Image courtesy of Stephanie Cruz

An unparalleled experience for UNF art students

The University of North Florida student-in-residence is a highly competitive opportunity that awards access to a MOCA Jacksonville studio and exhibition space to complete a new body of work and hone skills over the course of a final semester. 

Seniors in the Department of Art and Design are encouraged to apply in the spring for this opportunity that occurs during the fall semester. The work completed in the studio is displayed in the fifth-floor Education Gallery.

Submissions for Student-in-Residence are now open!

November 2022 - March 2023
Submission Deadline: Friday, May 6, 2022
The candidate must be in their final year at UNF during the Residency and enrolled in Fine Art or Photography Portfolio during either the Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 semester.

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For more information or questions, email Shana Dickler, Curatorial Assistant · MOCA Jacksonville at shana.dickler@unf.edu.



Alexandra Brody

Alexandra Brody, the 2020 UNF Artist in Residence, is a photography senior at UNF, with a minor in Mass Communications and Art History. In her work, Brody explores social and political topics, mixing analog and digital processes, and incorporating collage and other media to communicate her ideas. For her residency at MOCA, Brody will be developing her ongoing series “Public Domain,” documenting street artists in Florida. 

Brody was drawn to street art because it is type of art that is fully accessible to the public, indiscriminately. “Street art can uncover so much about the community that it is in,” says Brody. “Each wheatpaste, tag, or graffiti is a reflective work that can reveal the traditions, religious beliefs, and social standards of the space it is in.”    

Photo Courtesy of the artist.
Anderson Goncalves Profile

Anderson Goncalves

2021 MOCA Artist-in-Residence Anderson Goncalves is a PDP (Painting, Drawing, Printmaking) major at UNF, who uses a wide range of media and techniques, such as screen printing, collage/chine-collé, fabric, and oil/acrylic painting. Examining his experience growing up learning to navigate two completely different cultures and respective languages --the African, Portuguese speaking Angolan culture and the US culture-- he expresses the struggle with miscommunication, isolation, and underrepresentation, in his community and family, that often come with being a first-generation immigrant. Inspired, in part, by Kara Walker's use of storytelling and Kerry James Marshall's use of black figures, Goncalves' project for MOCA, titled "Cultural Polarity”, depicts this journey on a proposed series of wooden panels.

Photo Courtesy of the artist.
Artist Rachel Huff Smith

Rachel Huff Smith

Rachel Huff Smith is MOCA Jacksonville's third annual UNF student-artist-in-residence. While pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of North Florida, Smith dedicated a significant amount of time in her MOCA Jacksonville fifth floor studio, developing emotionally resonant portrait paintings to be included in her exhibition Circumvolve: Narratives and Responses to Life Cycles. During her residency, Smith also facilitated the production of community painting in which local artists and non-artists alike explored and responded to the themes of Smith's painting series.

Photo by Hannah Joy Wells
Mark Lester

Mark Lester

Growing up in Northeast Florida, Mark Lester drew inspiration at an early age from local natural environments. This interest translated over time into creating work that attempted to capture the sense of expansiveness and depth he experienced in these arboreal settings. Lester began pursuing a degree in Fine Arts from UNF in 2016 and was selected as MOCA's Student Artist-in-Residence in 2018. 

Artist Profile Erica Mendoza

Erica Mendoza

Erica Mendoza received her BFA in sculpture at the University of North Florida and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Interested in many different materials such as cast metals, steel, leather, and natural/existing objects, she finds inspiration in personal experiences and events. The bird is a common thread throughout Mendoza's work, touching on concepts of loss, love, and healing. Works become a homogeneous blend of dark and feminine through the balance of fragility and weight. Mendoza's work has been exhibited throughout the Jacksonville area, historic downtown Kissimmee, and Atlanta, Georgia. Her Visual Love Letters exhibition, a series of sculptural works created in response to the formation of a new relationship, was the result of her student residency at MOCA Jacksonville.

Image courtesy of Jennifer Grissom and the University of North Florida.
Artist Profile Jennifer Peek

Jenn Peek

Jenn Peek is a multidisciplinary artist attending the University of North Florida to complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in sculpture. Her artwork focuses on processes of cast iron and steel fabrication, but she also utilizes elements of fiberglass, foam, fabric and ceramics in her work. Inspired by metamorphosis, rebirth and her nomadic life experiences, Peek creates a sense of movement and tension within stationary compositions meant to illicit a feeling of momentum and change.

Photo courtesy of the artist
Artist Profile Mary Ratcliff

Mary Ratcliff

Mary Ratcliff is a senior at the University of North Florida working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in sculpture and a minor in professional education. Her artwork primarily focuses on processes of steel fabrication, but she is attracted to a variety of mediums, utilizing elements of fiberglass, cast iron, foam, ceramics, and recycled/found objects in her work. Ratcliff's rural upbringing in southeastern Ohio has a strong footprint on her artwork, influencing her both aesthetically and conceptually. She is drawn to the beautiful intricacies of nature and plant life, finding inspiration in the repetitive, organic, colorful structures found in nature. Ratcliff also find interests in human nature, specifically, the psychological and physiological connections and dependencies that link us together as a society.

Artist Profile Amanda Rosenblatt

Amanda Rosenblatt

Amanda Rosenblatt is a fine art and creative portrait photographer currently living in Jacksonville. Her interest in photography began in her early teens and flourished from there. She is currently attending the University of North Florida where she will complete her BFA with a photography concentration. She finds inspiration for her work in many places including art history, fashion, and literature. Much of her work is done in analog or alternative processes including cyanotypes and albumen prints. Her Allegory of Fortune exhibition is the result of her student residency at MOCA Jacksonville.

Image courtesy of the Artist.