Open Call

to Northeast Florida Artists

MOCA Jax Contemporary Triennial Juried Exhibition
Exhibition on View March 29 – November 9, 2025


Following the celebration of its centenary in 2024, MOCA Jacksonville is excited to launch MOCA JAX Contemporary, a triennial art exhibition bringing to the fore the artistic talent in the Greater Jacksonville and Northeast Florida region, including Flagler, Putnam, Baker, Clay, St. Johns, Duval, and Nassau Counties.

This initiative is intended to deepen the museum’s relationship with the local arts community and to foster the growth of the arts ecosystem of the area.

To this end, an important professional development component will be included for the artist finalists, including professional guidance, studio visits, and critique from MOCA’s Senior Curator, together with a national visiting curator, Adeze Wilford, who will also help select the work to be on display in the exhibition. These studio visits facilitate meaningful discourse between the artist and the curators and are an essential step to connecting Jacksonville-based artists to a broader network of curators and institutions.

In addition, the participating artists will have an opportunity to talk more broadly about their work during Artist Talks. These will take place in the MOCA Theater throughout the exhibition during Museum Nights and VyStar Free Saturdays, which are high traffic days with free entrance to the public. In this way, MOCA JAX Contemporary seeks to support and promote the contemporary art practices of our area, sharing the broad vitality of artistic voices representing this moment in history in Jacksonville with the general public.

MOCA JAX Contemporary fulfills MOCA’s mission by activating and engaging our local communities in contemporary art, offering patrons an opportunity to connect with local artists and cultural producers that explore national contemporary aesthetic discourses and ideas from a Florida First Coast perspective.

Artist Prizes to be announced.

Applications open September 9, 2024



SUBMISSION:  Entries will open September 9, 2024 and close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2024. No entries will be accepted after this deadline.

REVIEW OF SUBMISSIONS: Monday, October 14 through Friday, December 6, 2024.

NOTIFICATION TO FINALISTS: Notification to finalists will be sent through email the week of December 8, 2024.

STUDIO VISITS: Studio Visits for participating artists to take place throughout January 2025.

DELIVERY OF WORKS: Accepted works (shipped or hand-delivered) must be received by MOCA no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, March 21, 2025.

INSTALLATION: Monday, March 24 through March 28, 2025.


OPENING RECEPTION: April 10, 2025 


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National Visiting Curator Adeze Wilford

Adeze Wilford is Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. There, Wilford has spearheaded Art on the Plaza and Welcome to Paradise, temporary public art commissions, and organized the 2023 South Florida Cultural Consortium, expanding the ways MOCA North Miami provides a platform for local talent.

Previously she was an Assistant Curator at The Shed in New York, where she organized Howardena Pindell: Rope/Fire/Water and Open Call. She was an inaugural joint curatorial fellow at The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She organized Vernacular Interior at Hales Gallery in 2019 as well as Excerpt (2017) at the Studio Museum and Black Intimacy (2017) a film series at MoMA. Other curatorial projects include Harlem Postcards F/W (2016/2017) and Color in Shadows (2016). She has contributed scholarship to various catalogues and magazines including Young, Gifted and Black and Black Refractions. She graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in Art History and African American Studies.

Together with MOCA Jax’s Senior Curator, Wilford will perform studio visits and critiques with the artists, discussing their art practice, their goals and expectations, and helping them through the process of selecting the work to be incuded in the exhibition.


Partner Organization CoRK Arts District

CoRK Arts District is a large warehouse facility that houses gallery and work space for more than 70 artists in Jacksonville. Conceived by local developer Mac Easton and artist Dolf James in 2011, CoRK was conceived to support artists in the community by offering artist workspaces in an environment that is conducive to creativity and collaboration. In addition, it fulfills its mission by providing gallery areas for exhibition and flex space for artists to have the ability to execute large projects. Crystal Floyd, a practicing artist and curator, serves as Studio Director since 2017. Floyd’s focus is on developing programming for CoRK that will enable more connections between the artists and the public, and give the artists the opportunity to teach classes and workshops to foster growth in the area.


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