Princess Simpson Rashid uses MOCA Jacksonville to inform and inspire her own work as a contemporary artist. She regularly attends previews for the latest exhibitions and takes advantage of opportunities to talk to the artists MOCA brings to Jacksonville.
Throughout the end of the year, we're asking people like Rashid to share why they support MOCA.
Princess Simpson Rashid: #ibelieveinMOCA for championing artists from MOCA Jacksonville on Vimeo.
Tell us a little bit about you.
I was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but raised in Plainfield, New Jersey. I went to college back in Atlanta at Georgia State University where I met my future husband. He joined the Navy as an officer and aviator. Eventually he was stationed in Jacksonville. That's how we first came here. I am a full-time artist and have a studio practice at CoRK Arts District, and I'm the head fencing coach at the Jacksonville Fencing Club. My work is my fun.
#ibelieveinMOCA because …
As a contemporary artist myself, I look to MOCA Jacksonville to set the tone and mark of the contemporary art scene for our region. I believe that each year MOCA fills that role more and more. It is important that institutions, such as MOCA Jacksonville, provide a platform for living artists to be recognized and their work presented to the public in an innovative manner.