in Music and Art, and Master Studies, from New York University.

She has been active throughout her career both writing, curating and organizing lecture series about art aimed at the general public and has always immersed herself in the community, serving as advisor and collaborating in multiple and diverse arts projects and general initiatives with local organizations, community centers, and universities in order to support positive change. With the firm belief in art as a force for change, Rouse's passion throughout her career has been to spread the understanding and enjoyment of the modern and contemporary arts among the general public and bring awareness to the importance of nurturing the creative spirit, as individuals and as community.